updated 11/3/2010 10:16:29 AM ET 2010-11-03T14:16:29

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 3, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ironclad Performance Wear Corporation (OTCBB:ICPW), the recognized leader in high-performance task-specific gloves and apparel, today announced that over one-half million pair of award-winning KONG® gloves have been distributed in the oil & gas industry since the glove's commercial introduction in late-2008.

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The KONG glove, recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior for exceptional performance in enhancing worker hand safety, and as the 2010 New Product of the Year by Occupational Health & Safety magazine, has emerged as a benchmark for hand safety in the oil & gas industry. A recent study conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee revealed that the KONG glove line can reduce the impact force on a worker's hands by up to 91%. This protective effect is present for the back of the hand, knuckles, fingers and thumb, essentially providing protection for all the bones and joints of the hand.

"Through our partnership with Orr Safety and members of an oil & gas industry safety council, Ironclad has created the gold standard for performance work gloves in this extremely challenging and dangerous environment," said Scott Jarus, chief executive officer for Ironclad Performance Wear. "The strong adoption of the KONG glove around the world demonstrates the very meaningful and significant impact this product has had on workplace safety."

The KONG glove line, available in three styles – KONG Original, KONG Waterproof and KONG Super Dexterity – was designed and purpose-built to meet the needs of the oil & gas industry. 

About Ironclad Performance Wear Corporation

Ironclad Performance Wear is a leader in high-performance task-specific work gloves and apparel. It created the performance work glove category in 1998, and continues to leverage its leadership position in the safety, construction and industrial markets through the design, development and distribution of specialized task-specific gloves for industries such as oil & gas extraction; automotive; and police, fire, first-responder and military. Ironclad engineers and manufactures its products with a focus on innovation, design, advanced material science and durability. Ironclad's gloves and apparel are available through industrial suppliers, hardware stores, home centers, lumber yards, and sporting goods retailers nationwide; and through authorized distributors in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

Built Tough for the Industrial Athlete™

For more information on Ironclad, please visit www.ironclad.com .

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