Ranchmate™ Workgloves Give the FFA a Helping Hand July 31 2013

Sales of FFA-licensed products support agricultural education.

July 31, 2013 (Mayfield Village, Ohio) – Preformed Line Products (PLP) has announced the national launch of its Ranchmate™ FFA-licensed work gloves, the newest addition to the company’s line of innovative wire fencing products and accessories.

Under agreement with The National FFA Organization (formerly Future Farmers of America), the four styles of gloves each feature the FFA-licensed motto or logo. Every sale of the gloves will support the FFA, a national agricultural educational organization for youth.

The Ranchmate work gloves are designed to offer superior hand protection for farming, ranching, fencing, gardening and other tasks. The gloves are manufactured in the USA of full grain cowhide, and are form fitting and water-resistant.

“As innovators in fencing and true advocates for American agriculture, we feel it is fitting that we can offer a quality product that supports future farmers and ranchers,” said Ryan Ruhlman, manager of new business development and marketing communications for PLP. “We believe that farmers, ranchers, gardeners and do-it-yourselfers everywhere will love these gloves, and we are proud to pay it forward to the FFA. We believe that agricultural education ultimately benefits all of our communities.”

All four Ranchmate FFA-licensed glove styles feature two-ply grain cowhide for extra forefinger, thumb and palm support, with a flexible protective knuckle strap that bears the FFA® motto, “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.” The cuffed styles also feature the FFA logo.

The standard glove style provides hand protection for gardening and smaller projects, while the cuffed gloves protect hands and forearms during heavier tasks such as rose gardening and working with sharp wires. Cuff lengths range from two to ten inches and the form-fitting gloves are designed to comfortably “fit most.”

Ranchmate FFA-licensed gloves are available at farm and hardware stores nationwide and online at http://store.ranchmate.com/collections/ffa-accessories.


About Ranchmate™
Ranchmate is an innovative line of fencing products that is changing the way wire fences are built and repaired across America. Manufactured in the U.S. by Preformed Line Products, Ranchmate enables farmers and ranchers to construct and mend wire fences like utility linemen have built and fixed overhead conductor lines for decades. Superior strength, durability and ease of installation make Ranchmate the new standard in wire fencing. Officially licensed by the FFA, Ranchmate products for both smooth and barbed high tensile wire fencing are available at retail stores across the country. Visit www.ranchmate.com for more information.

About Preformed Line Products
Founded in 1947, Preformed Line Products (NASDAQ: PLPC) is an international designer and manufacturer of products and systems employed in the construction and maintenance of overhead and underground networks for energy, communications and broadband network companies. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, the Company operates three domestic manufacturing centers, located in Rogers, Arkansas, Albuquerque, New Mexico and Albemarle, North Carolina. PLP serves worldwide markets through international operations in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, Spain and Thailand.

About The National FFA Organization
The National FFA® Organization™ is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at www.FFA.org.

(Contact Jean Reilly, Marketing Communications, 440-473-9186 or email jreilly@preformed.com)