In case you don’t know, this remarkable lady saved the lives of countless police officers, soldiers, and marines since 1965.  She passed away on June 18, 2014.  In 1965 she invented Kevlar.  She was a DuPont chemist that invented the light weight, stronger than steel fiber used in bullet proof vests and body armor now used all over the world.

Kwolek was a remarkable lady that worked in a heavily male dominated field.  She made a break through while working with specialty fibers while working in a lab in Delaware.  She was working with those fibers in order to replace steel in auto tires and to improve fuel economy. She was a tremendous woman that was heralded as a creative and determined chemist and a true pioneer for women in science.

She left an incredible legacy of thousands of lives saved and countless injuries prevented by all the products made possible thru her research and discovery.  The exceptionally rough Kevlar fibers she introduced were several times stronger than steel by weight.  It has been reported that they were so strong, new testing equipment had to be obtained just to test the tensile strength.

She retired from DuPont in 1986.  Kwolek is the only former female employee of DuPont that was awarded the Lavoisier Medal of Outstanding Technical Achievement.  She was widely recognized as a world changer and as a persistent experimentalist and a role model.

Kevlar has become synonymous with bullet proof vests, helmets, and body armor.  Most people don’t realize that it has become an important component in many other products.  These products include aircraft, military vehicles, sail boats, cell phones, and American Fiberglass Pools.

American Fiberglass Pools wants to personally salute her efforts as we have utilized Kevlar banding in our American Fiberglass Pools since 1999.  She was another reason for our success and our 43 plus years of manufacturing the strongest fiberglass pools in the USA!

Quote of the day:  “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”  Thomas A. Edison




  1. Megan says:

    What a remarkable story! She was an obviously brilliant lady!
    Thank you for letting us know about this.

  2. Rance D. says:

    Nice article.
    I did not know that anyone in the fiber glass pool industry used Kevlar in the pools they build.
    You guys are really cutting edge on how to build super strong pools!
    Please call me at 979-***-**** for an appointment to stop by to talk to us.

    • wayne says:

      I know your family has been enjoying the hottest part of the summer for weeks in your American Fiberglass Pool model Pecos. Happy Swimming!

  3. Tom Frankel says:

    Man you are way ahead of the f/g manufacturing curve by using Kevlar. Must be some expensive stuff to purchase too.

    • wayne says:

      You are quite right and the extra price is quite worth it to build the strongest fiberglass pools in the world!

  4. Amie says:

    Guess this blog teaches a lesson to all those people that think this is a man’s world!

    Hooray for all the woman that are in science, are doctors, engineers & teachers!!

    Thanks for posting this info American Fiberglass Pools, you rock!

  5. Mark Janus says:

    Your pools must be the strongest made with Kevlar in the laminate.

    We live in Matagorda county. Give us a call from one of your reps.@979*******. We had a fiberglass pools before and just loved it!

  6. l. Taipe says:

    I did not know who invented Kevlar & did not know that it was used on pools by anyone. Thanks for being so informative.
    I do wonder why your competition around the country has yet to use Kevlar on their pools? Any thoughts?

  7. Jeanne Phelps says:

    It does not surprise me that a woman’s invention has altered the course of history like Kevlar did. It will continue to save countless lives as time goes on. It will continue to be used in the manufacturing of items requiring great tensile strength and endurance.


  8. Merry Bettendorf says:

    Thank you for writing about this inspiring lady.
    Our family wants a pool asap.
    Call us at 832*******.
    Thank you!

    • wayne says:

      The Pecos model American Fiberglass Pool we installed for y’all fit just perfect in your yard between the trees you love so much. We are happy that you are so happy too!

  9. Paul Sanders says:

    Great read!
    Give me a call at 281******* to talk some shop on fiberglass pools.

    • wayne says:

      We are pleased that you decided to sell American Fiberglass Pools in your area. We look forward to a long relationship together.

  10. Tom Dougay says:

    Your fiberglass pools must be the strongest ones made! That Kevlar is some tough stuff. I can say this because I am a 24 year peace officer. We live in Chambers County and would like to get more info on building a new pool. Give me a call at 409-*******.

    Thank you, Tom

    • wayne says:

      Thanks for your service to your community and please enjoy swimming in your American Fiberglass Pool model San Jacinto. It has been our most popular model the last 3 seasons.

  11. Calvin Boatright says:

    We have done our pool research for over 2 yrs. now & it seems that fiber glass pools are the best pools for expansive soil areas like here in Houston.
    When you have time, you are welcome to call us for a sit down to provide a price for us.
    832******* is my cell phone #.

    • wayne says:

      You are correct! All this expansive soil around here is tough on concrete pools. American Fiberglass Pools hold up much better in expanding and contracting soils.

  12. Joe Trippe says:

    Your company and product line have excellent reputations. It appears that you guys are quite the innovators on material use for fiberglass pools. We want a pool and would like you to get back with us for an estimate. We just moved to Houston a few months ago.
    Please call at 843-*******.

    Thank you.

    • wayne says:

      I’m sorry we could not get the type of financing that you wanted. As discussed, I will give you a call if other financing sources pop up. IT was a privilege to meet your family.

  13. Bob Hays says:

    My wife and I have been following your blog for over a year now.

    It is time for us to start swimming so call us at 713-***-****.

    Thanks and keep up the good work here on your blog!

    • wayne says:

      Thanks for keeping up with our blog! Thanks for purchasing an American Fiberglass Pool model Wichita swim spa. I want some pics when you complete your landscaping.

  14. Xavier says:

    We are very interested in an American Fiberglass Pool model Frio. Our home is in Crockett, Tx and we live on 78 acres. If you work in this area please call us at 936-***-****.
    Thank you

    • wayne says:

      You have a beautiful home and property! The American Fiberglass Pool model Frio we installed for y’all fir perfectly within the area you had designated for the pool.

  15. Oscar & Shellie says:

    We have looked at your website & like the model Pecos. Can you call us to answer a few questions?


    • wayne says:

      I’m glad we were able to answer all your questions. When you are ready to revisit the pool planning, give us another call please.

  16. Txsholdem says:

    Nice story you wrote on this lady.
    I never knew her name prior to reading this or who invented Kevlar.

    Fiberglass is a space age product. Anyone interested in a pool should investigate it as a building material.

  17. Dodge Callas says:

    Fiberglass pools are obviously the way to go on pool construction if someone takes the time to do a little investigation. We have owned one for 24 yrs. and have never had any issues of any kind.

    If we ever move, we will definitely get another one.

    BTW, we enjoy your blog!

  18. Roger Linday says:

    Kevlar is a life saver.
    It must be great as an addition to pools too!

  19. Ed Bradford says:

    Fiber glass sounds like the best method to build pools with. It is impossible to beat their longitivity, low maintenance, & strength when comparing to a gunite pool.
    Having owned a fiber glass pool since 1986, I think I can speak from first hand knowledge.
    My house is in one of the worst areas in town for soil expansion issues. Never an issue with my pool, only with my house foundation.