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Flame-Resistant Apparel Experts, Massif, Continue Their Hiring Surge

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Ashland, OR – May 8, 2018 – Massif, a world leader in flame resistant apparel for the U.S. Military is pleased to announce the continued growth of its team dedicated to supporting its amazing customers. Over the course of the last year, Massif has added the following positions: Marketing Communications Manager, Technical Sales-Field Testing Manager, Assistant Buyer-Fabric, and Quality Manager. Most recently, two more Military Sales Representatives joined the team as well. Adding to their already strong sales team, Massif hired Tyler Boeddeker whose background in US Navy aviation as a Naval Aircrewman – Helicopter/Search and Rescue fits perfectly into Massif’s commitment to the USN community. Also joining the team is Garrett Podesta whose background in DOD and protective equipment sales through key channels such as the AbilityOne® Base Service Centers is an integral part of supporting the USAF community.

“Our commitment to advanced fabrics and designs lasting mission after mission, has given us the privilege of protecting millions of men and women working in the world’s most challenging environments. Bringing Tyler and Garrett on board allows us the opportunity to better service our growing customer base and their ever-evolving needs. Their skillsets and experience complement and strengthen our sales team moving forward and we’re excited to have them on Team Massif,” said Darci Knobel, VP of Customer Experience.

This growth in the Massif Team continues to drive demand for added resources and they are now filling openings for the following: Apparel Technical Designer, Product Developer, Patternmaker, Sales Support Specialist, Planner/Buyer, and Shipping/Receiving Assistant.

Noelle Christensen, VP/GM of Massif explains the reason behind the recent hiring surge. “Since 2014, we’ve expanded our Sales team from two to six positions. They’ve fueled sustainable growth and landed approvals for long-term development so we can continue to invest in innovation and the fulfillment teams needed to support the increased demand. We are thrilled to be in a growth phase with a skilled leadership group and high-performing team working toward a common goal.”

Massif, nestled in the Pacific Northwest, at the base of Southern Oregon’s Siskiyou Mountains, continues its robust expansion in the flame-resistant apparel space. Founded in 1999, Massif grew by word of mouth from the SAR and Wildland Firefighting communities to the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army. Today, they serve every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, the general aviation community, and other specialized organizations. Their 2018 theme, Keep Going, taken from the famous Winston Churchill quote, resonates with their steadfast commitment to support people working in some of the world’s most challenging environments. They can’t wait to see where the journey leads and are looking for other passionate team members intent on the same. Check out their Careers Page for more details.

Massif Demonstrates How To Fold The Army Combat Shirt

Sunday, April 8th, 2018

Massif ought to know how to do it, they’ve produced over 5 million of them!

TacJobs – Openings At Massif

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

We are pleased to announce another new position has been created and opened up at Massif – Technical Designer, to go along with four other open positions — three of which are also brand new and include a Sales Support Specialist, Shipping Receiving Assistant, Planner Buyer, and Pattern Maker. We’d love to chat with you about possibilities. Visit the Careers page on our website for more information and come be part of something special.

Flame Resistant Apparel Experts, Massif, release a new short film – The Massif Story: Keep Going

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Ashland, OR (03/06/2018) – Massif, a world-leader in Flame Resistant apparel for the U.S. Military, Wildland Firefighters, the SAR community and more, is excited to announce the release of their video-short, The Massif Story: Keep Going. Ashland, Oregon’s Jared Cruce Studio made the five-minute film, the first of a three-part series.

The intent behind the project is to broaden Massif’s brand vision, explain the company’s history, and their unique symbiosis with Antex Knitting Mills, and Matchmaster Dyeing and Finishing in Los Angeles. This partnership puts them in a strong position within the Flame Resistant Manufacturing industry that the competition can’t match. Daniel Tenenblatt, Executive V.P. at Massif, talks about the early days of Massif and Antex. “One of the founders of Massif flew down for the day from Ashland, with just a backpack. No one at Antex knew who he was. He had a great idea, saying,” “we’re going to make flame resistant garments and we’re going to sell them to the military.”

Antex/Matchmaster’s long history in the apparel industry, their solid circular knitting and finishing knowledge, and key abilities, paired with Massif’s outdoor and protective apparel experience since 1999, does indeed make them a hot commodity in the FR gear space. Steve Tacy, Director of Textiles and Technology points out in the film that, “Massif was founded based on fundamental principles, that there was a way to bridge the gap between world-class outdoor apparel and fully flame protective gear for the U.S. military.”

Massif began when a couple of SAR guys working in the Grand Tetons, were unhappy with their FR gear. It was bulky, uncomfortable, and lacked the performance characteristics they needed to do their jobs properly. So, out of a garage in a small Southern Oregon town, they decided to make their own gear and Massif has grown from those modest beginnings to one of the world’s preeminent manufacturers of high-end flame-resistant gear. Noelle Christensen, GM added in the film, “We learned from the outdoor industry and took those ideas and improved the performance of the fabrics and showed the military there was a way to make the gear better.”

The remainder of 2018 will bring two more short films from Massif and Jared Cruce Studio as the two work jointly to increase Massif’s brand awareness and gain momentum for 2019 and the company’s twenty year anniversary.

The Massif Story: Keep Going

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Massif receives NAVAIR approval on their Revolutionary 2-Piece Flame-Resistant Flight Suit, Paving the Way to Replace Outdated Legacy Gear

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Ashland, OR (01/17/2018) – Massif, a world-leader in flame resistant, high-end, technical apparel for the U.S. military has received NAVAIR (Naval Air Systems Command) approval for their new and revolutionary 2-Piece Flight Suit. Years in the making, Massif, a Pacific Northwest company located in Ashland, Oregon, designed their innovative 2-Piece Flight Suit from direct user feedback across multiple branches and platforms.


Armed with this invaluable user input, the Massif team set out to enhance the capabilities of the modern aviator and aircrewman with original design features unique to Massif garments. Intent on dispelling the age-old notion that the Flight Suit must be a standard one-piece, Massif’s designers came up with an athletic style garment, built from Burlington’s Sigma 4 Star™ fabric; certain to set the Flight Suit trend for decades to come.

Charles Sexton, Massif’s Government Sales and Business Development Manager, who worked with NAVAIR towards the approval had this to say about the recent Flight Suit news: “We owe this approval to our loyal customers within aviation, who demanded innovation of an outdated legacy item. Through years of detailed collaboration, we’ve revolutionized both functionality and performance with our new 2-Piece Flight Suit with the sole purpose of enhancing future mission capabilities of our U.S. Military aircrews.”

With flash fire events a potential concern on any jacket and pant separation, Massif engineered and patented a groundbreaking attachment system to connect the jacket to the pant. Neither the jacket nor pant has to be worn with the other in terms of sizing. Massif felt it important to allow mixing and matching of sizes for a better custom fit. This ingenious design allows flexibility and movement between the jacket and pant while still aiding coverage in flash events. The result is a more user-friendly, agile garment that allows men and women to handle their demanding jobs in comfort without sacrificing safety and performance.

To further ensure Massif’s technologically advanced garment met all the needs of the U.S. Military’s athletes-in-the-sky they designed the garment to mitigate heat-stress and enhance quick-drying capabilities by utilizing mesh-lined pocket configurations, yet more features of excellence and attention to safety that Massif is known for.

“We are honored to be able to support such an amazing customer. This approval affirms the dedication of the Massif team to continuously improve and innovate advanced gear that protects those who protect us each and every day.” Said Darci Knobel, V.P. of Sales at Massif.

Incorporating ergonomically designed seam placement, zippered lower legs on the pants for easier donning and doffing, durable ripstop FR fabric, and a modern, athletic fit, Massif left nothing untouched when revolutionizing the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Flight Suit.

Finally, the Flight Suit, available in both Men’s and Women’s sizing, is one hundred percent Berry Compliant.

TacJobs – Massif Seeks 

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Massif has two openings for sales professionals.

Massif, a world leader in Flame Resistant technical apparel, is seeking a Military Sales Representative to drive U.S. Air Force sales of the Company’s apparel products in support of the Company’s vision, strategies, and goals.

Massif’s passion is to design and create advanced technical apparel that protects the United States Military and those working in the world’s most challenging environments.

We’re looking for individuals who share our passion. Could you be the one?

Preferred Skills Include:
• Basic understanding of the military/government procurement process
• Experience selling to the U.S. Military preferred
• U.S. Air Force service preferred
• Self-motivated, professional, diplomatic, with strong interpersonal skills
• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, including strong presentation skills
• Strong organizational and time-management skills
• Flexibility and the ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
• Domestic travel (50%+) required

As a world leader in flame resistant technical apparel, Massif is seeking a Military Sales Representative II to drive sales of the Company’s apparel products in support of the Company’s vision, strategies, and goals.

Massif’s passion is to design and create advanced technical apparel
that protects the United States military and those working
in the world’s most challenging environments.

Key responsibilities include:
• Strong understanding of the military/government procurement process
• Experience selling to the U.S. Military preferred
• U.S. Military service preferred
• Self-motivated, professional, diplomatic, with strong interpersonal skills
• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, including strong presentation skills
• Strong organizational and time-management skills
• Flexibility and the ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
• Domestic travel (50%+) required
• West Coast location preferred

Please apply through our website at and send a resume and cover letter in Word format to

Massif is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic characteristics, or any other characteristic protected by law.

NAVAIR Approves Massif’s 2-Piece Flight Suit-Military

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Based on a recent compelling need from the fleet, NAVAIR pulled out all of the stops to quickly approve the Sage Green version of Massif’s 2-Piece Flight Suit-Military, for use within the US Navy and Marine Corps.

Manufactured from Burlington’s Sigma 4-Star fabric*, Massif developed a patented (U.S. Patent 9,015,864) attachment system which unites the two components together, allowing them to protect just like a flight coverall, leaving no exposed areas at the waist. This two-part system combines elastic loops found inside the Jacket with Velcro belt loops on the Pant which are passed through the loops.

In addition to using a great fabric, Massif worked with the user community to incorporate features across multiple branches and multiple platforms. There are lots of little details. For starters, it’s a good looking uniform, offering an athletic cut. They’ve also moved seams away from high wear areas at the shoulders, seat and down the front of the legs; areas that can irritate during a long crew day, particularly in hot environments.

There are different Velcro configurations for different user groups. All of the pocket zippers feature pull tabs and the left upper arm pocket incorporates a pen slot.

Another common feature for both jacket and pant are the mesh-lined pockets for heat mitigation. This also speeds up drying.


Finally, the lower legs feature longer donning and doffing zippers than I’ve seen on other suits.


2 zippered upper arm pockets
2 zippered chest pockets
Velcro cuff closures
3-point attachment system


Dual entry secure cargo pockets
Articulated knees
Secure calf pockets
Shroud cutter pouch on thigh
Leg zippers
3-point attachment system

*Sigma 4-Star passes the ASTM D6413/F2302 performance specification for flame resistance.