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Welcome to conference or -- Jeff -- today we have one of those stories we love -- -- on conference room a story of a company that started in somebody's basement.
And wound up now today at the center.
Of the NFL's attempts to better protect its players.
I've got Bob that David the company is -- David.
You and your partner Terry -- founded this company was it to carry space yes yes -- most race -- -- -- 1980.
Your dad was -- coach.
Interest in sports medicine.
Develop the first protective knee brace for four football player.
That was back in the -- -- and man made it in the house.
Karen I went down and decided that -- a start -- is gonna do when we're young and stroke and risk at all would -- have much to risk.
So we are we done got the the rights that product and we took that does is over it's a little bit of business but -- we.
We learn from there you know learning -- -- you've gone from bad to now being a preeminent supplier to the NFL of the new.
Thigh and is it -- meet meet pants by anything that's now required in the NFL.
With some patented technology that you helped discover.
Right we can't expect technology.
And what's so unique about our garments with -- padding in there is -- flexibility in the conform ability.
That depending gives the player -- come over here Aaron has -- consented to help but demonstrate some of the stuff.
Give some sense of what I'm saying these are the thigh pads we're talking about in question now in the NFL correct.
That's correct for example in tonight's game with the ravens.
-- majority of their players will be weren't this type of garment with a five parents and beat this -- also has -- pats and a tale path which is primarily -- by the high school and college players throughout the country.
There's also what we call five piece -- here.
We're by the players protected in the river area the shoulder area and the spine area.
There is also -- whenever worm -- that obviously is protecting form primarily -- -- wearing these.
We also have a sleeve here that many defensive back to.
And actually many basketball players -- -- protect in the elbow.
Your actions are what we call -- A -- that was developed primarily for the NBA but.
It's a pad that's worn now extensively in the NBA but it's also -- in football -- protects a sham and also the meat there.
-- pretty well protected.
I was gonna say we can just go ahead -- and in give him a couple socks if we need to.
-- watch this company grow from somebody's basement.
Two developing all these very different products you make them -- a lot of them right here in the USA at this factory.
-- we make.
It's actually small percentage of our entire business but we make him -- so we can have quick correction time when we do it.
-- Christmas for us from teams this is imperative that.
You know somebody needs to step in the right away and say the NFL need something these -- -- turn it around and one based on right that's correct.
Often times with me over here if I can -- JaJuan and -- 'cause I also wanna talk about.
The fact that you make.
-- a lot of this these garments here and send them overseas actually you send some of this to Japan China.
We do actually.
Especially with basketball -- -- so popular in China were sending.
Great number of these parents over there for that market they really appreciate the USA made.
Quality also as Bob mentioned the reaction time is quicker you can you could do something and in fact you're.
I want to show people if I can.
We're looking at some of the the -- products here but maybe -- -- -- on around this way -- show you what it looks like.
Sort of in a raw form.
You developed this and you can pretty much do almost anything with it you can take that and you teams can take that -- that in any way they want.
Well the pads.
-- these are our actually pieces it will end up being elbow pads I think.
And their various -- -- shapes of the dies.
And you can apply these to any part of a compression garment -- are sure -- her shorts -- or what have you.
What some of the NFL teams do.
Is they'll take sheets of this fabric it -- with the pads on Atlantic with the fact Leo covered planet to the other side.
And I'll come out themselves and -- to some of the pants -- you compete with companies like Nike under armour they're all making protective.
Equipment as well.
Your stuff winds up being the path of choice for a lot of folks how you compete with well they like ours -- assuming I can say.
As a company we have to be very cognizant of the fact that we're smaller.
We have to react quicker we had to be more passion about our business me and develop new products in -- -- -- -- thing.
We're not concerned about.
-- because we don't make shoes were concentrating on on this type of product.
Focusing like a laser on this.
And I guess I ask you you've you've had great success is a company you've expanded.
Your business almost every year but one I think in the last one and I got one -- was -- -- the last 33.
Heavier one last third straight right.
Secrets of success.
Well -- just you know you have to you have to be like I say passion about the business you have to constantly look to develop new products better products.
And and deliveries also very good.
And Terry what's going on your basement right now you're developing any new company now but that's where we keep the hall of fame I.
Well speaking of -- hall of fame all the hall of fame players future hall of fame players will be wearing this pad.
In the NFL this season -- like this with his patented X technology pioneered by the company.
-- Davis located outside Chicago hopefully some pearls of wisdom for your business here -- conference.
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