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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