Manufacturer's Corner: LION: Proud of Where We've Been and Where We're Going

March 13, 2020
LION makes the personal protective equipment that emergency service providers, civilian responders and the military needs to stay safe in the line of duty.

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LION makes the gear emergency service providers, civilian responders and militaries need to stay safe in the line of duty. We got our start at the end of the 19th century as a dry goods store in Dayton, Ohio. By 1941, we had received a commendation from Army Air Force Commanding General “Hap” Arnold, saluting the company for “outstanding services rendered to your government” after supplying the Army Air Force with electrically heated flying suits during World War II. Over the next two decades, we opened regional warehouses and had started operating in the firefighter station uniform market.

In 1970, we moved into the firefighter turnout business – and we have never looked back. We actually coined the term “StationWear” and were the first company to develop digital training technology for the firefighting market. Today, we continue to deliver innovative, patented technology to the fire service market. We have a dedicated research and development staff that works with fire departments to generate (and evaluate) new product ideas. Real end users collaborate with us on wear trials and focus groups so we can deliver solutions that work for actual first responders like you.



We provide turnout gear to seven of the 10 largest fire departments in the U.S., and 25 of the top 50. We are also the largest supplier of chem-bio protective garments for the U.S. Military and National Guard civil support teams.


And we know how to go big. LION manages more than $2.5 billion dollars of U.S. Marine Corps personal equipment inventory with a 99% accuracy rate. We ship over 1,000 clothing and personal equipment orders every day to Army locations around the country with a 99% fulfillment rate.


But don’t think we are old-fashioned. LION is on the cutting edge of our industry. We have a patent on the use of Digital LCD displays to create realistic fire training environments – and we designed, built and equipped the world’s largest fire training facility in Shanghai, China. Plus, we work with research and development teams to create and produce products that meet your needs – safely, cleanly and efficiently.


LION is still family owned and managed. With stable family ownership, we take the long-term approach to investment in the best people, new technology and systems.

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