Fire-Dex Celebrates an Award-Winning Season

Nov. 9, 2022
The company received multiple honors that put it and its people in the spotlight.

MEDINA, Ohio – Fire-Dex, which manufactures industry-leading PPE solutions for emergency responders, is celebrating an award-winning season with multiple honors that put the company and its people in the spotlight.

Smart Business Awards

Fire-Dex is pleased to announce that President Lauren Burke DeVere has been selected as a 2022 Northeast Ohio Smart 50 Award honoree. Presented by Smart Business magazine, the awards recognize top executives of the 50 smartest companies in the Northeast Ohio region for their ability to effectively build and lead successful organizations. Lauren and fellow members of the 2022 class will be honored during a dinner celebration Nov. 9 and featured in an upcoming edition of Smart Business.

Additionally, Fire-Dex received a 2022 Family Business & Business Longevity Award from Smart Business in September for exemplifying one of Northeast Ohio’s most successful family-owned enterprises that is growing for the next generation.

Weatherhead 100

Fire-Dex has also been recognized as one of the top 100 fastest-growing companies in Northeast Ohio for the eighth time with a 2022 Weatherhead 100 award. The awards are the premier celebration of Northeast Ohio’s spirit of entrepreneurship and the companies leading the way. Recipients are chosen for their impressive revenue growth and for setting a high standard for leadership and success. 

Cascade Capital Business Growth

The strong momentum driving Fire-Dex’s success is further signified by a 2022 Cascade Capital Business Growth award. The Business Growth Awards Program, presented by Cascade Capital Corp., acknowledges businesses from the Akron/Canton (Ohio) region that have achieved superior growth in sales and/or employment over the past five years. It is the ninth time the company has been recognized by Cascade Capital Corp., demonstrating a track record for sustained excellence over a decade. Fire-Dex also won the Huntington Legacy Award, a specialty category of the Business Growth Awards recognizing long-term revenue and employment growth and sustainability.

Family First

Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Medina, Ohio, Fire-Dex has a mission “to serve those who serve.” With leaders like Lauren and hundreds of skilled, dedicated associates who achieve excellence through integrity and respect, the Fire-Dex brand continues to be distinguished in the market for quality and consistency that show in every stitch and seam.

The outstanding contributions of hundreds of talented individuals make Fire-Dex one of Northeast Ohio’s fastest-growing businesses year after year. With Lauren at the helm, the company continues to add millions in annual revenue by transitioning fire departments nationwide to the Fire-Dex brand.

Those interested in joining a thriving, dynamic family of gear manufacturing professionals can visit to view open positions and meet the team.

About Fire-Dex

Fire-Dex is the fastest-growing manufacturer of PPE for first responders and the world's largest Independent Service Provider (ISP) of PPE care and maintenance under its subsidiary, Gear Wash. Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Medina, Ohio, this global company prides itself on being a family business with a mission “to serve those who serve”. Its dedicated team of associates has helped pave the path of innovation for new products and services that focus on the health and safety of first responders by offering turnout gear, alternative PPE, boots, hoods, gloves, helmets, and PPE rentals. To learn more, visit  


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