Darn Tough Vermont To Add Machinery, Jobs

All-weather performance socks maker Darn Tough Vermont, Northfield, Vt., will invest $400,000 to
add modern seamless knitting machinery and more employees at its hosiery mill. The expansion
follows earlier plans announced in February to increase knitting machinery inventory by nearly
half, add jobs and install modern computer software.

The company recently received a $3 million contract to supply the U.S. Marine Corps with
450,000 pairs of its Extreme Cold Weather Merino Wool Boot Socks. The socks are 100-percent
U.S.-made, offer an unlimited lifetime guarantee, and feature small needle knitting for a
high-density stitch count and good durability and cushioning, the company reports. They also
feature an exclusive blend containing either Coolmax® fiber or ultrafine merino wool and offer
properties including softness, good fit, durability and moisture management.

November/December 2011