' 85 Sales Of Imperial Survival Suits Nears 100,000

—Literature Offered Sales of cold-water survival suits by Imperial Manufacturing Company of Bremerton, Wash., approached 100,000 last 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 protection 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, 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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