Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Carhartt's New Camo Clothing Line

For the Fall 2009 hunting season Carhartt has a new line-up of camouflage clothing. Carhartt has chosen the Realtree® AP™ HD® pattern for its versatile and effective camo pattern. This new line of camo clothing is durable, comfortable, fade-resistant and long-wearing. It's an essential part of your hunting gear. As well Carhartt camo clothes make great work wear or casual wear. Twelve new WorkCamo® styles have been added including overalls, jackets, hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts and pants.

The Realtree® AP™ HD® pattern is an all purpose pattern that is neutral, open, contrasty and realistic. Can you find the hunter in the image?

The Realtree® AP™ HD® pattern is printed with a high definition printing process to hold its contrast through real-life conditions. When creating the pattern, RealTree considered the effects of outdoor life and regular washing and found a balance that will result in a long-lasting, effective pattern.

"RealTree makes durable camo and that's essential to us at Carhartt. We don't produce a style unless it stands up to intensive strength testing," said Jim Howard, senior product manager for Carhartt men's apparel. "It's important to us that our customers are getting the most value for their money. We make our products to last through multiple seasons."

Among the Carhartt camouflage clothing line up are the following:

Carhartt WorkCamo® AP Dungarees - a durable, 12-ounce, 100% cotton duck, these work pants sit slightly below the natural waist and have a full fit in the seat and thighs for comfort and ease of movement.

Carhartt WorkCamo® AP Thermal Lined Jacket - a durable 12-ounce 100% cotton duck, this hunting jacket features a 100% polyester thermal lining through both the body and the attached hood. There are two convenient inside pockets (one with zipper and one with hook-and-loop closure) and two front hand-warmer pockets. Also, cuffs and waist are rib-knit to help keep you warm.

Carhartt WorkCamo® AP Long Sleeve T Shirt - a 6.75-ounce, 100% cotton jersey crewneck T-Shirt. This hunting shirt features a rib-knit collar and cuffs and side-seamed construction to minimize twisting. Also, this Carhartt t-shirt has a left-chest pocket for extra storage and style.

See these Carhartt WorkCamo® AP camo clothes and more at

Written By: Lisa Girolami, Marketing Manager of WorkWear1, , Local Distributor of Carhartt Work Clothing, Redford MI

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Carhartt Work Dry T-Shirts

Moisture-wicking fabric has been around for at least the past ten years. This fabric is known to wick away moisture from the skin, thus keeping you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Shirts made with this fabric are considered a Godsend for workers in hot Southern regions where temperatures regularly reach over 100 degrees in the summertime. Workers look for any way to stay cool and moisture-wicking fabric has given them that ability.

In the Carhartt Clothing line, there are a number of moisture wicking clothing items. Carhartt's Work-Dry® material is used in a number of different short- and long-sleeved t-shirts and more. These shirts can be worn for both work or play and have a reputation for keeping the wearer cool and more comfortable than he would be without a work dry fabric shirt.

Here are some of the benefits of Work-Dry® fabric t shirts:

Moisture Wicking Ability

Work-Dry® fabric is made of a 60/40 cotton polyester blend and is in a light 6oz fabric weight. This blend combined with the lightweight of the fabric allows moisture from the body to be wicked away to the outside of the shirt and then evaporated instead of soaking the shirt like you would see in traditional cotton. Because moisture is evaporated, the body stays cooler and dryer. Work-Dry® t shirts found in the Carhartt Clothing line perform this function extremely well and are exceptional for a hot weather worker or someone that's going to be outdoors in the heat for a period of time.

Anti Odor Properties

Carhartt Work-Dry® fabric has an anti-odor treatment. Sweat doesn't have the opportunity to dry into the shirt and begin to smell. Instead, it evaporates quickly and body odor is greatly reduced. This is a great benefit for anyone that works outside in the summer heat or likes to exercise outside during the summer.

Long Sleeved Work Dry T Shirts

In cooler weather, the Carhartt Work-Dry® line provides long sleeved tees with work dry fabric. These shirts work the same as their short sleeved counterparts, except that in cooler weather, the fabric actually keeps you more insulated and warmer instead of cooler. This is because Carhartt Work-Dry® long sleeved tee's wick away sweat and keep you shirt of being wet so you won't catch a chill. A dry shirt is a warm shirt, so work dry is useful in both environments.

Wear As An Undershirt

While you may not consider wearing a Work-Dry® t shirt from the Carhartt Clothing line as an undershirt, it may not be a bad idea. Carhartt has also taken that idea and created specific Work-Dry® Thermal Underwear in both tops and bottoms. Remember, with an outer shirt over your Carhartt Work-Dry® wear, moisture won't evaporate as well, but you will still feel better overall than if you wore just a plain cotton undershirt.

Whether you live in a hot or cool climate, the Work-Dry® t shirt is a must have for your wardrobe. Once you own one and have worn it to work in the heat, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it before. You'll feel so much cooler and comfortable as your co workers continue to say how hot and miserable it is.

Written By: Mike Girolami, President of WorkWear1, , Local Distributor of Carhartt Work Clothing, Redford MI

Problems with Plastic Bottles

Reusable bottles are a smart alternative to those extremely overpriced and environmentally un-friendly bottled waters everyone seems to have in their hands nowadays. If you are contributing to this bottled water mess, it's time to pick up a reusable bottle and set a trend. Not only will a reusable bottle help save you money, it will help save the environment. Up to 22 billion plastic bottles are ending up in landfills each year. If that's not enough to persuade you to help the environment, read a few facts below.

    Americans will buy an estimated 25 billion single-serving, plastic water bottles this year. Eight out of 10 (22 billion) will end up in a landfill.

    Bottled water is a rip off - consumers spend an estimated $7 billion on bottled water in US each year. Worldwide 2.7 million tons of plastic are used to bottle water each year.

    1.5 million barrels of oil is used annually to produce plastic water bottles for America alone - enough to fuel some 100,000 U.S. cars for a year.

    The bottled water you purchase is often in #1 PET or PETE bottles (polyethylene terephthalate), which may leach DEHA, a known carcinogen, if used more than once.

    There is a growing problem, "in 1990, Americans bought 1.1 billion pounds of plastic in the form of bottles, according to the Container Recycling Institute. In 2002, they bought more than three times that - 4 billion pounds."

    Increasing evidence of adverse health effects tied to Bisphenol A or BPA a widely used chemical in the manufacturing of plastic polycarbonate bottles, including baby bottles, water bottles and food / beverage containers.

Like all plastic, these bottles will be with us forever since plastic does not biodegrade; rather, it breaks down into smaller and smaller toxic bits that contaminate our soil and waterways. Because of alarming stats like these, the movement to lessen our reliance on bottled water is beginning to build up steam. The manufacturing of reusable water bottles is being led by a variety of companies that offer the latest innovation in hydration technology. Brands like CamelBak, Nalgene and Klean Kanteen have flooded the market with these stylish, eco-friendly, reusable containers, all produced without the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA).

The next time you hydrate, do yourself and Mother Nature a favor, and pick up a reusable bottle. It’s the healthier, eco-friendlier way to quench your thirst.

Workwear1 is offering a free 750 ml CamelBak Better Bottle with your purchase of $25 or more, a $15 retail value.

Written By: Mike Girolami, President of WorkWear1, , Local Distributor of Carhartt Work Clothing, Redford MI

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Horse Barn Maintenance

Horse stables form an important part when it comes to caring and tending for your horses. The beautiful and majestic animals need to be groomed well. The horse barns where the horses are kept need to be cleaned and maintained well! Horse barns need to be maintained for the hygiene, which is necessary for you and the animal as well. There are basic guidelines for horse barn maintenance.

Cleaning and maintaining a barn is a tough job, make sure that you are properly outfitted. Carhartt has created and manufactured premium work clothing known for exceptional durability, comfort, quality of construction, and fit that you can feel in the fabrics and see in the performance. Along with the Carhartt line of durable work wear, your work boots are just as important.

Horse Barn Maintenance Tips:

    Ensure to check the drainage system of the horse barns. This would help you prevent any flooding or clogging of the horse barn. Choose a nice and bright sunny day to clean the barn floor so that the natural sunlight enters the barn and helps it to dry easily. You must also consult a professional if any drainage problem persists.

    Apart from the dirt, the manure, dust and the chaff also tend to hold a lot of moisture and this can really turn dirty during the wet weather. Therefore, horse barns that have dirt floors need to have the top layer removed. You may need to add new soil to this. If maintained properly, it will keep the area clean and free from dirt and stench.

    Ensure when you clean out all the feedbags and the other materials, use a handcart to carry out the dirt so that it does not dirty the floor. This will save you mopping the floor yet another time!

    Get some rubber mats from the market, as these will prove to be a wise buy when it comes to the horse barn maintenance. Rubber mats are easy to clean and maintain and can be used as a base for the horses to stand upon while you go about cleaning the ground of the horse barn.

    Try to keep the horse barns maintained on a regular basis with the help of a power blower. A power blower can work with the help of electricity and can you clean up the place more efficiently.

    Ensure you pick the right tools that are required for horse barn maintenance. Try to invest in lightweight wheelbarrows and other such tools that will help you finish your tasks with great ease.

    Check out the various types of feed tubs and pick those feed tubs that are detachable and very easy to clean. This will reduce the process of cleaning of the tubs and the mess that may be created by certain horses whilst they eat from the feed tubs.

    Add some panels in easy to reach areas whilst you are cleaning the entire place. These panels on the walls can help you hang the required materials which may assist you in the cleaning process and save frequent trips to the other side of the horse barn.

    Maintain one cleaning routine for the horse barn. Start from a specific area to maintain uniformity in the maintenances process. Try to maintain a particular pattern that will help you simplify the way you manage the waste removal process. With this method, you can decide how you can place the tools needed for the maintenance of the horse barn.

    Ensure you clean the loft on a regular basis. This will help you keep the area clean without all the odors.

    Keep a regular check on the horse stables walls, windows etc for any need of replacement or repair. This would save you a lot of time when it comes to maintenance.

We hope that the above tip will help you to clean it with more ease on a regular basis so that the horse barns become more inhabitable for the horses.

Written By: Mike Girolami, President of WorkWear1,, a Local Distributor of Carhartt Clothing, Redford MI

Michigan’s Black Bear Management

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is working to develop a Statewide Bear Management Plan. We hope to have the plan finalized in the Spring of 2009. Public involvement throughout the planning process is critical in order to create a plan that is acceptable to as many Michigan citizens as possible.

The mission of the Department's black bear management program is to maintain a healthy black bear population that provides a balance of recreational opportunities for residents while at the same time minimizing conflicts with humans. Goals of the Management Plan are:

    1. Maintain a viable bear population within habitats suitable for the species where socially acceptable.
    2. Maintain bear abundance at levels compatible with land use, recreational opportunities, and the public's acceptance capacity for bear.
    3. Manage black bear habitat to provide for the long-term viability of the species.
    4. Use hunting as the primary tool to help achieve population goals.
    5. In addition to hunting, provide bear-related recreational opportunities, which recognize the aesthetic value of bear.
    6. Promote education about bears and bear-related recreational activities, and how to minimize negative human-bear interactions.

The Department of Natural Resources is once again seeking help from hunters and trappers through the winter who encounter denned black bears while in the field in Michigan's Lower Peninsula. In the Northern Lower Peninsula, this effort is part of an ongoing DNR program to annually radio-collar a sample of female bears. Bears are also becoming more common in the Southern Lower Peninsula and biologists are interested in learning more about their movements and habitat associations.

After locating a denned bear, DNR biologists will determine if the animal is a good candidate for radio-collaring. Bears that are selected will be sedated by a biologist and fitted with a radio-tracking collar and ear tags. Hair samples will be taken for DNA analysis and a small non-functional tooth will be collected to determine the bear's age. Upon completion of the short procedure, biologists will carefully return the bear to their den where it will sleep through the remainder of the winter months.

People who encounter bear dens are asked to record the location, with a GPS unit if possible, and contact Mark Boersen at the DNR Roscommon Operations Center at 989-275-5151 for bears in the Northern Lower Peninsula; or Dwayne Etter at 517-373-9358, ext. 256, for bears in the southern Lower Peninsula. The public is reminded that it is illegal to disturb a bear den or disturb, harm, or molest a bear in its den.

Written By: Mike Girolami, President of WorkWear1,, a Local Distributor of Carhartt Clothing, Redford MI

    Tuesday, January 13, 2009

    Feral Swine in Michigan

    Hunters with a valid hunting license of any type are encouraged to shoot feral swine (free-ranging wild pigs) in counties shaded in gray on the map below. All prevailing hunting rules and regulations apply. In states where feral swine have become established, they have caused crop damage, pose a serious threat to the health and welfare of the domestic swine, endanger humans, impact wildlife populations, and impact the environment by disrupting the ecosystem.

    Officials from the Michigan Departments of Agriculture (MDA) and Natural Resources (DNR) encouraged hunters with a valid hunting license of any type to shoot feral swine (free-ranging wild pigs) in all lower Michigan counties except Leelanau, Charlevoix, Grand Traverse, Benzie, Manistee, Kalkaska, Muskegon, VanBuren, Missaukee, Huron and Macomb.

    In states where feral swine have become established, they have caused crop damage, pose a serious threat to the health and welfare of the domestic swine, endanger humans, impact wildlife populations, and impact the environment by disrupting the ecosystem.

    Because state law protects livestock that may be running at large, special precautions are necessary to guard the rights of farmers. The following locations have had at least one feral pig reported: Arenac, Bay, Baraga, Clinton, Cheboygan, Gladwin, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Isabella, Jackson, Lapeer, Lenawee, Marquette, Mason, Mecosta, Midland, Montcalm, Montmorency, Newaygo, Oceana, Ogemaw, Roscommon, and Saginaw counties. County prosecutors are aware that shooting feral swine in these counties is permitted and any potential owners of the feral swine have been contacted and do not claim ownership.

    "Hunters, as always, have to be certain of their targets before shooting," said Alan Marble, Bureau Chief of the DNR Law Enforcement Division. "Feral Swine are unfamiliar targets to most Michigan hunters, and sports persons need to make sure they are shooting at hogs and not black bear, dogs, or any other animal."

    While there is no indication that these animals are carrying pseudorabies or any other disease, precautionary testing will be conducted. Feral swine may also transmit diseases such as brucellosis, bovine tuberculosis (TB) and trichinosis to people and other livestock.

    A person field-dressing swine, especially in the Northeastern Lower Michigan TB area, should wear gloves. If the lungs, ribcage or internal organs from wild pigs look abnormal (multiple tan or yellow lumps), the meat should not be eaten. The carcass should, however, be removed from the environment and brought to a DNR field office to prevent disease transmission to other animals.

    To help eliminate these pests, the DNR encourages hunters to take any legal opportunity to shoot feral swine. They can be unpredictable when and where they show up. Hunters may not easily get a second chance. (Tip) When shooting a pig, aim for the shoulder or slightly ahead of the shoulder. The vital area of a pig is more forward than a deer.

    Written By: Mike Girolami, President of WorkWear1,, a Local Distributor of Carhartt Clothing, Redford MI

    Tuesday, January 6, 2009


    ANSI stand for American National Standards Institute, and the ISEA stands for International Safety Equipment Association, jointly developed a standard for high visibility clothing that is patterned after the EN-471 standard used in Europe. ANSI and the ISEA are not government agencies, so this standard is really a suggested standard for everyone to look at and choose to adopt on their own. Many of the states are looking at the standard and some are adopting it, or some variation of it.

    The standard covers many details used in the construction of high visibility garments. Fabric, quality, color, labeling, fading, reflective, quality and quantity, suggested styles, background material quantity (the orange or yellow part), shrinkage and cleaning are all discussed and specified in the standard.

    The standard raises the bar for high visibility apparel. There are 5 main classes of apparel. Each state and/or local government has adopted a specification. Here is a brief overview of each class:

    ANSI Class 1 - 217 square inches of visible fluorescent background material, usually orange or lime/yellow, and 155 square inches of visible reflective material.

    ANSI Class PSV – 450 square inches of visible fluorescent background, usually orange or lime/yellow and 201 square inches of visible reflective material.

    ANSI Class 2 – 775 square inches of visible fluorescent background material usually orange or lime/yellow and 201 square inches of visible material.

    ANSI Class 3 – 1240 square inches of visible fluorescent background materials, usually orange or lime/yellow and 310 square inches of visible reflective material.

    ANSI Class E – 465 square inches of visible fluorescent background materials, usually orange or lime/yellow and 108 square inches of visible reflective material. Class E garments are either shorts or pants that are made to be worn with a Class 2 garment to make a Class 3 ensemble.

    On November 24, 2008 Federal Rule 23 CFR 634 goes into effect. In summary it states that anyone working in the right-of-way of a federal-aid highway must be wearing high-visibility clothing that meets the requirements of ANSI/ISEA 107-2004 edition class 2 or 3. This rule affects all workers including emergency responder's.

    PLEASE NOTE: Not all garments sold on our website are ANSI classed. If the Item # does not begin with "A" and does not contain C2 or C3 within the Item # then it is a non-classified garment and does NOT meet any Federal or State Regulations.

    Written By: Mike Girolami, President of WorkWear1,, a Local Distributor of Carhartt Clothing, Redford MI