Posted December 4, 2019

PIP acquires Boss Glove and Safety

Boss has supplied gloves, boots and protective wear for more than 120 years. 

Protective Industrial Products, Inc. (“PIP”), a leading supplier of hand protection and general safety products, proudly announces the acquisition of the assets of the Boss Glove and Safety business from the Boss Manufacturing Company (“Boss”), headquartered in Kewanee, IL.

Boss, considered to be America’s pioneer brand in the Safety industry, was founded in 1893 in Kewanee, Illinois. For more than 120 years it has supplied gloves, boots and protective wear to ranchers, industrial and construction workers, as well as hobbyists through strong dealers, retailers, and distributors.

In his announcement to PIP employees, Joe Milot, President and CEO of PIP, stated, “This is a great acquisition for PIP. Boss is one of the most well-respected brands in the industry; and along with this historic brand, Boss is also the global licensee for the Caterpillar brand in certified safety gloves and PPE,” Mr. Milot concluded.

Current Boss Vice President of Industrial Sales, Leslie Peterson, stated, “This deal with PIP is a natural fit for us.” She added, “We’ve known the folks at PIP for a very long time and have never underestimated their ability to provide quality products and expertise to customers that trust them. The synergies between our organizations make this partnership well-positioned to achieve great success.” Ms. Peterson concludes by saying “I look forward to joining PIP and carrying on the Boss legacy of delivering excellence to our customers.”

PIP also announced their plan to fully integrate the consumer side of Boss’ glove and safety business within PIP’s Retail division, West Chester Protective Gear. “We’re thrilled to join forces with PIP and West Chester” says Brian Wise, Vice President of Consumer Sales at Boss. “Their vast portfolio of leading retail safety brands complements our product offering very well and sets the stage for us to provide our customers with innovative solutions that support continued success and enable us to grow together,” Mr. Wise concluded.

The acquisition of Boss further solidifies PIP’s position as a global leader of hand protection and general safety products. PIP’s clear goal in this partnership is to provide its distributors and retailers with choice, service, quality and expertise in an expanded product offering that delivers solutions to meet every need in worker safety.

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