128 Years of Innovation
Globe invented turnout gear over 125 years ago. Today we still deliver the most advanced, best-fitting, and longest-lasting protection by listening to our customers, creating breakthrough designs, and applying the engineering skills of the nation's most trusted manufacturer.
Our 4th generation family owners, our employees, and our dealers all share a passion for building ”Athletic Gear for Firefighters” in your choice of styles, materials, and options. And no matter what challenges tomorrow's firefighters face, you can be sure that Globe will continue to be there to protect them.
- Athletic Gear for Firefighters
Globe introduces CLASSIX® METRO™, designed expressly for Metro departments with a portion of proceeds to benefit the Terry Farrell Firefighter Fund, and the CLASSIX® SE, with a discount to National Volunteer Fire Council members.
- Athletic Gear for Firefighters
Globe introduces “Athletic Gear for Firefighters.” Because fighting fires is demanding, physical work requiring maximum athletic performance.
G-XTREME® introduces a whole new dimension in fit — SHAPE. Now your gear can really fit your body — without extra bulk and without restriction — so that you can perform your job better.
Another new Globe turnout style — CLASSIX®. Value priced turnout gear with a nod to the traditional.
Globe introduces G-XCEL® and RSX™ turnout gear styles — serious performance and great value.
- Globe launches IH Pants
Globe launches IH Pants — integrating a Class 2 internal seat harness with floating, load-equalizing leg loops into turnout gear.
- Globe introduces Athletic Footwear for Firefighters
Globe introduces Athletic Footwear for Firefighters with its remarkably flexible, cushioned and contoured construction to choruses of "Wow."
REAXTION® joins the Globe Cairns family with its patented collar that attaches the liner to the outside of the jacket and adds length and fullness where the body bends.
- Globe launches G-XTREME®
Globe launches G-XTREME® — the world's most advanced turnout gear — designed to move the way the human body moves without restriction.
- Globe introduces Globe LifeLine
Recognizing that the rescue component of firefighters' jobs continues to grow, Globe introduces Globe LifeLine — the right gear for the job. Globe implements Lean Manufacturing, dramatically improving efficiency and reducing delivery times.
- Cairns Protective Clothing
Globe acquires Cairns Protective Clothing.
- ISO 9001 Certification
Globe is the first manufacturer of turnouts to achieve ISO 9001 Certification.
- Freese family takes over
The 4th generation of the founding Freese family takes over the ownership and management of Globe. Gef (left), Rob (middle), and Don (right).
Globe brings ergonomic design to turnout gear by launching the revolutionary GX-7™, which rapidly becomes the most popular turnout gear in the fire service.
- PBI® & Gore-Tex®
Globe introduces two state-of-the-art performance fabrics: PBI® for outer shells and waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex® fabric for moisture barriers.
- First NFPA 1971 Standard for Protective Clothing for Structural Fire Fighting
Globe is a charter member of the National Fire Protection Association creating the first NFPA 1971 Standard for Protective Clothing For Structural Fire Fighting. Globe becomes the first to comply with this new standard for every turnout sold.
- Globe introduces DuPont NOMEX®
Globe introduces DuPont NOMEX® inherently flame resistant fabric.
- Globe is the first to use 3M Scotchlite™
Globe is the first to use 3M Scotchlite™ reflective trim to add visibility to its turnout gear.
- Globe receives a patent
Globe receives a patent for a waterproof coat using an outer shell, a waterproof barrier, and a thermal lining — the same system still used today by all manufacturers of turnout gear.
- Globe Manufacturing Company is founded
Globe Manufacturing Company is founded in Lynn, MA. Courtland F.H. Freese buys the company and moves it to Pittsfield, NH, which remains its headquarters to this day.
Globe Manufacturing Company is committed to meeting customer requirements and increasing customer satisfaction through continual improvement of its products, services, and the quality management system. Products are manufactured in accordance with industry standards such as NFPA.
Globe believes that quality is made possible by employee pride, dedication, and consistent team work. Globe employees are our most valuable resource. We will continue to increase employee involvement in order to develop a strong organizational team through training. We also believe our suppliers and distributors are vital partners in our business and share in determining our success.
Always Making the Best Firesuits Better for our Customers.