The announced change has the U.S. wool fiber, yarn, fabric, and apparel industry deeply concerned.
The impacted US Pea Coat supply chain:
- Northwest Woolen Mills(RI): Fabric Provider
- Sterlingwear of Boston(Mass): Prime vendor and Pea coat manufacturer.
- American Woolen Mills (Conn): Woolen Fabric Manufacturers
- GH Littlewood(PA) : Wool Dyers
- Chargeur Wool: (SC): Raw wool Providers
Questions and Concerns regarding the impending phase out of the Pea Coat.
- Did the Navy do an industry impact study?
- Did they factor in the future increase cost of other wool items due to the reduction of the textile supply chain?
- Did they factor in that some other wool military items may be impacted regarding availability and capacity.
- Are they aware that the Pea Coat is a small Business Set Aside and the Parka manufacturer is Located in Puerto Rico and is not a small business?
- Is the Parka Flame Retardant?
Note: The parka that they want to replace the pea cock with is made of 100% Nylon with a Gortex lining. This material will melt onto the skin if exposed to high temperature or direct fire. If it will not ignite , it will melt.
Call me a traditionalist, but I can't imagine the Navy without the Navy pea coat.