Newtex Supports Two Bit Circus’ STEAM Gala

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 (Los Angeles, CA) — For Immediate Release


Newtex enthusiastically donated an X30 Proximity Suit in support of Two Bit Circus’ STEAM Gala, an event that raises money and support for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math programs for students in Kindergarten through 12th Grade. 

The X30 Proximity Suit was used in an exhibit called the Dunk Tank Flambé, a daring twist on the standard carnival dunk tank filled with water. The Dunk Tank Flambé featured a chamber containing propane jets that produced a fire storm at the touch of a button. Members of the Two Bit Circus team took turns standing inside of the tank, fully protected by the X30 suit.

Eric Gradman, Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Two Bit Circus, was one of the people who braved the Dunk Tank Flambé. Gradman reflected on his experience, “Everyone asks me ‘what did it feel like to be engulfed in flames?’ They’re disappointed when I tell them I didn't feel a thing. The fire was beautiful close up, but I stayed completely cool inside the Newtex suit."  

The X30 Proximity Suit featured in the tank is part of Newtex’s brand new line of X Series aluminized proximity and fire entry suits. The technologically advanced line incorporates comfort, durability, and athleticism with the outstanding radiant heat and flame protection of Z-Flex Multilayer Aluminization. The entire X Series line, featuring 6 new suits, will be available beginning in January 2015.

About Newtex

For nearly 40 years, Newtex has been a pioneer and leading global producer of high temperature materials and engineered solutions for thermal management and fire protection. Headquartered in Rochester, New York, Newtex is an ISO 9001:2015 certified, vertically integrated manufacturer of an impressive portfolio of textiles and fabricated systems for insulation and fire containment. Globally recognized textile brands include ZetexPlus®, Z-Flex®, and Z-Block™. Newtex is a minority owned, veteran-managed business that has served the US Military and leading global industries since 1978. Newtex products are proudly made in the USA.