Bluewater Defense Inc.
Bluewater Defense CEO Eric Spackey vividly recalls the difficult times the company endured five years ago. There were no large contracts in the pipeline, and the future was uncertain. “It was a very rough way to start in this business,” Spackey says.
Today, the Puerto Rico-based military apparel manufacturer produces 3,000 to 4,000 pairs of Army combat trousers each day as a result of a Department of Defense (DOD) contract it was awarded in January 2013. “Bluewater Defense has a tremendous track record, producing more than 20 million units spread across various items in multi-year contracts, including 5.8 million coats, 5.2 million combat trousers, 4.6 million duffel bags and approximately 1.0 million GEN III extreme cold weather parkas and trousers,” Spackey says. “In addition to these prime contracts, we have provided significant manufacturing support for Patagonia, New Balance, Drifire, W. L. Gore, Atlantic Diving Supply Inc., KDH Defense Systems, Protective Products Enterprises and other key vendors supporting the defense industry.”