Victaulic Honored with International Business Award for the Next Generation of Foundry Protective Apparel

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New protective coat combines comfort and safety

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The new coat is a significant safety accomplishment as it will withstand the rugged foundry environment much better than the existing industry standard outer garments.

EASTON, Pa. – October 23, 2015 – In the spirit of industry-changing innovations and safety initiatives, Victaulic – the global leader in mechanical pipe joining technology – will be recognized by the International Business Awards for its leading-edge foundry worker safety coat.

Victaulic developed the safety coat to offer improved molten metal splash protection as well as enhanced comfort and breathability. Today, the garment has set a new standard in protection for the company’s manufacturing employees.

“Victaulic is proud to be recognized with an International Silver Stevie® award for Best New Product of the Year – Industrial Products. The new coat is a significant safety accomplishment as it will withstand the rugged foundry environment much better than the existing industry standard outer garments,” said Bill D’Amico, Victaulic Global Environment Health and Safety Director. “We look forward to sharing this improvement with others in the industry in the hopes of advancing foundry safety worldwide and, more importantly, the protection of our most valuable asset: our employees.”

The BOGU coat, named after the Japanese word for “armor,” was first envisioned as part of Victaulic’s mission for a world-class safety organization. After a year of material tests at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the team developed both a woven and non-woven polytetraflouroethylene (PTFE) fabric that withstands the impact of a 2,800-degree-Fahrenheit molten iron splash.

Developed with invaluable feedback from those who understand the day-to-day working demands of the foundry industry, the coat was engineered to be up to 30 percent lighter than the industry standard aluminized Kevlar® jackets. When exposed to hot seasonal temperatures and the heat from molten metal, the new Victaulic safety garment offers increased durability and functionality with its breathable vents. Additionally, the coat is machine washable without degradation, protecting its inherent fire retardant properties, unlike the formerly used garments.

In November 2014, Victaulic began outfitting its Lehigh Valley manufacturing workforce with the safety coats, which are now available for purchase from Majestic Fire Apparel.

The International Business Awards are the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small – are eligible to submit nominations. The 2015 IBAs received more than 3,700 nominations from organizations located in more than 60 nations and territories worldwide.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala awards banquet at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Toronto, Canada, on October 23.

About Victaulic
Since 1919, Victaulic has been the originator and world's leading producer of mechanical pipe joining solutions. Used in the most demanding markets, Victaulic innovative piping technologies and services put people to work faster while increasing safety, ensuring reliability and maximizing efficiency. The company has 12 manufacturing facilities and 31 branches worldwide with 3,600 employees who speak 43 languages across the globe. With over 1,900 global patents, Victaulic solutions are at work in more than 140 countries across diverse business lines including oil and gas, chemical, mining, power generation, water and wastewater treatment, military and marine, as well as commercial building and fire protection. For more information visit

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in six programs: The International Business Awards, The American Business Awards, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at

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