May 15th, 2018

ProVent® Plus from Kappler offers timely response to latest Ebola outbreak with affordable NFPA certified single-use protective garment.

NFPA certified single-use biohazard protection that’s cost-effective — another Kappler exclusive.

(GUNTERSVILLE, AL)  Ebola is in the news again, and protective apparel innovator Kappler has good news for healthcare responders — an economical protective suit that’s NFPA certified to protect against the deadly virus and other biohazards.

With its introduction of ProVent® Plus, Kappler has addressed a critical worker-protection need with the only economically priced single-use garment certified to the demanding requirements of the NFPA 1999 apparel standard. The use-and-dispose distinction of ProVent Plus means emergency responders and healthcare workers faced with Ebola-infected body fluids and other biohazards can now have proven protection at a fraction of the cost of expensive reusable garments.

"The latest Ebola outbreak in Africa underscores the sense of urgency for a cost-effective protective apparel solution,” said Kappler president Laura Kappler-Roberts. "ProVent Plus provides the same certified blood and viral protection as re-usable suits costing many times more."

The new garment also alleviates the uncertainty surrounding re-usable suit decontamination practices.

"Trying to decon exposed garments for re-use is difficult at best, and ProVent Plus eliminates that concern with a proven, affordable garment solution," Kappler-Roberts added.

In addition to passing the ASTM F1670 blood penetration and ASTM F1671 viral penetration tests, ProVent Plus is a microporous fabric that offers increased comfort due to its high moisture vapor transmission rate (MVTR).

Kappler’s ProVent Plus garment (style PPH439-99) is made in the USA and certified to NFPA 1999 for use as part of a system of components with other protective equipment including respiratory, eye and face protection, examination gloves, boot/shoe covers and over aprons. ProVent Plus also meets OSHA and CDC guidelines as part of such a protective system.

"This is a three-way win for responders and healthcare workers,” Kappler-Roberts said. “They get NFPA certified protection, along with the infection control peace of mind and a substantial cost savings."


March 21st, 2018

Kappler now certified as Woman Owned Small Business.

Kappler WOSB certification gives contractors unique set-aside option for protective apparel plus custom fabric technology.

Kappler, Inc. is bringing a new set-aside option to government contractors with its unique product category: Chemical and biohazard protective apparel plus specialized fabric technology.

Now certified as a Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) in the System for Award Management and the SBA’s WOSB certification repository, Kappler provides a wide range of chemical and biohazard garments. The company also specializes in custom R&D support for unique fabric applications. 

The WOSB status allows Kappler to help federal agencies and large companies meet small business goals through the WOSB set-aside program. Kappler offers the added benefit of a Made In The USA pedigree, a huge plus for military and other government work.

"We’ve already done significant government-related work for NASA, the Navy, Lockheed Martin and others," said Laura Kappler-Roberts, company president and CEO. “The WOSB certification is a natural progression for our family-owned business, and will allow us to expand our expertise to a wider base.”

Kappler-Roberts represents the second generation of leadership for Kappler, a company founded by her father, George Kappler in 1976. A leading innovator in the critical technology around chemical protection, Kappler produces all its garments and provides technology development services from its Guntersville, AL headquarters.

“With our location so close to Huntsville and Redstone Arsenal, we believe the WOSB certification creates a natural synergy with so much military and other government work in our area,” Kappler-Roberts said.

In addition to its Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) products, Kappler has extensive experience supporting government projects with specialized R&D solutions. That history includes NASA work for an ammonia-protective hood for International Space Station astronauts, and a ballistic fabric parking garage for the lunar rover. Other development projects range from a deep-dive suit for the U.S. Navy for hydrocarbon fuel protection, to nanoscale fabric development for Aberdeen Proving Grounds.


January 1st, 2018

Kappler, ADS Partner On DoD

Strategic distribution agreement announced

Department of Defense emergency responders are set to benefit from streamlined access to protective apparel, thanks to a Strategic Distribution Agreement announced by Kappler, Inc. and ADS, Inc., both leaders in their respective industries. Read The Press Release.


December 1st, 2017

New AntiFog Visor In The Media

Patent-pending innovation another Kappler first.

Another industry first — Kappler introduces AntiFog Expanded-View Visor. Thanks to Kappler, one of the most perplexing problems for protective clothing users now has a clear solution — literally. Kappler’s AntiFog Expanded-View Visor means no more fogged-up face visors for gas-tight suit wearers.

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November 6th, 2017

Local TV Interviews Kappler President

WHNT covers NAM Award

Laura Kappler-Roberts, President of Kappler, was recently recognized by The Manufacturing Institute as a STEP Ahead Award recipient. Click here to read the full article.


October 1st, 2017

Kappler On Good Morning America

Zytron® 500 “Arrives” In Oscar Preview

ABC’s Good Morning America went all out with its Oscar preview, including a video segment including a Kappler Zytron® 500 suit designed to highlight the movie “Arrival”. The segment with Z-500 starts at 2:15 into the clip - click here to view.


September 29th, 2017

Kappler CEO to Receive Manufacturing Award

Laura Kappler-Roberts, president and CEO Kappler, Inc., has been named an honoree for the 2017 STEP Ahead awards.

Laura Kappler-Roberts, president and CEO Kappler, Inc., has been named an honoree for the 2017 STEP Ahead awards presented annually by The Manufacturing Institute.

Based in Guntersville, Kappler is a leading global manufacturer of chemical protective clothing.

STEP stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Production, and the annual awards program is part of the larger STEP Ahead initiative that promotes the role of women in the manufacturing industry. The program honors women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in all levels of manufacturing, from the factory floor to the C suite.

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