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Lakeland Industries gets $5M Brazil contract

An example of Lakeland Industries protective garments. The

An example of Lakeland Industries protective garments. The Ronkonkoma company said July 21, 2011 that it will be expanding its Brazil facilities to accommodate a $5 million order from the Brazilian Navy. Photo Credit: Lakeland Industries

A protective garment maker based in Ronkonkoma will be expanding its operations overseas.

Lakeland Industries, Inc. received its first order from the Brazilian Navy after winning a $5 million contract in December 2010. The company will be acquiring new factory space and hiring more workers in its Brazilian operations to complete the order, said chief executive Christopher Ryan, chief executive of Lakeland.

The order is for $500,000 worth of fire-resistent coveralls, designed specifically by Lakeland for the Brazilian Navy. Although the contract is for up to $5 million of goods, there is no guarantee that a purchase up to that amount will be made by December this year — when the contract ends.

But the company plans on completing the first order by the end of October and working with the Brazilian Navy on placing further purchases before December, Ryan said.

“We’re expanding essentially into the BRIC countries — Brazil, Russia, India and China — they are the fastest growing countries in the world right now,” Ryan said.

Lakeland is headquartered in Long Island, but has manufacturing units in India, Brazil, China and Mexico.

Photo: An example of Lakeland Industries protective garments.

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