Our military and manufacturing history dates back to the Vietnam era with the production of the M-65 field jacket in East Tennessee during the 1960’s. Despite the offshore trends of that time, the company continued to grow and prosper.
Nearly five decades later, Protective Apparel formerly Short Bark Industries has continuously grown with a track record for technical proficiency and quality-centric manufacturing processes – producing armor, apparel and accessories for the U.S. Military, Governmental agencies and law enforcement.
Today, Protective Apparel maintains its long-standing heritage by delivering innovative solutions for virtually any opportunity requiring leading edge, high capacity manufacturing capabilities. We have over 78,000+ square feet of manufacturing capacity with operations in Puerto Rico.
Equipped with the tools and skill-sets for industry-leading innovation, quality, durability and performance, Protective Apparel is committed to exceeding all expectations for consistent quality, service and on-time delivery.