Frequently Asked Questions
Our first production lot of FR fabrics shipped in 2005. We have shipped more than 60 million yards of FR fabrics for garment manufacturing since then, making us a leader in the category.
Our heritage began with sail cloth and canvas for tents, and has evolved into being a leading producer of workwear fabrics for career apparel and the military. Our customers recognize that we know what it takes to make durable and dependable workwear fabrics that meet the safety, comfort and styling needs of today’s workforce, and asked us to expand our product offering into flame resistant products.
A few of our larger customers include VF Bulwark, Carhartt, Cintas, Tyndale and Reed Manufacturing.
Our FR protective fabrics are used for retail and rental uniforms, military applications, and for workwear that meets the NFPA 70E, which is the standard for electrical safety in the workplace, and NFPA 2112, which is the standard on flame-resistant garments for the protection of industrial personnel against flash fire.
Our vertically integrated manufacturing facilities, which are based in Trion, Georgia, provide us with the total in-house control of more than 25 major processes, including fiber selection, spinning, weaving, dyeing and finishing. Every step in the production process can affect the flame resistant properties of the fabric, and our customers have the added security of knowing that we control every step in the process.
We are very committed to both the FR category and our U.S.-based vertically integrated manufacturing. In fact, the company has invested more than $15 million in capital equipment to support its FR programs and double our capacity.
Our U.S.-based capacity allows us to continue to provide consistent 6–8 week delivery of our flame resistant fabrics while also maintaining in-stock inventory on core products and colors that will be available for immediate shipment.
More than 3,000 computer-monitored control points and extensive quality assurance testing ensure that our FR protective fabrics will be produced with the highest level of reliability, quality, durability, color consistency and shrinkage control.
Flame resistance is the characteristic of a fabric that causes it to self-extinguish when the source of ignition is removed.
Flame resistance is the characteristic of a fabric to resist ignition and to self-extinguish if ignited. Flame retardant refers to a chemical substance used to impart flame resistance. Simply put, flame retardant substances are placed on fabrics to make sure they are flame resistant.
The most commonly used test method is ASTM D6413, which is the Standard Test Method for Flame Resistance of Textiles. Known as the Vertical Burn Test, this test method determines the response of textiles to a standard ignition source, and provides data for after-flame time, afterglow time and char length. We take samples from each lot of approximately 5,000 yards and Char Length Testing is performed on finished fabric and after repeated heavy soil industrial launderings.
No. We also use the Textile Protection and Comfort Center at North Carolina State University, which is the only academic center in the nation that incorporates, in one location, the capabilities to research, test and evaluate the comfort and protective performance of textile materials and garments – from firefighter suits to workout gear. Our fabrics are tested on PyroMan™, a fully instrumented, highly sophisticated life-sized manikin that is used to create a controlled, repeatable and realistic simulation of a flash fire condition. The response of PyroMan’s heat sensors is analyzed to predict potential burn injuries to the wearer of military, first responder, or industrial work wear.
In addition to this, we also have third-party certifications from Underwriters Laboratories and Kinectrics, which is a leading testing, inspection and certification company with more than 25 unique laboratory and testing facilities designed to help ensure worker protection and compliance with industry regulatory standards.
Customers can choose from more than 20 standard FR fabrics offered under our AMTEX, RESILIENCE and PHOENIX brands. However, with our unique MY•FR program, your choice is really unlimited – we can customize an FR garment program to the specific needs of your workforce. Click here to see our fabric collections.
Whether selecting from our AMTEX, RESILIENCE or PHOENIX brands, or working with us to develop a customized fabric under our MY•FR program, your workforce will not have to sacrifice comfort or styling in their FP protective wear. You not only have the security of knowing that your workforce will have the highest quality FR garments available, but they will wear them with pride and satisfaction.
Yes. The durability of the flame resistance of our FR fabrics is guaranteed for the estimated useful life of the garment, provided that all recommended laundering instructions are followed.