Best MFG and SHOWA Company Strike Agreement
Menlo, Ga., & Himeji, Japan February 7, 2005 - Industry leaders Best Manufacturing (www.bestglove.com), the nation's second largest glove manufacturer, and SHOWA Company, one of the world's largest industrial glove makers, have signed an exclusive agreement placing Best as the sole-source provider of SHOWA's Hi-Tech line of hand protection in North America.
Under the terms of the agreement, SHOWA's number one selling line of anti-static and polyurethane-coated hand protection in the world will be combined with Best's all-time best selling N-DEX®, CleaN-DEX® and cut-resistant specialty gloves to create the most comprehensive hand protection offering aimed at serving the high-end electronic assembly, computer manufacturing and material handling industries of North America. The products are available exclusively through Best and its authorized distributors.
"This is a marriage of more than just complementary product lines," explained Bill Alico, President and CEO of Best Mfg.'s parent company, Tillotson Corporation. "This is a shared vision and philosophy for the marketplace. With this agreement we see the benefits of that vision, a combination of two companies built on the formula of providing the very highest quality products and customer service to the end-user. And nowhere is that more important than within the industries where absolute quality and attention to detail are critical for growth and success."
This dedicated line of hand protection solutions include the number one selling polyurethane-dipped family in the world, the SHOWA BO-series that includes the BO500 and BO600. The line will also include SHOWA's award-winning anti-static families in both static-dissipative and static-conductive styles. In addition, the Hi-Tech offering will include clean-processed and sterile versions of Best's revolutionary line of N-DEX® disposable nitrile as well as the world's only 15-gauge, Level III cut-resistant glove, the T-Flex™. The complete line is ready to ship and a dedicated catalog is available through Best Manufacturing.
"What makes this such a perfect match is Best's philosophy of innovation and commitment to quality is equal to SHOWA's," commented George Yates, President of SHOWA Company North America. "Combining SHOWA's Hi-Tech line of gloves with Best's outstanding products will give end users the unique ability to find the exact right glove for their job in a single place."
Best Manufacturing is a privately held company and one of the world's leading manufacturers of hand protection for industrial and medical markets. Best sells exclusively through its worldwide distributor network to end users in every industrial and medical category. For more information on Best Manufacturing, visit www.bestglove.com; or write Best Manufacturing, Edison Street, Menlo, Georgia, 30731.
SHOWA Co. of Himeji, Japan is one of the largest industrial glove manufacturers in the world with production facilities in Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam. For more information, visit www.showaco.com or call (800) 462-1240.