About Norfab

Since 1979, we have been manufacturing textiles for personal protective garments, insulation, friction resistance, and composite applications. Manufacturing locations include Norristown PA, Laconia NH, Juarez MX, as well as distribution warehouses throughout the country.


Our Norristown PA location operates the largest collection of DREF III yarn spinning equipment of any independent spinner in the world. Producing the finest count corespun yarns available with the DREF system, our yarns are used in woven and knitted fabrics for cut protection and thermal insulation.


Examples of our fabrics include:


  • Norfab Dref Yarns and Fabrics are legacy products that continue to offer innovative solutions in various markets including heavy industriual PPE, friction products, insulation and cut protection. 
  • NF Arc™, a fabric line which is inherently flame resistant, and offers the lightest weight fabric ensemble available on the market for high risk electric arc protection.
  • CHOICE® Aluminized fabrics incorporate a proven 5 layer structure providing durable protective garments from radiant heat and molten metal splash.
  • Our CutPro® line of fabrics offers high levels of cut protection and puncture resistance, while offering superior abrasion resistance.
  • The OMNI line of firefighting fabrics offers the best burn protection in the market (TPP). We are committed to providing the highest quality textiles for our customers.
  • ArcWeld® Fabrics offer exceptional resistance to welding spatter and pinholes. 

Our Innovation

We hold several domestic and international patents on flame and heat resistant high performance yarns and fabrics.

Norfab Corporation is an innovative supplier of Core-Spun Yarns (DREF), Woven Fabrics, Coated Fabrics, Narrow Fabrics, Quilted Thermal Liners, and more. Norfab operates the largest collection of DREF III yarn spinning equipment of any independent spinner in the world. Lightweight Norfab DREF yarns spun with cores of stainless steel, fiberglass, and OPF with outer sheaths of technical fibers including aramids are engineered to provide superior abrasion resistance and durability as compared to other core spinning techniques.

We utilize unique fiber blends in our yarns and woven fabrics, including narrow fabrics of all types (tape, braided packing, twisted rope, woven sleeving, braided sleeving, wick and filler). We have developed, manufacture and sell the lightest weight ensemble for NFPA 70 E Category 4 Electric Arc Protection.

Our latest line of CutPro® fabrics and DREF yarns exceed 3000 grams of cut protection (CPPT) in a 9.0 oz/yd² fabric offering Level 4 ASTM 1790-2005 protection levels. Another recent development is our ArcWeld® line of fabric. The ArcWeld® line is a unique multifunctional fabric line offering NFPA 70E Level 2 ARC resistance, 100% inherent flame resistance, ANSI/ISEA 107-2010 high visibility compliance along with Level 2 ASTM 1790-2005 cut protection.

Target Industries

With over 30 years of experience in the manufacturing of textiles, we have developed a wide range of products that are used in the manufacturing of protective garments for the following industries:

  • Fire Fighting
  • Welding
  • Racing
  • Automotive Assembly
  • Cutting Operations
  • Petrochemical
  • Gas Utilities
  • Electric Utilities
  • Chemical Plants
  • Metal Foundries
  • Glass Fabrication
  • Any and all FR, and high performance protective clothing markets

Manufacturing Capabilities

Norfab provides innovative textile solutions for the markets we serve. DREF yarn manufacturing, weaving, and coating of both narrow and wide woven fabrics are primary manufacturing methods at Norfab. Our DREF yarn operation consists of blending, carding, DREF spinning (2000, 3000, DREF 3), doubling, plying and rewinding. Our Weaving Operation includes: Warping, weaving, inspection, before the material moves to finishing which may involve immersion coating or surface coating. Norfab runs and certifies to the following certifications: NFPA-1971-2013, NFPA 2112-2012, FAR 25.853(a), ANSI 107-2010, ANSI 105-2011, ASTM F 1790, EN 388, NFPA 70E.

Testing Capabilities

The following tests are conducted in house according to the corresponding test method:


Dimensional Changes in Automatic Home Laundering of Woven and Knit Fabrics AATCC 135-2001
Stiffness of Fabrics ASTM D1388-06
Twist in Yarns by Direct-Counting ASTM D1423-02
Conditioning and Testing Textiles ASTM D1776-08
Thickness of Textile Materials ASTM D1777-96
Tensile Properties of Yarns by the Single-Strand Method ASTM D2256-10
Conversion Factors and Equivalent Yarn Numbers ASTM D2260-03
Width of Textile Fabric ASTM D3774-96
Warp (End) and Filling (Pick) Count of Woven Fabrics ASTM D3775-08
Mass Per Unit Area (Weight) ASTM D3776-09
Abrasion Resistance (Rotary- Taber; H18 wheel, 500 gm. Wt.) ASTM D3884-09
Abrasion Resistance (Oscillatory Cylinder Method) ASTM D4157-10
Breaking Force and Elongation of Textile Fabrics (Grab Test) ASTM D5034-09
Breaking Force and Elongation of Textile Fabrics (Strip Method) ASTM D5035-11
Tearing Strength of Fabrics by Trapezoid Procedure ASTM D5587-08
Flame Resistance of Textiles (Vertical Test) ASTM D6413-08
Air Permeability of Textile Fabrics (ft3/min/ft2) ASTM D737-04


Outside testing conducted to certify conformance to the following performance standards: