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Acquisition expands Total Fires PPE portfolioPosted on 06/03/2006

Total Fire Group has announced the acquisition of American Firewear, a manufacturer of firefighter and rescue worker protection equipment.

The Total Fire Group, itself a manufacturer of personal protection equipment (PPE), said that the acquisition had made it the largest producer worldwide in most of its PPE categories.

It manufactures helmets, hoods, gloves, footwear, thermal imaging cameras and "Kore Kooler" rehab chairs.

American Firewear, meanwhile, manufactures a wide variety of complementary products, such as equipment bags, wildland gear, extrication gear, jumpsuits and suspenders.

Mary Grilliot, executive vice president of Total Fire Group, said: "The combination of American Firewear into Total Fire Group promises benefits, not only for our company, but for the dealers of the product lines, and, most importantly, our customers.

"Our expanded purchasing levels should enable us to better control raw material acquisition costs and, in turn, minimise price increases to our customers. Add to that the combined resources that now become available, and we anticipate even more efficient manufacturing levels at plants in both Ohatchee and Dayton, shortened delivery times, reinforced quality control standards, and a quickened pace of new product introductions."

Total Fire said that there are no planned changes to American Firewear's product line, although more proprietary and patented products are expected to be added to the line in the short-term.

Terms of the acquisition between the two companies were not disclosed.

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