After a wet spring and summer, one local gas industry outfitter will be planning for a cold winter.
Magna-Solutions LLC, 32 Sawmill Road, Cogan Station, started selling its winter line of fire-resistant gear to supply the gas and oil companies.
"We're geared up to sell our winter line with insulated and lined items," Jay Franzen, one of the four owners of the shop, said.
Along with the clothes, the store also sells winter accessories, including boots, helmets and rain gear.
"Essentially anything a company might need, we're available to provide," Christian Richardson, another owner, said. "We cater to support companies that are in the gas industry."
Franzen said that many of the workers in the industries are from the southern side of the country and are not prepared for the cold winters.
Finding the gear needed to stay warm that also follow regulations used to be more difficult, Richardson said.
"Before we opened, only a handful of stores carried this stuff," Richardson said. "They were very limited in what they offered. A lot of larger sized guys had a harder time to get jackets, things that were (fire resistant) compliant. That's one thing we specialize in. All we sell is (fire resistant). We carry all sizes up to 5X, sometimes 6X. We can fully supply these guys."
Franzen said that last year, stores quickly ran out of supplies.
"A lot of the other stores that had limited supplies sold out," he said. "There were back orders until spring. By the time they could get the stuff to be warm over winter months, it was too late."
Richardson said he encourages anyone with larger orders to place them now to get the outfits in a matter of weeks, not months.
Another service Magna-Solutions LLC offers is customization of the gear.
Richardson said some companies that come to the store want a certain color, embroidery or logo.
"They all want something slightly different or slightly unique," Richardson said.
Since opening in March, the store had to extend hours on Friday and add seamstresses.
Richardson said some of the workers who come in may be a little bigger or shorter than the uniform comes, so a seamstress allows custom hemming that can be done in a day or two.
The store is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and noon to 7 p.m. Saturday. The owners also make special appointments when needed.
"We encourage people to call us when they need to get their stuff," Franzen said. "We're able to make special appointments. 'I need to be at the site at 7 a.m. I drive by at 6 a.m. Can you help me out?' We will accommodate. We encourage people to let us know when they need help."
One man flew from Texas and the airline lost all of his luggage, Richardson said. He had to be on site that morning.
"He didn't have a stitch of clothing," Richardson said. "We opened up for him and we had him outfitted with several outfits until he got his clothes. It's just what we do."