Flame resistant work wear garments

Polartec partners with Big Bill to produce line of flame resistant garments.


Lawrence, Mass., May 2, 2011—Codet's Big Bill brand, a manufacturer of work wear for the electric utility, oil, gas, petrochemical, 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 FR layering solutions in the U.S. 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, it’s reported, providing a 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", said 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 laboratories, and pass relevant industry certifications.

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