Military and Protective Industries

Extraordinary Advanced Materials for Anything but Ordinary Conditions

We Go to the Ends of the Earth with You

You live in a high-spec, high-stakes world. We’ll be on that mission with you. You take on tough challenges, and so do we. Bring it on, we’ll get you there faster and better.

Shawmut produces added-value laminated components for a diverse set of ultra-high spec protective technical fabric applications, such as flame, chemical and biological protection, military applications, and ultra-high-standard utility workwear. One of our core competencies is the development and production of laminated hard and softshell materials capable of providing waterproof breathable functionality. 

We utilize PVC/nonwovens and inherently flame-resistant fibers structured into woven and knit technical fabrics and combined with selectively permeable membranes, constructed with exacting tolerances and consistent output.

Military & Protective Industry Challenges We Solve

We’ll go to the ends of the earth with you to solve your toughest challenges.

We have been providing custom solutions for composite materials, advanced engineering, and fabric design since 1916.

 

We are leading innovators in materials science, working with a wide range of fibers, fabrics, nylons, foams, polyesters, polyurethanes, thermoplastics, cellular sponges, and more. We field state of the art equipment, from knitting to finishing, from flame laminators to rotogravure printers, in order to ensure the best workmanship possible. 

 

As an ISO 9001 and IATF 16949 certified company, we are efficiency oriented, implementing lean manufacturing methods that both minimize waste and reduce costs.

Shawmut produces added-value textiles and laminated components in the USA for a diverse set of ultra-high spec protective technical fabric applications, such as flame, chemical and biological protection, military applications, and ultra-high-standard utility workwear.

 

We also have a storied history of supporting our home country during times of crisis and need. We made protective materials for the troops during World War I, bomb parachutes, field jackets and blankets during World War II, long underwear for soldiers during the Korean War, and are now manufacturing PPE to support the country through the pandemic and beyond.

 

Much of what we manufacture in the US uses trusted sources near our facilities, with a solid, long-term US supply chain base that goes back decades. That history fills us with the expertise to work with exacting environmental, regulatory and contract-specific compliance challenges others would walk away from.

Our vertical integration from yarn design and creation through coloration and finishing and unmatched lamination expertise allows us to hit those marks year after year, program after program, better than anyone else. Our certified material testing and color labs are unmatched in the industry for precision and repeatable color control. 

 

It all starts with our high-tech rapid color formulation and dye matching for color and consistency, through our visual and AI automated optical inspection. We’re experts in jet dyeing, beam dyeing and tank dyeing, as well as controlling the finishing process to understand how a color might shift in the finishing, heat setting, lamination, adhesive or molding processes.

One of our core competencies is the development and production of laminated hard and softshell materials capable of resisting extremely high temperatures, providing a protective barrier against harmful chemicals, and remaining durable against the elements and multiple commercial washes while maintaining a high moisture vapor transmission to guard against heat stress.

 

We use PVC/nonwovens and inherently flame resistant fibers – such as PBI®, Nomex®, and Kevlar® – structured into woven technical fabrics or knits, and combined with selectively permeable membranes.

 

We also craft composites for utility rainwear that conforms to requirements such as ANSI/ISEA 107 for high visibility workwear, flame resistance, and electrical arc resistance. 

 

Our other protective composites range from nonwoven/Saran® film laminates used to make HazMat suits, to durable surgical medical gowns capable of achieving ASTM F1670 and ASTM F1671 standards for blood and viral barrier resistance.

Military & Protective Industries Capabilities

Military & Protective Industries Applications

Contracting Reference Codes

DUNS: 084652171

SAM.gov Cage Code: 8LF32

 

NAICS Codes Registered:

313240 – Knit Fabric Mills

313310 – Textile/Fabric Finishing mills

313320 – Fabric Coating mills

314999 – All Other Miscellaneous Textile Product Mills

315210 – Cut and Sew Apparel Contractors

315280 – Other Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing

339113 – Surgical Appliance and Supplies Manufacturing