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Veridian Fire Protective Gear adds new position
Spencer, IA
04/26/2019 10:18 AM

Spencer, IA – Veridian Fire Protective Gear ( is pleased to announce that Steve Sipe has accepted the position of Director of Manufacturing beginning April 8, 2019.

As Director of Manufacturing, Steve will be leading Veridian's manufacturing facilities in Spencer, IA and Quitman, AR.

Steve's most recent responsibilities were as Director of Operations and General Manager of United Technologies Aerospace Systems for the West Des Moines and Carroll, Iowa facilities. In this position, Steve had direct responsibility for over 500 employees in 3 separate facilities. With over 24 years of manufacturing leadership experience, Steve brings to Veridian extensive hands-on experience implementing contemporary manufacturing strategies.

Steve Sipe remarked, "The Veridian legacy was built by focusing on the customer, catering to individual and specific expectations of fire-fighters. As we grow, I am honored to be part of a team that is continuously pursuing the industry's highest levels of customer satisfaction by offering world-class products produced via best-in-class manufacturing methodologies."

Bill Van Lent, President commented, “ As Veridian continues to grow and expand our product lines, it's my vision that we organize our manufacturing process around a common operational culture. This “Veridian manufacturing culture” will facilitate our continued growth and build on the competitive advantage that our company has established.”

About Veridian Fire Protective Gear

Veridian is located in Spencer, Iowa and Quitman, AR, USA and manufactures protective clothing and gloves in state-of-the-art ISO 9001 certified facilities. Established in 1992, Veridian products have earned the respect and acceptance of customers around the world. Veridian makes no compromises in constructing comfortable, performance-based fire protective apparel. Innovative design elements with superior materials and workmanship are standard with every set of gear built. All Veridian gear is custom-made to each firefighter's measurements to ensure the best possible comfort and fit. In 2015, Veridian expanded with the purchase of a glove factory in Arkansas and with many design upgrades, provide top quality gloves desired by today's firefighters.

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