Leading high-performance apparel producer Ironclad Performance Wear Corporation announced today that it has entered into a long-term development and supply agreement with 5.11 Tactical® to develop task-specific gloves for law enforcement professionals. The agreement combines Ironclad’s renowned technical glove expertise and the superior market understanding and distribution capabilities of 5.11 Tactical. With design and production of 5.11 Tactical’s gloves already underway, they are expected to be widely available in early 2010.

Under the terms of the agreement, Ironclad will exclusively design and manufacture the full line of task-specific gloves to be sold, marketed, and distributed worldwide by 5.11 Tactical. The gloves will carry 5.11 Tactical’s brand; the gloves will be co-branded as “Built Tough By Ironclad(TM)”.

Law enforcement, firefighting, EMS and military markets each have unique requirements that demand creative and highly technical solutions. Gloves used by law enforcement professionals require dexterity, breathability and puncture resistance, while gloves for fire fighters must also be fire resistant, heat dissipating and durable.

Ed Jaeger, Ironclad’s founder and head of business development, stated, “Hand protection and grip enhancement are very important needs for police, fire, first-responders and the military. By combining Ironclad’s technical expertise in designing task-specific gloves across a wide range of industries with 5.11 Tactical’s superior understanding of the end-users’ needs and industry requirements, we will be bringing the best, most advanced products to this market.”

Dan Costa, President and CEO of 5.11 Tactical, added, “5.11 Tactical has always prided itself on developing, producing and selling the best products available for our customers. We realized that to meet this objective, we needed to partner with the best technical task-specific glove company in the world. We’re confident that our customers will find our next generation of gloves vastly superior to anything else on the market.”