Over 90,000 square feet of manufacturing space


  • Our desire as a participant in the omnibus buying programs is to be a Prime Contract Manufacturer of Chemical Biological Protective Clothing. It is not within our business model to be a Research and Development firm. Typically, we work with an R&D firm to bring the proposed item from a Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) 5 to an MRL 10. 

  • Tennessee Apparel has been a manufacturer of high performance products made with ePTFE membrane based laminated fabrics for nearly 30 years. These products require the application of seam sealing tape on all sewn seams and the use of specialized quality assurance tests to validate the integrity of the taped seam. Our trained workforce includes engineers, supervisors, instructors, quality managers, and line operators with years of experience in developing and implementing procedures and methods for efficient and reliable seam sealing operations.

About Us



Tennessee Apparel was founded in 1901 as a Tennessee Corporation and manufactured work clothing for a number of years before converting practically its entire production capability to the manufacturing of military clothing. The company has been manufacturing predominantly for the military since 1957 and has produced in excess of fifty (50) million items of clothing for the military.


What We Do


  • We have produced over 2 million protective environmental garments for the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force and US Marine Corps using GORE-TEX® fabrics and GORESEAM® tape. Tennessee Apparel is also a certified manufacturer of products made with GORE® CHEMPAK® Selectively Permeable Fabrics. 

  • We have completed production of the Integrated Footwear System (IFS) CB protective boot liner contract (M67004-05-D-0029), and were the principal manufacturer of all the DT/OT test items for the JSLIST Chemical/Biological Protective Coverall for Combat Vehicle Crewman (JC3). Both of these items are made from a non-stretch GORE® CHEMPAK® Selectively Permeable Fabric. 



  • The UIPE I1 Protective Clothing System utilizes a stretch GORE® CHEMPAK® Selectively Permeable Fabric to create a close-fitting undergarment.  The one-directional stretch fabric has been incorporated into a unique unisex undergarment design. This unisex design maximizes range of motion, durability in use, fit across a broad range of body sizes, and integration with other CB protective equipment. 

  • TAC participated in the design and development (EMD phase) and the production and deployment (LRIP and FRP phase) of the UIPE I1. During this process, TAC went from an MRL 6 to an MRL 10. 

  • To date we have manufactured and shipped over 125,000 units of the protective undergarment consisting of a top and bottom. 

Quality Certification

Tennessee Apparel has be certified to the ISO-9001 standard since 2001.

ISO 9001-2015 certification (pdf)


Contact Us

Rick Francis


Tennessee Apparel Corp.

1809 Old Estill Springs Rd, Tullahoma, Tennessee 37388, United States

(931) 455-3491