Supplier Spotlight: Enabling Workers to Live Safe 

ERB-Industries

Wrigley Field. The White House Easter Egg Roll. Rock concerts. College football. What do all of these have in common? Answer: ERB Safety’s products have been featured at all of these venues, events and many more!

Based out of Woodstock, Georgia, ERB Safety offers quality personal protection products that are sourced and manufactured in long-standing partner facilities throughout the world.

Started in 1956 by Bill Erb, who earned his engineering degree from Georgia Tech, ERB Safety started off as a plastic injection molding company. The company would manufacture small parts that could be found in washing machines, fire hydrants, and even the bulky blue headphones that were so iconic to Delta Airlines.

In the early 1970s, Bill purchased hard hat molds, right around the time the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) started enforcing head protection within certain industries. A few years later, ERB Safety was one of the leaders in hard hats and safety equipment.

“Everything just fell into place,” said Jackie Barker, ERB Safety Executive Vice President.

Exceeding Client and Employee Expectations

Located in Woodstock, Georgia, ERB Safety is all about, well… safety (the headquarters is even located on 1 Safety Way)! From hard hats and face shields to glasses and respiratory protection, this is the go-to source for all products that protect employees from workplace hazards. Oh, and fun fact? ERB Industries also owns Fame Fabrics, a company that offers hospitality and uniform apparel including smocks, lab coats, and aprons.

“We help distributors tailor programs through standards training, product selection, and in-house decoration services with low order minimums,” Jackie explained. These decorating services include screen and pad printing.

Another benefit that stands out is ERB Industries in-house testing lab. “We do the testing verification in our own on-campus quality assurance lab,” Jackie explained. One product manufactured and tested in Georgia is the hard hats, ensuring that each helmet produced is high-quality and meets every standard.

“All head protection companies have their own look,” regarding hard hats. “Our hard hats are easy to recognize,” said Jackie, mentioning that ERB Safety’s products have even been featured in commercials and movies.  

Not only do distributors reap the benefits of working with this loyal, dedicated supplier, the employees at ERB Safety also are put first, owning part of the business after the owner sold the company in the late 1990s. “This has resulted in a low turnover of employees, growth, and dedication of long-tenured employees to manufacture products correctly and quickly at a fair price,” Jackie said.

Giving Back & Girl Power

ERB Industries and its employees give charitably to Shepherd Center in Atlanta since the 1990s. Shepherd Center is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions. 

The company also reflects female empowerment. In the early 2000s, Sheila Eads stepped in as CEO. Her goal was to serve everyone. That’s why she began talking with women in construction and the pain points they had with safety gear.

Today, ERB Safety offers the first complete product line for women, Girl Power at Work, including purple hard hats, hot pink earmuffs, and tortoise shell-designed protective eyewear.

Over the past few years, ERB Safety has seen exponential growth, introducing new products that will cater to a wide range of industries.

“We hope to continue to be a leading supplier to the promotional products industry by providing quality products at affordable prices with quality remaining our primary focus.”

To learn more about ERB Safety, click here.

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Lauren is a Content Writer at SAGE. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in Print Journalism and has fallen in love with the art of storytelling. When she's not writing, she's playing with her dog, Riley.

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