PGI appoints new managing director to launch its international operations

GREEN LAKE, Wis. — PGI, a recognized leader in the manufacture of particulate blocking safety hoods and professional apparel, has appointed an established industry professional as its new managing director to drive the company’s international strategy.

Andy Slater, managing director at PGI.
Andy Slater, managing director at PGI.

Andy Slater – former UK Managing Director of ISG thermal imaging and previously, Vice President of Sales at Avon Protection, has been enrolled to the position. “We are thrilled Andy has agreed to join our team,” confirms Jim Sonntag, PGI’s Founder and CEO. “Andy has a true passion for providing protective technologies to professionals in the emergency services, military and industrial markets. He brings with him years of expertise in establishing a foothold in new territories and a track record of growth for the technology businesses he has supported. We are very excited about the opportunities Andy will deliver.”

PGI manufactures a wide range of high-tech protective clothing, including industry-leading flame-resistant fabrics; dedicated to the highest standards of manufacturing, design, and innovation.

PGI BarriAireTM Gold particulate blocking hoods set a new standard of protection for firefighters. Featuring an outer layer of proprietary PGI BarriAire Gold FR fabric infused with meta-aramid, para-aramid and antistatic fibres for exceptional wash, wear, durability and permanent static resistance. An exclusive DWR finish reduces and releases the build-up of contaminants and soil. PGI BarriAire Gold Hoods incorporate an inner layer of ultra-light DuPontTM Nomex® Nano Flex fabric, which can inhibit penetration of harmful contaminants and carcinogenic particles.

When questioned about his new role at PGI, Andy commented “Today, research has established that firefighters have been developing cancer at higher rates than the general public. Only recently has attention been drawn to this issue facing firefighters, I’m confident PGI and its products will play a significant part in the future of the global safety market, PGI set the highest standards in the fight to protect people who work in hostile and hazardous environments. I am delighted to have been entrusted to run the EMEA and Asia Pacific business.”

Andy and his team work out of PGI’s UK offices; they’ll be attending A+A 2019 and Interschutz 2020, both held in Germany, plus the finals of this year’s UKRO rescue challenge at Derbyshire Fire and Rescue in the UK. They’ll be demonstrating why PGI products will soon be a global name in PPE. If you’re attending any of these events; visit the PGI stand and have a look at the latest in particulate protection, or email the UK PGI team for a demonstration at

About PGI
PGI has been outfitting the world for safety since 1942.  The company excels in the design and manufacture innovative garments for the emergency services, military and industrial professionals around the world. The PGI line of high-performance products includes Cobra™, Cobra NextGen™ and Cobra BarriAire™ Hoods, FireLine™ and FireLine Multi Mission™ gear, and DriGuard™ FR Base Layer garments. With offices in the US and now, the UK, PGI manufactures products of the highest quality which meet or exceed all applicable global industry standards.

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