$7.1M for Propper Iraqi Uniforms
Propper International, Inc. in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico won a maximum $7.1 million contract for battle dress uniform coats and trousers for Iraqi Security Forces. The contract will end on Aug. 4, 2007. Propper will use production facilities in Mayaguez, Last Marias, Cabo Rojo, Adjuntas, Lajas, South Lajas, Sabana Grande, and Ciales in Puerto Rico. They are one of the largest manufacturers of uniforms for the U.S Department of Defense, with more than 60 million garments manufactured since 1967 and over 2,000 employees at facilities in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
The Defense Supply Center in Philadelphia, PA sent out 10 solicitations on the firm fixed cost contract (SPM1C1-07-C-0045) and received 4 bids for the production call. Given that impersonation of Iraqi security forces has been a consistent problem in theater for some time, one hopes some back-end effort has also been put into making this order harder to counterfeit.