AirBoss to deliver protective gloves to U.S. military

Officials with AirBoss of America Corp. recently announced that they have received orders worth $15.3 million to manufacture protective gloves for the U.S. military.

R.L. Hagerman, AirBoss' president and CEO, told that the orders include 600,000 pairs of gloves to protect soldiers against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats.

Hagerman said two thirds of the work will be performed at the company’s plant in Kitchener, Ontario. The rest of the work will be carried out at the company’s new facility, which opened in Vermont last year. Hagerman said that delivery and production will be spread out over the next nine months.

AirBoss employs approximately 300 people in Kitchener. Hagerman said that while the company will not have to do any hiring to handle the contract, the work will help to solidify the workforce it currently has.

“Everybody is talking about budget cutbacks,” Hagerman said, according to “This keeps everybody in place there for six to nine months.”

AirBoss is in the process of completing another contract for the same kind of glove with the U.S. military. The new order, Hagerman said, will allow the company to carry on uninterrupted.

AirBoss is also working on completing a major contract to supply gas masks to the Canadian military and manufacturing an injection-molded overshoe to protect against chemical and biological agents.