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LaCrosse Footwear, Inc. (Nasdaq/NMS: BOOT), a leading provider of branded work and outdoor footwear for expert users, announced today that the City of Calgary has awarded the Company a supply and delivery contract for the Gunnison Bunker Boot for the Calgary Fire Department.
The City of Calgary contract commences immediately for a one-year term with nine optional years. The first order is expected to be fulfilled as early as December 31, 2006. Over 1,000 firefighters staff the Calgary Fire Department, located in the largest city in Alberta, Canada. The Gunnison Bunker Boot is manufactured in the Company’s ISO-9001 certified manufacturing facility, located in Portland, Oregon. LaCrosse has been awarded several quality contracts this year, most recently with the City of Chicago to supply the Phoenix Bunker Boot.
â€œWe are proud to receive such great support of our new fire boots,â€ said Joseph P. Schneider, president and CEO of LaCrosse Footwear. â€œWe build our fire boots with leading-edge technologies and materials to support men and women who put their lives on the line. They want and deserve the best equipment available. We are honored to receive this contract and further grow this area of our business.â€
Only the best technologies and innovative materials are used for LaCrosse fire boots. The Gunnison is built to provide better strength and thermal protection while reducing weight, certified to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA-1971) standards. It is constructed with a 7.5 oz. Leather/DEFENDERâ„¢ 750 Kevlar/NomexÂ® combination upper, instead of traditional all leather.
Additional safety features that make the Gunnison the best bunker boot on the market include a broader ASTM certified steel toe, CROSSTECHÂ® protective fabric lining and a stitchdown, thermo-molded heel counter for comfort and added stability. The Gunnison was the first boot to offer puncture protection with LaCrosse’s new Flex-Shield midsole, offering more lightweight, flexible puncture protection then a traditional steel midsole and additionally does not transfer heat or cold.
LaCrosse developed the Gunnison with the new VibramÂ® Olympia Fire & Ice outsole to provide remarkable traction on icy and frozen surfaces. The outsole resists the chemical changes that take place in a traditional outsole after being rapidly heated and cooled. The Gunnison also includes comfort fit features, from resolable stitchdown construction to a tapered upper design with pull straps for easy entry.
About LaCrosse Footwear
LaCrosse Footwear is a leading developer and marketer of branded, premium and innovative footwear for expert work and outdoor users. The Company’s trusted DannerÂ® and LaCrosseÂ® brands are distributed domestically through a nationwide network of specialty retailers and distributors, and internationally through distributors and retailers in Asia, Europe and Canada. Work customers include people in law enforcement, agriculture, firefighting, construction, industry, military services and other occupations that need high-performance and protective footwear as a critical tool for the job. Outdoor customers include people active in hunting, outdoor cross training, hiking and other outdoor recreational activities. For more information about LaCrosse Footwear products, please visit our Internet websites at www.lacrossefootwear.com and www.danner.com. For additional investor information, see our corporate website at www.lacrossefootwearinc.com.