Succession Tips from Inc. Interview with AMMEX Founder


We are proud to share some words of wisdom from our founder Fred Crosetto, Chief Energizing Officer of AMMEX Corporation and AMMEX iSupport, as featured in the recent inc.com article: 4 Ways to Develop Great Leaders. In the article, Fred discusses his succession planning strategies and how he successfully removed himself from daily operations by developing smart, effective leaders.

In business, preparation and planning are the main components of a successful company, but when it comes to succession planning, many senior executives struggle with being able to replace themselves. Finding the next great leader of your business is an important challenge that involves too many variables that busy leaders often struggle to find time to consider. The result is often a reactive process that can lead to a bad hiring decision.  With the right planning and approach, succession can be a seamless transition that benefits the company and its current and future leaders.

“At AMMEX, developing great leaders is a core part of what we do and is one of the ways we have been named to the Puget Sound Business Journal “Top 100 Fastest Growing, Privately Held Companies” a total of eight times.”

How do we do it?
The foundation of AMMEX’s success is built upon key principles that drive us to be better – we all strive to be better every day, and we hold one another accountable to this goal. Developing great leaders is a core part of that success.  In the recent Inc.com article, 4 Ways to Develop Great Leaders; Fred explains how he successfully removed himself from daily operations by developing smart, effective leaders. “These strategies have allowed him to successfully groom the new President of AMMEX, Keyo Gold, and complete the transition in less than two years.”

AMMEX Succession Planning


Four Ways to Develop Great Leaders

1. Recruit a team of A-players.
2. Develop future leaders from the inside.
3. Let young leaders fail safely.
4. Introduce leaders to great thinkers.


How did he do it?
In the interview with Inc.com, our Founder discusses his approach to growing a successful commodities based disposable glove company over the last 28 years.  Succession planning and growing future leaders as the core driver of that success.  When it came time for our founder’s succession as CEO of AMMEX he met the challenge by developing team members from the inside through leadership, coaching and strategy.  Listen to this recent podcast episode from YPO 10 Minute Tips From the Top host Kevin Daum, who recently interviewed Crosetto, a fellow member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).

“A-players are hard to find and hard to keep, It took me a little bit longer than most people to figure this out, but it’s better to get really great people to work and come in and take things on,” noted Crosetto.

How can you do it?  
Start by recruiting a team of A-players by looking for passion in people.  If you only surround yourself with passionate people driven to be better, then you’ll have a number of potential options to develop into the next strong leader. Turn to the young leadership internally to drive the future of the company, coach and train them by introducing them to great thinkers. Allow your young leaders to fail safely and…….continue reading the full article from Inc.com.

At AMMEX, we believe in our culture of developing employees and in working hard, it has helped us grow stronger together since 1988. Success is not just about disposable glove revenue growth; it is about developing great leaders that become the future leaders of the company.

AMMEX Corporation is a premier importer and distributor of high-quality disposable gloves and barrier protection products. Established in 1988, AMMEX grew into a multinational corporation with offices in the United States, Philippines, China, and Malaysia. Our focus is to support AMMEX’s wholesale distributors with quality products, outstanding service, competitive prices, and proven marketing support to grow their glove sales. Today, AMMEX proudly supplies a wide selection of nitrile, latex, vinyl and poly disposable gloves and personal protection equipment to thousands of distributors in a variety of industries. Whether your clients are in food service, janitorial, medical or automotive, AMMEX has the gloves you need.

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Don’t Dare without Donning a Pair


AMMEX is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual #NotWithoutGloves Twitter Contest from April 2nd to April 21st, 2016.  Enter for your chance to win weekly prizes followed by three final grand prizes!  What wouldn’t you touch without gloves?  Enter to win starting April 2, 2016 and don’t dare without donning a pair!

#NotWithoutGloves Twitter Contest

Here are the simple steps to enter the AMMEX #NotWithoutGloves Twitter Contest that starts on April 2, 2016.

Review Official Contest Rules
Start by reading the official contest rules before entering the AMMEX #NotWithoutGloves Twitter Contest.

Follow and Share
Start following AMMEX, @youneedgloves, on Twitter between April 2nd, 2016 and April 21st, 2016. Next, share an original photo on Twitter showing what you wouldn’t touch without gloves @youneedgloves with #notwithoutgloves during the contest to be entered to win.

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Win Prizes
AMMEX will select three eligible weekly winners, one for each week of the contest and three eligible grand prize winners at the end of the contest period.  Images submitted to the #NotWithoutGloves Twitter Contest will be judged based on creativity, composition quality, originality, overall impact and must meet the official contest rules.

Grand Prizes
First Place – $100 Amazon Gift Card
Second Place $50 Amazon Gift Card
Third Place – $25 Amazon Gift Card

Weekly Prizes
Three lucky weekly winners will receive one box of Gloveworks Orange Nitrile gloves for each week of the three-week contest.

Details 
Don’t forget, to review and agree to the official contest rules and good luck!  Sharing the Photo in the #NotWithoutGloves Twitter contest constitutes agreement to the official contest rules. By sharing the Photo @youneedgloves and tagging it with #notwithoutgloves, each participant receives one (1) entry into the contest.  No purchase necessary to enter or win. This  contest is open to legal residents of the United States residing in the 48 contiguous states, Alaska, Hawaii, or the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older.  Finish reading the official contest rules.


AMMEX Corporation is a premier importer and distributor of high-quality disposable gloves and barrier protection products. Established in 1988, AMMEX grew into a multinational corporation with offices in the United States, Philippines, China, and Malaysia. Our focus is to support AMMEX’s wholesale distributors with quality products, outstanding service, competitive prices, and proven marketing support to grow their glove sales. Today, AMMEX proudly supplies a wide selection of nitrile, latex, vinyl and poly disposable gloves along with personal protection equipment to thousands of distributors in a variety of industries. Whether your clients are in the medical and dental, food service and food processing, janitorial and sanitation or automotive and manufacturing industries, AMMEX has the gloves you need.  Contact us to become a distributor today!

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Play to Win with Latex Nitrile Vinyl Poly

Did you know that the chances of completing a perfect bracket for March Madness, are 1 in 9.2 quintillion?  Don’t take those chances when it comes to your business. Play to win with the right partner on the court!  Fill your business bracket with these Final Four glove materials – Latex, Nitrile, Vinyl and Poly to slam dunk your sales to the national championship!

Team Latex
While a team full of young guns can bring a new pace and finesse to the court, veteran squads like Team Latex have been playing the barrier protection game for years. Team Latex is the oldest of all the teams in our March Madness lineup, providing dependable wins in both the industrial and medical industries. They are widely used in applications in medical and dental, food service and food processing, janitorial and sanitation, automotive and manufacturing industries.

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HD Industrial and HD Exam Latex
These two players are cut from the same cloth – both are able to stay in the game for longer because of their thickness. The HD Industrial latex and HD Exam latex disposable gloves are twins, with the former playing best within the industrial sector and the latter dominating the medical industry. Plus, when it comes to feel and fit, these two latex gloves are all-stars.

LX3 Latex Gloves 
If you want that player that can move around the court and provide exceptional dexterity, then you want AMMEX LX3 Latex gloves. They are thinner than their teammates, providing more tactile sensitivity and a full range of motion. Also, these gloves come with a polymer coating for easier donning.

“Team Latex is full of veteran players.”

While some will see their brackets fall to pieces, others will play to win. Why take a gamble when the perfect barrier protection is your best bet? Take your sales to the championship, consider these three top teams when selecting your Final Four.  Next up is Team Nitrile.

Team Nitrile
Sometimes, the game calls for aggressive players and for March Madness: Team Nitrile delivers the high intensity needed to command the court. These gloves play hard to provide exceptional barrier protection, with the best chemical and tear resistance among all glove materials.

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Orange Nitrile
These disposable gloves are the most aggressive on the team nitrile. With a raised diamond texture to provide superior grip, no oily defenders are stripping the ball or tools away from them. Plus, Orange Nitrile Gloves provide superior chemical resistance to stay in the game longer in automotive, industrial safety and other applications.

Black Nitrile
These gloves have long served as the star player of Team Nitrile, putting both AMMEX and the team on the map. One fan said her favorite feature of Black Nitrile Gloves is the sleek color that “conceals dirt, grease and grime!”

Indigo nitrile
If you need a glove that will box out harmful pathogens or drive to the hole against tough chemicals, then you want Indigo Nitrile Gloves. These gloves play on any court, from the medical to industrial sectors and anything in between. They are also great for tattoo parlors.

“Some gloves play to win and others play to dominate. If you are looking for disposable gloves that will deliver a landslide victory every time, go with Team Nitrile.”

Team Nitrile delivers the high intensity needed to command the court. Next up is Team Vinyl.

Team Vinyl
Do you want a disposable glove lineup with the balanced stats you need to score a bucket for barrier protection every time? If so, look no further than Team Vinyl. These gloves know how to play the game from inside and beyond the arc as well as on offense and defense to keep harmful chemicals and pathogens at bay.

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Antimicrobial 
This player is all about containing the offense, as it inhibits the growth of microorganisms. Antimicrobial Vinyl Gloves, which are a fan favorite in food service and janitorial-sanitation, help prevent cross-contamination by double teaming pathogens on the court.

Stretch synthetic
These gloves, which are also great for food service, have the feel and fit of latex without the allergy concerns. Plus, Stretch Synthetic Vinyl Gloves are a low-cost solution, leaving more in your wallet to bet on brackets.

Blue vinyl
When the defense has a player wrapped up, it can be hard to see an open player for the pass. That is not the case with Blue Vinyl Gloves. With the vibrant color, you will always be able to spot a glove.

“The star players for Team Vinyl are great for food service and janitorial-sanitation applications.”

With Team Vinyl, you get an all-around lineup of barrier protection superstars. The Final Four is not complete without this all-star player – Team Poly.

Team Poly
Some of the best poly disposable gloves are ready to make a slam dunk for barrier protection. Team Poly is known for having a strong bench, with many fresh gloves waiting to be called into the game when a current pair is worn out. This makes them great for food service, where gloves are changed frequently for short duration tasks.

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Stretch Synthetic
Stretch Synthetic Poly Gloves are the starting point guard for Team Poly because they offer exceptional dexterity compared to regular poly gloves. Plus, they have a light texture for great grip.  These gloves have combined unique characteristics of conforming fit in a low-cost poly glove. These features make the Stretch Synthetic Poly Glove a star player.

Traditional Poly
Traditional Poly Gloves score points by focusing on the fundamentals, but this does not mean they do not stand out on the team, as they are heat sealed rather than dipped like other glove types. They also show off a little style with an embossed texture for additional grip.

“Stretch synthetic and traditional poly are the all-stars of Team Poly.”

Team Poly has the players to defend food products against cross-contamination and rounds out the perfect Final Four of disposable glove players.

March Madness is an unpredictable and fierce competition filled with “cinderella stories” of underdog’s winning against first seed teams. However when it comes to business, having the right partner on the court makes selling gloves a slam dunk.  Fill your bracket with these Final Four – Play to win with Latex, Nitrile, Vinyl and Poly and take your sales to the national championship!   Join our team to become a distributor and play to win by adding AMMEX disposable gloves to your product line-up today.

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5 Amazing Health Benefits of Giving


We all know the saying, “It is better to give than to receive.” While it is true that giving really benefits those in need, did you know studies show that giving is truly good for the giver too?  As millions come together to celebrate the holidays, let’s take a look at how giving not only adds richness to our lives but surprisingly improves our health. Here’s 5 Amazing Health Benefits of Giving

“Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.” Jim Rohn –

1. Greater Happiness

Biologically, giving can create a “warm glow,” stimulating regions in the brain associated with pleasure, trust and connection with other people.  In a 2006 study, researchers from the National Institutes of Health studied the functional MRIs of subjects who gave to various charities. They found that giving stimulates the mesolimbic pathway, which is the reward center in the brain, releasing endorphins and creating what is known as the “helper’s high.” And like other highs, this one is addictive, too.

2. Stronger Heart
There is significant evidence to show that when people perform charitable acts, they tend to have lower blood pressure. In one study, researchers measured people’s blood pressure before and after performing an act of kindness then before and after spending money on themselves. Findings showed that those who performed a good deed had lower blood pressure after; whereas, the group that spent money on themselves, did not show a reduction in blood pressure.  While the reasons are not entirely clear, it is believed that altruistic acts decrease stress; increase levels of the hormone oxytocin, which drops blood pressure; and in some instances is a catalyst for physical activity such as fundraising walks.

3.  Immune Booster
Kind deeds decrease stress and promote a feeling of wellbeing, both of which boost our immune system. Specifically, scientists’ studies indicate that the levels of T cells—a special immune system cell—increase in our body. What this boils down to is a better defense against germs and, even, cancer because our immune system fights cancerous growth. Additionally, altruistic acts have been shown to decrease inflammation, which is the underlying cause of a number of chronic illnesses and can actually provoke cancerous growths.

4. Pain Reliever
Acts of giving and kindness can help to suppress physical pain by releasing endorphins—our body’s natural pain reliever. In one study, when chronic-pain sufferers volunteered to lead discussion groups for pain sufferers or make weekly calls to check in on patients, their own pain levels decreased. When your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain.  Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. For example, the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as “euphoric.” That feeling, known as a “runner’s high,” can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life.

5. Longer Life
According to a study from University of California, Berkeley, study, people who were 55 and older who volunteered for two or more organizations were 44 percent less likely to die over a five-year period than those who didn’t volunteer — even accounting for many other factors including age, exercise, general health and negative habits like smoking.  In a 2003 University of Michigan study, a researcher found similar numbers in studying elderly people who gave help to friends, relatives and neighbors — or who gave emotional support to their spouses — versus those who didn’t.

As we look through our holiday lists, we should add daily acts of “giving, generosity, and kindness” to our lists as it not only helps others, but as studies show, giving helps our health too! It looks like science has proven that it is indeed better to give than to receive.

Sources: The Cleveland Clinic and The Washington Times

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Adult Care in Nursing Homes


Nursing homes are a vital resource for elderly people who are no longer able to take care of themselves. In the future, the demand for long-term care organizations will likely increase as baby boomers begin to require these services. According to data from Family Caregiver Alliance, the number of elderly people using long-term care services will reach 27 million by 2050, more than twice the number of individuals using these services in 2000. The organization also noted people older than 85 are among the fastest-growing segments of the population and are expected to reach 19 million by 2050.

Elderly care facilities are large operations that require a significant amount of disposable gloves and other materials for staff to provide service to residents, making their needs in many ways similar to day care centers. They are self-contained living facilities that require staff to accommodate every element of care, from bathing to feeding. These facilities have nurses, janitors, foodservice staff and even landscapers who require gloves. Ongoing measures to improve quality of care in these facilities could also lead to an increase in staffing requirements, leading to the need for even more gloves on hand.

Wipes
Staff that clean and bathe elderly patients also require the right materials. AmmexCare Adult Washcloths may be used to wipe patients clean. These wipes are alcohol-free with Vitamin E and aloe to make them safer for use on sensitive skin.

“Initiatives to improve quality of care could increase staffing needs.”

Exam gloves
It is also important for staff in nursing homes to wear disposable gloves for most tasks. There is risk of spreading or contracting bloodborne pathogens, so staff dealing with patient cuts or wounds should wear exam-grade gloves. Staff should avoid powdered gloves in this environment because the powder can interfere with wound closure. AMMEX Nitrile Exam Gloves are a good option for staff. These gloves also come in several different colors, which can be helpful for organizational purposes. Companies can color code gloves by size so all staff can quickly find the gloves they need.

Other glove needs
There are many moving parts in a nursing home facility. While nurses and physicians bathe and examine patients, the cafeteria workers are busy preparing meals, and janitors may be cleaning hallways, bathrooms or dining areas. All of these employees require disposable gloves as barrier protection. Cafeteria workers need to wear gloves to prevent the spread of foodborne illness, while janitorial workers need to protect themselves from cleaning chemicals and bloodborne pathogens. Landscapers also require a barrier to protect themselves from lawn and garden chemicals.

Nursing homes require disposable gloves on hand for many different applications. Contact us or your AMMEX representative to learn more about glove needs in elderly care facilities.

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Upgrading the Sales Pitch with Digital Content


Digital channels supplement traditional marketing efforts by providing more ways to move leads down the sales funnel. This digital content not only offers a direct way to educate consumers about products and services but is also useful for a sales pitch while representatives speak with prospective clients.

Using digital content aids in lead nurturing, which involves communicating with leads throughout the sales process and educating them toward a well-informed purchase. AMMEX takes significant steps to remain at the front of the industry in regard to digital marketing and produces comprehensive and shareable content to nurture leads and close more sales.

Here is a look at why digital marketing and content are important and how AMMEX utilizes these tools during the sales pitch:

Why digital marketing matters
Building an online presence is more crucial than ever. Consumers spend more time on the Internet, so it only makes sense marketing efforts would shift in that direction. In fact, adults in the U.S. devote 11 hours per day to digital media, according to a Nielsen report. Whether it is social media, shopping or other purposes, consumers like to surf the Web.

But this does not mean digital marketing benefits only business-to-consumer sales. Online ads, videos and additional strategies also help move business-to-business leads down the sales funnel.

“AMMEX’s blog provides a large library of articles and infographics.”

Where content comes in
Content is a key aspect of digital marketing—so much so that marketing departments put increasing shares of their budgets toward building sizable libraries of videos, blogs posts and more. A poll from Smart Insights revealed most respondents felt content is the digital marketing tool that drives the biggest return on investment.

In addition to driving website traffic, content also improves engagement. Leads may start a conversation with a business through a comment thread on a blog post or share a product video via social media. In either case, the brand has more opportunities to interact with prospective business, and these scenarios are not limited to just online interactions.

How content works with lead nurturing
AMMEX sells a commoditized product, so driving leads toward a purchase is crucial. The AMMEX blog provides a large library of articles and infographics to help current and prospective clients get up to speed on their disposable gloves knowledge so they understand which product best fit their needs and why AMMEX’s lineup is the right choice for them.

However, this information does not solely have a passive place on the blog or move through only social media sharing. AMMEX sales representatives actively utilize the content during their sales pitches. With a wealth of key facts and statistics about AMMEX products at their fingertips, reps are able to quickly locate reference material to address questions, correct misconceptions about the products and overcome objections.

Even if a lead is at the top of the sales funnel, this nurturing step ensures decision-makers keep AMMEX top of mind when they are ready to close. While the competition may offer the same products at a similar quality, utilizing content means AMMEX gains an advantage with more than price—leads remember the vendor that provided helpful information in their purchase decisions. Reps may also direct leads to the blog for continued reading—and nurturing—after a call.

“Digital content also aids in lead nurturing during sales calls.”

Creating a seamless buyer journey
These days, decision-makers do a lot of the research required for a purchase decision before they contact a representative. AMMEX provides the content they need to get started and further enhances that product knowledge during the pitch. These lead nurturing efforts are part of an omnichannel approach that encompasses both traditional and digital marketing to close more deals.

A Content Marketing Institute study showed 70 percent of B2B marketers produce more content compared to the previous year. However, only 35 percent have a documented strategy. AMMEX remains at the forefront of the industry with a solid plan for not only what content it will produce, but also how that content will impact both marketing and sales processes. Through this content plan—as part of a larger digital marketing strategy—AMMEX ensures leads move down the sales funnel and make the right purchases for their needs.

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Premium Gloves


In tough settings, it is important to have a glove that stands up to the job. Premium gloves provide top quality performance for longer duration of use. Features range from raised textures for enhanced gripping power to extended cuffs for more protection of the forearm. Here are some of the premium gloves AMMEX offers:

GlovePlus Black Nitrile
These gloves have a bold look that conceals grease and grime and gives you three times the puncture resistance of latex. GlovePlus Black Nitrile Gloves are 50 percent thicker than standard nitrile for tougher applications.

Gloveworks Orange Heavy Duty Nitrile
With superior chemical resistance, Gloveworks Orange Nitrile gloves provide a high visibility color that is useful in dark environments. The raised diamond texture on both sides of the glove for a no-slip grip.

Gloveworks Heavy Duty Latex Industrial Gloves
With more elasticity than nitrile for greater comfort and dexterity. Also available in an exam version, Gloveworks HD Latex Industrial Gloves are perfect for industrial settings.

“Premium Gloves are the right choice for tough jobs.”

GlovePlus Heavy Duty Nitrile Exam Gloves
These gloves provide a full 12-inch extended cuff to protect the forearm on top of their additional barrier protection.

GlovePlus Heavy Duty Blue Latex Exam Gloves
With three times the thickness of standard latex, GlovePlus HD Blue Latex Exam Gloves ensure added protection and increased chemical resistance.

AMMEX Anti-Microbial Vinyl Gloves
Antimicrobial technology is combined with the poly-vinyl material – not just sprayed on, but blended into the material to inhibit the growth of microorganisms by breaking down cell walls for superior protection against organisms and fungus.

AMMEX Indigo Nitrile Exam Gloves
These exam grade gloves offer excellent barrier protection and chemical resistance. The unique color makes AMMEX Indigo Nitrile Exam Gloves really stand out.

Need superior, long-lasting protection and comfort at the same time? It might be time to upgrade to a premium glove. To add premium gloves to your line up contact us or your AMMEX Representative.

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Gear up for Safety Month with AMMEX!


June is National Safety Month and AMMEX has you covered to get a grip on safety. Protect those hard working hands with our suite of heavy duty and premium disposable gloves. Our Gloveworks Orange Nitrile Gloves provide superior durability with a unique, high visibility orange color. This raised diamond texture provides for an excellent grip in wet or dry conditions. At the end of the day it is all about the better performance, better protection, and better safety.

Next up, our GloveWorks HD Latex Gloves are perfect for your toughest jobs. Twice as thick as standard latex gloves, they still provide the dexterity and sensitivity that you expect. With enhanced puncture resistance, each glove has a longer duration of use so you don’t have to switch gloves as often. Not to mention, you can’t deny the comfortable fit and feel of a latex glove.

Another latex pick for Safety Month are the GlovePlus HD Blue Latex Exam Gloves. These heavy duty industrial grade gloves are almost four times thicker than standard gloves with an extended cuff for added protection. They are great for high risk and chemical applications and feature enhanced comfort and dexterity. Not only that, they are more elastic than nitrile and have better puncture and tear resistance due to their added thickness.

Steer clear of latex allergies with the Gloveworks HD Nitrile Exam Gloves. These HD gloves are highly resistant to most common chemicals and a number of specialty chemicals. Their chemical resistance is supported by the thickness, which is twice as much as standard gloves, and an extended cuff for extra protection. This exam grade glove is suitable for both industrial and medical purposes.

Our final glove pick for the Month of June is the glove that put AMMEX on the map, the GlovePlus Black Nitrile. Fifty percent thicker than standard nitrile gloves, this premium pick has a sleek professional look that conceals dirt, grease, and grime. GlovePlus Black Nitrile Gloves feature excellent protection against common chemicals, like carburetor cleaner, and many other specialty chemicals – such as iodine and butane – that you may encounter on the job. Great in automotive, these gloves hold up to brake fluid and stay true to form even after being dipped in gasoline.

Now is the time to gear up and choose the right gloves for any job. AMMEX is ready with high quality social media content and a full breadth of information on our blog. Looking for some fun facts, tips, or just want to impress others by being a glove expert!? Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Just search @youneedgloves or AMMEX Corporation.

If you are interested in testing our products and receiving some free samples, contact your AMMEX distributor or contact us on our website. If you would like to become a distributor, contact us for more information.

You may not think about gloves until you need them. So it’s a good thing we have the right ones…and the left ones!

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All about Allergies: Part 1 Latex


Latex allergies have serious consequences for health care and industrial workers as well as patients. Individuals experience a range of reactions from coming into contact with latex, including contact dermatitis and anaphylaxis, which is life-threatening. These reactions stem from the natural rubber latex proteins. Although latex gloves provide the best fit and feel, they are not the right choice for those with latex sensitivities. It’s crucial for people who come into contact with latex to understand the symptoms of a reaction.

What are latex allergies?
An immediate reaction after contact with latex is an indication of an allergy. This type of response to latex triggers the immune system, causing sneezing, a runny nose, coughing or wheezing and an itchy throat or eyes. Repeated exposure may cause people with only minor reactions to progress to anaphylaxis over time.

This reaction is triggered by latex proteins, which come from natural rubber. Many latex gloves are powdered, and the food-grade cornstarch powder transfers the proteins to the skin. The powder also spreads proteins to the eyes and throat.

“Health care workers are at an increased risk for latex sensitivity as latex is the most common glove used in that industry.”

Employees who work with latex products frequently may develop allergic reactions. This is especially common in the health care sector and rubber factories. People who have had 10 or more surgeries, food allergies or a family history of allergies are at a heightened risk.

While some people are born with latex allergies, many individuals have sensitivities that become more severe with repeated exposure. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 50 percent of people with latex allergy have a history of another type of allergy.

What are the symptoms of a reaction?
One of the most common reactions to latex is contact dermatitis, which is irritation or dryness of the skin. Delayed contact dermatitis often appears 12 to 36 hours after using a latex product, and the symptoms include red, scaly or itchy skin. Anyone who uses latex gloves may experience this reaction, but it does not mean they are allergic. Because there is a wide range of reactions to latex and they may get more severe over time, it’s important to check with a doctor or allergist to determine the true cause of a reaction.

Anaphylaxis is life-threatening because the reaction isn’t limited to one part of the body. People may experience difficulty breathing, red rashes, itchiness, swollen throat, chest tightness and trouble swallowing. This type of reaction may even cause someone to lose consciousness. Anaphylaxis typically occurs between 5-30 minutes of coming into contact with an allergen. While only 1 percent of the global population experiences anaphylaxis, latex is a common cause.

When reactions aren’t latex allergies
Contact dermatitis has multiple causes and not all are related to allergies. For example, medical professionals wash their hands frequently, leading to dryness. In addition, gloves trap soap, moisture or lotion against the skin, which sometimes causes irritation, especially when people don’t have the right glove size. Moreover, contact dermatitis sometimes happens because of incomplete hand drying or the friction of the glove powder rubbing against the skin.

Delayed hypersensitivity is often caused by the chemicals used to manufacture the gloves rather than the latex proteins. Antioxidants, emulsifiers, stabilizers and stiffeners cause severe contact dermatitis within two days after exposure for some people, and the reaction spreads to other areas such as the face in some cases. People with immediate hypersensitivity should avoid all exposure to latex in hopes of preventing a latex allergy.

Chronic contact dermatitis and delayed hypersensitivity are usually limited to the area of contact, but individuals with recurring reactions should see a doctor, dermatologist or allergist to confirm. Chronic contact dermatitis may be indicative of a different allergy.

The global perspective
As countries develop, glove usage is becoming more common in health systems around the world. The primary type of glove is latex, and allergies are occurring more frequently because of repeated exposure. The U.S. and other developed nations have started to use alternatives to latex, and other countries may need to follow suit.

Viable latex alternatives
AMMEX Corporation offers a full line of latex and synthetic exam-grade gloves to suit whatever needs you have. AMMEX Nitrile Exam Gloves are an excellent alternative to latex and have many benefits, such as greater tear resistance. Additionally, AMMEX Vinyl Exam Gloves are a cost-effective alternative to latex.

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March Madness Team Latex

 While a team full of young guns can bring a new pace and finesse to the court, veteran squads like AMMEX’s X3 series Team Latex have been playing the barrier protection game for years. These latex gloves are the oldest of all the teams in our March Madness lineup but do not think their skills have dwindled with age.  Here is our starting lineup for March Madness Team Latex

HD Industrial and HD Exam Latex
These two players are cut from the same cloth – both are able to stay in the game for longer because of their thickness. The HD Industrial latex gloves and HD Exam latex disposable gloves are twins, with the former playing best within the industrial sector and the latter dominating the medical industry. Plus, when it comes to fit and feel, these two latex gloves are all-stars.

“March Madness Team Latex is full of veteran players.”

Gloveworks Heavy Duty Latex is an industrial grade glove that is more than twice as thick as a standard disposable latex glove. With enhanced puncture resistance, each glove has a longer duration of use so you don’t have to switch gloves as often during tough jobs. Latex gloves feature more elasticity than nitrile, and better puncture resistance than vinyl. The textured surface of the glove will give you an enhanced grip in wet and dry conditions. It’s also powder free, so you don’t have to worry about messy powder residue.

AMMEX Heavy Duty Latex Exam Gloves are powder free featuring a smooth interior for easy donning and a textured surface for an outstanding grip. These latex gloves are twice as strong as standard disposable gloves. AMMEX HD latex disposable gloves are perfect for your more demanding tasks and are commonly used for medical and dental applications, food processing, janitorial, and in laboratory settings.

LX3 
If you want that player that can move around the court and provide exceptional dexterity, AMMEX’s X3 series have the skills you need, including the LX3 Latex gloves. They are thinner than their teammates, providing more tactile sensitivity and a full range of motion. Also, these gloves come with a polymer coating for easier donning. X3 is an all around solid contender on the court.

AMMEX LX3 Latex disposable gloves are well suited for all industrial applications where excellent dexterity and comfort is required. These gloves are commonly used for painting, janitorial, manufacturing and food service.  LX3 latex is also more elastic than nitrile and features excellent chemical resistance against various acids and bases.  LX3 industrial latex disposable gloves feature a fully textured palm and fingertips providing a strong grip in wet or dry conditions.

“Boost your Brackets with Team Latex”

While some will see their brackets fall to pieces, others will play to win. Why take a gamble when the perfect barrier protection is your best bet?Contact us to today to become a distributor and add Team Latex to your player line-up!

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