Chicago Awards $1.25M Contract To LaCrosse

LaCrosse Footwear, a leading provider of branded work and outdoor footwear for expert users, has been awarded a $1.25 million direct contract to produce Phoenix bunker boots for the Chicago Fire Department.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA-1971) certified Phoenix bunker boots are manufactured in the company’s ISO-9001 certified manufacturing facility, located in Portland, Oregon. The contract should be completed by January 1.

“Our strategy is to develop innovative products with the highest performance and safety standards, targeting niche markets including firefighters, who put their lives on the line and rely on durable, protective footwear,” said Joseph P. Schneider, LaCrosse Footwear CEO. “We are extremely proud the City of Chicago selected our Phoenix bunker boots, which surpassed the rigorous performance standards of one of the largest fire departments in the U.S. This award further supports our growth strategy, tapping into the potential of the work and fire markets.”

The Phoenix bunker boot is built with breathable, fire and chemical resistant 7.5-ounce, struck-through leather and CROSSTECH protective fabric lining to withstand the most severe and exhaustive conditions, according to LaCrosse.

The boot is designed to provide the strength and support for structural fire fighting, including a puncture resistant shin guard, steel ladder shank, and a stable stitchdown construction base to reduce foot fatigue.

The Phoenix also incorporates fit and functional features, including the reinforced, stitched and riveted pull straps for an easy-on fit, an anti-microbial and moisture wicking footbed to endure extreme wear conditions, and a non-slip fire resistant Vibram outsole for ladder grip and field traction.

The protective steel toe and the puncture resistant steel midsole meets and exceeds the American Society for Testing and Materials and American National Standards Institute (ASTM/ANSI) specifications.

LaCrosse Footwear, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a leading developer and marketer of branded, premium and innovative footwear for expert work and outdoor users.

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