Burlington Industries wins $5.3M Air Force contract

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Burlington Industries LLC said Wednesday it has been awarded a $5.3 million contract to supply micro denier polyester fabrics to the U.S. Air Force for use in physical training shorts.

These fabrics will be produced at the company’s facilities in Cordova and Burlington, from fiber material made from the Sorbtek technology of Unifi Inc.

The Sorbtek fabric works by absorbing moisture, moving it away from the skin, and releasing it for quick evaporation. This allows the wearer of the shorts to remain cool, dry and comfortable. The fiber also provides soil release properties to protect the fabrics against everyday soils, like sweat and grass.

Burlington has been awarded a total of seven military contracts this year totaling more than $236 million over a five-year period. Awards include dress uniform and physical training uniform fabrics for the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy.