Polartec and Big Bill to Produce Line of Flame Resistant Garments

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04.06.2011– 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.

About Big Bill®
Big Bill® workwear brand is recognized worldwide as an industry leader in fit, durability, comfort and protection. Since 1946 Big Bill® has been a market leader in flame resistant garment manufacturing in North America with operation in both Canada and the U.S.

About Polartec, LLC
Polartec, LLC is the developer, manufacturer and marketer of Polartec® performance fabrics. Polartec® products range from lightweight wicking base layers, to insulation layers, to extreme weather protection and are utilized by the best clothing brands in the world. In addition, Polartec® fabrics are used extensively by all branches of the United States military including the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Special Operations Forces. For more information, visit Polartec.com

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