April 22, 2014
WAKEFIELD, Massachusetts, April 21, 2014 – The first American male to win the Boston Marathon since 1983 crossed the finish line wearing Skechers performance running shoes with Agion Antimicrobial protection. Sciessent, maker of Agion Antimicrobial, Agion Active and Sciessent Lava antimicrobial and anti-odor solutions for textiles and footwear, congratulates Meb Keflezighi for his new Personal Record time of 2:08:37 in the historic 2014 Boston Marathon.
Meb competed in the new Skechers GO MEB Speed 3, scheduled to be introduced at retail outlets in the Fall of 2014. Agion antimicrobial is an integral part of the running shoe, and offers long lasting odor protection that is important in performance footwear and athletic wear.
Long time Sciessent customer Cosmo Fabric (Byfield, Massachusetts) applies the Agion Antimicrobial as a textile finish in their company controlled facilities. Cosmo provides the treated textile material to Skechers for fabrication into the performance running shoes. “Increasing numbers of consumers are looking for antimicrobial protection in their footwear and recognize the benefit of reduced odor in products that have antimicrobial protection,” said Josh Van Dernoot, president of Cosmo.
“It is exciting for Sciessent products to be used at the highest level of competition” said Paul Ford, chief executive officer of Sciessent. “We are happy to be a small contributor to the Skechers footwear story.”
About Skechers: A billion-dollar leader in the lifestyle footwear industry and a high-performance footwear brand, Skechers USA designs, develops and markets over 3,000 styles for men, women and children. The company offers two distinct footwear categories: a lifestyle division and Skechers Performance which includes Skechers GOrun running shoes. Meb Keflezighi, winner of the Boston Marathon (2014), New York City Marathon (2009), and an Olympic silver medal (2004) is a Skechers brand ambassador. Headquartered in Manhattan Beach, California, SKECHERS is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SKX. For more information please visit www.skechers.com and www.skx.com.
About Sciessent: Sciessent is a leading provider of customized solutions that enhance the value of customers’ products. The Company’s brands include Agion, Agion Active and Sciessent Lava and are based on naturally occurring elements. Sciessent solutions have been incorporated into a wide range of consumer, industrial and healthcare applications, including textiles and apparel, medical devices such as central venous catheters and implants, and drinking water applications such as ice equipment and water filters. Sciessent customers including leading international brands UnderArmour, Adidas, Reebok, Skechers, Scotsman, Everpure, Follett, Honeywell, Medegen and Vygon.
Headquartered in Wakefield MA., Sciessent also has offices in Taipei, Taiwan, Shanghai, China, and New Delhi, India. For more information about Sciessent, please visit www.sciessent.com.