Business 100 – 2018

George Kelnhofer/Gehring Tricot Corp.

After proudly serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, George Kelnhofer began his over 30 year career in the textiles industry at Hyde Park Industries, rising to the rank of President. After the sale of Hyde Park, George joined Gehring Tricot Corp as Vice President of Circular Knits, and serves as a member on its Board of Directors.

George’s greatest accomplishment in business thus far, is the creation of highly specialized protective fabrics, specifically the Marine Corp F.R.O.G (Fire Retardant Operational Gear), and the Army and Marine Corp P.U.G (Protective Undergarment) designed to protect military personnel from the damaging and life-threatening impacts of blast wounds created by IED explosions and shrapnel in combat.

George’s grandfather, Patrick J. Killen immigrated in 1911 and worked as deep water wielder. His final assignment, prior to his retirement in 1960 was wielding the underwater footings of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. George says of his grandfather, “I’m proud to have inherited the sense of duty to others, embodied in the Irish.”

George is on the Executive Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 3 in Doylestown, PA. ♦