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Stauffer Glove & Safety

to customers. This includes enhancing
its website with intelligent and predictive
search tools, invoice and purchase order
history, advanced reporting and customized product lists. The company's online
ordering platform can integrate with customers' procurement systems to simplify
the ordering process. "Using systems the
company has developed in-house allows
us to be flexible and build customized
solutions that fit our customers' specific
needs," IT and Marketing Manager Brandon Stauffer says.

Family Advantage
The company's family based culture has
given it the ability to be flexible to its customers' needs. Stauffer Glove & Safety
was founded in 1907 in Palm, Pa., as Acorn
Glove Co., a manufacturer of cotton and

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leather gloves marketing to retail chain
stores and wholesale distributors. The
company moved to its present location
in Red Hill in 1955 and incorporated as
Stauffer Manufacturing Co.
In the early 1960s, the company began
selling direct to industry, a sales approach
that provided significant growth and resulted in the need for a full line of safety
products and partnerships from other
manufacturers. At this time, the company
also began importing products directly
from Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan. By the
early 1980s, manufacturing represented
only about five percent of the company's
total revenue. The company at this time
outsourced its manufacturing equipment
and technology to an overseas partner and
transitioned from a glove manufacturer to
a full-line PPE distributor.

Although the Stauffer glove brand
is produced overseas, the gloves still
retain the same standards and quality
customers have come to expect over
the years. "Our gloves are made to our
original specifications," Jeff Stauffer explains. The company still produces cotton and leather gloves, but has expanded
its line to include a wide variety of over
100 glove styles including disposables,
cut resistant, coated, chemical resistant
and more.
The company's longevity and culture
continue to distinguish it within the PPE
distribution market. "We're truly a family
business, from the president down to our
newest employees; everyone has access to
leadership," Barnes says. "Our customers
appreciate that because that sort of family
touch is so rare in today's world." mt


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