Northern Safety owner and CEO Sal Longo says the new customization facility is expected to create between 50 and 100 jobs.
Area politicians and chamber of commerce leaders were on hand to witness Longo
cut a ribbon in front of the new facility Monday afternoon.
One other person standing behind Longo
was baseball great Cal Ripken Jr..
Ripken endorses Northern Safety products
, and many of their products now have his
name on them.
Longo says he was watching Ripken endorse another company several years ago on TV, and thought the man called "Ironman" would the perfect spokesperson for his company as well.
Longo says the rest is history and is glad Ripken decided to work with Northern Safety.
"You know, here's a guy that played in 2,632 games straight without a loss time work incident, which is the way I was thinking about it," Longo
is just getting started, trying to figure out how to grow the company and get bigger and bigger."
, a 1981 Proctor High School graduate, says he
started this business 30 years ago, "We started selling out of a truck, Band-aids, first-aid supplies, gloves... and pretty much grinded it out for 30 years."
says Ripken stands for durability, which may be an understatement.