September 25, 2007 10:00 ET

Safety Systems Corporation Announces L. Gene Cone

Joins driFIRE as President and CEO

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - September 25, 2007) - Richard D. Federico, Chairman of the Board of Safety Systems Corporation, developers of driFIRE™, a revolutionary line of Flame Resistant Performance garments, announced today that L. Gene Cone has joined the organization as President and Chief Executive Officer of driFIRE LLC. Additionally, Mr. Federico announced the organization will now operate as two separate businesses. Safety Systems Corporation will focus on tactical distribution while driFIRE LLC. will continue to make advancements in the textile manufacturing business.

Recognized worldwide as one of the most innovative, entrepreneurial and successful business leaders in the textile industry, with over 26 years of diversified, multi-functional senior-level executive management experience, L. Gene Cone has led entries into new domestic and international markets at divisions of Fortune 500 companies and mid-sized companies, expanded and developed new products and markets, and defined and led acquisitions, turnarounds, restructurings and international sourcing strategies. In addition to his proven skills as a strategic planner, partnerships expert, sales and marketing innovator, and operations veteran who has streamlined multiple organizations, Mr. Cone has a proven record of strong financial management that has significantly improved the bottom-line performance of the companies with which he has worked during his long career of achievement.

Previously, Mr. Cone has held senior-level management positions with Johnston Industries, Inc., American Fiber & Finishing, Inc., Spring Industries, Inc., Miltex Textiles, Inc., Burlington Industries, Inc. and Burlington Military Fabrics. He holds a BS degree in engineering from the University of Florida and an MS Management degree from LaSalle University.

"We are excited about the many opportunities ahead of us for both Safety Systems and driFIRE LLC.," said Richard Federico, Chairman of Safety Systems Corporation. "We are confident the new structure provides strong leadership for the entire team and enables us to better serve our customers, partner with our suppliers and achieve success."

Mr. Cone replaces Todd A. Wilson who, after serving as CEO in a transitional capacity, will return to his permanent role as Operations Partner with Sterling Capital Partners.

About driFIRE

driFIRE™ is an engineered hybrid line of flame resistant performance wear ("Performance FR" wear) utilizing the patented Dri-release® moisture management technology enhanced with proven flame resistance. driFIRE is the industry-first line of Performance FR garments, providing the optimal combination of flame resistance, moisture management and comfort, making it the performance garment of choice for anyone who faces potential exposure to flame and flash fire, such as military personnel, law enforcement professionals, firefighters and others in occupations with a potential exposure to burn risks. driFIRE garments keep active men and women cool and dry in the heat and warm and dry in the cold, provide a level of thermal protection, are self extinguishing and have NO MELT, NO DRIP characteristics. The technology has been exhaustively tested and has been proven to work in both lab and real-life settings. Additional information about driFIRE is available at or on their blog located at

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