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  • Kovenex Featured on NBC’s Today Show

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  • According to Matt Smith, business development director at Waubridge, Southcombe will begin mass sales of the new gloves featuring Kovenex in June 2009, but will have a limited number of the gloves available during FDIC at booth # 1335. Kovenex representatives will be available at booth # 1332. "Safety and performance are paramount for first response and rescue personnel, and we constantly strive to create partnerships that yield the optimal level for both," said Smith. "By combining the safety and performance attributes on which Kovenex users depend with Southcombe Brothers' extensive history of manufacturing premium gloves for various types of first responders, we're certain that this customer-driven partnership will further enable Kovenex to deliver the best personal protective equipment (PPE) in the industry." David Southcombe, managing director at Southcombe, said he is excited about enhancing his company's PPE product offerings with Kovenex to better serve the first response community. "For more than 160 years, we've engineered some of the finest gloves in the world for all types of occasions and purposes," said Southcombe. "Our craftsmanship and sophisticated, proprietary technologies, matched with Kovenex's unrivaled safety attributes, will provide an unparalleled level of durability, performance and safety." Kovenex has been used by firefighters and other first responders for years in a number of products, including the Kovenex Rapid Response Blanket. In addition, Waubridge offers the Kovenex Occupational Safety Blanket, designed specifically for use in industrial workplaces such as plants, foundries, mills and other facilities in which fire-related incidents could occur. About Kovenex Kovenex, manufactured and marketed by Chester, Va.-based Waubridge Specialty Fabrics, LLC, is a high-performance engineered fabric blend with inherent flame-, heat- and tear-resistant properties. For more information please visit www.kovenex.com or call 866.861.7976. About Southcombe Based in the beautiful Somerset countryside in the UK, Southcombe Brothers have been making and supplying gloves since 1847. One of Europe's oldest and largest glove suppliers, Southcombe Brothers continue to lead the industry in terms of design, performance and customer service. With a unique blend of traditional craft skills and specialised high-tech materials, together with an ISO 9001 certified tannery and manufacturing units, Southcombe Brothers oversee the development of gloves from first designs to the finished pair. For more information please visit www.southcombe.com or call 011 44 1935 823567. [post_title] => Waubridge Specialty Fabrics, Southcombe Brothers Partner for Superior Firefighting Gloves [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => waubridge-specialty-fabrics-southcombe-brothers-partner-for-superior-firefighting-gloves [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2009-04-17 10:54:28 [post_modified_gmt] => 2009-04-17 14:54:28 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.kovenex.com/?p=155 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) -->
  • Waubridge Specialty Fabrics, Southcombe Brothers Partner for Superior Firefighting Gloves

    Kovenex® to Serve as Thermal Barrier for Two Glove Models RICHMOND, Va. (April 17, 2009) - Waubridge Specialty Fabrics, LLC (Waubridge) today announced it has partnered with Southcombe Brothers (Southcombe) to provide its patented Kovenex as the thermal barrier for Southcombe's Firemaster® Ultra and Firemaster IV. Combining Kovenex's inherent flame-, tear- and cut-resistant properties with Southcombe's patented water- and chemical-resistant…Read More »
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  • With this additional protective quality, Kovenex maintains its inherent flame-, tear- and cut-resistant properties and NFPA 1971-2007 standards for vertical flammability, but also enables rescue workers and others to perform more safely and effectively in wet conditions stemming from water and petroleum. According to Matt Smith, business development director at Waubridge, the new liquid repellant Kovenex line is tested to and passes AATCC-22 and AATCC-35 testing standards for water repellency. In addition, Kovenex products that have the liquid repellent finish maintain breathability and have Moisture Vapor Transmission Rates above 500 g/m2/24hr after treatment. "At Waubridge, the voice of the customer is invaluable, and for years firefighters and other rescue workers with whom we have closely worked have praised Kovenex for the qualities that protect them against flames, heat and sharps," said Smith. "However, according to some, the one element that Kovenex was lacking was the ability to repel water- and petroleum-based fluids. With the addition of this finish to Kovenex fabrics, we are pleased to offer this added level of safety and protection." Kovenex has been used by firefighters and other first responders for years in a number of products, including the Kovenex Rapid Response Blanket, and in the Dragon Fire Alpha structural firefighting, extrication and mechanics gloves by Fireman's Shield, wherein Kovenex serves as a heat-blocking thermal barrier and will now make donning and doffing much easier. In addition, Waubridge offers the Kovenex Occupational Safety Blanket, designed specifically for use in industrial workplaces such as plants, foundries, mills and other facilities in which fire-related incidents could occur. [post_title] => Waubridge Specialty Fabrics Adds Liquid Repellency to Kovenex®’s Protective Qualities [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => waubridge-specialty-fabrics-adds-liquid-repellency-to-kovenexs-protective-qualities [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2008-12-15 17:30:13 [post_modified_gmt] => 2008-12-15 21:30:13 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.kovenex.com/?p=98 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) -->
  • Waubridge Specialty Fabrics Adds Liquid Repellency to Kovenex®’s Protective Qualities

    Repels Water-, Petroleum-Based Fluids RICHMOND, Va. (December 15, 2008) - Waubridge Specialty Fabrics, LLC (Waubridge) today unveiled a liquid repellent finish for its line of Kovenex thermal liners. With this additional protective quality, Kovenex maintains its inherent flame-, tear- and cut-resistant properties and NFPA 1971-2007 standards for vertical flammability, but also enables rescue workers and others to perform more safely…Read More »
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  • CHESTER, Va. (September 15, 2008) - Waubridge Specialty Fabrics, manufacturer of Kovenex high-performance flame-and-tear resistant fabric, today announced that it has added two dealers to its network of distributors of products Safeguarded by Kovenex. Singer Associates will bundle Kovenex Rapid Response Blankets and protective gloves with the extrication tools and heavy equipment it sells, and Carolina Fire Services will offer a full line of blankets and gloves Safeguarded by Kovenex. Kovenex is used by firefighters and other first responders in a number of products, including the Kovenex Rapid Response Blanket, and the Dragon Fire Alpha structural firefighting, extrication and mechanics gloves by Fireman's Shield, wherein Kovenex serves as a cut-, tear- and flame-resistant, heat-blocking thermal barrier. Waubridge recently launched the Kovenex Occupational Safety Blanket, designed specifically for use in industrial workplaces such as plants, foundries, mills and other facilities in which fire-related incidents could occur. All products Safeguarded by Kovenex are tested to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards and offer needed protection against fire, intense heat, shattered glass particles and sharp metal edges. "We're excited to work with Singer and Carolina Fire to offer high-performance Kovenex products to fire and rescue personnel," said Jeff Siffert, sales director for Waubridge Specialty Fabrics. "Our partnership with these and other dealers allows us to make products available to those individuals who trust and depend on Kovenex in their daily lives."

    About Kovenex

    Kovenex, manufactured and marketed by Chester, Va.-based Waubridge Specialty Fabrics, LLC, is a high-performance engineered fabric blend with inherent flame-, heat- and tear-resistant properties. For more information please visit www.kovenex.com or call 866.861.7976. Contact: Joe Horvath CRT/tanaka for Kovenex P: 804.675.8142 E: [email protected] [post_title] => Waubridge Specialty Fabrics Adds New Distributors to Dealer/Distributor Network [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => august-15-16-2008-fri [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2008-06-01 11:16:24 [post_modified_gmt] => 2008-06-01 15:16:24 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.kovenex.com/?p=88 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) -->
  • Waubridge Specialty Fabrics Adds New Distributors to Dealer/Distributor Network

    Products Safeguarded by Kovenex® gain wider distribution CHESTER, Va. (September 15, 2008) - Waubridge Specialty Fabrics, manufacturer of Kovenex high-performance flame-and-tear resistant fabric, today announced that it has added two dealers to its network of distributors of products Safeguarded by Kovenex. Singer Associates will bundle Kovenex Rapid Response Blankets and protective gloves with the extrication tools and heavy equipment it…Read More »
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  • RICHMOND, Va. (May 7, 2008) - Waubridge Specialty Fabrics, LLC (Waubridge) recently announced it has received four Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certifications of its patented Kovenex fabric, including certification for protective garments and hoods for structural firefighting; protective ensembles for proximity firefighting; protective helmet components for structural firefighting; and protective glove components for structural firefighting. Each UL certification is in accordance with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1971-2007 standards and will allow Kovenex to be used in a virtually limitless capacity of safety applications, including turnout and extrication gear, hoods, ear covers, gloves and more. Kovenex has been used by firefighters and other first responders for years in a number of products, including the Kovenex Rapid Response Blanket, and in the Dragon Fire Alpha structural firefighting, extrication and mechanics gloves by Fireman's Shield, wherein Kovenex serves as a cut-, tear- and flame-resistant, heat-blocking thermal barrier. In addition, Waubridge recently unveiled the Kovenex Occupational Safety Blanket, designed specifically for use in industrial workplaces such as plants, foundries, mills and other facilities in which fire-related incidents could occur. "While Kovenex has helped first responders and workers in other industries for some time now, our goal always has been to maximize the number of applications in which Kovenex can be used to give those individuals the optimal amount of safety and protection they need and deserve," said Matt Smith, director of business development for Waubridge. "We are excited about these UL certifications not only for our company, but for the individuals who trust and depend on Kovenex in their daily lives. We are proud to know that we now are able to partner with other manufacturers to make products that will safeguard these men and women literally from head to toe." According to Smith, there are many qualities that make Kovenex unique, including properties that enable the fabric to block extreme heat and resist flames, cuts and tears. Kovenex's performance relies on inherent traits of its patented fiber blends, as opposed to chemical treatments or fiberglass, which makes Kovenex safe for contact with skin and more effective in preventing burns. In addition, the lack of chemical treatment means it has an infinite shelf life, so Kovenex itself can be washed and reused without compromising performance.

    About Kovenex

    Kovenex, manufactured and marketed by Chester, Va.-based Waubridge Specialty Fabrics, LLC, is a high-performance engineered fabric blend with inherent flame-, heat- and tear-resistant properties. For more information please visit www.kovenex.com or call 866.861.7976. Contact: Joe Horvath CRT/tanaka for Kovenex P: 804.675.8142 E: [email protected] [post_title] => Waubridge Specialty Fabrics’ Kovenex® Achieves Multiple UL Certifications in Accordance with NFPA 1971-2007 Standards [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => ul_certifications [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2008-05-12 10:17:50 [post_modified_gmt] => 2008-05-12 14:17:50 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.kovenex.com/?p=22 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) -->
  • Waubridge Specialty Fabrics’ Kovenex® Achieves Multiple UL Certifications in Accordance with NFPA 1971-2007 Standards

    Enables Kovenex to Safeguard First Responders, Industrial Workers from Head to Toe RICHMOND, Va. (May 7, 2008) - Waubridge Specialty Fabrics, LLC (Waubridge) recently announced it has received four Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certifications of its patented Kovenex fabric, including certification for protective garments and hoods for structural firefighting; protective ensembles for proximity firefighting; protective helmet components for structural firefighting; and…Read More »
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