CLEVELAND -- Started over 76 years ago, there's a local garment company that's not using your usual fabrics for its products.
National Safety Apparel specializes in making clothing that will protect industrial workers from dangers in the workplace.
WKYC Photojournalist Dan Bowman brings you the story.
When the company first started, they would hand-sew steel so that steel workers would be safe on the job.
Although some of their clients may have changed as they've expanded into doing work for power plants, refineries and utility companies, much of the work is still done by hand as it was in the beginning.
While some of the work is done by machine.
Sal Geraci, vice president of operations, stresses the importance of his employees working by hand.
"As important as the technologies we've invested in are, the human element is as important as anything," he says.
In just 5 years, the amount of work the company does has more than doubled. Growth has forced the company to search for a place to expand, hoping to find a facility twice as large as their W. 150th Street facility.
National Safety Apparel currently employs 130 people, but looks to hire more Clevelanders during the expansion process.
Working to keep people safe while helping Cleveland grow is "What Works" for National Safety Apparel.
National Safety Apparel, located in Cleveland, has been a market leader for 75 years in the design and manufacture of high-quality, U.S.A.-made, personal protective clothing and safety apparel.
NSA focuses primarily on industrial applications requiring protection from electric arc, heat and cuts.
NSA is registered to ISO 9001:2008, with design, by Smithers Quality Assessments, Inc. of Akron.
Their sales team interacts directly with both the end user and the distributor to custom-design safety apparel products to meet specific application requirements, such as arc flash protective clothing and heat resistant gloves for specific industries.
To learn more, CLICK HERE to contact NSA or call at 800.553.0672 x 2 to receive information on these safety apparel products and others.