Thursday, April 30, 2015

Worldwide Protective Products success touted as Burr visits

 U.S. Sen. Richard Burr toured the Worldwide Protective Products manufacturing plant in Wilkesboro Thursday as he traveled through the area visiting with other employers and local leaders.

 Worldwide Protective Products officials gave Burr an overview of the company's knitting, sewing, packaging and distribution operations. Worldwide, formerly Manzella Knitting & Co., produces cut-resistant gloves and sleeves and other high performance protective products for various industries and professions.

Kerry Dyer, the company's managing partner, demonstrated the knitting operations and emphasized how Worldwide's highly customized products support customers in food processing, automotive, glass and industrial markets.

Greg Plemmons, vice president of sales and marketing for Worldwide Protective Products, said the company has worked to develop products in specific value added performance niches rather than producing commodity based items.

Senator Richard Burr visiting Worldwide Protective Products - April 9, 2015
"Additionally, we have developed a customized product business model that allows us to make small run orders with rapid turn-around. This model significantly differentiates us from import-based competitors," said Plemmons.

He said Worldwide also has "tremendous inherent support from our U.S. customer base for U.S.-produced items."

While leading a discussion about U.S. manufacturing after the tour, Burr said, "Many people don't realize the textile industry is still alive in the U.S. It just doesn't look like it did when we were growing up."

He said Worldwide Protective Products is a good example of this transition. Within a little over 10 years, it has grown to become one of the leading glove manufacturers in the nation. The operation in Wilkesboro continues to grow and currently employs over 250 people.

Plemmons said Worldwide has taken advantage of new fiber technology and new ways of creating yarns to develop numerous new products that help it provide customers with higher levels of performance at lower costs, compared to 15 or so years ago.

"Our sales continue to grow, which is allowing us to bring in additional knitting equipment to increase our production capacity," Plemmons added.

Also participating in the tour and the discussion afterwards were Linda Cheek, president of Wilkes Chamber of Commerce; Mike Fenley, Burr's field representative in north-western North Carolina, Wilkes County Manager John Yates, Wilkesboro Town Manager Ken Noland and Wilkes County commissioners, Eddie Settle, Greg Minton, Gary D. Blevins and Keith Elmore. Settle is chairman.

Burr also went to West Jefferson and Boone Thursday. He planned to tour the Samaritan's Purse facilities in Boone on Friday. Burr is a Republican from Winston-Salem and has been a senator since 2005. He is seeking re-election in 2016.

Worldwide Protective Products occupies a former Golden Needles plant off N.C. 268 West in Wilkesboro. It received financial assistance through an economic incentive agreement with the governments of Wilkes County and Wilkesboro and the Wilkes Economic Development Corp. It also received a building renovation grant from the N.C. Rural Center.

In return, the company spent $3.2 million on capital expenditures and added jobs.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Product: USM-1305

5 Finger Metal Mesh Glove- Extended Cuff

US MESH- A Division of Worldwide Protective Products, LLC

US Mesh's style USM-1305 is the premier choice for countless food processing, restaurant and food service applications. Made in the USA from surgical grade .316L stainless steel, this metal mesh, extended cuff glove offers superior protection, fit and comfort. 21 CFR compliant for direct food contact.

100% Made in USA- Massachusetts
  • .316L Surgical Stainless Steel Wire
  • Five Finger Extended Cuff
  • Polypropylene Adjustable Strap
  •  Reversible 
  • Multi-Color Strap Indicates Glove Size                                              
  • Made in the USA

  • Tremendous Cut & Puncture Resistance
  • Side Split for Quick Donning & Doffing
  • Non Corrosive Appropriate for Wet Conditions
  • 21 CFR Compliant

  • XS- Gray / S- White / M- Red / L- Blue / XL- Green

Monday, April 20, 2015


Worldwide Protective Products- Tasset® 960

Tasset® style 960 is a premier quality 13 gauge high performance polyethylene (HPPE) glove. Made using salt and pepper colored fibers, this product has tremendous fit and comfort levels as well as a level 3 ANSI cut rating. The gray polyurethane dip coating offers a sure grip with high levels of abrasion resistance and tactile sensitivity. An industry favorite for low to moderate risk applications.

  • 13 Gauge Seamless Knit Shell
  • Salt & Pepper HPPE Construction
  • Lightweight / Imported
  •  Exclusively through Worldwide Protective Products
  • Gray PU Palm Dip
  • Excellent Tactile Sensitivity & Dexterity
  • ANSI Level 3 Cut Resistance
  • Great Abrasion Resistance / Machine Washable
  • EN 388 Rating = 4343
  •  13 Gauge / Cut Resistant / HPPE Dipped
  • Color - Salt & Pepper / Case Pack - 144PR

Sizes: XS / S / M / L / XL / 2XL

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Touch Screen Technology Series
Touch Screen - Texting Glove

 Introducing Worldwide Protective Products line of Touch Screen Technology gloves, - for today's high tech world.

More and more of our lives are becoming digital & computerized in every way. New technology continues to embrace touch screen capability for controlling countless operations & components, from your personal cell phone, to computers & tablets, to high tech control stations at today's modern manufacturing facilities. As more and more of our lives become hands on, the need for hand protection that supports our technology filled days becomes clear. Worldwide Protective Products has introduced a comprehensive line of gloves that allows for manipulation of any tough sensitive electronics using our revolutionary Touch Screen Technology fibers. Whether you need a fashion oriented glove for your daily commute, or a camouflaged pattern glove for your outdoor activities, or even a cut resistant glove for your demanding industrial job, WPP has the right products to support any application.


Worldwide Texting Glove
Worldwide Protective Products- Texting Glove
  • Mossy Oak-1Seamless Polyester Knit,Sublimated Mossy Oak Break-up Pattern
  • M500 TXT: Seamless ATA Knit, ANSI Cut Level 3 (index & thumb tips), ANSI Cut Level 4 (remainder of glove)
  • MAX10TXT-BK: Seamless Polyester Knit, Available in Black                              
  • M13MTXT-BLUE: Seamless Thermax Polyester Knit Available in Blue



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