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Optimer Brands Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

Chicago, Ill.—Optimer Brands, the Company behind the DRIFIRE® brand of flame resistant fabrics and flame resistant work wear, and drirelease®, the patented fabric technology that enables brands to create performance apparel, is pleased to announce the appointment of Darryl Schimeck to chief executive officer.


Meeting Military Needs One Fabric and Finish at a Time

By John McCurry

If there's one vertical market that demands and deserves innovation in apparel, it's the armed forces. The military requires lighter, more durable uniforms and apparel loaded with high-performance characteristics to meet the needs of today's men and women in arms. Garments must protect soldiers while keeping them as comfortable as possible.


DRIFIRE® Appoints New Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Chicago, IL—DRIFIRE®, the premier provider of comfortable flame resistant fabrics and protective apparel, is pleased to announce Bob Pastene’s appointment to Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Pastene brings a proven record of accomplishment with results-driven leadership, management and growth to his role leading DRIFIRE sales and marketing.


DRIFIRE® Now Available to Veolia Environmental Services Employees

Chicago, IL—DRIFIRE®, the premier provider of comfortable flame resistant fabrics and protective apparel, is now available to Veolia Environmental Services (Veolia ES) employees, one of the world’s leading environmental services companies. Veolia ES selected the DRIFIRE DualCool™ coverall for employee usage, demonstrating the continued importance of comfort and safety in personal protective wear.


Optimer Brands Invests in Expanded Leadership Capabilities as Strong Growth Continues

CHICAGO – Following continued significant growth in sales and product innovation over the past two and a half years, today Optimer Brands announced it has appointed a new Vice Chairman and is launching a search for a new Chief Executive Officer.

CEO Steven Scheyer has been named Vice Chairman, and continues as CEO during the search. After the new CEO joins, he remains as Vice Chairman and a key executive, owner and board member of the Company. This transition is part of the Company’s long-term succession plan that was put into place when Steven joined in 2010, and a strategic move to continue driving its growth and success into the company’s next phase.


DRIFIRE® Comfortable FR Wear now available at The Exchange Military Clothing Stores

Chicago, Ill.—DRIFIRE®, the premier provider of comfortable flame-resistant fabrics and protective apparel, now has its lightweight long and short sleeve tee shirts available at The Exchange Military Clothing Stores.

DRIFIRE lightweight tee shirts are inherently flame-resistant, use patented drirelease® technology for moisture management, and are odor resistant. The shirts are Program Executive Office (PEO) approved, and meet the Army flight and mounted crew requirements for No-Melt/No-Drip flame protection, and are approved for aviation and crewmember use— all while being incredibly soft, durable and comfortable.