Author Archives: Tom

You’re not a distributor, I’m not a product manufacturer

Sewing is not and will never be a science of perfection, but always an art. Continue reading

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Hubzone Certification scrutinized

The federal Hubzone program was established for federal contractors located in econmically challenged areas. It is well intentioned. However, for many years, the system has been abused. The SBA simply did not have a process in place to audit whether or … Continue reading

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Kevlar webbing

This stuff is very tough Continue reading

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Email from Afghanistan

Its fantastic knowing that GREAT American products are being used abroad by GREAT American people. Continue reading

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Parade Magazine asks Is Anything Made in America?

Parade recently published a a short article on what products are still Made in the USA. Unfortunatelty, sewn products did not make the list. I’m working on changing that. Here’s a link: http://www.parade.com/news/intelligence-report/archive/whats-made-in-the-usa.html

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Blackwater Era ends in Iraq

Not a single person under the guard of Blackwater was killed or even seriously injured during their service in Iraq Continue reading

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Is Made in USA molle gear really better?

It’s a reasonable question in these times when so much of the textiles world is focused in the Far East. I spent much of my time at this year’s Shot Show in Orlando confirming my convictions. This is how I … Continue reading

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Battle Rattle

Battle Rattle by Hans Halberstadt. The book is an in-depth look on all of the gear that a soldier carries. Continue reading

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Contract Award Delays

If only I could be a fly on the wall at the DSCP, Natick, and other hubs of Department of Defense procurement. For reasons that are unclear to me and plenty of others in the industry, there have been several … Continue reading

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A New Era of Tactical Gear Sewing

ATK has announced the purchase of Eagle Industries. Continue reading

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