Pictured above: Todd Herring on the left and Larry Bucher on the right.
Medina, Ohio – August 2016 – Fire-Dex is pleased to announce the promotion of Todd Herring to Director of Marketing and the addition of Larry Bucher as the new T50 Regional Sales Manager.
2015 was a very successful year for Fire-Dex in growing revenue & investing in the organization for future business development. We added a second shift to our operations, grew the field sales team and our marketing staff, as well as integrated a new business with the TecGen acquisition.
The budget for 2016 is to grow revenue over 25%. I am confident that we are on track to accomplish these lofty goals.
I have a few organizational announcements effective today, January 4th, as we start the new fiscal year. Dave Liana joined the organization in 1990 as our controller and will now have the title of Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer. John Karban joined in 2003 as Plant Manager and will now have the title of Vice President, Operations. Dave and John have been trusted long term partners with me as Fire-Dex has doubled several times.
Steve Allison will now be Vice President, Sales & Marketing. Steve joined our organization in 2014 as Director of Sales and has worked in our industry for over 25 years. In 2015, Steve hired Peggy Curtis, Bob Keys, Jessica Baumgartner, Jordan Paris and David Moore, and promoted Sarah Finch. Todd Herring also joined our sales team after the TecGen acquisition. John Zbozien, Director of Marketing and Product Development, will report to Steve with this organizational change.
One additional promotion is Tory King, who will have title of Senior Regional Sales Manager. Tory joined us in 2010 as a Denver based Regional Sales Manager. Tory will be hiring a Sales Account Manager for Texas this quarter.
In 2016, we will continue to invest in the business on all fronts to be sure we have the best people, products and service levels for our customers worldwide.
Please join me in congratulating Dave, John, Steve and Tory.
Happy New Year, and I look forward to a very prosperous New Year.
Fire-Dex was formed after A Best Products Co. purchased Morgan Protection Apparel in Rome, GA in 1983. Since the primary business was manufacturing welding and firefighting gloves with good dexterity, the name “Fire-Dex” was an obvious choice.
Fire-Dex strategically grew by adding more accessory items such as fire hoods and suspenders and then began manufacturing structural turnout gear in 1987. Expansion continued in the following years, adding ParaDex EMS and USAR Gear. In September of 2008 Fire-Dex acquired the Chieftain brand, bringing with it a long history in the fire industry, dating back to 1927.
Fire-Dex entered the firefighting footwear market in 2010 when they launched their first structural firefighting boot, the FDXL-100 Red Leather Boot.
Finally, TECGEN® PPE became a Fire-Dex brand in September of 2015.
Medina, Ohio – September 1, 2015 – Fire-Dex, a leading manufacturer of protective firefighting clothing, has acquired TECGEN PPE®, an innovative flame resistant fabric and garment technology from National Safety Apparel (NSA).
Fire-Dex is the exclusive licensee of the TECGEN PPE® product line for the first responder market. This acquisition will strengthen Fire-Dex as a global PPE leader, focused on protecting firefighters. This unique technical solution will expand Fire-Dex’s head-to-toe offering.
Steve Allison, Director of Sales, states “The TECGEN PPE® fabric and product designs are outstanding for modern day firefighter activities for more than 90% of department calls. NFPA 1971 structural firefighter gear is critical safety equipment but departments need additional function specific PPE that impacts their safety and comfort.”
Focused on protection and breathability, TECGEN PPE® offers a comfortable, protective alternative to wearing turnout gear or day uniforms for technical rescue and extrication work. TECGEN PPE® gear is specifically designed to stand up to the tasks most commonly performed during MVA, extrication and technical rescue responses.
“Fire-Dex and TECGEN PPE® are two of the fastest growing brands in the fire industry. This acquisition is a great fit for Fire-Dex as it further strengthens their leadership position in the PPE, fire apparel business” said Chuck Grossman, President & CEO of National Safety Apparel.
Fire-Dex, headquartered in Medina, OH, is a leading manufacturer and marketer of protective firefighting clothing, emergency response apparel, NFPA hoods, helmets, gloves and boots. For more information on Fire-Dex visit www.firedex.com. Also, see more at www.fire.tecgen.com.