Big Rapids Manufacturer to Make Boots for Marines

March 23, 2016
Press Release

Today, Bates Footwear announced it has won a new five-year, $30.5 million contract from the U.S. government to manufacture temperate weather boots for the U.S. Marines. The boots will be made at Bates' facility in Big Rapids.

Representative John Moolenaar (R-Midland) released the following statement:

“I congratulate all the hardworking men and women at Bates for winning the Marines' contract. This is wonderful news for Big Rapids and for manufacturing in Michigan. Marines have been wearing Bates products for decades and this contract means they will be wearing the world’s best boots for another five years.”