Essex was recently honored as a recipient of the 17th Annual Greater St. Louis Top 50 Award. Presented by the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA) in conjunction with Rubin Brown certified public accountants, this award recognizes fifty local companies that make significant contributions to the region and positively affect the future growth, acquisitions, green/sustainable efforts and expansion/development of facilities.
Essex Industries recently was awarded the contract from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the Development of Components for Breathing Escape Apparatus.
This opportunity came as a result of an identified need by the Office of Mine Safety and Health Research for improvements to the current SCSRs (Self-Contained Self-Rescuers) used in the mining industry.
The product development will focus on two major components: (1) docking and switch-over valves and (2) hoods/masks with a passive communications element.
The docking and switch-over valve must allow seamless changeover from one escape device to another. While still breathing from the first unit, a user should be able to connect and start a new SCSR or switch to an SCBA (Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus).
The new hood/mask design has to provide face and head protection as well as allow communication between users in an emergency situation.
This opportunity will allow Essex to build experience with products such as the PBE (Protective Breathing Equipment) and VRU+ (Victim Rescue Unit) to reach new customers and expand into additional segments of the Safety market.
The St. Louis Chapter of APICS, the Association for Operations Management, presented Essex Industries with its 2011-2012 Company of the Year Award in appreciation of the company’s outstanding contributions to the chapter.