A History of American Firewear


American Firewear was incorporated in the State of Alabama in July, 1990, in the city of Anniston . The name of the company is significant to the founders of the company: "AMERICAN" represents the independent spirit of starting a business and pursuing the American Dream. "FIREWEAR" represents a heart- felt commitment to protecting fire fighters and rescue workers based on both owners' personal involvement in the fire service industry - "FIRE" for the fire market, and "WEAR" for the protective clothing the company proudly manufactures.

The company started with a handful of employees and a strong determination by the founders. Competition was tough. and the economy of the early 90's was recessionary. But with hard work, quality products and loyal distributor relationships, the company flourished. Most of the distributors who started with the company in the "early years" continue with American Firewear today.

As demand for its quality products increased, additional manufacturing capacity was added, including a Product Development office and state-of-the-art CAD equipment. One of the most innocative fire fighter glove designs in the market - the ECLIPSE - was developed at that location. So unique, a U.S. patent was awarded.

Recently, a new "Dual Standard Certified: glove was introduced. A structural fire fighter glove so comfortable
and durable that it also passes the stringent dexterity and abrasion tests of the USAR standard (Urban Search and Rescue).

The corporate offices and most of the manufacturing have been transferred to a new, large facility located in Ohatchee , Alabama . In addition, the company has recently been ISO 9001 Registered for improved product quality and increased customer satisfaction.

Today, a larger and stronger American Firewear holds fast to the determination and commitment of its founders. Quality, Innovation, Value, and Protection are not simply our goals. they are our roadmap into the future.

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