Vendor NewsIronclad Performance Wear (ICPW:OB) announced today that it has entered into an exclusive agreement with -Vibram Corporation for the development of advanced protective and performance hand wear using Vibram technologies. Vibram is the world leader in high performance rubber soles, targeted to the outdoor, work, recreation, fashion, repair and orthopedic markets.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to leverage the significant technology base Vibram has developed to set new standards for protective and performance hand protection”; commented Jeff Cordes, President and CEO of Ironclad. “We are honored and delighted to have Vibram as our partner in this global initiative. It is an important step as we continue to build a new Ironclad.”

“We are excited about this new venture with Ironclad.” commented Michael V. Gionfriddo, Vibram President and CEO for the USA. “We believe there are many opportunities to leverage our technology in the numerous performance and safety hand wear markets and Ironclad is exceptionally positioned to lead this effort for us.”

“This initiative with Vibram will open new markets for Ironclad.” commented Bryan Griggs, Ironclad’s Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing. “We look forward to sharing with our customers and consumers new products leveraging Vibram technology. This is another step in our team’s vision to provide exceptional safety and performance hand protection for all consumers.”

Bill Ells, Vice President of Component Sales for Vibram added: “Both companies recognize the potential of this partnership and have already invested significant energy in development of this new business. We are excited about the possibilities and new doors we see opening. We look forward to continuing the efforts between our organizations as we grow this business together.”

About Ironclad Performance Wear Corporation

Ironclad Performance Wear is a brand leader in technical, task-specific, performance work gloves, having created the performance work glove category in 1998. The company continues to leverage its leadership position in the safety, construction and industrial markets through the design, development and distribution of specialized task-specific gloves for numerous industries, including oil & gas exploration, automotive and construction, as well as police, fire, first-responder and military. Ironclad engineers and manufactures its products with a focus on innovation, design, advanced material science and durability. Ironclad's gloves are available through industrial suppliers, hardware stores, home centers, lumber yards, auto parts stores and sporting goods retailers nationwide, and through authorized distributors in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.