Puerto Rico manufacturing plant to make tactical footwear under $18.3 million contract
SAN JUAN — The U.S. Department of Defense has granted an $18.3 million contract to the Original Footwear Co., which has a plant in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, to manufacture military boots for a year.
Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González’s office issued a release emphasizing the significance of these types of federal contracts following the economic toll hurricanes Irma and María took on the island, where more than 6,000 companies have closed.
The resident commissioner, who is a member of the U.S. House Committee on Small Business, stressed the quality and efficiency of Puerto Rico workers, which was acknowledged by the federal government with the awarding of this contract for manufacturing essential gear used by U.S. Army and Marine Corps soldiers.
Specifically, the contract with the Arecibo plant is for the manufacture of warm weather combat boots for one year, with the potential for an extension of four additional contracts of one year each. March 16, 2023, has been set as the date of completion.
Original Footwear designs, engineers and manufactures tactical footwear for law enforcement, corrections, military, emergency medical technicians, and other works. Its boots are available through a network of shops and online dealers. The company was founded in 1999 and is based in Stockton, Calif.