We've spent a lot of time over the past couple of years highlighting industries where MCR Safety
products are used. What about MCR Safety, the company? Below, we highlight the many areas of PPE where MCR Safety
directly manufactures products to keep workers safe. MCR Safety has 40 years of experience as a leader in the field of
personal protective equipment (PPE). Our product lineup includes gloves, glasses, and garments that are made from the
highest quality materials available to ensure maximum safety, comfort, and style.
MCR Safety distinguishes itself as a global manufacturer. We employ over 1,600 people internationally, with
approximately 300 people working domestically at our corporate headquarters and distribution centers. We're one
of the largest privately held PPE companies in the U.S., with global operations spanning six continents.
Leather Glove Manufacturing
As we highlight on the opening leather page, leather goods are one of the oldest known commodities made. MCR
Safety has been supplying leather gloves to multiple industries since the 1970s. Initially operating as Memphis
Glove, today, companies recognize us only as MCR Safety. Since 1988, MCR Safety has been manufacturing our own
high-quality, cut-n-sew leather work gloves that protect the hands of workers across multiple industries. Today,
with the recent expansion of
, one of our most distinguishing qualities is that we directly manufacture over 2/3 of all
gloves we offer!
Our knowledge as a manufacturer helps us evaluate leather sources of supply to assure reliable quality and
competitive pricing. With leather work gloves, this is especially important as the market is influenced by demand
from industries such as automotive, furniture, sports, and apparel. Other factors, such as the cost to raise beef
cattle, grazing conditions, drought, and people’s overall consumption of beef, also affect the price of hides.
With our knowledge of production costs, we have been able to better evaluate other leather glove vendors for
sourcing many of our economy leather glove work styles.
Leather Glove Manufacturing Stages
So, how do you make leather work gloves? There are three stages to manufacturing leather, with a multitude of
sub-stages involved during the process. Here is a quick look into the world of leather manufacturing.
Raw material soucing - Hides are sourced
Soaking - Hides are soaked for 24 hours to remove salt.
Liming - Leather hides are immersed in an alkali solution; liming opens up the hide, eliminating
unnecessary oils and greases.
Flaying and Fleshing - Removes excess properties from the flesh side.
Splitting - The outer layer of the hide is split into multiple layers.
Tanning - Tanning is a process that
, the agent that displaces water from the leather hides and cements the fibers together.
hides into leather involves chromium salts and sulphate that make the leather soft. At this point, the
referred to as a blue hide.
Dry Milling - Hides are tumbled in rotating drums to soften or enhance the grain.
Buffing - Hides are run through a machine with an abrasive cylinder designed to remove the top
Finishing - Improves color and abrasion resistance.
Quality hide selections - Hides are graded based on scars and flaws.
Pressing, Plating, and Printing - Add carving and logos to hides.
Trimming - Excess areas of leather are trimmed up.
Packing - Final leather raw materials are stored before manufacturing gloves.
What we’ve covered above is only the necessary stages involved with manufacturing leather. Now
begins the leather glove manufacturing stage. Glove manufacturing requires great sewing skills and is extremely
Leather Glove Processing
Each sewer has a specific sewing operation, adding one component in an assembly process until the glove is
completely constructed inside out.
All glove components are die cut with the use of hydraulic stamping machines.
A visual grading process of the components is performed to ensure greater consistency of color and cosmetic
The last component to be added is our cuffing material.
Gloves must now be turned right side out.
Another visual inspection is performed before packaging.
MCR Safety Seamless Glove Manufacturing
In 2019, MCR Safety opened a brand-new manufacturing facility incorporating the most advanced manufacturing
technologies. Our new manufacturing facility produces our highest quality products with 21st-century
efficiencies and environmentally-friendly production. This facility is covered more in-depth on our NXG page.
MCR Safety’s Gloves and Sleeves
made with DuPont™ Kevlar®
MCR Safety proudly manufactures gloves and sleeves using Kevlar® fiber. In fact, we are the only licensed manufacturer that spins our Kevlar® yarn, as shown in the image above.
MCR Safety became the exclusive manufacturer for Summit Breeze® FR technology in many of its garments. Workers
requiring flame-resistance will be supported by the coolest FR products on the market. You can view more about
this technology on our
We also directly manufacture welding apparel, t-shirts, and vests at our Mexico operations.
MCR Safety Eyewear Manufacturing
Last but not least, MCR Safety manufactures safety glasses in directly-owned operating facilities. In 2019, MCR
Safety upgraded its eyewear manufacturing facility to produce the first-ever UV-AF eyewear incorporating highly
efficient, environmentally-friendly product equipment.
Consistent quality was, and remains, the foundation for MCR Safety. Our logo, which incorporates Max,
the three core products of MCR Manufacturing as each head represents one of the pillars of products that make up
MCR Safety. Max means protection.
Everything you need to know about Leather Gloves
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