Friday, 16 March 2018 13:10

Military contract to provide New Balance shoes for military Featured

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WASHINGTON D.C. - Members of Maine's congressional delegation had great news for employees of New Balance.

The Department of Defense has awarded the shoe maker with a contract worth $17,325, 438.


The company has been selected to provide athletic shoes for members of the military who are going through basic training.


The delegation fought to have the contract included as part of the National Defense Authorization Act to provide the new recruits with American made footwear.


That will also benefit the nearly 1-thousand New Balance employees who work at factories in Skowhegan, Norridgewock, and Norway.


“There are nearly 1,000 New Balance employees in Skowhegan, Norridgewock, and Norway who work hard to manufacture high-quality, American-made athletic footwear,” Senators Collins and King and Representative Poliquin said in a joint statement. “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.”