Wellco Enterprises Inc. began operations in Waynesville, NC. Ro-Search Inc. a subsidiary, develops shoe manufacturing processes and licenses its technology to other manufactures world-wide.|
1965 First Vietnam Jungle Boot contract awarded. Wellco production reached 5000 pairs per day. Ro-Search supplied technology to equipment to eleven other manufacturers.
1968 With U.S. Army Natick R&D Center, Wellco and Ro-Search developed the first general purpose all-leather DMS (Direct Molded Sole) combat boot.
Vulcanized DMS (Direct Molded Sole) construction is designed for maximum bond and durability.
1970 First blast protective overboot developed by Ro-Search for use in mine clearance operations. Subsequently developed blast protective boot for wear in mine infested areas.
1984-1985 Present Army Water-Repellent Combat Boot developed by Wellco/Ro-Search and selected from among seven prototypes entered in a ‘walk-off’ competition.
1988-1991 Developed prototype Desert Boot, subsequently modified to incorporate improvements specified by General Norman Schwarzkopf and placed in production in record time for Operation Desert Storm.
1999 Completed final phase of 1995 Contract awarded by U.S. Army Natick to develop a boot that would reduce foot injuries through the use of running shoe technology. Achieved 30% reduction in injuries.
2000 Introduced a new line of combat boots incorporating running-shoe technology.
Blast protective boot and overboot enhanced by incorporating polyurethane injection, combined with rubber in the tread area for traction and wear.
General Ro-Search has supplied technology and equipment for combat boot production for the Armed Forces of numerous countries outside of the U.S. Wellco supplies Hot Weather Boots, Desert Boots, and Blast Protective footwear to the Armed Forces of a number of countries, in addition to the U.S., the United Kingdom, and New Zealand.
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