The History of the Berry Amendment
The Berry Amendment! Perhaps you’ve heard of it. Perhaps you haven’t. Whichever the case, the Berry Amendment has been a key driving force behind how we operate here at Carter Industries. First introduced in 1941, this legislation Act requires that certain DOD purchases be 100% U.S.-made. Everything from the production process to the manufacture of all components to the final assembly must be performed in the U.S. So, what products fall under the Berry Amendment and how does it apply to us? Here’s what you need to know. Shop our ICVC Crewman’s Coveralls
What is the history of the Berry Amendment?
The Berry Amendment was originally passed as part of the DOD Appropriations Act as a means of protecting U.S. troops during a time of war. To do so, the law explicitly forbade the DOD from using funds appropriated or otherwise available to them for the procurement of items such as food, fabrics, and textiles from non-U.S. sources. This legislation began as the Buy American Act of 1933, until Ellis Yarnal Berry, a member of The U.S. House of Representatives sought to amend it to cover a wider variety of products. While it was included in the subsequent Defense Appropriations Act, the Berry Amendment was not made permanent until 1993. It was officially codified in 2002.
Which products are covered under the Berry Amendment?
The Berry Amendment has undergone several changes over the years. As of now, the Act affects DOD purchases of food, textiles, footwear, clothing, and hand or measuring tools. However, it does provide some exemptions, such as purchases made outside the U.S. in support of combat operations, purchases made under the Simplified Acquisition Threshold, and items waived through the Domestic Non-Availability Determination process.
What does the Berry Amendment mean for us?
The Berry Amendment has played a critical role in ensuring the safety of our good men and women in the Armed Forces. At Carter Industries, we recognize this fact, which is reflected in the products and services we offer. Every component of our flight suits – from the fiber down to the thread is sourced right here in the U.S. When we started this company all those years ago, our goal was to make a difference through the products we offer. Being Berry Compliant allows us to achieve this goal by keeping the U.S. DOD dollars stateside. In this way, we help boost the economy and hopefully, maybe we can create a couple of jobs along the way. Besides, our customers can rest easier knowing that they are in safe hands with us. Constructed from high-quality materials, our flight suits are made to last and can be worn again and again. That’s why we are the only official supplier of CWU 27/P Nomex Flight Suits and ICVC Crewman’s Coveralls to the U.S. Defense Forces. If this doesn’t say something about the quality of our products, we don’t know what will.