Bates Footwear was honored to welcome Captain Dan Ferenczy of the United States Army to our Big Rapids factory this week. Captain Ferenczy was here to meet with the Bates management team and learn more about our factory’s manufacturing capabilities.

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Throughout the tour of the factory, Captain Ferenczy was able to see firsthand our ability to manufacture every form of footwear that the Army needs; from dress oxfords to our highly specialized Tora Bora Alpine Combat boot.

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Captain Ferenczy was able to witness and appreciate how much time and effort goes into manufacturing footwear for our war fighters. Bates produced almost 30% of the total contractual footwear demand for the Department of Defense in 2016, more than any other brand.

The focus of the visit was discussing ways to improve two of the Army’s specialized boot programs; the Jungle Combat Boot (JCB) and the Intermediate Cold Wet Boot (ICWB) for arctic environments. The Bates team was able to share their perspective on materials, components and constructions to ensure that the next generation of JCB’s and ICWB’s are truly the best in class.

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Captain Ferenczy noted, “I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with the Bates and Big Rapids manufacturing teams. These men and women are doing great work in providing best in class combat and dress footwear for the Army. It’s especially great to see the innovation they are taking to make boots lighter and quicker drying.”

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