BEHIND THE SCENES Companies at the Heart of Everyday Life
Vehicle safety partitions Corporal Jeffrey Schwagel (foreground) and Master Corporal Gerald Bryda (rear car) have driven plenty of perps to the station during their combined 23 years on the Newark force. Steel and polycarbonate window partitions made by Pro-gard Products of Indianapolis help keep the officers safe en route. Founded in 1968 by Ed Bernard, Pro-gard changed hands several times before private equity firm Castleray bought it in 2008. General manager Michael Navarro runs the company, which supplies a variety of equipment, including window armor and in-vehicle gun racks, to more than 18,000 public- safety agencies worldwide.
Newark’s 68 police officers wear uniforms made by Red the Uniform Tailor in
Lakewood, New Jersey. Designed to withstand extra wear and tear, the pants
have double-stitched seams, and the shirts have double elbows. Julio Carnavale,
a red-haired tailor who got his start making military dress uniforms, founded the
company in 1959. Current president Harvey Klein bought the business in 1979.
Now, it has 100 employees and provides uniforms to law-enforcement agencies
and hospitality businesses nationwide, including Walt Disney World.
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