Darn Tough Vermont Socks awarded $8.5 million Army contract

first_imgDarn Tough Vermont has announced that their military issue flame resistant Merino wool boot sock is to be included in the recently awarded Fire Resistant Environmental Ensemble known as the FREE Clothing System. This is a multilayered, versatile, insulating system that is adaptable to varying mission requirements and environmental conditions.This four year contract worth $1 Billion dollars was awarded to ADS Tactical of Virginia Beach, VA, Darn Tough Vermont s long time partner and distributor to the defense industry. In support of this contract Darn Tough Vermont and the Cabot Hosiery Mill will knit and provide the U.S. Army with their 100% U.S. sourced and manufactured Merino wool boot socks.Sales Manger Roland Beliveau states that, The announcement of this award represents the culmination of several years of hard work and many manufacturers coming together to develop and provide the U.S. Army with a high performance safe clothing system. We are excited to know that soldiers around the world will be more comfortable wearing our Vermont made socks. This contract is a significant milestone for our Northfield, Vermont community, Darn Tough Vermont and the Cabot Hosiery Mill. It validates our long term commitment to domestic manufacturing, and will help ensure the stability and growth of our brands and knitting mill. All of us at the Cabot Hosiery Mill are proud to be involved in this project. Added Executive Vice President Ric Cabot, who is the third generation of his family to work in the hosiery business. When our troops go into a war zone like Iraq or Afghanistan, they need the most advanced gear available, said U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, co-chair of the Senate s 96-member National Guard Caucus and a senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, which handles the Senate s work in writing the annual defense budget. Senator Leahy has aggressively supported the efforts of Darn Tough to equip U.S. troops with their advanced footwear, writing several letters of support in 2006 that led to a significant contract and securing $1.6 million in appropriations in 2007 for Darn Tough to provide the footwear to the Marine Corps. These brave soldiers can go on patrols in extremely dangerous and challenging environments for days on end, continued Leahy. The last thing they should have to worry about is the quality and protection provided by their footwear. Vermont firms like Darn Tough have shown incredible skill and ingenuity in turning out products that meet all our troops needs in the toughest conditions. Darn Tough is already a regular provider to the military services, and this contract is a new vote of confidence from the Army and great news for the economy in Central Vermont.Congressman Peter Welch added, Darn Tough Vermont is a quintessential Vermont success story. Through their hard work, ingenuity and perseverance, they have created good jobs for Vermonters and a product that protects or soldiers around the world. They are a darn tough company with a darn good product!The FREE ensemble will be functional in multiple cold and wet weather climates and activities. Additionally, it is comfortable and ergonomically efficient for wear in the confines of aircraft and armored vehicles. New materials offer a wider range of breathability and environmental protection, providing wider versatility in meeting Soldiers needs. FREE is a comprehensive clothing system from skin to outerwear and from head to toe.Darn Tough Vermont and the Cabot Hosiery Mill is owned and operated by Ric and Marc Cabot and is located in Northfield, VT since 1978. Darn Tough Vermont, The Premium All Weather Performance Sock, manufactures markets and distributes high performance hosiery to outdoor stores nationwide as well as to each branch of the US Military. To view the complete product line visit www.darntough.com(link is external)last_img read more

FB : Former walk-on Acchione’s 1st career touchdown seals SU win

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Michael Acchione wasn’t supposed to catch the game-winning touchdown. His route was intended to open space for one of Syracuse’s more notable wide receivers to make a play.Quarterback Ryan Nassib was forced to scramble to his right. The Rhode Island cornerback jumped, and as Nassib rolled out of the pocket there was one receiver working with him — the former walk-on Acchione.‘He was supposed to have a clear route, but the corner jumped, and he worked with me on the scramble,’ Nassib said. ‘I was able to put the ball where only he could catch it, and he hung on for dear life.’Acchione made the catch as he fell to the ground in the end zone. It was the second reception of the day for the senior, and the second catch of his career as well. The former walk-on — who earned a scholarship this season — ended up making the game-winning play in the Orange’s 21-14 victory over Rhode Island.‘Words do not really describe it,’ Acchione said. ‘(Head) Coach Doug Marrone gave me a great opportunity here. I have thanked him a thousand times already. It is just overwhelming how much support you get from players and coaches.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAcchione made his first career catch in the first quarter Saturday. The Orange lined up with an empty backfield and five receivers, and Nassib threw a quick out to Acchione on the left side of the field for 7 yards.That may have been enough to satisfy the Syracuse veteran. After three years on SU with no game experience, making his first career catch was ‘wonderful.’But he resurfaced to top that first reception on the final play of the winning drive. His touchdown catch held importance on its own because it broke a tie. And it gave further gratification to Acchione, the SU wide receivers corps and most of the team because it was a play made by a hard worker and a former member of SU’s scout team.‘He has been working hard ever since I was a freshman,’ SU wide receiver Van Chew said. ‘Every day in practice he has been working hard. Also, he is a leader of the group since he is a senior.’Acchione played high school football six miles from the Carrier Dome in Solvay. His father, Garry, played for SU from 1978-81. Coming to Syracuse and getting a chance to be a part of the Orange was already a dream come true.Saturday was icing on the cake.‘Coming from a small town, you have a lot of expectations,’ Acchione said. ‘The coaches always had my back. The players always motivate me to get better every day. When my time came, I made the most of it.’***While a former walk-on caught the game-winning touchdown, a current walk-on saw increased playing time at linebacker.Dom Anene entered the game at weakside linebacker with about eight minutes left in the third quarter after starter Dyshawn Davis left the game injured with what Marrone said were cramps.The junior walk-on was on the field for most of the remainder of the game and was impressive.‘Dom Anene made a play for us, and people need to realize that those people have been with the program and played very well for us today,’ Marrone said.Anene was a big part of Syracuse’s final defensive stop. Rhode Island began its last drive at its own 47-yard line, needing to go 53 yards to tie the game. Syracuse sent a big blitz on first down, and both linebacker Marquis Spruill and Anene got to URI quarterback Steve Probst.The walk-on was credited with a half-sack, the first of his career.‘We called upon him, and we needed the play,’ defensive end Mikhail Marinovich said, ‘and he stepped up to the plate and really did a great job.’***With Saturday’s game being played one day before the 10-year anniversary of the tragedies of Sept. 11, 2001, multiple ceremonies remembering that day took place in the Carrier Dome.The first 5,000 fans in attendance were given pins with interlocking flags, one with the Syracuse block ‘S’ logo and one with the American flag. The Dome went mute for a moment of silence before the game.Michael Peterson, a Grammy Award nominee and the 2008 Bob Hope ‘Spirit of Hope’ award winner for his service to the nation and people of the armed forces, performed the national anthem. At halftime, he performed a song he wrote for veterans, titled ‘You Could Hear a Pin Drop.’[email protected] Commentscenter_img Published on September 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: [email protected] | @mark_cooperjrlast_img read more


first_imgSenator for Donegal North East, Jimmy Harte, has said that is he is sad to read that Shay Given has announced his retirement from international football.But football fanatic Jimmy says he feels privileged having been present at some of his most outstanding games where he played for his country.The Labour Senator has ben a long-time fan of irish soccer and has followed the green army around the globe. He said “I was in Lansdowne Road when he made his debut in 1996 and I was in Poznan in June which turned out to be his last game for Ireland. I have also been to many games in between and he has been a magnificent professional and an ambassador for both Donegal and his country on each occasion.“His performances for Ireland are well documented and without him we would have lost many important games. Throughout his career Shay has kept in touch with his friends in Donegal and his decency is evident any time he is approached by fans.“He will be missed from international football but he is a role model to many young kids who will see that nice guys do come first and that a career like Shay’s is possible.“I look forward to seeing him perform again for Aston Villa this season and he will be a top keeper for a few seasons yet. Well done Shay and thanks for the memories.”   JIMMY’S ‘HARTE’ IS BROKEN AFTER SHAY’S RETIREMENT was last modified: August 14th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:jimmy harteretirementShay Givenlast_img read more