Rocky Brands gets military contract

Nelsonville-based Rocky Brands announced Thursday that it has been awarded a contract to produce hot-weather combat boots for the U.S. military.

The one-year contract, which includes four additional one-year options, limits the annual amount for boots to $20 million, according to the company, which said an annual amount of about $16 million is anticipated.

Rocky expects to begin fulfilling the order in the first half of 2017.

Interim CEO Mike Brooks said increasing military sales is a “key component” to the company’s diversified growth strategy.

“We recently invested in expanding our Puerto Rico manufacturing facility in order to better capitalize on the growing demand for military footwear,” Brooks said in the announcement.

The company said it is currently in the process of fulfilling the order announced in February to produce “temperate-weather” combat boots, and an existing contract to produce hot-weather boots that was announced in February 2013.

From The Athens Messenger  |  October 25, 2016