Myron Breakstone started RefrigiWear in 1954 with a vision to create a “modern way to keep warm” for workers that faced cold, demanding conditions. His experiences in Northern Italy during World War II enhanced his first-hand knowledge of working in cold temperatures. Back home, he witnessed how the cold affected the employees of his family’s dairy business. He knew there had to be a better way to protect workers in the cold.
1954 : ESTABLISHING A NEW WAY TO KEEP WARM
1965 : WARM WORKWEAR REVOLUTION
RefrigiWear became the go-to apparel brand for people working in the cold, especially for those working in food manufacturing and distribution, where employees face subzero temperatures on a daily basis. In this period, frozen foods were starting to become much more plentiful, which means workers in warehouses needed RefrigiWear more than ever.
The brand also became a staple in the general outdoor world because it met demanding conditions. Tough and durable, warm and functional, high quality-meets-everyday demands—these RefrigiWear principles go into every product made.
1970s : TRANS-ALASKA PIPELINE
& OTHER BIG PROJECTS
The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System was constructed from 1975–77, and the $8 billion effort required tens of thousands of people, often working in extreme temperatures and conditions. RefrigiWear was there to help keep the workers warm so they could meet their tight deadlines.
Antarctic Support Services brings fresh supplies to U.S. research stations in Antarctica. In these and other huge projects, RefrigiWear becomes the benchmark against which all severe-cold apparel is judged.