June 5, 2015

Bulwark® partners with Milliken to offer Westex by Milliken Ultrasoft® fabric starting in 2015

DALLAS, June 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Bulwark, the world's largest flame-resistant (FR) apparel brand, today announced plans to augment its product offering in the FR category with Westex by Milliken's Ultrasoft fabric. The announcement was made in conjunction with Safety 2015 Conference and Exposition.

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In 2014, Bulwark and Milliken & Company revolutionized the flame-resistant (FR) apparel industry through advanced chemistry and garment design to create the Bulwark iQ Series(TM), FR workwear that achieved new levels of comfort. During this time, Milliken also acquired Westex. Now, the relationship comes full circle, as Bulwark will offer the Westex by Milliken Ultrasoft fabrics in a variety of stocked garments.

"This partnership strengthens our ability to provide the world's most comfortable, reliable and protective FR apparel for those in hazardous lines of work," said Chris Holcombe, Bulwark vice president and general manager. "The new innovations coupled with existing market-proven fabrics position Bulwark to expand its leadership role in the flame-resistant market."

Bulwark invites attendees to boost their FR iQ throughout Safety 2015 by visiting booth #1721 or by attending any of the following:

American Society of Safety Engineers Expo Fashion Show

See the latest Bulwark products hit the runway.

    --  Monday, June 8 in Hall A near the lunch area, 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Understanding Arc Flash Hazard and Arc Rated (AR) Clothing Performance

Understand the causes and consequences of arc flash, 2015 changes to 70E, and the performance of AR clothing. The focus will be on what an arc rating really means, what the standards do and do not explain about AR clothing, and the dangers of a compliance mentality.

    --  Monday, June 8: session 556, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Designing an FR Clothing Program for Oil and Gas

Learn how FR clothing is designed to work as it relates to the hazard of flash fire from expert Derek Sang with a special focus on why meeting or exceeding the National Fire Protection Association 2112 Standard should be considered when specifying FR clothing for employees.

    --  Wednesday, June 10: session 741, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

All inquiries can be directed to Angie Wilson, Bulwark market manager, at [email protected], 615-565-5358.

About Bulwark

Bulwark, part of VF Corporation's portfolio of brands, is the North American market leader in durable flame-resistant protective garments. The brand was born in the Canadian oilfields 43 years ago, and has been the choice of industry professionals ever since. We offer the widest assortment of NFPA 2112 and NFPA 70E compliant flame-resistant shirts, pants, jeans, coveralls and outerwear in the industry. Our clothing is made with an obsessive diligence for precision and quality because real lives are on the line. For more information, visit www.bulwark.com.

VF Corporation

VF Corporation is a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel and footwear with more than 30 brands. The company's largest five brands are The North Face(®), Vans(®), Wrangler(®), Timberland(®), and Lee(®). Other brands include 7 For All Mankind(®), Bulwark(®), Eagle Creek(®), Eastpak(®), Ella Moss(®), JanSport(®), Kipling(®), lucy(®), Majestic(®), Napapijri(®), Nautica(®), Red Kap(®), Reef(®), Riders(®), Splendid(®) and SmartWool(®). For more information, visit www.vfc.com.

About Milliken

Milliken is an innovation company that has been exploring, discovering, and creating ways to enhance people's lives since 1865. Our community of innovators has developed one of the largest collections of patents held by a private company. With expertise across a breadth of disciplines including specialty chemicals, floor coverings, and performance materials, we work around the world to add value to people's lives, improve health and safety, and make the world more sustainable. For more information, visit www.milliken.com.

About Westex by Milliken

Westex by Milliken, a Milliken & Company business, has more than 50 years of experience manufacturing flame-resistant fabrics for global utilities, electrical maintenance, oil and gas, and metals industries. With a strong commitment to the FR clothing marketplace and a deep understanding of the needs of the FR supply-chain and end users, Westex by Milliken has a proven track record of offering FR workwear with an excellent balance of protection, comfort and value. For more information, visit www.westex.com.

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