Hilco Vision introduced OnGuard, its American-made industrial safety eyewear in 2019. The entire collection of safety frames are designed, developed, tested and manufactured in the U.S., and made of domestically sourced material from material and manufacturing partners that span the country.

Debbie Fitzgibbons, director of marketing communications at Hilco Vision, told VM, “The OnGuard team thrives on filling the gaps in the marketplace, no matter how challenging, and we wanted to work on something that hadn’t been done before that had benefits on a greater scale. It took 3 years and countless hours from a dedicated group of people to make it successful, but the experience empowered us to see what else is possible—not just in USA made safety eyewear, but in looking at our overall business with fresh perspective.”

Fitzgibbons said that Hilco’s Made in USA frames consistently rank among Hilco customers’ top-selling styles, and that the demand continues to exceed expectations. The team has had to face new challenges over the past few years, pivoting to work around increasing demand and supply chain issues, but the adaptation is, overall, “making us a stronger organization,” said Fitzgibbons.

Now, the team is working hard on the second generation of its USA collection, with plans to offer a broader range of fit options, new styles and exciting design elements.