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Thursday, September 16th, 2021

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Gryphon Investors’ Mechanix Wear Acquires Chicago Protective Apparel

Tuesday, August 17th, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 17, 2021 // — Mechanix Wear®, a leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance work gloves, announced today it has acquired Chicago Protective Apparel (“CPA” or the “Company”), a 108 year-old, family-owned manufacturer of personal protective equipment (PPE). Mechanix Wear is a portfolio company of middle-market private equity firm Gryphon Investors. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Skokie, IL, CPA manufactures and offers an extensive line of over 20,000 products for arc flash, foundry, and welding applications. The Company’s previous owners, Scott and Myrna Sherman, are retiring after 30 years of service. Vice President John Merikoski will remain with the Company as Director of Production, along with other members of the management team.

Mechanix Wear CEO Michael Hale said, “Our two-year partnership with Gryphon has accelerated our growth and positioned us to expand beyond our core line of work gloves. CPA’s culture of quality and focus on innovation synchronize with Mechanix Wear’s mission of bringing the latest design and material innovation to gloves for working hands. Moving forward, we will integrate and expand on CPA’s product portfolio by looking beyond conventional ideas to innovate the most advanced PPE possible. We are excited to collaborate with John and his team.”

Ryan Fagan, Managing Director in the Consumer Group at Gryphon, said, “We’ve been happy to partner with Michael and his team, and see the impressive growth they have continued to achieve as Mechanix Wear celebrates its 30th year of Hand Built Trust. We are excited to welcome CPA into our partnership.”

Mr. Merikoski commented, “We thank Scott and Myrna for building a trusted company that has attracted a loyal following and enjoyed enormous success. We are now in a great position to grow, and we are delighted to team up with such an iconic brand as Mechanix Wear. With their support, and with Gryphon’s capital and operational resources behind us, we expect to invest in continued innovation and customer satisfaction both domestically and abroad.”

EC M&A served as financial advisor to Gryphon and Mechanix Wear. Kirkland & Ellis acted as legal advisor to Gryphon and Mechanix Wear, and Williams, Bax & Saltzman acted as legal advisor to CPA.

Warrior West 21 – DRIFIRE FR Softshell

Tuesday, July 6th, 2021

The new DRIFIRE FR Softshell is fleece lined and features a water resistant shell. Consider it an update on the FREE softshell.

Here is a diagram which calls out the various features:

DRIFIRE products are available for unit and agency orders from ADS, Inc.

Warrior West 21 – Mechanix Wear Torch Regulator

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021

You may see the Mechanix Wear Torch Regulator on a Mortarman near you soon to handle hot tubes.

This welding gloves is made from Durahide boar leather with a Kevlar FR lining to protect from heat and puncture, and stitched throughout with Kevlar thread.

Mechanix Wear products are available for unit and agency orders from ADS, Inc.

USAF Approves XGO FR Base Layer systems as Safe to Fly

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

Southern Pines, NC – April 7, 2021. The program office for the US Air Force recently announced the Approved Safe to Fly items for the specific fabrics and garments identified for the updated USAF No Melt No Drip and FR Underlayer Product List. Selected products on this list have a 3-year certification period.

The fabrics and garments manufactured by your XGO, have been certified as Flame Resistant (FR) products which meet the FR test including No Melt No Drip (NMND) requirements. These certified fabrics and garments are for use as under layers to wear with AF FR Uniforms.

Approved Items list to include:

These certifications constitutes XGO’s guarantee to USAF customers that our quality process will ensure the product will repeatedly pass ASTM D 6413 Vertical flame Test with NMND requirement, meet Berry Amendment compliance, and other program specific requirements.

Products can be purchased either directly from XGO at www.proxgo.com/collections/airforce-air-national-guard-profession  or through one of our dealer or distribution partners.  Additionally, the products are found at Equipment Base Supply Centers supply shops, AAFES, and through DLA.

A list of our entire product line can be found at online.pubhtml5.com/pnpm/wcnv

Please contact our customer service at [email protected] or [email protected] to find the best supplier for your needs.

ADS Inc Hurlburt Warfighter – 2 March 2021

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

We are one week out from the ADS Hurlburt Warfighter, to be held 2 March at the Soundside Club.

There will be 35 vendors on site to show you the latest gear. One of the products attendees should check out is the Drifire FR Softshell Jacket.

This FR jacket combines a moisture wicking fleece lining with a wind stopping breathable membrane which also offers rain resistance. It also offers chest and bicep pockets on each side as well as dual pen slots at each cuff.

If you can’t make it to the Hurlburt Warfighter but want more info on the Drifire FR Softshell Jacket, hit up Atlantic Diving Supply.

Kitanica Fire Retardant Apron

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

The Kitanica Fire Retardant Apron is 100% U.S. MADE and constructed of a 6.5 oz. 60/40 Kevlar/Nomex ripstop fabric, sewn with Nomex thread and has features that include: chest pocket with thermometer/pen tube, Velcro loop patch on the bib, left and right hanging utensil/tool loops (dual) and 2 large front pockets. It is designed for the shop, the kitchen, and the grill. It has an adjustable neck strap with a pass through for the loose end and extra long waist ties that can be cut to length, but are also designed with the ability to tie off in the front. The Apron is also specifically designed to be worn folded over without the top half of the bib showing below the hem.

Offered in Black.


Wild Things FR Cold Weather Clothing with GORE PYRAD

Wednesday, August 19th, 2020

Wild Things has earned a reputation for tough, lightweight technical outerwear, fire resistant flightline approved layers, alpine-style backpacks, durable haul–bags, and innovative tactical and military clothing.

Our fire resistant cold weather layers have an incredible comfort range and incorporate FR with the outstanding performance in cold weather expected from Wild Things and Gore. These layers are currently in the field with every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and often tailored for mission-specific goals.

Using GORE® PYRAD® flame retardant fabric – a self-extinguishing technology that provides durable protection against flash fire exposure while remaining highly breathable, water resistant, and windproof – Wild Things meets and exceeds cold, wet, and FR clothing requirements.

Contact Wild Things today: we’re here to help you choose the right layers to meet your needs and your budget – from base layers to FR high loft – we can handle whatever weather Mother Nature throws your way. Fear No Element™.

Featured FR Layers:
Hard Shell Jacket FR-GT
Rescue Jacket FR-GT
Low Loft Jacket FR-G
Low Loft Pant FR-G
Hard Shell Pant FR-GT
Knuckle Roaster FR

Wild Things FR Clothing Flyer Download: