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Wiley X Founder Dies at 79

He started the company in September 1987.

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LIVERMORE, CA – Myles R. Freeman, founder of protective eyewear company Wiley X, died on Jan. 10 after a long illness.

He was 79.

Freeman started the company in September 1987. As an Army veteran, he understood the need for high-quality protective gear, Wiley X noted in a press release. Wiley X began designing and developing eyewear, sunglasses, goggles and gloves for the U.S. military.

The release continued:


In the years to follow, under Myles’ guidance, the company began placing their products into commercial markets based on demographic studies of the military community – their hobbies, passions and interests.

The company’s loyalty in providing quality products to veterans, quickly spilled over into other areas of their lives, including NASCAR and outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing.

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The next natural progression was in the development of eyewear for first responders and law enforcement, many of whom have also served in the armed forces. Next came industrial safety and prescription safety through the optical channel.

Myles strongly believed that if a product was good enough for the Navy SEALS and Army Rangers, it was good enough for anyone else wanting high-performance eyewear. It wasn’t just a pair of sunglasses to Myles, it was something that could keep people safe, give top-level optics, and provide a functional extension to whatever activity was being performed.

Affectionately known as “Senior,” Myles touched many lives along the way and his sons have been overwhelmed by the stories from so many he inspired over the years. His legacy continues, as the company continues to be family owned and operated with sons Myles Jr. and Dan W. Freeman at the helm. The three men worked together for over 25 years.

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