American Fashion Network (AFN) LLC, led by CEO Jackie Wilson of Syracuse NY, secures $46.8 million contract from the U.S. Marine Corps.
American Fashion Network (AFN), a women-owned small business based in Syracuse NY, will supply the Marine Corps with over 1.8 million shorts and T-shirts for fitness training uniforms over a 5-year contract. All the clothes will be 100% American made, and will be provided to Marines on base, as well as for sale for those who want additional items. This is a monumental step for the small business, which decided to begin competing for government contracts last year.
Previously, AFN had been providing clothing, fabric and promotional specialty products to the world’s most prestigious retailers and corporations including, but not limited to: Amazon, Kohl’s, JCPenney, American Eagle, Lucky Brand, H&M, Express, Comcast, Charter/Spectrum, Syracuse University, PETCO and WESCO.
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, AFN quickly pivoted to producing masks for COVID-19 protection, from design to shipping, in five days. From March to today, AFN has shipped millions of masks to US and international customers. Domestic mask recipients include the U.S. Postal Service, Charter/Spectrum, Comcast and America’s retail sector.
AFN is proud to provide uniforms made in America to US service members. Born and raised in Los Angeles County, California, CEO Jackie Wilson has a passion for bringing manufacturing back to the United States. The Marine Corps contract has allowed her to hire an additional 5 employees and she expects the business will continue to grow.
Policies like “Buy American,” mandated by the Biden Administration’s Executive Order Ensuring the Future Is Made in All of America by All of America’s Workers, encourage small business participation and give domestic preferences in the federal procurement marketplace. Federal procurement opportunities provide small businesses security and long-term stability and have kept AFN thriving amid a global pandemic. AFN is proof of the talent and hard work that small manufactures bring to the government contracting marketplace.
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