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08/04/2013 -

Carolina Cat Emergency Vehicle Services to cover 4 Guys Fire Truck Sales in the Carolinas
Meyersdale, PA
— 4 Guys Fire Trucks announced the addition of Carolina Cat Emergency Vehicle Services, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. Since 1926, Carolina Cat has been committed to being their customers’ trusted partner and providing exceptional sales, parts, and service. They will cover fire truck sales in eastern, central, and selected areas of western North Carolina, as well as South Carolina.

Carolina Cat has five locations to provide sales and service for 4 Guys Fire Trucks in Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro, Monroe and Statesville.

Carolina Cat has a full team of EVT and ASE® Certified Technicians, as well as 24/7 mobile service.

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Cutters Edge Introduces BULLET BLADE® Technology

Cutters Edge has successfully developed a totally new cutting technology for Rotary Saws called the BULLET BLADE®. Unlike other carbide-tipped blades, the BULLET BLADE® uses Cutters Edge BULLET CHAIN® and is the only carbide blade that can be repaired and sharpened and used over and over again with the same blade core.

The new long-life BULLET BLADE® cuts a wide variety of materials – from roofs and wood to vehicles, thick metal and even CMU, with low vibration and minimal spark generation. It is available in 12”, 14” and 16” sizes with an Arbor size to fit all brands of Rotary Saws.

For more info, call 800-433-3716 or visit

HeatSeeker Hercules Safety Glasses

Check out the video of our virtually Indestructible HeatSeeker Hercules Safety Glasses, we ran them over with a 50,000 pound ladder truck and did not break them. Keep your crews safe and protected with these glasses. These will be the last pair of glasses you will have to purchase. We have researched many safety glasses, and we have found and promote the HeatSeeker Hercules. Many departments are purchasing these glasses to protect their firefighters. These glasses are ANSI Z87.1 GV4 and meet all specs.

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RAE Systems Sets Gas Detection Industry Milestones

RAE Systems, the leader in innovative toxic gas and radiation detection solutions, recently announced that it had achieved milestone adoption of its 200,000th wireless sensor. The company also registered its 10,000th software download for its ProRAE Guardian Real-Time Wireless Safety System, which enables the real-time delivery of safety and security threat detection.

This achievement epitomizes RAE Systems’ global leadership position in development and delivery of safety-enhancing, mobile wireless gas detection monitoring systems. These wireless gas and radiation detection systems help provide increased safety across a broad array of industries including energy exploration and refining, industrial, national security, Hazmat/emergency response, environmental and public venue protection.

Rosco’s Dual-Vision™ XC Continuous Automotive Event Recorder

Rosco, Inc., an automotive vision safety leader in backup camera systems, automotive windshield based camera recording, and rearview interior/exterior mirrors, announced that its popular Dual-Vision™ XC Continuous Automotive Event Recorder with an option for a third camera is now available. Ideal for buses, trucks, limousines and all fleets, the third recording camera can be installed anywhere inside or outside the vehicle. Dual-Vision™ XC, the latest generation in Rosco’s continuous dual video recording devices, gives fleet managers a tool to reinforce proper driving habits throughout their fleet while helping to keep drivers compliant with laws banning distracted driving behavior. By adding a third camera, Dual-Vision XC now becomes a more powerful recording device to capture passengers deep into the vehicle compartment, or record reverse backup and other mission critical operations

“Over the past 5 years, Rosco has become the leader in windshield based automotive event recorders through its ability to offer a continuous and event video-based solution with no monthly fees,” said Peter Plate, Rosco’s Director of Sales and Marketing.

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Syntex Industries working towards Being a “Zero Waste Facility!

Syntex Industries; a manufacture of portable water tanks, hosebed and crosslay covers has expanded their recycling program! Syntex has always recycled their steel and aluminum, but now they are also recycling paper, cardboard, plastic, ink cartridges and wood pallets. Syntex has set up special bins throughout the plant to collect the different materials.

All employees are encouraged to recycle as much as possible. Syntex has also worked with other companies that can reuse our by-products; such as wood pallets and cardboard. The project began last year and has been very successful in eliminating waste to the land fill. The recycling project has been very easy to implement and maintain.

In the near future, Syntex Industries is studying other ways to eliminate more waste in becoming a “zero” waste facility. In addition, Syntex also manufactures a recycling bin cover. This cover helps keep the items being recycled in their bins, so it does not blow all over, which in turn helps keep their communities clean!

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INVISTA Acquires US-based Flame Resistant Apparel Company

INVISTA has acquired Ashburn Hill Corp., associated intellectual property — including the TECGEN® brands — and a manufacturing operation in Texas. The TECGEN® flame resistant garment products expand INVISTA’s existing performance and protective fabric offerings, as well as add a new skillset to the company.

The acquisition includes two flame resistant brands:

  • TECGEN Select® brand: Arc rated, flame and flash fire resistant clothing developed for manufacturing, transportation, mining, oil and gas, and energy utility operations
  • TECGEN Xtreme® brand: NFPA/UL certified, lightweight apparel that repels moisture designed for firefighters for wildland and technical rescue applications

The brands will fall under INVISTA’s existing Performance Materials business segment, which includes the CORDURA® fabric brand. The TECGEN® brand research and development, sales and marketing teams will now have access to INVISTA’s global resources with a goal of growing the product offering.

“Developing workwear products with comfort and safety benefits are our priorities,” added Brown. “Our expanded team looks forward to building upon this best-in-class flame resistant fiber, fabric and garment technology.”

Employees from the Greenville, South Carolina, administration office and Angleton, Texas, manufacturing site will transition to INVISTA, which has 10,000 employees in 20 countries.

Jon Heard. who left INVISTA in 2008 to become chief executive of Ashburn Hill–returns to INVISTA and will continue to lead the business under the new ownership.

The TECGEN® brands are distributed through networks in North America and Australia. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Prior to the acquisition, INVISTA held a minority interest in the company.

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