TradeWinds has been sewing items for the Department of Defense through the Ability One Program since 1987.

Jobs in the Textile Production area include sewing operators, small parts, and fold and pack. These jobs now include three types of coveralls with more than 270,000 items produced in fiscal 2015:

  • General purpose coveralls w/zippers made of Tyvek specifically for the Naval base at Puget Sound, WA. This particular group also orders Tyvek protective sleeves with elastic closure on an annual basis.
  • General purpose coveralls w/ zippers made of breathable Poly for all branches of the armed service and used around the world.
  • Full-protection step-in coveralls with hoods and boots made of Tyvek for all branches of the armed service and used around the world.

In addition, TradeWinds produces women’s hospital-duty uniforms – slacks and tunics with seams –from a lighter poly/cotton blend twill.

Over time, TradeWinds has created a unique niche as the only DoD provider that custom makes general purpose smocks for medical and food service personnel using another poly/cotton blend twill in non-standard sizes.

Most recently, TradeWinds was given the opportunity to compete for a new contract for food service uniforms similar to chef coats made from a heavy, stain-resistant twill. The first articles created for inspection displayed TradeWinds’ high level of quality control. For example, the variations of measurement must not exceed ¼-1/8” for the collars, French cuffs and hems, there must be 190 stiches in each button hole, a 9th button hidden in one of the cuffs and precise eyelit holes. This project is moving forward. Six new sewing machines have been ordered, with a total of 415 samples in 12 different sizes for the women’s version and 28 different sizes for the unisex version required prior to starting full production and a 16-month contract in January.

Note: Tyvek and twill scraps are all recycled by TradeWinds with the money used for awards to celebrate success and safety in production.

Also of note, at the most recent visit from the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)*, TradeWinds was rated 100% for quality with no issues to report. During this random site visit where inspectors talk directly with the work crew, it was noted that TradeWinds’ workers all have impeccable in-process quality control. No matter what the skill level, these workers own it.

*The Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) is the Department of Defense (DoD) component that works directly with Defense suppliers to help ensure that DoD, Federal, and allied government supplies and services are delivered on time, at projected cost and meet all performance requirements. DCMA directly contributes to the military readiness of the United States and its allies, and helps preserve the nation’s freedom.