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Merrimack Valley

February 2, 2014

Lawrence firm has something to cheer about in this year's Super Bowl

National Fiber Technology produced some of the materials that were used to make the Denver and Seattle mascots

LAWRENCE — The employees of National Fiber Technology enjoy a unique connection to both teams playing in tonight’s Super Bowl.

From the company’s third floor workshop in the Everett Mills, they created special fabrics that were used to make the mascot costumes for the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos.

“National Fiber Technology manufactured the feather fur on the Seattle Seahawks’ Blitz mascot as well as the mane and tail hair on the Denver Broncos’ Miles mascot,” co-owner Fred Fehrmann said.

“So, whoever wins in the NFL on Sunday, NFT wins too!,” Fehrmann said.

Blitz — the large blue menacing-looking bird — and Miles — the horse with the orange-colored mane and tail — became national stars last week after appearing in an ESPN “This Is SportsCenter” ad that went viral over the Internet. The mascots were involved in an elevator skirmish designed to spur fan interest in tonight’s showdown between the NFL’s record-setting Denver offense and Seattle’s top-ranked defense.

National Fiber has been having fun with its involvement with the two Super Bowl mascots on its facebook page. The company tweeted this message: “Come on guys, we all know it’s the Super Bowl, but you’re both part of the NFT family! Can’t we all get along?”

Fehrmann, who owns the company with his wife, Kim Clark, said he has been doing business with NFL teams for more than a decade.

But this may be the first year that any of the mascots his firm supplied materials for made it to the Super Bowl. His NFL clients also include the Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Texans, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings.

“Unfortunately, not Pat the Patriot,” Fehrmann said of the New England Patriots mascot who struts up and down the sidelines at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough and makes numerous public appearances around the region with the Patriots cheerleaders.

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