Ferris Mfg. Corp. Joins U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation’s Suppliership Family

Dec. 23, 2008, 3:51 p.m. (ET)
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation (USBSF) proudly announces its partnership with Ferris Mfg. Corp., a company based in Burr Ridge, Illinois that has produced the PolyMem® QuadraFoam® line of wound dressings for 20 years. The dressings are used on all types of wounds and are available worldwide.

“We are proud to welcome Ferris Mfg. Corp. to the USBSF suppliership family,” said Darrin Steele, USBSF CEO. “Our athletes will greatly benefit from this partnership, and Ferris will assist our teams with their superior line of open and closed wound care dressings and injury wraps. PolyMem and SportsWrap® help our athletes stay healthy so that they can continue climbing the podium towards 2010.”

SportsWrap® by PolyMem® is a drug-free pain relief wrap. The non-sterile wraps were created specifically to manage athletic injuries caused by strains, sprains and contusions where the skin is not broken. SportsWrap helps reduce pain, inflammation, swelling and bruising when applied to the injured area. Athletes often report pain relief within 30 minutes of application. Use of SportsWrap can mean quicker return to game-level performance for the injured athlete.

"The Ferris family is proud to support U.S. bobsled and skeleton athletes in achieving their dreams,” said Roger Sessions, DO, FACEP, Chairman of Ferris. “Bobsled and skeleton are tough sports and the athletes deserve the best medical care when they are injured. PolyMem and SportsWrap are the world's best open and closed wound care dressings. It is only fitting that America's best athletes have it available to help them to train and compete at the highest level. PolyMem & SportsWrap will assist the bobsled and skeleton athletes to reach the podium."

Ferris Mfg. Corp. is providing the U.S. bobsled and skeleton team with supplies for the 2008-09 season, and has already assisted U.S. athletes with their recovery and speedy return to competition. 

Annie O’Shea, a top-level skeleton athlete on the U.S. team, crashed during national team trials, which resulted in a grade two ice burn on her shoulder. 

“After the crash I was given PolyMem to keep the burn area sterile,” said O’Shea. “It was amazing. After just one week I noticed that the PolyMem was already healing the burn, and the hole in my shoulder was getting smaller and shallower. Most athletes that have had ice burns in the past normally have bad scarring or indentations from the damage, but the PolyMem completely healed my injury. It was incredible, and I always carry a supply of PolyMem with me wherever I go for training.”

O’Shea was able to return to competition days after the injury, and has already helped the U.S. team win two bronze medals on the America’s Cup circuit.

PolyMem wound dressings are also drug-free and are used to manage open wounds. The dressings help relieve pain, inflammation, swelling and bruising while also helping to improve wound healing. The dressing formulation is available in a variety of formats in order to be able to meet the needs of either the athlete or the patient. The dressings are available both with and without antimicrobial silver incorporated into the dressing.

Please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager, for additional information about the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton team at (518) 523-1842, ext. 106, or abird@usbsf.com. For information on Ferris Mfg. Corp., please contact John Newton, Vice President of Marketing, at (630) 734-7834, or jnewton@polymem.com.

About the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation
The United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, based in Lake Placid, N.Y., is the national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the United States. The USBSF would like to thank its sponsors, suppliers and contributors for their support: Allianz Life, Vilter Manufacturing, KBC Helmets, Luminox Watch Company and ULU Boots. The USBSF would also like to thank the following sponsors and suppliers for their partner, the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project: Whelen Engineering, PPG, Columbia Sportswear, JEGS Automotive, Lucas Oil, Mac Tools EXA, Lumber Liquidators, Lincoln Electronics and Racing Electronics a