Sale Of Imperial Survival Suits Approaches 100,000

— L i t e r a t u r e A v a i l a b le Sales of cold-water survival suits by Imperial Manufacturing Company of Bremerton, Wash., approach 100,000 this year, according to production manager Jim Skelly. A big boost in sales for the company, which has been producing survival suits for 15 years, came last summer when new U.S. Coast Guard requirements became effective. Interest of the marine community in improving p r o t e c t i o n against drowning and hypothermia—death from loss of body heat—continues to increase both in the U.S. and abroad.

In a four-month period last summer, Imperial sold 8,500 survival suits, nearly its total sales volume in some years. According to Mr.

Skelly, Imperial supplies 75 percent of the U.S. market for survival suits, with the remaining production split among a handful of companies.

Imperial has worked with various governing bodies, including the Coast Guard and Underwriters Laboratory, in testing and developing safe standards, and is said to be the only U.S. manufacturer of survival suits to pass the Norwegian Maritime Directorate standards, the most stringent in the world. More than 300 individuals have reported incidents where their lives were saved through the use of Imperial survival suits.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 26,  Sep 1985

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