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Ricochet Manufacturing Company, Inc.


Ricochet Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Ricochet Manufacturing Company, Inc.

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, – Ricochet Manufacturing Co., Inc. is pleased to announce the award of a five and a half year contract to supply the United States Air Force with both Structural and Proximity Fire Fighting Gear. The contract will be managed by ADS, Inc., a Virginia Beach based defense contractor.
The Air Force evaluated materials and garment designs for many years to develop a standardized specification and, under this Department of Defense contract, Ricochet will supply Air Force Fire Fighters, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve installations across the globe, with this newly designed structural and proximity fire fighting gear. Ricochet’s Maximum Mobility® Gear design will provide increased range of motion with less bulk, more flexibility and lighter weight utilizing advanced materials supplied by TenCate Protective Fabrics, W.L. Gore & Associates, and Gentex Corporation.
“We are extremely proud and excited to produce this new fire fighting gear for the Air Force”, said Peter Askey, President of Ricochet. “Working with a strong partner like ADS, Inc. will allow us to serve and expand our relationship with the Air Force and other military branches.”
Ricochet will continue to add to its skilled workforce in Philadelphia, steadily increasing its manufacturing capacity and capabilities to meet the needs of the contract, while maintaining deliveries of its growing business in the municipal fire, emergency services, and technical rescue markets.
The Fire Emergency Services Personal Protective Equipment (FES PPE) contracts for structural garment ensembles ($44.5 million) and proximity garment ensembles ($23.1 million) are firm-fixed price indefinite delivery and quantity contracts which run through March 30, 2023.


For more than 20 years, Ricochet Manufacturing Co., Inc. has specialized in designing the ultimate in protective clothing for first responders. Drawing on its extensive experience in developing sophisticated high-tech military gear, Ricochet manufactures lightweight, non-restrictive protective clothing using the highest quality materials for maximum comfort and safety for Fire, EMS, and technical rescue personnel. Ricochet Manufacturing is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and produces all of its products in the United States. For more information about Ricochet’s complete line of Fire, EMS, and technical rescue clothing, call 888.462.1999 or visit

ADS, Inc. is a leading value-added logistics and supply chain solutions provider that proudly serves all branches of the U.S. Military, federal, state, and local government organizations, law enforcement agencies, first responders, partner nations, and the defense industry. Headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA, ADS is a Top 50 Department of Defense Contractor focused on solving our customers’ challenges by providing the best product and service offerings, the broadest array of procurement options, and legendary customer service.


Peter M. Askey
(888) 462-1999 ext 16
[email protected]

Amber Hoffman Ebinger
Customer Service
(888) 462-1999 ext 10
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