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Optimer Brands Appoints New Vice President of Merchandising

CHICAGO, Ill.— Optimer Brands, the Company behind the DRIFIRE® brand of high performance flame resistant fabrics and work wear, and drirelease®, the patented fabric technology that enables brands to create performance apparel, is pleased to announce the appointment of David Weiss to vice president of merchandising.

Weiss brings demonstrated success from large brands like Levi Strauss & Co., JC Penney, and GAP, Inc. His proven track record for results-oriented merchandising focuses on strategy, assortment architecture and product.   As vice president of merchandising, Weiss will be responsible for creating the overall merchandising strategy and overseeing implementation.

The cool chemistry of flame-resistant clothing

CHICAGO, IL -- (Crain's Chicago Business - October 23, 2014) - In 2007, two Marines were killed in Afghanistan when a roadside bomb exploded, melting their polyester undergarments onto their skin. After the deaths, a Chicago company, Drifire LLC, got to work to develop clothing that would protect others from burns like those.

 The next year, Drifire's textile technologist, Rob Hines, came up with an acrylic fabric that doesn't melt. It also self-extinguishes.

 Now he and his colleagues are making protective clothing more comfortable by using an ultra-lightweight, flame-resistant fabric they've branded Drifire 4.4. The name refers to its weight—4.4 ounces per square yard. That's about the same as cotton or Tencel but only a third as much as denim. Another plus: The new material dries faster than other flame-resistant fabrics, says Mr. Hines, 47, Drifire's vice president of product development.

Naperville Resident, Chicago CEO Appointed to Alma College Board

ALMA, Mich. — Naperville resident Darryl Schimeck, president and CEO of Optimer Brands in Chicago, has been appointed to the Alma College Board of Trustees.

Prior to his current position, Schimeck was the president and CEO of Veolia ES Industrial Services. A member of the Union League Club of Chicago, Schimeck also serves on the Board of Directors and is chairman emeritus at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls.

DRIFIRE Debuts Garments for Holmatro Safety Team

DRIFIRE Debuts Garments for Holmatro Safety Team

DRIFIRE®, the premier provider of high performance flame resistant (FR) fabrics and protective apparel in the military and industrial markets, makes its garment debut in the Indy Racing League. During the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 30, 2014 and for the rest of the season, the Holmatro Safety Team and pit technicians will wear DRIFIRE shirts under their uniforms.

DRIFIRE® Partners with Oakley® to Create Latest Innovation in Flame Resistant Apparel

Chicago, IL--DRIFIRE®, the premier provider of comfortable flame resistant (FR) fabrics and protective apparel in the military and industrial markets, collaborated with Oakley® to bring a new high-performance FR fabric solution to the racing market.

Oakley designed four essential base layer garments: a long sleeve shirt, short sleeve shirt, boxer brief and long pant utilizing DRIFIRE soft compression fabric—the only FR compression fabric on the market. The four-way stretch material conforms to the body, like a second skin, providing additional performance and comfort properties. The garments are SFI approved and made in the USA. Using patented drirelease® technology, the garments inherently wick moisture and dry four times faster than cotton for optimal performance on the track and in the pit.