Lion Apparel is a privately held global company based in Dayton, Ohio. Lion serves the uniform and personal protective equipment and logistics requirements of police and fire departments, civilian government agencies, emergency services and military organizations around the world. The company specializes as a prime vendor to large groups in governmental organizations, including the United States Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Forest Service. The company was founded in 1898 and has facilities located worldwide, including branches in France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia. Lion also has a major facility in Beattyville, Ky.