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A respected source for thousands of customers, Superior Glove® has been in the business since 1910. With four manufacturing facilities, we are able to serve customers globally. Specializing in cut-resistant gloves, we are also licensed manufacturers of Kevlar® and Dyneema® products and other high-quality work gloves for every industry.
Where It All Began
Driving through current-day Acton, Canada, it might not be as easy to understand why a glove company could succeed here. But rewind nearly a century and Acton was the Largest Tannery in the British Empire. It was where Frank Geng, the Patriarch of Superior Glove Works saw an opportunity. In 1961, Frank purchased the Acton Glove Company (est. 1910), a fledgling work glove manufacturer, renamed it Superior Glove Works Ltd. and turned it into the powerhouse that it is today.
Frank had a vision to build the kind of hand-protection company that would go on to become the largest in the country. His own expertise in leather tanning put him ahead of the competition. Frank used bits of leather deemed useless by neighboring Beardmore Leather to create glove styles for farmers and factory workers. As business progressed, Frank added a tannery to further process the split leather supplied by Beardmore. By 1975, new technology developments created more opportunity for manufacturing gloves using materials other than leather. Rapidly evolving fiber technology led to a whole new generation of hand protection, which Superior eagerly adopted in order to keep up with increasingly sophisticated changes to workplace technology.
In the process of expansion, Superior’s product range evolved from just five styles in 1961, to over 3,500 today. In a time when most manufacturing was being moved overseas, Superior Glove expanded operations into Eastern Canada. Our two plants in Newfoundland produce a whole new generation of string-knit gloves and sleeves and is the site of some of our best innovations.
We have our own nitrile dip and coating lines, PVC dotting lines, yarn development capability, and cleanroom laundry—making Superior the most flexible and vertically integrated North American glove manufacturer. Our Acton headquarters features an in-house lab to test our latest designs, and our sales team now covers the globe as we continue to innovate and seek out the best materials and methods.
What sets Superior Glove apart?
A quick glance at job injury stats can create some false impressions. While hand injuries in no way represent the majority of lost-time injuries, it is the nature of those injuries that tells the real tale, and a closer look at the stats shows why: hand injuries are the most preventable. And when it comes to hands, preventable = gloves.
Consider as well the role your hands play in the workplace: hand function is on par with eyesight, and many jobs become impossible to perform–safely or otherwise–without the full functioning of either. This puts hand protection at the top of the list in most jobs when it comes to safety, productivity and the role of protective apparel. A little education goes a long way too–Superior has made both their speciality.
The number-one reason to buy from Superior–besides our reputation of having the most unique product selection in the industry–is our passion! We live and breathe hand protection. With the largest glove selection of any company–over 3,500 styles in warehouses across Canada and the U.S.–our products are also the most technically innovative. We love it, and it shows. And our rule of thumb is: if you don’t see it here, tell us! We’ll create it for you.
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