The Department of Defense (DOD) awarded a $17.3 million contract so that at the initial entry service members get American-made New Balance athletic shoes.
The information of the contract was given in a statement released by U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representative Bruce Poliquin. The credit goes to the Maine delegation for including the provision in the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which needed consideration of DOD for the athletic footwear matter subject to the Berry Amendment by providing initial entry service members with American-made athlete shoes upon arrival at basic training.
“There are nearly 1,000 New Balance employees in Skowhegan, Norridgewock and Norway who work hard to manufacture high-quality, American-made athletic footwear,” informed in a joint statement, the Senators Collins and King and Representative Poliquin. “By including our provision in the fiscal year 2017 NDAA and ensuring the Department of Defense applies the Berry Amendment to athletic footwear for recruits, the Pentagon is now rightly prioritizing American workers and supporting American jobs to equip U.S. troops.”
New Balance was already manufacturing facilities in Norridgewock, Norway and Skowhegan. It has now bagged the three contracts awarded by the DOD. The contract which is awarded by Defense Logistics Agency comprises of base performance period of 18 months along with 18-month option contract clause.