Gehring And Massif Partner To Supply FR Products To Military

Garden City, N.Y.-based Gehring Textiles Inc. – a manufacturer of warp- and circular-knit fabrics
for markets such as aviation and aerospace, military, fire prevention, utilities, medical equipment
and apparel, outdoor apparel, and activewear, among others – and Ashland, Ore.-based Massif
Mountain Gear Co. – a supplier of flame-resistant (FR), high-performance outdoor apparel for
markets such as military, law enforcement, and fire prevention, among others – are collaborating to
develop and supply a new generation of FR fabrics and apparel to global military forces. Gehring
will supply the newly developed fabrics exclusively to Massif, which will use them for military
apparel, headwear and gloves. The companies report they have begun developing several products that
will provide the military with improved protection and performance.

“This is an exciting collaboration between two product focused companies with a penchant for
innovation,” said Skip Gehring, president, Gehring. “Our shared expertise in fabric development
coupled with Massif’s outstanding garment development and customer service capabilities will enable
this team to invent the next generation of protective apparel for our troops.”

Gehring also will provide certain styles of its current line of FR fabrics to existing
customers. Last year, the company purchased Norton, Mass.-based Tweave Inc., a manufacturer of two-
and four-way stretch woven fabrics, and the first weaving mill globally to produce spandex fabrics
(See ”
Textiles Acquires Tweave
,” November 18, 2008)
. That acquisition has expanded Gehring’s
manufacturing capabilities for the markets it serves.

September 1, 2009