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RPI & Colinear Machine to produce Omega Pacific Carabiner Line

By BRYAN CRAWFORD, Correspondent | March 24, 2020 | NEW JERSEY

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Denville, NJ and Sparta, NJ, March 24, 2020 - Rescue Products International, Inc. (RPI) and Colinear Machine & Design (Colinear) announce today that they have purchased the equipment, tooling, designs, and machinery to continue to produce Omega Pacific’s leading Steel and select Aluminum Carabiner lines. On January 20, 2020, Omega Pacific, one of the U.S.’s largest manufacturers of carabiners, announced that it would be winding down operations after 37 years in business. In a joint venture, RPI and Colinear have been working closely with Omega Pacific for the last two months to ensure a seamless transition which should minimize any significant delays to customers. In addition to being honored to continue the legacy of Omega Pacific, RPI and Colinear are proud to keep jobs and production in the USA. “We, at Omega Pacific, are excited to have Rescue Products International and Colinear Machine and Design continue producing the high-quality rescue hardware customers have relied upon for their safety needs for nearly four decades. Chris Botti, RPI’s President and active firefighter, has assembled a team that embodies the high level of commitment to the end user. Together, they are committed to developing unique products by drawing upon their collective knowledge, and experience in the Fire & Rescue community. We encourage loyal Omega Pacific customers to support RPI and Colinear in their efforts,” Rob Nadeau, CEO Omega Pacific.

For the last thirteen years, RPI has used an Omega Pacific carabiner in their firefighter escape system. “I have personally used Omega’s carabiners daily in both fire rescue and
technical rescue operations. I trust my life and the lives of my fellow firefighters on these carabiners without question!” says Chris Botti, “The design and quality, plus the fact that the carabiners are made in the USA with US raw materials and globally sourced parts is key to the trust I have in these carabiners. This is one of the main reasons we decided to move forward with continuing the production of the Omega carabiners while extending the legacy of Omega,” says
Botti.

RPI and Colinear are partnering together in this new venture. The company will be located in Northern New Jersey under the name Skyworx. Skyworx will focus on maintaining and
redeveloping the Omega product lines. Additionally, we will endeavor to create new advanced technology, high strength, lightweight carabiners as well as other unique products for the
Rescue and Fire Service, Professional Work at Height, and Tactical communities. Our current expectation is to be producing high quality carabiners toward the end of the third quarter of 2020. These products will meet all of the required standards including ANSI and NFPA. “One hundred percent quality, in both design and manufacturing, is our number one priority in what we make for our customers.” says Michelle SanGiacomo, President of Colinear. “We look forward to providing the highest quality equipment, to our nation’s construction and industrial workers, fire service members, law enforcement community, technical rescue community, and US soldiers who continue to protect us daily,” says Botti.
All current technical specifications and NSN numbers will continue to remain the same throughout this transition. Please visit www.RescueProInc.com or visit us on Facebook or Instagram at Rescue Products International, Inc. for updates on Skyworx or email info@skyworxusa.com or call Chris at (973) 219-3360 with any questions.

Rescue Products International, Inc. was formed in 2006 after the Black Sunday fire, January 23, 2005 in the Bronx, NY. RPI President and CEO, Christopher Botti (Chris), a firefighter in the Special Operations Command of a large metropolitan fire department in the New York tri-state area, started to develop a Firefighter Personal Escape System to help protect members of the fire service and to prevent another tragedy like Black Sunday. Since 2006, Chris, an engineer, has designed, developed, manufactures, and distributes thousands of escape systems worldwide. RPI proudly uses both American raw materials as well as globally sourced materials to manufacture the escape systems in the USA. Chris currently holds four US patents for the Firefighter Personal Escape System known as the RPI System and the Phoenix Firefighter Escape System. In addition, he has two other US patents for a unique convertible Fire Service harness that converts to a full Class III Technical Rescue Harness called the Defender FR Harness which is manufactured by 3M. RPI has proudly worked with Colinear Machine and Design for the last eight years to develop and manufacture the hardware used in the Phoenix Firefighter Escape System in addition to other specially designed products. RPI not only manufactures the highest level of life safety equipment to protect members of the fire service but also instructs the fire service, law enforcement, and tactical communities in the areas of advanced technical rescue operations and advanced fire rescue operations. For more information about RPI’s products and services, please visit www.RescueProInc.com or visit us on Facebook or Instagram at Rescue Products International, Inc. We can always be contacted at (973) 249-6277 or at Chris@rpiinc.net.

Colinear Machine and Design, Inc., is a precision CNC machine shop, specializing in CNC milling, CNC turning, design and assembly. Our 17,000.00 square foot facility in Sparta, New Jersey houses some of the industry's most sophisticated machining centers and equipment. This equipment coupled with the latest in inspection technology and a staff of highly skilled engineers and programmers, makes Colinear one of the most capable machine shops in North America. Colinear, founded in 1988 by John San Giacomo Jr., proudly develops and manufactures parts for the aerospace industry, life safety community, pharmaceutical industry, commercial customers and U.S. Military Defense.
Colinear is one of only approximately 10,000 companies worldwide certified in AS9100D and also ISO 9001:2015 certification. This excellence in quality, combined with nearly 50 highly experienced employees, as well as 40+ machining centers with multi-axis capabilities, allows Colinear to manufacture parts meeting our customers exacting specifications. Having worked with RPI for many years, we are excited to launch this next venture moving forward together in the production of high quality life safety equipment. Please visit www.ColinearMachine.com or contact us at (973) 300-1681 or email J1Colinear@colinearmachine.com

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