A manufacturer of high-tech military materials officially opened its new production facility in southeastern Kentucky last week.
Fibrotex’s U.S. subsidiary last fall secured a 10-year, $480 million Pentagon contract to supply the Army with Ultra-Lightweight Camouflage Net Systems, which can help conceal personnel, vehicles, and weapons systems across a wide range of potential terrains.
The Israeli company partnered with Outdoor Venture Corp., a longtime military tent supplier based in Stearns, Kentucky to establish the $12.1 million manufacturing facility in the city. The project is expected to create as many as 350 new jobs.
Fibrotex officials said the factory will help meet the challenges of new threats through next-generation “camouflage, concealment, and deception doctrines,” while OVC’s chief executive predicted the partnership would last well beyond the length of the ULCANS contract.