- January 2005
Biblical Theme Uniforms Create Excitement with Healthcare
Rock, TX, December 1, 2004 (PRWEB) -- The introduction
of Scripture Scrubs™ medical
uniform tops at the Global Health Missions Conference
created excitement among medical professionals. Conference
attendees, primarily doctors, nurses, dentists and medical
missionaries were enthusiastic about the new faith-based
uniforms. The company, founded in 2003 by a registered
nurse and her sister-in-law /artist as a result of divine
inspiration, offers the only medical uniform tops with
a Biblical theme.
“The response to Scripture Scrubs has been overwhelming,” said founding
partner, Barbara Payne, R.N. Studies have proven that there is a definite connection
between faith, prayer and the impact on health-related decisions and behaviors,
putting healthcare professionals in a unique position to encourage spiritual
as well as physical healing. When a doctor, nurse, dentist or other medical professionals
wear one of these tops, they are quietly sharing their faith with others, opening
the door for spiritual discussion - a practice that some say is questionable.
The company has encountered little opposition to the idea with the exception
of an advocacy group who strongly suggests that one’s religious beliefs
be checked at the door and not factored into their professional life. Scripture
Scrubs customers look at the uniforms as a way to offer hope and encouragement
to patients by the positive message contained on the tops.
Two designs are currently available. “Hope in the Lord” features
the classic dove and rainbow motif in bright, vibrant colors with a blue-washed
background. “Reaping and Sowing” represents a garden theme in a
cheerful array of colors with a soft yellow background.
For additional information, visit www.scripturescrubs.com
Ft. Worth, TX, December 4, 2004 (Dallas
Morning News, as reported by Jeff Mosier) - Some Fort Worth
police officers fear that the city's Western heritage has
taken a swift kick in the pants.
Starting last month, the city's
uniformed officers swapped their navy blue boot-cut,
Western-style pants for a more traditional type of slacks.
Police officials said the change was needed to make officers
look more professional.
But the move has left some of Cowtown's finest grumbling.
Several uniformed officers declined to comment, but the
head of the city's police union said many in his group
are not happy.
"People are resistant to change to begin with, and
this is part of the Western heritage that our community
has embraced," said Officer Lee Jackson, president
of the Fort Worth Police Officers Association.
Lt. Abdul Pridgen, a police spokesman, said Police Chief
Ralph Mendoza simply wanted a sharper look.
"The chief felt that with a more professional appearance,
we'd be more likely to get compliance from citizens," Lt.
But City Council member Jim Lane , who has lived in Fort
Worth for more than 45 years, said Western wear is part
of the personality of the city, where suits and ties often
accompany boots and Stetson hats. He believes Fort Worth
residents understand and appreciate that style.
"They are very comfortable with, and have always
been very accustomed to, seeing their officers with a western
cut on their uniforms," Mr. Lane said.
Lt. Pridgen said that the change was recommended this
year by a committee of police employees and that Chief
Mendoza approved it despite efforts by the police association
to keep the old style. The new uniform requirement took
effect Nov. 1.
Cincinnati , OH , December 16, 2004 (PRNewswire-FirstCall)
-- Cintas Corporation today reported revenue for the second
quarter of fiscal 2005 of $757 million, an 8 percent increase
from last year's $701 million. The company also reported
a 6 percent increase in net income of $73.6 million compared
to $69.7 million last year. After-tax margins were 9.7
percent of revenue. Earnings per diluted share of $.43
increased 8 percent from last year's $.40 per diluted share.
Scott D. Farmer, Chief Executive
Officer of Cintas, stated, "On
behalf of our Cintas employee-partners, I am pleased to
report continued growth in revenue and profits this quarter.
Our Rental Revenue increased over 6 percent while Other
Services Revenue grew over 13 percent compared to the previous
year. Over the past 6 quarters, we have seen continued
momentum in the organic growth in Rental Revenue, which
has now reached 6 percent for the current quarter."
Mr. Farmer continued, "We
serve a broad and diverse group of customers who use
many of our services, such as our uniform rental and
sales services, entrance mats, restroom supply and hygiene
services, first aid and safety products or document management
services. We believe our top line growth and bottom line
profits will continue to strengthen as U.S. employment
strengthens and customers rely on Cintas for one or more
of our services."
For the six months ended November,
revenue of $1.5 billion increased 9 percent compared
to $1.38 billion, while earnings per share rose 10 percent
from $.77 per diluted share to $.85 per diluted share.
Mr. Farmer commented, "We
continue to build our sales staff to take advantage of
growth opportunities throughout our Company. In addition,
we are actively identifying and making acquisitions in
order to grow our business and gain market share."
The Company's balance sheet continues to strengthen.
Debt to total capitalization was 18.8 percent as of November
30, 2004 , versus 22.1 percent last year. Cash and marketable
securities climbed to $356 million as of November 30, 2004
, compared to $196 million last year. Total shareholders'
equity has now reached $2.1 billion.
Mr. Farmer continued, "We
are reiterating our guidance for fiscal 2005, which was
communicated with our fiscal 2004 results. We expect
revenue for fiscal 2005 in the range of $3.0 billion
to $3.2 billion, with full year earnings per share (diluted)
in the range of $1.70 to $1.80, assuming a continued
improvement in the economy."
Headquartered in Cincinnati ,
Ohio , Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized
services to businesses of all types throughout North
America . Cintas designs, manufactures and implements
corporate identity uniform programs, provides entrance
mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, and first
aid and safety products and services for over 550,000
businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded
over the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol CTAS,
and is a Nasdaq-100 company and component of the Standard & Poor's
500 Index. The Company has achieved 35 consecutive years
of growth in sales and earnings, to date.
Weymouth, MA, December 9, 2004 (Business Wire) -- Work 'N Gear today unveiled
plans for the transformation of its 20-year-old brand with new leadership,
product offerings, store concepts and advertising initiatives. As part of that
vision, today's Work 'N Gear is a destination for shoppers seeking authentic,
rugged clothes made for the real working world.
Work 'N Gear now offers the region's largest selection
of apparel and footwear designed for use on the jobsite,
in the medical environment, the food service industry,
at home, or at play. Specializing in work wear with durability
and style, Work 'N Gear carries the brands people trust
including Carhartt, Dickies, Cherokee, Chippewa, Helly
Hansen and Timberland Pro. The company will also continue
to strengthen its business-to-business offering, working
closely with local, regional, and national organizations
that need personalized uniforms and work wear in industries
such as hospitality, transportation, construction and manufacturing,
The company's CEO and President,
Anthony DiPaolo, has assembled an executive team that
is poised to expand the existing retail entity into a
national brand within the $12 billion work wear apparel
and footwear industry. "Our
new vision and flagship retail store mark significant milestones
as we demonstrate our new direction while affirming a commitment
to our customers and reinforcing the stature of Work 'N
Gear as the work wear apparel retailer," DiPaolo noted. "Offering
best-in-class quality merchandise and service, Work 'N
Gear is a destination for shoppers seeking on-the-job clothing
and those who are looking for stylish comfort to fit their
As part of the rebranding initiative, a flagship retail
store, located in Dedham, MA, has been designed to reflect
the company's new attitude and extensive expertise in the
market for its customers--an easy to shop, high service
level environment offering new brands such as Woolrich
and Merrell, new merchandise categories like women's work
wear, and brand savvy sales associates. A new logo and
brand personality have been developed and large images
of the products are portrayed throughout the store.
In an effort to ensure proper execution
of the expansion, DiPaolo attracted equity investors
Bain Capital Ventures and Walnut Investment Partners,
an entity of The Walnut Group. "We were very impressed with Tony's commitment,
vision and expertise in the work apparel industry and we
are excited to be part of his company's revitalization," said
Jeffrey Schwartz, Managing Director at Bain Capital Ventures. "We
are looking forward to partnering with such a seasoned
executive team in helping Work 'N Gear become the premier
destination for work wear apparel and footwear."
Headquartered in Weymouth , Massachusetts , Work 'N Gear
is the largest U.S. retail chain specializing in the $12
billion work wear apparel and footwear industry. The new
Work 'N Gear is the work apparel and footwear headquarters
for consumers as well as businesses. The retailer's hardworking
fashion is designed for use on the job site, in the medical
environment, the food service industry, at home or at play.
Work 'N Gear specializes in branded work wear with durability
and style and operates more than 65 retail stores throughout
the Northeast and Midwest . For a listing of store locations,
Schenectady , NY , December, 2004
(Company Release) – Under
Chef is the first item of it’s type, produced exclusively
for the Professional Chef and Kitchen staff.
Made from 100% micro-fiber moisture
wicking polyester TempaDry materials, UnderChef is designed
to wick away the perspiration and wetness from the body
and regulate the body’s temperature. This creates a layer of comfort
underneath the chef’s apparel, shielding them from
high kitchen temperatures.
Under Chef will offer initially several variations including
a short and long sleeve mock turtle neck version, a standard
collar short and long sleeve version and a sleeveless (muscle
shirt) version. All available in white and black, from
X-small through 3XL sizes.
Prices on the professional 100% moisture wicking start
A less expensive “cotton” garment
alternative is also available. Still processing moisture
management properties, this ribbed form- fitting shirt
is made in both male and female sizes and has short and
long sleeve options and works great for the servers or
wait staff as either an undergarment or actual casual
server shirt. Available in White and Black from size
Small to XXL.
For more information, visit www.chefdirect.com or
Boca Raton, FL, December 6, 2004 (Company
Release) -- Soleil Uniforms, LLC, a leading producer of
ready-to-wear uniforms for spa, salon, hospitality and
medical professionals, is introducing their new 2005 Uniform
Collection. The new collection combines the art of fashion
with function for demanding work environments.
Included in the collection for men and women are lab
coats, jackets, dresses, pants, skirts and aprons that
are manufactured to withstand tough treatment while projecting
professionalism in the workplace. With a radically new
approach, Soleil Uniforms is also educating their clients
on the form and function of using high-end uniforms in
their operations. For 2005, Soleil Uniforms delivers refined
uniforms unprecedented in the industry. The new collection
reflects the company's attention to customer needs including
easy care, water, stain and soil resistant fabrics that
come in a choice of colors, integrated pleats, generous
pockets, extended sizes and designer touches that maximize
comfort and durability.
High quality, washable fabrics
are used that retain the shape and the original crisp,
professional look of each uniform even after multiple
washings. Custom colors and custom designs are also available. "We take pride
in our commitment to offer first class uniforms that feature
an optimal blend of fashion, quality, easy care and comfort," according
to Ellen Rowley, marketing director. "Our clients
are exacting and know that we can deliver. We believe our
high quality uniforms help gain competitive edge by enhancing
the professional image of the workplace."
Soleil Uniforms, LLC is dedicated to producing high quality
uniforms that enable professional clients to enhance their
operations and increase customer retention. The company's
top designer-styled uniforms are sought by some of the
world's most distinguished spa, salon, hospitality and
medical professionals. Whether custom designed or standard
stock item, each article emphasizes style, comfort, durability
and high quality.
For further information, visit www.soleiluniforms.com or
contact Ellen Rowley, (866) 533-7446.
San Joaquin , CA , December 18, 2004 (San Joaquin News, as reported by Les
Mahler) -- Yolanda George, owner of Weber Point Uniforms, will probably have
a black new year.
That's because George is expecting an order from the county sheriff's department
for new black uniforms for deputy sheriffs, correctional officers, captains,
lieutenants, sergeants and even Sheriff Baxter Dunn himself.
County law enforcement personnel voted on the new uniforms
over the past few months, with the black uniforms winning
out over the traditional green and tan.
Although she hasn't heard from Dunn yet, George said the Reading, Pa.-based
manufacturer, Elbeco, has already received an e-mail from Dunn for the uniforms.
While the vote was based on style and what other sheriff departments are doing
in other parts of the state, according to Steve Walker, president of the Deputy
Sheriffs Association, it's also based on less cost.
Walker , in an earlier interview, said other sheriff deputy units in Sacramento
, Yolo and Calaveras counties already have the black uniforms.
"It's the standard in the industry," he said. But George said the other
motivation is that the new uniforms are less expensive, although she couldn't
quote a price.
George said the reason for the price reduction is the fabric blend, which she
is new polyester blend that she called nano-dry.
The nano-dry "wicks any moisture from the uniform, especially around the
under arms," she said.
Besides the pants and shirts, deputies are also expected to order new hats
along with a jacket to match, George said.
The new hats, which she said are called rider hats, are similar to what the
California Highway Patrol now wears. Deputies now wear campaign or cowboy-style
hats, she said.
And each deputy usually orders about two uniforms, she said. But while deputies
and correctional officers are thrilled with the new look, deputies providing
security at the county's courthouses aren't jumping for joy at the change.
One deputy at the Stockton courthouse who didn't want his name used said the
complaints center around the cost of new uniforms.
Although deputies and correctional officers have a uniform allowance, the courthouse
deputy said most courthouse deputies are part time and therefore don't have
the same uniform allowance.
George said the new uniforms are expected to arrive in March so deputies and
correctional officers can start wearing them in April.
December 19, 2004 (MSNBC Online, as reported by Mark
Tosczak) - Triad textile companies are hoping that technological
advantage and new foreign markets will help them withstand
an expected surge of Chinese imports in 2005.
For most of last year, U.S. textile executives have been
predicting that cheaper Chinese products, from yarn and
fabric to finished clothing and furniture textiles, will
shut down U.S. plants and possibly send tens of thousands
of additional workers to unemployment lines.
In Guilford , Forsyth and Alamance counties alone, some
12,000 textile mill jobs could be at stake.
But while textile executives publicly have been lobbying
Washington and the World Trade Organization for relief
with their doom-and-gloom forecasts, they've also been
working on plans for competing against cheaper Chinese
goods, or deciding whether that's even a strategy worth
"There's no way to compete with China ," said
Jim Copland, chairman of Burlington 's Copland Industries,
which churns out millions of yards of fabric used in the
home furnishings industry every month. "Anything that
they can do, you've just got to get away from it."
The National Council of Textile Organizations, a trade
group lobbying for protection from Chinese imports, released
statistics in December showing that Chinese-made garments
are priced dramatically below U.S. goods, as well as garments
made in other countries.
Based on 2003 data, China 's average export price for
trousers, underwear, woven shirts and knit shirts was $1.84,
76 percent less than the $7.63-per-garment price for U.S.-made
plans on trying to compete. In fact, many textile companies
seem to be taking advice from the legendary Chinese strategy
manual "The Art of War," by
Sun Tzu, which stresses attacking where the enemy is weakest.
"You've got to look under every rock and behind
every door and turn every page to find something that has
got some kind of natural barrier to their imports," Copland
said. "You've got to find things that they have difficulty
Copland, like many textile executives, is loath to talk
in detail about what markets he thinks his company can
successfully compete for. Another big Burlington fabric
maker, Glen Raven, has its sights set on technologically
sophisticated products that can't be easily duplicated.
"We don't want to be in the T-shirt business," said
Glen Raven Inc. CEO Allen E. Gant Jr. "We can't survive
on T-shirts." Glen Raven, for instance, is developing
fabrics that change color as the temperature changes. The
company is also focusing on fabrics for automobile interiors,
boat sails and medical devices, among other uses.
U.S. textile companies aren't content to just hone their
native advantages, though. They're also looking abroad
for new customers and new factories, in some cases even
forming joint ventures in China .
International Textile Group, the company formed earlier
this year by financier Wilbur Ross when he combined Burlington
Industries and Cone Mills, announced Dec. 10 that it's
investing $20 million in dyeing and finishing plant, as
well as a distribution center, in Hagzhou, China.
"From Burlington (WorldWide's) standpoint, we have
had an office in Hong Kong for a couple of years working
with mill partners in that region," said Delores Sides,
ITG's director of corporate communication.
ITG's strategy, Sides said, is to build two platforms:
North American mills, which can supply customers who have
specialty needs or want the quicker turn-around time that
domestic plants provide, and international mills to supply
customers in other parts of the world, or who want the
cost advantages that foreign suppliers offer.
U.S. exports on the rise
U.S. fabric and yarn makers have also increased their
exports to Central America . Nations such as Honduras and
Guatemala are home to garment factories that supply U.S.
apparel companies, such as VF Corp. and Sara Lee Branded
Ameritex Yarn LLC, a Burlington company, has grown its
international business from about 5 percent of total sales
four years ago to more than 20 percent now, said Rick Bullard,
the company's president and CEO.
U.S. fabric makers, too, are counting in part on customers,
such as some clothing retailers, that demand fast delivery
times. That combination of U.S. fabric suppliers and Central
American apparel makers might be able to compete with China
's integrated textile and apparel industry, which has to
overcome longer shipping times, said Berrye Worsham, president
and CEO of Cotton Inc., a cotton industry trade group.
According to federal trade data, U.S. textile exports
for the 12 months ending Oct. 31 were up 10.5 percent over
the same period a year earlier, with Mexico and Central
American countries among the top destinations for those
goods. Even U.S. textile exports to China are up about
20 percent for that period.
Among other things, rapidly industrializing China is
a potential growth market for industrial fabrics, an area
many observers say U.S. companies are better at producing
than mills in low-wage countries such as China .
Despite the bright spots, though, there's broad agreement
that textile companies face a new reality this year.
"If you've got a company that hasn't thought this
out, probably in the last couple of years, it's probably
too late for them," Worsham said.
Observers expect the number of Triad textile jobs will
continue to decline as fiercer competition from overseas
eats into American firms' markets. But the U.S. textile
industry won't disappear. Surviving companies will have
to learn to adopt new products and new technologies faster.
Nonetheless, technical advances will be the key to U.S.
firms' long-term survival, Worsham said.
"Many of these technologies originate in the United
States , and U.S. companies can expect to be able to access
these and deploy these (first)," he said. "It's
the basis on which they can be survivors."
SPARTANBURG, SC, December 8, 2004
(Business Wire) -- Milliken & Company, one of the
world's largest privately-held textile and chemical manufacturers,
today announced that Fabian Couture Group International,
a leader within the formal wear industry in both the
United States and Canada, has chosen Milliken's StainSmart
fabrics for their polyester tuxedo line, First Nighter
Formal Wear Collection. This specific tuxedo line is
designed for school and formal band and choir uniforms,
due to its easy-care and superior stain repel-and-release
StainSmart is a major break through for the school uniform
market because it provides the option of machine washing
the uniforms rather than dry cleaning, which tends to be
"School uniforms tend to be a costly and high-maintenance
investment for schools and parents alike, due to the amount
of wear and stains that occur during use," said Daniel
Cohen, of Fabian Couture Group. "Students are very
hard on their uniforms, and a stain repel-and-release feature
is a natural fit for school and formal band and choir uniforms.
StainSmart provides an easy-care solution that both parents
and school personnel will greatly appreciate."
Independent testing verifies that StainSmart currently
outperforms other stain-protection methods available today.
"In a head-to-head comparison of stain repellent
products in the apparel market, Clothes Care Research Center
(CCRC), an alliance of leading manufacturers and research
laboratories, dedicated to improving home clothing care,
found that StainSmart outperformed leading repellent technologies
for water and oil repellency," said Dr. Elizabeth
P. Easter, board member of CCRC and director of the University
of Kentucky's Textile Testing Laboratory. "StainSmart
also delivered unsurpassed soil release performance on
tough stains, such as oil, and its color retention performance
was significantly better than fabrics of comparable fiber
"Milliken understands that easy-care is a top priority
for the school uniform market," said Brenda Burris
Drake, merchandising director of woven fabrics for Milliken. "We're
thrilled that Fabian Couture Group recognizes StainSmart's
promise for durable easy-to-care-for professional fabrics
that withstand stains."
Milliken's StainSmart provides
the "best of both
worlds" in a patent-pending stain-protection technology.
The "repel" function allows for most liquid-based
spills to bead up and be wiped off, thereby preventing
them from staining the fabric. The "release" function
works on tough, ground-in stains that penetrate fabric,
such as corn oil or cola, by allowing these stains to wash
out during normal laundering or cleaning.
New StainSmart school and formal wear uniforms are available
now and can be found in the 2005 Fabian Couture Group International
catalog, and will be available at retailers in early 2005.
StainSmart is now available in a wide range of high-quality,
durable fabric types from leading fabric converters and
manufacturers for the high-performance active apparel;
casual menswear and womenswear; workwear; military, medical
and school uniforms; hospitality; and healthcare and military
lodging markets. StainSmart technology is also available
for custom fabric development from Milliken in a variety
of uses and markets.
For more information on Milliken's innovative fabrics,
including StainSmart, please visit Milliken's company website
at www.milliken.com or www.stainsmart.com .
For StainSmart sales information, call 864-503-1655.