Mount Airy-based Nester Hosiery has won a contract from the Defense Logistics Agency for its Farm to Feet brand of socks.
The order for its Kodiak and Fayetteville styles is in support of the U.S. Army’s need for technically advanced socks for soldiers. Details of the order were not disclosed.
From sheep’s wool sheared in the Rocky Mountains to all processing done within 300 miles of Nester’s sustainability-focused knitting facility in Mount Airy, each pair of Farm to Feet socks is made using a 100% domestic supply chain.
“We design, develop and manufacture the very best socks using only U.S.-sourced materials,” Farm to Feet CEO Kelly Nester said. “Those who serve in the armed services require socks that support their mission without fail. As a result, service members are some of the most discerning critics as they require socks that can stand up to the rigors of deployment. Receiving this contract further solidifies our belief in our products.”
Named after the home of the Naval Special Warfare Cold Weather Detachment, Kodiak is a heavyweight sock knit with the traditional sock construction that produces heather textures with nylon plaiting and stretch yarns in the outer layers, and merino wool yarns on the inside. The nylon reinforcing yarns knit into the stretch shell increase durability, while the wool fibers that sit closer to the skin provide maximum comfort and insulation.
The Fayetteville is adapted from Farm to Feet’s hiking sock, the Damascus. Made with 19.5-micron merino wool on an advanced 200-needle knitting machine, the Fayetteville provides the comfort of a thicker sock in a lightweight package. It features micro-channel circumferential ventilation, targeted hexagonal reinforcement and an improved comfort compression for reduced fatigue and added comfort.
Founded in 1993 by Marty Nester, Kelly Nester’s uncle, Nester Hosiery employs more than 200. Nester manufactures socks for more than two dozen brands including Farm to Feet, which it launched in 2013.