Watson Blog

A Message from our President, Martin Moore

Wow! Thank you everyone for the tremendous effort and hard work over the past few months. At our last AGM the word momentum was mentioned and how important it is in our growth strategy. Well with the results we’ve seen in 2014, we have momentum baby! Watson is growing rapidly and it is thanks to the effort put in by all members of the team. Don’t take my word for it look at these numbers: Read more…

A Message from our President, Martin Moore

Watson Gloves has just completed it’s fiscal year end and is well into it’s 96th year of successful glove manufacturing and distribution. I would like to pass on a heartfelt thanks to our fantastic staff, their families, our suppliers and our loyal customers. Read more…

Garden Gloves: More Than Just a Fashion Accessory

Gardeners are starting to feel it in the air. Spring is coming, and with it, a brand new gardening season. When you walk into your local garden centre in the next month, your eyes will surely be caught by the “Glove Rack.” On it you’ll see this season’s new fabrics, patterns and colours. While you’ll want to pick a pair that looks oh-so-fab, you should also consider their purpose. We wear gloves to garden in so our hands stay clean, but they are also extremely important for protection. Read more…

Life After the Flood

It has now been 40 days since my wife Debbie and I were impacted by the High River flood on June 20, 2013.  The experience of walking into your home after such an ordeal, to say the least, was shocking, upsetting and startling.  Where do you begin to start as you are surveying the damage to your basement?  Who do you call to get your back door fixed after it was kicked in? Read more…

Moving Day

After a decade in a building that has served us well we are moving!!! Since our last move we  have expanded our business, changed our business direction and most importantly built an incredible Team.

In a recent meeting I asked our team the question…. ‘who built the new building?’ Peter (Northern AB rep) shouted Beattie Construction….Technically yes…. anyone else? Marty and the entire Moore Family
another Patrick (Operations Manager) answered… Good thinking but not what I’m looking for….  Then Randy Dreager piped up…. My sales Skills. Well Randy,  Yes that did help… Sales people and their hard Work on the road was a major factor. Enough already (Shaft  was getting impatient) what is it? Our Customers! The relationships we have built with our core customers is the reason for our growth….  It was undisputed.

The picture below (taken at 9:45PM) sums it up in my mind….   Tammy walked into the new building with a final load (of the day) from the old place…. She noticed her name on her new office….   Does that mean I’m promoted? Ya I guess that’s what that means quipped Kirk (Branch Manager). She wiped a tear away, and then yelled at someone ‘alright enough standing around, let’s get back to work’.

We are very proud of our new facility and we are looking forward to having our customers in for a visit!

Tammy said it best…. Time to get back to work.

Kasey and the entire Calgary team.

It’s Gardening Time!

Gardeners are starting to feel it in the air. Spring is coming and with it the gardening season will start. When you walk into your local garden center in the next month your eyes will surely be caught by the “Glove Rack”. On it you’ll see this season’s latest offerings. There will be new fabrics, patterns and colors. While you will want to pick a pair that look oh-so-fab you should also consider their purpose. We wear gloves to garden in so our hands stay clean but they are also necessary to protect our hands. Gloves provide a barrier from soil, splinters, pricks, cuts and abrasions, insect and spider bites, poison oak and other skin irritants. They keep skin dry, prevent sunburn and fingernail damage and reduce blistering.

It’s important to have different gloves appropriate for the task at hand. You therefore need a number of styles in your potting shed.

  • Leather Gloves – provide protection from most thorns but still absorb water and don’t breathe
  • Rubber Gloves – keep hands dry, great for muddy/wet conditions, washable
  • Performance Gloves – snug-fitting, durable, may not protect against thorns, not ideal for wet conditions
  • Nitrile Gloves – excellent for dexterity, strong, puncture resistant, and if they have a knit back then they are good for breath-ability, washable, often good to protect against chemicals
  • Cotton Gloves – inexpensive, washable  and comfortable but offer no protection from water or thorns
  • Waterproof Gauntlet – totally waterproof with a long gauntlet, sometimes even reaching up to the shoulder, perfect for the pond/water gardener

Be sure that gloves fit well, that they’re nice and snug. Choose gloves with long wrist protectors (gauntlets) for pruning plants with prickles and thorns. Click to view our selection of gardening gloves.

Work Armour: ProTech Rebranded

This past year Watson Gloves rebranded our line of performance gloves. What was ProTech is now Work Armour. You’ve seen performance gloves out in the world, not the sloppy work glove of old but new form fitting gloves. Made with bright color trim and extras such as gel padding in the palm or heavy duty rubber protective patches on the fingers or knuckles to protect your hands against hard impact or abrasion injuries. Under this brand are both winter lined and unlined styles of gloves, made with fit and protection in mind. Like all Watson Gloves the Work Armour styles all have their own names such as Extreme, Daytona, Wingman, Drill Sergeant and the made in Canada best seller Storm Trooper, to name a few.

Our Work Armour performance gloves are made to fit “like a glove” and  to achieve this we added spandex to a number to styles. When a glove is made with multiple materials (leather, neoprene, spandex, mesh, microfibre, etc) the designer has more flexibility to do what’s needed to make it the best. Design is done with an end goal in mind. What sport or occupation are the gloves to be worn for? What are the sport or job hazards? What potential injuries could occur? Where are the critical wear areas? Once we answer these questions our design team can begin. Often the process is begun because of need expressed by one of our customers. Our job is to listen.

We then get sample(s) made and have the customer try them out. There is no substitute for actual wear & tear on the job. We want our customer to wear a pair at work or wear them while doing the sport they are designed for. Only then will we know what to improve. What is the glove lacking? What areas could we improve upon? What could WE do better to make this a glove you want to wear? Let us know, we want to hear what you have to say!

The Work Armour series of gloves is the result of years of development and we’re proud to offer them to you. Try a pair on! Your hands will thank you.

Frostbite – A Cold Weather Hazard

We’re now deep into the harsh winter months and in some parts of Canada, its frickin’ cold. One of the health hazards of cold weather is frost bite and the fingers and hands are extremely susceptible to it. This is because blood vessels farthest from the heart constrict in cold weather to conserve blood for major organs. Less oxygen reaches the fingers, so cells in the tissue death begin to die. This can lead to gangrene. Nasty stuff!

What’s the number one way to prevent frostbite? WEAR GLOVES! Or, better yet, wear mittens. Watson Gloves created a couple of mittens designed for extremely cold conditions. The #9302 and #9303 are part of our Expedition North series. Both mitts are treated with water-resistant Water-Off. Made right in our very own Burnaby factory, this series contains various mittens in two different styles: a traditional mitt or 1 finger style (index finger is on its own for dexterity and the other 3 fingers are together). As stated above, mitt style gloves keep your fingers together and therefore warmer. Whether you’re going to be in just cold, or cold and wet conditions, protect yourself with Expedition North gloves.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/75838-finger-frostbite-signs/#ixzz2Jfpnyalm

Hand Injuries on the Job

It’s a fact that’s hard to believe but there are 500,000 hand injuries in Canada every year*. Our hands are extremely vulnerable to injury because we constantly use them to hold, twist, turn, lift, grasp, push, pull, manipulate and touch. Hand injuries account for almost 1/3 of work place injuries. It’s in your best interests to protect yourself and your employees from hand injuries because the loss of productivity and employee down time is hard on the bottom line.

At Watson Gloves, it’s our job to help you protect your hands. You can do that by wearing gloves. They can’t be just any gloves though. There are a number of factors to take into consideration and that’s where we, the Glove Experts, can help you choose the right style and size.

Things to Consider:

Size – if they’re too big and sloppy they could actually do more harm than good. For example, they could get caught in machinery. If they’re too small you won’t have the dexterity that is needed to perform tasks that require small motor control.

Heat & Cold – do you need to protect yourself from the elements? If you’re working outside in -30 degrees you will need gloves to keep your hands warm. Conversely, if you’re working around hot ovens you need to protect your hands from burns.

Cut Protection – are you working in a job where there is a danger of getting cut or punctured? If so, you need gloves with cut protection. There are different levels and they are graded and tested by professionals so you can be sure you are getting the cut protection you need.

Chemical Hazards – if you’re working with or around inks, dyes, cleaners, plant and animal oils, degreasers or chemicals then you are susceptible to these chemical leeching into your skin or even burning you. With gloves you can avoid these injuries but you’ve got to make sure you have the right gloves, made from materials that will protect you from chemical hazards.  We have chemical charts that we use to make sure you’re getting the right gloves.

Abrasions –  Cuts and scrapes are painful and often unnecessary. If you’re wearing gloves then your skin can be protected from most of these.

Long Term Stress & Fatigue Injuries – a repetitive job can often mean long term damage due to performing the same action again and again. Gloves with extra padding and support in the right areas can help you avoid these types of injuries.

Let us help you protect yourself and your employees. We can help you pick out the right glove so you and your employees don’t become one of those 500,000 hand injury statistics.

*Statistics taken from http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/