Southern Illinois company will supply combat boots to the U.S. Army

U.S. Rep. Nikki Budzinski (D-Springfield). (WJBC file photo)

By Dave Dahl

SPRINGFIELD – When soldiers put their boots on the ground … those boots will soon be coming from Illinois.

The Belleville Boot Co. has secured a $7.8 million contract for the Army Temperate Weather Combat Boot. Even more significant than that, says U.S. Rep. Nikki Budzinski (D-Springfield), is the bipartisanship she enjoys with U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro).

“Mike and I were able to get special language in the National Defense Authorization Act that would further incentivize American manufacturing, the military specifically,” said Budzinski. “What i am hoping is that, by getting that language,t we can further support this company so they can further expand and grow.”

Belleville Boot Co. has been around since World War I.

Dave Dahl can be reached at [email protected]


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