Bankrupt military clothing maker Malden Mills is likely to be one of the main beneficiaries of the $368 billion Defense Appropriations bill which was given final passage by the Senate late last week.

The bill, which now goes to the president for his signature, includes $19.1 million in funding for hi-tech apparel produced by Malden Mills for the US Army, Marines and Air National Guard.

Under the bill, Lawrence-based Malden Mills Industries Inc will get $13 million for production of its Extended Cold Weather Clothing System; $3.15 million for clothing designed to protect naval aviators; and $3 million for continued research on military garments imbedded with sensors to monitor soldiers health and vital signs.

The finance will provide a solid year-round business base for Malden Mills which filed for bankruptcy in November 2001.