Iron Age Continues Support of Young American Trade Workers

St. Louis, MO (September 6, 2019)Iron Age Footwear continues its partnership and proud support of young American trade workers through its three-plus year partnership with SkillsUSA. In addition to its support of various SkillsUSA initiatives and chapters throughout the year, Iron Age is particularly proud to have been on the feet of over a dozen representatives of the USA World SkillsTeam as they competed August 22-27 in Russia against the best young trade workers from around the world.

With 53 state and territorial associations across 18,000 classrooms reaching 427,000 young future trade workers annually, SkillsUSA helps instructors to reach and engage their students for trade success in over 130 trade job categories.

Iron Age has been rewarding, supporting, and encouraging SkillsUSA competitors from across the nation for years in fields such as Welding, Welding Fabrication, TeamWorks, Plumbing, HVAC, and Masonry. Over $25,000 in sponsorships, awards and prizes have been given to invest in the future of American trade workers by the hardworking footwear brand that finds its origins helping iron tradesmen build some of America’s most iconic buildings, ships and infrastructure.

“SkillsUSA has had a very good relationship with Iron Age and appreciates all it does for our future skilled workforce,” notes Dave Worden, Program Director for SkillsUSA. “The enthusiasm that we receive is great, from the students and Iron Age. Iron Age has always stepped up to help support our future trade workers.”

Brent Jennings, Brand Manager for Iron Age Footwear, adds, “Iron Age can think of no better investment in American-made industry than to invest in its future by supporting, encouraging, and working with SkillsUSA students and advisors. We are proud to support our country’s best young trade workers as they compete on the world stage.”


WorldSkills International is made of 77 member countries and regions. This year’s competition took place in Kazan, Russia. Several members of the USA Team won medals and medallions of excellence for their performances against the best in the world. For more information on WorldSkills, visit https://www.worldskillsusa.org/.

Iron Age Footwear is a brand of Warson Brands, also known as Warson Group, Inc., headquartered in St. Louis, MO. Warson Brands has been a global manufacturer and marketer of military, tactical, and industrial safety footwear since 1989, and provides a variety of work and duty footwear under the world’s finest brand names, Reebok, Rockport Works, Florsheim, Iron Age, Grabbers, and Knapp. Iron Age was the first protective toe footwear manufacturer in the United States, originating in Pittsburgh, PA in 1918. For more information, visit www.ironagefootwear.com. For the latest news, updates, events, promotions, and new product introductions, visit http://www.facebook.com/ironagefootwear and www.instagram.com/ironagefootwear.

Introducing Iron Age’s Immortalizer Work Boot Series: “Say No To Crack” with Industry’s First Mortar and Crack-Resistant Leather

St. Louis, MO (July 24, 2019)Iron Age Footwear proudly introduces its innovative Immortalizer work boot series.  The Immortalizer becomes the first and only boot on the planet to feature mortar and lime-resistant leather as well as the Muckraker™ outsole cleaning system.  These innovative durability features revolutionize footwear’s fight against leather and rubber creasing, cracking, delaminating and splitting created by concrete and mortar.

The Immortalizer Composite Toe Work Boot comes in a 6” Lace-up and 10” Wellington version.  Both models offer superior cushion with Iron Age’s own Bootbed™ durable memory-foam footbed.  The Crack-Resistant leather, tested in the lab and on the feet of bricklayers and precast workers at job sites, is attached by a direct-attached construction to a rubber slip-resistant outsole with Easy Clean grooves.  Each version comes with a Muckraker™ metallic cleaning tool that scrapes wet mortar and mud out of the grooves, allowing for a much longer-lasting outsole.

Also helping to keep water away from the feet of tough concrete workers is an abrasion-resistant toe guard that wraps around the top and side of the toe.  On the inside of the boot, a Hydrotex® Waterproof Liner wicks any penetrating moisture away from the foot while also allowing for breathability in the process.  Masons, Precast workers, Construction Tradesmen, and any other worker who deals with lime and fly ash will appreciate this innovative work boot that will keep concrete and mortar out while also elongating the life of their boots to help their boot budgets.

“Iron Age Footwear rolls up its sleeves and hits jobsites to connect with construction workers and masons,” states Brian Carney, VP of Spec Mix, the concrete and construction industry’s market leader for cement-based building materials.  “When you consider the level of commitment Iron Age dedicates to producing these work boots, they clearly respect the expertise of tradespeople and have their best interest at heart.  Their latest breakthrough, The Immortalizer, proves this with a revolutionary crack-resistant leather that rejects the abuses of concrete and mortar.”

Iron Age will be showcasing its Immortalizer series and asking masons from around the nation to “Say No To Crack” by putting Immortalizer boots on their feet throughout the fall at the Spec Mix® Bricklayer 500.  Iron Age is a Gold Sponsor of the 24-event series culminating at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas in February 2020.

For information, videos, and reviews of The Immortalizer, visit www.ironagefootwear.com/immortalizer.