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About Lakeland

Lakeland is a global leader in the manufacturing of protective clothing to help improve the quality of safety for the industrial workforce including electric and gas utilities, petrochemical, hazardous waste sites, chemical handling, cleanrooms, fire services, and road crews, to name a few. Backed by 40 years of time-tested, high-performance workwear, we help empower our customers to provide the safest working environment possible.

40 Years of Protecting People

Founded in Ronkonkoma, New York, in 1982 out of a passion to meet the protective clothing needs of contractors supporting NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Lakeland Industries has returned to Huntsville, AL, where its corporate headquarters are located.

Over four decades, Lakeland has grown to a multinational worker safety company, building trust, experience, expertise, and a proven track record of superior performance.

Our People

Lakeland Through the Years

1982

Lakeland is incorporated in New York and focuses on disposable, limited use protective industrial garments and specialty work gloves.

1983

1st order ships from Decatur facility.

OSHA enacts minimum requirements for communicating hazards to employees.

1985

Lakeland generates more than $10 million in revenue for the first time.

1986

The company is reincorporated in Delaware and goes public.

Lakeland enters the Fire and Chemical markets.

1987

Lakeland begins to offer products used in hospitals, nursing homes, and the hospitality industry.
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1994

Sales expanded to Canada.
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1995

A Mexican subsidiary is established.

Decatur operation is expanded, adding engineering and technical operator positions.

1997

Lakeland Protective Wear Inc. established in Burlington, Ontario.
Manufacturing workers in China gathered around cutting tables with dozens of large stacks of white disposable fabric tied off in sections laying on the tables

1998

Plants in Weifang, China and Celaya, Mexico come online.
Manufacturing workers in China gathered around cutting tables with dozens of large stacks of white disposable fabric tied off in sections laying on the tables
Boxes being moved in the Decatur warehouse facility

1999

36,000 sq., ft. added to Decatur, Alabama facility.
Boxes being moved in the Decatur warehouse facility

2001

Lakeland chemical suits featured in Time magazine article and a segment on CNN.
ChemMax 1 suit

2005

Lakeland Industries acquires Indian glove maker RFB Latex and high visibility product manufacturer Mifflin Valley Inc.

ChemMax line of chemical protective apparel introduced.
ChemMax 1 suit
Lakeland Interceptor suits

2006

Fully encapsulated chemical suit Interceptor added.
Lakeland Interceptor suits
Lakeland factory in China during the 2014 Ebola outbreak

2014

In response to the largest Ebola outbreak in history, Lakeland shifts production to help meet the need for protective suits for healthcare workers.
Lakeland factory in China during the 2014 Ebola outbreak
Lakeland facilities in Vietnam

2018

New manufacturing facilities begin production in India and Vietnam.

CleanMax introduced for use in cleanrooms around the world.
Lakeland facilities in Vietnam
Lakeland employees gathered at the Decatur warehouse with past governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley

2019

More than 500 global employees added to Lakeland’s team as the company expands manufacturing capacity.
Lakeland employees gathered at the Decatur warehouse with past governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley
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2020

First US COVID-19 cases reported. Lakeland drastically shifts production to meet the need for hospital PPE.

Longtime CEO Christopher J. Ryan is appointed as Executive Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors.

Chief Operating Officer Charles D. Roberson is promoted to Chief Executive Officer.
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CEO Charlie Roberson cuts the opening ribbon at the new Huntsville office location

2021

Lakeland corporate HQ moves to Huntsville, AL.

Strategic investment in Bodytrak wearable monitoring solutions marks entrance into connected worker market.
CEO Charlie Roberson cuts the opening ribbon at the new Huntsville office location
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2022

Lakeland acquires Eagle FR

Headquartered in Manchester, UK, Eagle is a leading designer and provider of protective apparel to the fire and industrial sectors. Eagle provides differentiated product offerings through its innovative and technical solutions.
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