Innovation Key to Standard Textile’s Growth

A special feature by The Cincinnati Enquirer – Wednesday, November 6 –

Gary Heiman stands infront of Standard Textile's Global Institute for Innovation & Leadership

When Gary Heiman became president of Standard Textile in 1988, the company started by his grandfather nearly a half-century earlier was ready for change.

At the time, Heiman’s father was running Standard Textile, a successful distributor servicing the health care industry. The company’s revenues were $61.5 million a year, but it was hard for Standard Textile to stand out from the competition.

To truly innovate, Standard Textile had to become a manufacturer. So Heiman began buying and building plants in the U.S. and abroad, investing heavily in research and development. He made it a priority to understand his customers’ businesses and always to ask this question: What can we make that will help you?

Photograph: The Cincinnati Enquirer/Joseph Fuqua II

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Fiber is Just a Part of Linens’ Evolving Sustainability Story

By Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News – November, 5 2013 –

Getting guests to forego linen laundering is one way to reduce linen-related costs and their associated environmental footprint. Another way is to choose linen that is inherently environmentally advantageous – in other words, its reduced footprint is built into its very fibers.

Still another way is to choose a supplier that not only is concerned about the product itself but also the supply chain behind it, how it is made, and what happens to it at the end of its life…

Through the unique way it blends cotton and polyester fibers, Standard Textile has developed linen that it says lasts longer than other types on the market—longevity being an environmental asset because less product ultimately needs to be made or purchased.

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Standard Textile’s Carl Rau to Retire;
Cecil Lee Named as Successor

CINCINNATI, OHIO (11/4/2013) – Standard Textile announces that Carl Rau, Laundry Market Manager, retired on November 1, 2013 after seven years with the company. Cecil Lee, who has more than 25 years of laundry industry experience, has been named Rau’s successor.

Carl Rau and Cecil Lee shaking hands

“We hired Carl to expand our presence, enhance our reputation, and grow our sales in the central/co-op marketplace,” said John Wintz, Group Vice President. “This area of our business continues to grow and being successful in the laundry industry remains a priority for Standard Textile.”

Rau brought 35 years of laundry experience to the Standard Textile team, working previously as a general manager and in business development for a national laundry outsourcing company.

“We appreciate all that Carl has done over the years and wish him a successful retirement,” said Wintz. “We look forward to welcoming Cecil Lee and appreciate the expertise he will provide to all of our valued customers in the laundry marketplace.”

Lee is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Central Michigan University. He has been in the laundry business for more than 25 years, working for a national laundry company and other laundries in Ohio, Michigan and New York.

“I am very excited about coming to work for Standard Textile,” stated Lee. “The company is a premier manufacturer and supplier to the healthcare workplace. I look forward to continuing Carl Rau’s great work and servicing our customer needs in the central/co-op marketplace.”

Privately held companies are putting a heavier emphasis on innovation

The Cincinnati Enquirer – November 2, 2013 –

According to the findings from the 2013 Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100 survey, the area’s biggest private companies are increasingly turning to new products and service differentiation as they fight their way through continued economic uncertainty and a heavier regulatory burden…

Gary Heiman, CEO of Standard Textile, sits in a showroom for his company’s linens. The company this month opened an institute to encourage innovation. Heiman says it’s an inspiring space.

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FULL-TIME HIRING NOW UNDERWAY
AT STANDARD TEXTILE THOMASTON

Approximately 20 full-time positions to be filled by December 2013

THOMASTON, GA (9/6/2013) – Standard Textile, the world’s leading manufacturer and provider of total solutions in the institutional textiles and apparel markets, is now recruiting full-time associates for its manufacturing and distribution centers in Thomaston, Ga. Approximately twenty positions will be filled by the end of 2013. Available positions include sheet and terry weavers, tie–in operators and machine technicians.

The new positions are a result of expanding business, implementation of innovative manufacturing processes, and the purchase of weaving equipment and machinery.

“While many companies in the American textile manufacturing industry are struggling, we continue to grow,” said Gary Heiman, president and CEO of Standard Textile. “Our vast, versatile expertise and non-traditional methods allow us to develop new industry approaches, services, and products that help our customers achieve operational goals.”

Since 2009, Standard Textile Thomaston has had a steady upward headcount trend with no layoffs. “Compared to national voluntary turnover rates, the percentage at Thomaston’s facilities is quite low,” stated Michael Green, human resources manager.

“This is a great place to work because of the strong commitment Standard Textile has made in not only the facilities and equipment, but also in the lives of our associates and their families. We’re looking for associates who have experience in sheeting and terry weaving, machine operators (weavers), tie-in operators and weave machine technicians.”

Thomaston Employees

The ideal candidate should be self- motivated, a fast learner, and a person who takes pride in doing an excellent job.

Competitive pay, excellent benefits, a commitment to steady growth, and a robust health and wellness program are just some of the qualities that make Standard Textile one of best privately-held companies to work for. Additionally, earlier this year, Standard Textile was recognized for the fourth year in a row as one of the “Healthiest Companies in America” by Interactive Health, the leading provider of outcomes-based wellness solutions.

In 2010, Standard Textile instituted a “No Tobacco Use” policy as a condition of employment in an effort to maintain a healthy work environment and affordable health care plans for its associates.

Applicants may apply online at www.standardtextile.comm. Applicants can also apply in person, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., at One Peerless Road, Thomaston. Interviews will be conducted by appointment.

Standard Textile is an equal opportunity employer.

About Standard Textile
Founded in 1940, Standard Textile has developed a culture of innovation, quality and service. With more than 70 patents, its products are engineered to deliver durability, longevity and value. A vertically integrated company, Standard Textile is the leading global provider of total solutions in the institutional textiles and apparel markets. Leveraging textile design, manufacturing and laundry expertise, and its global infrastructure, Standard Textile serves customers in the healthcare, hospitality, decorative products, and industrial laundry markets worldwide. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, the company has more than 4,000 associates who work in 24 manufacturing and distribution facilities spanning 12 countries in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East. To learn more, visit www.standardtextile.com.

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Standard Textile expanding facility in Union County

MORE THANK $2.5 MILLION INVESTMENT EXPECTED TO CREATE 15 NEW JOBS

COLUMBIA, S.C. – July 22, 2013 – Standard Textile today announced plans to expand its existing operations in Union County. The more than $2.5 million investment is expected to generate 15 new jobs.

“We are excited about the opportunity to expand our existing operations in Union County. South Carolina has provided us with a skilled workforce and an excellent environment in which to do business. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Russ Ogle, plant manager for Standard Textile.

Standard Textile is in the process of expanding their existing manufacturing operations in Union County, located at 100 Highpoint Drive. The $2.5 million investment is to expand, consolidate and incorporate new innovations in terry towel finishing in Standard Textile’s U.S. terry towel manufacturing operations. The company manufactures textiles for customers in the healthcare, hospitality, decorative products and industrial laundry markets. The expansion is expected to be completed by the end of September.

“It’s exciting to see another one of our existing businesses expand here in South Carolina. We celebrate Standard Textile’s decision to invest $2.5 million and create 15 new jobs in Union. Today’s announcement is also another win for one of our state’s rural areas,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $9 billion in capital investment and more than 23,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector. During the same time period, more than $1.28 billion and more than 8,700 jobs have been created in rural counties.

“Manufacturers continue to locate and grow operations in all parts of the Palmetto State. We appreciate Standard Textile’s continued commitment to South Carolina. Every one of these new jobs will have an impact in Union County,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“I am delighted with Standard Textile’s announcement to increase its investment in Union County and to provide more job opportunities for our citizens,” said Union County Council Chairman and Supervisor Thomas L. Sinclair. “Standard Textile and Union County both have a long, rich history and legacy in the textile industry. The expansion at their Union facility is evidence of the continuing and increasing confidence that industry has in our community and our workforce.”

Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should visit Standard Textile’s website, www.standardtextile.com.

About S.C. Department of Commerce
As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing businesses grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as Boeing, Bridgestone, Continental, Monster.com, Heinz, ZF Group, BMW and Google Inc. and also supports small and existing business, rural development initiatives and community development. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. South Carolina has been ranked first in attracting jobs through foreign investment by IBM-Plant Location International. The state won the Gold Shovel Award and the Project of Year Award from Area Development magazine in 2012. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

About Standard Textile
Founded in 1940, Standard Textile has developed a culture of innovation, quality, and service. With more than 70 patents, its products are engineered to deliver durability, longevity, and value. A vertically integrated company, Standard Textile is a leading global provider of total solutions in the institutional textiles and apparel markets. Leveraging textile design, manufacturing and laundry expertise, and its global infrastructure, the company serves customers in the healthcare, hospitality, decorative products and industrial laundry markets worldwide.

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Standard Textile Named One of the
“Healthiest Companies in America”

CINCINNATI, OHIO – April 3, 2013 – Standard Textile today announced national recognition as one of the “Healthiest Companies in America.” The award is given by Interactive Health, the leading provider of outcomes-based wellness solutions. Standard Textile was one of 72 honorees for health and wellness initiatives in 2012. This is the fourth year Standard Textile has won
the award.

The “Healthiest Companies in America” award is given to organizations across the nation that attained a company-wide low health risk status while achieving high employee participation in their wellness program. The selection process analyzes clinical test results demonstrating improved employee health across an index of key health indicators.

Components of Standard Textile’s wellness program includes comprehensive annual blood screenings for associates and spouses, significant wellness incentives (up to $2,300 annually), leadership accountability, and an aggressive strategy that integrates health and wellness into the company’s culture. An on-site fitness center, health and wellness coach, and group fitness classes are a few of the benefits the company offers to promote an active lifestyle.

“We want our associates and their families to achieve the highest quality of life possible,” states Gary Heiman, President and CEO. “We’re guided by one shared purpose at Standard Textile: to help others succeed. With that purpose in mind, we designed a wellness program that would help associates achieve their personal health goals, and it’s rewarding to see the success associates have experienced.” Heiman adds, “We’re also excited to see the change that has occurred in our culture as a result of our health and wellness initiatives.”

For more information on “Healthiest Companies in America,” visit interactivehealthinc.com/healthiest-Co mpanies-in-America.asp.

About Standard Textile
Founded in 1940, Standard Textile has developed a culture of innovation, quality and service. With more than 70 patents, its products are engineered to deliver durability, longevity and value. A vertically integrated company, Standard Textile is the leading global provider of total solutions in the institutional textiles and apparel markets. Leveraging textile design, manufacturing and laundry expertise, and its global infrastructure, this company serves customers in the healthcare, hospitality, decorative products and industrial laundry markets worldwide. To learn more, visit standardtextile.com.

About Interactive Health Interactive Health
(interactivehealthinc.com) is the leading provider of outcomes-based health management solutions designed to engage employees in the management of their health through early detection and identification of risk factors. Through Smart Testing and a personalized health risk assessment, a proven, scientific methodology is applied to detect health risk at the earliest possible stage. If health issues are detected, Interactive Health immediately intervenes to engage individuals with a personalized course of action. A unique achievable goal is assigned to each participant based on individual results and outcomes are measured using Interactive Health’s proprietary Health Index. Interactive Health has a 20-year track record of creating the Healthiest Companies in America.

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