SOURCE: Emergent Safety Supply

Emergent Safety Supply

January 06, 2015 11:00 ET

Safety Supply Illinois Announces Company Name Change

Now Emergent Safety Supply as Part of Growth Strategy

BATAVIA, IL--(Marketwired - Jan 6, 2015) - Safety Supply Illinois, a national distributor of safety products, announces that it has completed its company name change to Emergent Safety Supply, effective immediately. This new name signifies another important milestone of the corporate reorganization strategy as the company looks to acquire new businesses for growth opportunity across the country.

"We are focused on becoming a large national player and potentially going global with products. The name change was imminent because we distribute products beyond Illinois. We have a national footprint," said Chief Executive Officer, Mary Porter.

Emergent Safety Supply (ESS) is a leader in distributing safety and janitorial supplies, which include hand protection, hearing protection, eyewear, head protection, confined space, fall protection, signage and much more. Their mission is to help customers save lives, reduce liability risks and create a socially responsible reputation for putting employee safety as a corporate priority.

When Porter purchased the company in 2012, she had a powerful vision and saw a market of opportunity. Despite the mountain of new challenges, she transformed the organization into a fast-growing multimillion-dollar company by streamlining business technology and tightening the supply chain. The streamlined approach reduced their carbon footprint and created a paperless system, identified and eliminated process bottlenecks, improved transparency with customers, shipped safety products to customers faster and implemented employee OSHA training and product knowledge programs. Porter and her team tripled warehouse space to stock more supplies and purchased multiple vans to provide same-day delivery on in-stock items.

In addition, ESS reorganized the company's customer relations division to concentrate on customer needs, which subsequently drove innovation and decision making of new products and services.

ESS sets itself apart from competitors because their learning culture embraces change, their team orientation values diversity of ideas and their commitment to excellence drives organizational passion. This type of culture allows ESS to actively listen to customer needs and suggestions, implement process improvement solutions and supports continuous training of sales/operations staff in product and industry knowledge.

Furthermore, employees at ESS stay abreast of constantly changing rules and regulations provided by OSHA through their rigorous training and certification in fall protection, confined space and OSHA regulations.

"It's important for us to stay on top of OSHA rules and regulations, so we can pass information to our customers in terms of what's coming down the regulatory pike and offer safety solutions to mitigate customer and employee exposure," says Porter. 

CEO Mary Porter is seeking new acquisitions and increasing profits by building and maintaining strong relationships with customers. "We're going to stay on course in terms of getting new customers and competing. Our next major drive is to complete an acquisition."

A pioneer in a male-dominated field, Mary Porter brings a true entrepreneurial passion to the industry. As a certified Women Business Enterprise, ESS places great importance on diversity and commitment to fostering partnerships and relationships with women in the workplace. "This certification really allows us to expand our customer base to companies and vendors that want to work with WBE certified businesses. Women working with women and other minorities, helping each other and encouraging each other, are very important to me," said Porter.

Emergent Safety Supply is a distributor of safety and janitorial supplies. As a Certified Woman Business Enterprise, they have been serving customers for over 29 years by providing safety products, solutions and critical training services. Headquartered in Batavia, Illinois, Emergent Safety Supply has a nationwide network of distributors to deliver safety supplies quickly and efficiently to their customers. For more information, visit 

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Kate Pietraszak
    Phone: 630.406.9666 x108
    Email: Email Contact