NEW PHILADELPHIA -- For approximately 35 years, Miller's Clothing and Shoes in New Philadelphia has been supplying men with anything from suits to work boots. Now, they are adding flame and fire resistant apparel to that listing.

The addition of "FR clothing" -- as it is commonly referred to -- is a result of the influx of the oil and gas industry workers coming to the area, said owner Marty Miller.

The store carries flame resistant clothing from Wrangler and Carhart, as high visibility items.

They also specialize in work boots that are needed for oil and gas field sites.

Miller predicts that "this is just the beginning" of the oil and gas industry boosting the local economy.

He knows one family that is living in Carrollton, that shops at Miller's, and is in the oil and gas industry. He said they moved here from Louisiana and expects to be here some eight to ten years for the oil and gas industry.

Even though Miller's Clothing and Shoes specializes in men's clothing, they also offer and can order in flame resistant clothing for women.

"If I don't have it, I will do my best to get it," he said.

Miller is no stranger to merchandising or to Newcomerstown for that matter. He began stocking shelves at a New Philadelphia clothing store working for Norman Lereman, a Newcomerstown resident, back when he was only 12 years old. He said his roots are in southern Tuscarawas County by attending school in Newcomerstown. He can also remember getting his first haircut at Poland's Barber Shop in the village and visiting the dentist, Dr. Murray, in Newcomerstown.

But, Miller is a true people-person and does his best to provide what the customer wants.

"I try to take good care of them (the customer) to have what they need and what they want," Miller said about his customers.

Miller's Clothing and Shoes also offers alterations and embroidery.

Miller said he also has police, fire and deputy sheriff uniforms, and tries to purchase as much USA-made items as possible.

Miller's Clothing and Shoes is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and closed Sunday.

They may be reached by calling 330-364-2688.