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Beret manufacturer wins contract worth more than $29 million

The federal government has awarded a Rhode Island firm a contract worth more than $29 million to produce berets for American military personnel.

The Woonsocket Call reports the U.S. Defense Department's contract with The Brickle Group is the largest the textile manufacturer has won in years.

Max Brickle, president of the Woonsocket-based company, says the firm is looking to double the workforce of their beret division in light of the contract.

The division currently makes up about 15 percent of Brickle's 130 employees.

The contract comes on the heels of the so-called "Brickle Amendment," adopted by the House of Representatives on May 14. The amendment reforms defense procurement regulations that favored foreign competition over domestic operations.




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