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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.


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.