Canadian Manufacturing

Defence department orders 80,000 pairs of Canadian-made military boots

Kodiak Group Holdings Co., L.P. Royer Inc. each awarded deals worth combined $11.7-million



CAMBRIDGE, Ont.—The Department of National Defence (DND) has ordered 80,000 pairs of Canadian-made boots for military personnel.

Kodiak Group Holdings Co. and L.P. Royer Inc. were each awarded contracts worth a combined $11.7-million for two types of boots that will be worn by members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Worth approximately $4.2-million, the contract awarded to Kodiak will see the company manufacture 28,000 pairs of boots at its Harbour Grace, N.L., facility.

The L.P. Royer deal is worth $7.5-million and will see the company make 52,000 pairs of boots at its Lac Drolet, Que., plant.

The contracts include options to buy up to another 70,000 pairs of boots over four years, which the DND said could bring the contract value up to an estimated $22-million.

L.P. Royer plans to hire another 50 employees at its Quebec plant to support the deal, while Kodiak will hire eight more workers.

Production of the new boots is set to begin this summer and will be ready for use in early 2015.

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