Polartec Partners With Big Bill To Produce Line Of Flame Resistant Garments

LAWRENCE, Mass. — April 6, 2011 — Codet’s Big Bill® brand, a leading manufacturer of work wear for
the oil, gas, petrochemical, electrical utility, power generation, mining and industrial markets,
has partnered with Polartec® to produce a full layering system of high performance garments using
Polartec’s Flame Resistant (FR) fabric technology.

Big Bill® is launching the “Big Bill Active FR” line of full Polartec® Flame Resistant
layering solutions in the US and Canada. This layering system includes baselayer shirts made using
Polartec® Power Dry® FR, the industry’s best moisture-managing next-to-skin fabric. Midlayer
jackets and hoodies are made using highly breathable and lightweight Polartec® Thermal® FR
insulation. Big Bill Active FR outerwear and weather protection garments are made using Polartec®
Wind Pro® FR, which is four times more wind resistant than regular fleece, and Polartec® Power
Shield® FR. The launch of Polartec® Power Shield® revolutionized outerwear, providing a unique
combination of real weather resistance and breathability. Big Bill® has become the first
manufacturer to offer this soft shell technology in a flame resistant garment with Polartec® Power
Shield® FR.

“Big Bill understands quality, performance, and the need to be on the cutting edge of
innovation both in fabric selection and garment design”, says Michael Batson, Polartec’s Global FR
Business Manager. “Polartec has become the first high performance fabric technology company in the
world to offer everything from lightweight high performance FR baselayers to extreme weather
protection layering choices. We’ve worked with Codet to provide FR layering solutions that maximize
comfort and performance.”

Polartec FR fabrics are inherently flame resistant, tested in both in-house and independent
state-of-the-art laboratories, and pass relevant industry certifications.

Posted on April 15, 2011

Source: Polartec LLC