LION began working with U.S. Government organizations and the military during World War II. In conjunction with General Electric, we designed and manufactured the first electrically heated flight suit, which allowed for high altitude flying, and was considered an important factor in the success of the United States' war effort. After WWII, government and military contracts became a core business for LION.
In 1995, LION — through a joint-venture partnership with Hagemeyer, N.A. (formerly Vallen Safety Supply Company) — became the "prime vendor" for recruit clothing and individual equipment items at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. This joint-venture partnership, officially known as LION-Vallen Industries, or "LVI" for short, has become succesful in its own right, and has achieved impressive results. Since 1995, five additional contracts have been awarded to LVI. Today we remain proud to serve and look forward to expanding our long and prosperous relationship with the United States government.