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IRONCLAD

FALL 2015

PROFILE

Ironclad
www.ironclad.com | Headquarters: Farmers Branch,
Texas | Employees: 34 | Specialty: Work gloves

[ BY CH RI S P ETE R S E N ]

No matter how advanced technology becomes, there will always be a
need for people who work with their
hands, and those hands will always
need protection from the day-to-day
rigors of the job. The first manufacturer to introduce performance
work gloves to the market,
Ironclad, for more than 17
years, has been at the
forefront of developing products
that provide
optimum
protection
for workers'
hands and
improve
their performance in
their jobs.
When Ironclad opened its
doors in 1998, the work
glove was a static product.
Although the needs of workers in
the oil and gas, manufacturing, construction and other industries were and
remain unique and diverse, the work
gloves used by all of them were virtually
the same. The one-size-fits-most leather gloves offered protection for workers'
hands, but they were cumbersome and
didn't provide workers with much dexterity for finer work.
Ironclad's innovation was to take a
page from the world of sportswear and
develop work gloves that fit - appropriately - like a glove. Its products are
made of lightweight, durable materials
that also are breathable. For the first
time, work gloves not only provided full
protection for workers' hands, but were
far more comfortable and customizable

for various specific tasks."If there's a
guy framing a house, he needs a specific
glove, and that's a different glove than
a guy who's working with hand tools or
power equipment," Vice President of
Marketing Shawn Norfolk says.
Today, Ironclad
produces
gloves for
users
around
the globe
that are
cut-resistant,
waterproof,
heat-resistant,
impact resistant
and abrasion-resistant, in addition to gloves that
can

survive numerous other
conditions on the
job site. This provides workers with
protection from
injuries caused by
external factors like
burns, cuts, vibration and scrapes.
The company's focus
on the fit of its gloves
also prevents further
injuries. Because they
are made with appropriately fit, stretchable
materials, Ironclad
gloves give workers virtually
the same range of movement with
their hands and fingers as they would
have without gloves, and the fit gives

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"Under Senior Vice
President of Supply
Chain Tom Felton's
direction, our supply
chain has been
transformed into a
competitive weapon."
them the dexterity necessary to pick
up small objects or use smaller tools
without the clumsy feel of old leather
work gloves. Many hand injuries occur when workers' hands are fatigued,
and giving them greater dexterity
with their work gloves means they
can work longer without getting tired,
which usually leads to a decreased
amount of incidents on the job.
Norfolk says Ironclad's
products are designed
to address the four vital
characteristics of a
work glove: fit, function, dexterity and
durability.
Although
traditional
work gloves
concentrated
almost exclusively on the
durability aspect,
Ironclad's focus on
the performance of its
products in terms of fit
and dexterity does more to
prevent hand injuries and
give workers greater ability to do their jobs with
greater effectiveness and
efficiency, all the while
being better protected.
Ironclad's forward-thinking products created a
revolution in industrial hand protection. Today, there are hundreds of
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