By Debbie Gregory
RBS Mayor Joel Coe is in negotiations with VF Workwear for a contract to manufacture Homeland Security’s Border Patrol uniforms in the USA, with the potential of Red Boiling Springs getting 200 new jobs at Racoe Inc.
Racoe currently manufactures for the Army, Air Force and the Navy, and Mayor Coe has been lobbying with Congress for three and a half years, to have the Border Patrol uniforms, which VF apparel company manufactures in Mexico, to be produced in the United States. “I have been lobbying with Congress for the Border Patrol uniforms to be put under the Berry Amendment, which will require them to be manufactured in this country,” said Mayor Coe. “VF Workwear has been advised by Congress to be looking for domestic sources.”
“VF, which has locations all over the world, is currently looking for United States sources, which will provide 3,000 jobs in this country, when their new contract comes up,” said the Mayor. “I have been in contact with VF for quite a while, and Jeremy Turner, who is an employee with the company in Nashville, is an acquaintance of mine that I played football with in Kentucky.”
“Jeremy knew that I had been lobbying for this and VF contacted me about coming to Red Boiling Springs to check out the Racoe facility,” noted Mayor Coe. “A group from Nashville toured Racoe Inc., on Friday and spent half a day here. They were very favorable and there was a lot of positive feedback. I am looking forward to working with VF Workwear and bringing jobs to Red Boiling Springs.”
“Racoe Inc. is currently hiring,” added the Mayor.