Ebola Relief Efforts: Standard Textile Responds

The National Organization of Sierra Leoneans in North America (NOSLINA), in partnership with the Sierra Leone Embassy in the U.S., has recently recognized Standard Textile for donating materials to assist with combating the Ebola virus that has ravaged the nation of Sierra Leone. Standard Textile blankets, bed sheets, and pillow cases are being distributed to parts of Sierra Leone that are in most dire need and have been the most severely impacted by the virus and its lingering effects.

Standard Textile’s donation was part of a team effort from individual and corporate partners across the U.S. Approximately 4,750 pounds (a total of 9 skids, weighing between 425 and 785 pounds each) of urgently needed materials were transported to Sierra Leone through the coordination of Airlink, a 24/7 disaster response organization that links pre-vetted NGO’s with airlines for air and cargo transportation.

The Sierra Leone Ministry of Health; the World Health Organization (WHO); the dedicated Ebola Emergency Operations Center at the WHO Country Office in Sierra Leone; and the Office of the President of Sierra Leone are working together to ensure that the donated items are expeditiously put to good use.

In a message of acknowledgement, Dr. Brima Kargbo, Chief Medical Officer of Sierra Leone, shared his appreciation of NOSLINA’s coordination efforts by stating: “On behalf of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to NOSLINA for this wonderful gesture. The items are coming at a time when we needed them most. I would also want to assure all that they will be adequately distributed.”

Standard Textile Recognized As One Of Cincinnati’s 25 Largest Private Companies

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8/8/2014 – The Cincinnati Business Courier has released its annual ranking of the largest private companies in Greater Cincinnati, and Standard Textile was named to the #12 spot.

The Courier has been collecting and publishing information on closely held businesses for years, but previously included it in a book called “Courier 250,” lumped in with data on public companies and nonprofit organizations. This year, the paper decided to create a special publication devoted to private companies alone.

“These premier companies are the glue that holds the region’s business community together,” said Lisa Benson, managing editor. “Combined, the 150 largest private businesses in Greater Cincinnati have total revenue of nearly $40 billion and employ a total workforce of 136,000.”

To see a slideshow of the Top 25 companies, click here.

Forbes Magazine Mentions Our Bedding Products in “Hotel Science: How Marriott & Starwood Hotels Choose Your Room Amenities”

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(8/6/2014) – A recent article published in Forbes magazine discusses the problem-solving innovation Standard Textile brought to Marriott International with our bedding products.

“Bedding, from comfortable mattresses to soft sheets, is another evolving aspect of room amenities. […] ‘It’s always being looked at and we’re always looking for ways to make it better—not just for comfort but for housekeeping too,’ says Marriott’s [Scott] Mitchell, [director of design and development for Marriott International].”

To read the full text article, click here.



Standard Textile CEO Gary Heiman Received Lifetime Achievement Award from EY (Ernst & Young)

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CINCINNATI (6/20/2014) — Standard Textile announces that president and chief executive officer Gary Heiman was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 South Central Ohio & Kentucky Awards gala on June 19, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati.

EY’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the contribution of outstanding business leaders, like Heiman, who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. Heiman’s contributions have included building a significant presence in global manufacturing and distribution, developing a collective innovation mind-set at Standard Textile, and guiding the company to a leadership position in the healthcare and hospitality markets. Heiman’s special recognition from EY is not only for his business success, but also for the way he has inspired others through mentorship and active engagement in community and philanthropic efforts.

Heiman became president of Standard Textile in 1988 and CEO in 1994. The company has expanded dramatically under his leadership. In 1988, it was a textile distribution company with one manufacturing facility and annual sales of approximately $100 million. Today, Standard Textile has 24 manufacturing facilities in 12 countries, customers in over 70 countries, and annual revenues approaching $800 million.

Throughout his career, Heiman has remained committed to the principle that participation in the global marketplace is vital not only to business success but also to the economic and social progress of the developing world. In 1997, Standard Textile became the first American company to build a manufacturing facility in Irbid, Jordan, as part of a joint venture with Century Investment Group in Amman. Created shortly after the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan, this plant supported the U.S. government’s efforts to bring a “peace dividend” to the people of Jordan and Israel, at a time when unemployment stood at 40% in Irbid. Today, Standard Textile has three manufacturing facilities in Jordan employing approximately 1,200 workers. Heiman also established the first textile wholly foreign owned enterprise in China. Now, it is one of the largest vertically integrated textile manufacturing facilities in China.

While the company has expanded abroad, Heiman and his team at Standard Textile have also opened new production facilities and created jobs in the U.S., even as others were closing plants. Since 1988, Standard Textile has built, purchased, refurbished and reopened textile facilities in Enterprise, Alabama; the Los Angeles area, California; Augusta and Thomaston, Georgia; Las Vegas, Nevada; Union, South Carolina; and Brownsville, Texas.

Heiman’s commitment to innovation and technology is evident in the significant investments the company has committed to utilizing world-class automation, robotics, and vision QA systems to manufacture traditional products in a high-tech manner. This commitment has resulted in approximately 70 product and process patents.

Heiman’s tenure at Standard Textile has been characterized by a corporate culture that emphasizes continuous innovation, a robust global supply chain, and a company-wide dedication to customer service. He views innovation as the foundation for bringing never-before-imagined benefits to Standard Textile’s customers and actively collaborates with the company’s global teams to create and implement paradigm-changing ideas.

Standard Textile recently added two new facilities to support the company’s innovation process. The Global Institute for Innovation & Leadership, located on the campus of Standard Textile’s world headquarters in Cincinnati, is a space dedicated to driving exploration, discovery and creative solutions. The C.O.R.E. (Concept. Operation. Results. Execution.) facility is a world-class center designed to rapidly move an idea from concept to execution. Together, the two new facilities are transformative resources for the world’s textile industry.

Heiman is continuing a family tradition of business leadership that began in 1940 when his grandfather, Charles, founded Standard Textile as a small linen distribution company operating out of the Heiman family’s apartment in Cincinnati. Charles, a German immigrant who had been incarcerated in the Dachau concentration camp, escaped from Germany and brought his family to the U.S. The tradition continued in 1966 when Gary Heiman’s father, Paul, took the helm of the company and grew the business by focusing on an expanding healthcare marketplace.

Heiman has been based at Standard Textile’s world headquarters since 1986. Prior to that, he lived in Israel for 14 years. After serving in the Israeli army during the Yom Kippur War, he established Standard Textile’s first manufacturing facility—a plant in Arad at the edge of Israel’s Negev desert, which opened in 1976. In 2001, Heiman was awarded the “Industrialist of the Year” Prize by the President of the State of Israel. In 2008, Heiman was honored as one of the “Pioneers of the Negev,” a recognition given to 12 people deemed as having had the most impact on building industry in the Negev desert, which contains 60% of the land in Israel.

A holder of dual citizenship between the U.S. and Israel, Heiman also served in an elite search-and-rescue unit of the Israel Defense Forces. He attributes his Special Forces experience to providing invaluable training for the business world because it taught him that even the most daunting obstacles can be overcome if there is sufficient dedication, planning, skill and teamwork.

Before moving to Israel, Heiman received his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1972. He completed post-graduate work at the Georgia Institute of Technology, studying industrial engineering. He also studied mechanical engineering at the Saurer Institute in Arbon, Switzerland.

Heiman is a Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati and a member of the Cincinnati Business Committee. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Cincinnati where he also served as Chairman of the Finance and Administration Committee. Additionally, Heiman served as a member of the Board of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, was the former Chairman of the Jewish Community Center, and former Chairman of the Board of The Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati.

Heiman and his wife, Kim, have three adult children: Danielle, Alex and Thea.

Standard Textile Earning National Recognition for Wellness Awards

CINCINNATI (6/2/2014) — Standard Textile’s commitment to helping our associates and their families achieve the highest possible quality of life has been gaining national recognition from several wellness-focused organizations in recent months.

Four recent accolades include:

H100Standard Textile was named one of the 2014 Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America by Healthiest Employers, the leader in employee health analytics, best practices and benchmark data. The Healthiest 100 list includes employers of all sizes from all industries across the country. As a result of a year-long, highly selective assessment process, Standard Textile was selected as one of the top 100 healthiest workplaces from a pool of over 5,000 companies.

 

inthealthFor the fifth consecutive year, Standard Textile has been deemed one of the “Healthiest Companies in America” by Interactive Health, the leading provider of outcomes-based wellness solutions. Standard Textile is one of only 67 honorees nationally recognized for its efforts to prioritize employee health and create an ongoing culture of health. The “Healthiest Companies in America” award is given to organizations across the country that attained a company-wide low health risk status while achieving high employee participation in their wellness program. The selection process analyzed biometric screening results. Standard Textile demonstrated improved overall employee health across the following key health indicators: glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol, and tobacco usage.

 

hegcThis May, Standard Textile was named one of the “Healthiest Employers of Greater Cincinnati” by The Cincinnati Business Courier. The Healthiest Employers Award program showcases companies that have made a commitment to make wellness a reality for their employees. As an award-winner, Standard Textile represents the best health and wellness programs created and implemented by local companies.

 

AHAFor the third consecutive year, Standard Textile has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping associates eat better and move more. As a Platinum-Level employer, Standard Textile: offers associates physical activity options in the workplace; offers a variety of healthy eating options at the worksite; promotes a wellness culture in the workplace; implements at least nine criteria outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture; and demonstrates measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness.

Components of Standard Textile’s wellness program include comprehensive annual health evaluation screenings for associates and spouses, significant wellness incentives (up to $3,600 annually), leadership accountability, and an aggressive strategy that integrates health and wellness into the company culture. An on-site fitness center, on-site Café, personalized health and wellness coaching, nutrition consultations, and group fitness classes are just a few of the benefits Standard Textile offers to promote an active lifestyle.

“Helping others succeed is at the core of everything we do,” said Gary Heiman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “The recognition by these organizations is well deserved. We’ve designed a comprehensive wellness program that helps our associates achieve their personal health goals, and it’s rewarding to see the success they’ve experienced.”

Standard Textile Provides Exclusive Preview of Heidi Weisel Designer Robe Collection at HD Expo

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High-Fashion, High-Performance Robes Created by Fashion Designer Heidi Weisel for Standard Textile

From May 14 – 16, 2014, Standard Textile will be offering an exclusive preview of a new collection of high-style, high-performance robes by award-winning fashion designer Heidi Weisel at HD Expo, booth 2447.

Known for the understated glamour and simple elegance of her designs, Heidi Weisel’s fashion collections have been featured at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York, and the most prestigious specialty stores across the country and abroad. Weisel’s designs have been widely recognized and featured in the fashion media and have been a celebrity favorite, often gracing the red carpet on the world’s most glamorous women.

Standard Textile and Weisel are collaborating to bring high fashion, custom, comfortable robes to the hospitality industry. In keeping with the luxurious experience hotels are working to provide for their guests, the Collection will include distinctive details that you would see in ready-to-wear.

“I recognized a need for hotel and spa robes that offer great fit and style, with a little bit of glamour. Many hotels have robes, but they’re often oversized, and lacking in style and comfort,” said Weisel. “My vision is to design high-fashion robes that fit well and feel fabulous. When you’re staying at a hotel or relaxing at a spa, robes should feel cozy, comfortable and special. A luxurious robe should be part of the overall sensual experience a hotel provides to its guests.”

Standard Textile is committed to providing the hospitality industry with products that are aesthetically beautiful but also offer superior performance. Products are designed to touch guests in the most meaningful way by providing a desirable hand and stylish design. Yet, they are engineered to deliver the lowest cost per use.

“This collection will provide hotels, resorts and spas with a new opportunity to provide distinguishing guest experiences, while at the same time ensuring that the products will withstand the rigors of hotel and industrial laundering,” said Richard Stewart, ‎Vice President, Product Development & Sustainability at Standard Textile.

Standard Textile will officially debut Heidi Weisel for Standard Textile in Fall 2014.

Additional Featured Product: The Stuttgart Ensemble by Todd-Avery Lenahan

Stuttgart, the latest luxury bedding ensemble from The Todd-Avery Lenahan Collection at Standard Textile will also be featured at HD Expo.

The Todd-Avery Lenahan Collection is one of Standard Textile’s exclusive five-star sheeting and terry lines, reserved for the world’s finest hoteliers. The Todd-Avery Lenahan Collection is currently installed at properties around the world, including Mandarin Oriental San Francisco and The Stanley in Estes Park, Colorado. The Collection is the global brand standard for JW Marriott.

The Todd-Avery Lenahan Collection provides Luxury That Endures™, and the Stuttgart ensemble is no exception. Stuttgart provides the pleasure of a rich, luxurious sleep experience combined with unsurpassed durability, extended product service life, crease-resistant finish, and superior cost management.

Additional Featured Product: Sapporo ImagePoint® Design by SK Textile

Sapporo ImagePoint® printed décor is the latest design available from Standard Textile’s fabrication partner, SK Textile. Enriching the finest hotel rooms with a unique ambiance, unlimited color selection and boundless design possibilities are available through ImagePoint® design services. Supply your own art or work with our talented designers to conceive your special style. Coordinate design elements—duvet covers, top sheets, pillows, shams, bed skirts, bolsters, and even draperies—for an unforgettable guest experience.

About HD Expo:
HD Expo is the premier trade show and hospitality conference for the interior design industry. Presented by Hospitality Design magazine, HD Expo is dedicated to bringing the interior design industry, architects, owners/operators, developers, specifiers and purchasers the best available resources for their projects.

For More Information:
To request an appointment for interviews during the show, please contact Judy Sroufe, Director, Brand Marketing & Communications at (513) 761-9256 x243 or jsroufe(at)standardtextile(dot)com. High resolution promotional photos are available upon request.

Standard Textile a Finalist for Healthiest Employers of Greater Cincinnati Award

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CINCINNATI (4/22/2014) — The Cincinnati Business Courier has recognized Standard Textile as a finalist in the Healthiest Employers of Greater Cincinnati Awards. Winners will be announced on May 6, 2014 during a ceremony at the Cintas Center at Xavier University.

The Healthiest Employers Award program showcases companies that have made a commitment to make wellness a reality for their employees. This year’s 28 finalists represent the best health and wellness programs created and implemented by local companies. First- place winners will be announced at the event in each of the five size categories, based on number of employees.

Components of Standard Textile’s wellness program include comprehensive annual health evaluation screenings for associates and spouses, significant wellness incentives (up to $3,600 annually), leadership accountability, and an aggressive strategy that integrates health and wellness into the company culture. An on-site fitness center, personalized health and wellness coaching, nutrition consultations, and group fitness classes are just a few of the benefits Standard Textile offers to promote an active lifestyle.

Standard Textile Welcomed CPS Students to World Headquarters in Reading

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Kindergarten Students Participated in Healthy Living Activities at the Global Institute for Innovation & Leadership

CINCINNATI (4/7/2014) — On April 7, 2014, Standard Textile welcomed 25 kindergarten students from Silverton Paideia Academy to the Global Institute for Innovation & Leadership at the company’s World Headquarters in Reading. The students participated in a 90-minute interactive experience on healthy habits, presented in cooperation with Standard Textile’s partners at TriHealth Corporate Health. The event was part of Standard Textile’s week-long annual Health Fair.

Standard Textile’s partnership with Silverton Paideia Academy, a PreK-6 magnet school within the Cincinnati Public Schools District, extends beyond this event. This school year, in collaboration with Be The Change and United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Standard Textile associates have been volunteering time each week as reading tutors for students at the school.

“We were excited to have the students on-site,” said Connie Retherford, Director, Compensation and Benefits. “The students participated in four different sessions on nutrition and the importance of exercise. We enjoyed sharing our passion for healthy living by hosting this event.”

Standard Textile’s annual Health Fair includes on-site Health Evaluations for associates and spouses who want to participate, including screens for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, liver and kidney disease, anemia, and more. Visitors to the Health Fair meet with local wellness vendors and learn about available health services. All of Standard Textile’s facilities across the U.S. also host their own annual Health Fairs. Standard Textile was recently named one of the 2014 Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America by Healthiest Employers, the leader in employee health analytics, best practices and benchmark data.

The Health Fair and special event with CPS students was held at Standard Textile’s Global Institute for Innovation & Leadership. The facility is designed to be a transformative resource for the world’s textile industry. The Global Institute for Innovation & Leadership offers a flexible, informal environment that is used to drive exploration, discovery and creative solutions.

Standard Textile Helps La Quinta Break World Record

towelflagOn March 14, near Honolulu, Hawaii, Standard Textile partnered with La Quinta to create the world’s largest Towel Mosaic, breaking a Guinness World Record®.

Made up of more than 2,500 red, white and blue towels, La Quinta volunteers formed a 26,390 square foot U.S. flag. All of the towels used during the event were then donated by Standard Textile and La Quinta to Fisher House – Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu.

“The Fisher House is a great cause, and La Quinta is a valuable partner for us. It was fun to be a part of this record-setting event,” said Greg Eubanks, Standard Textile’s Group Vice President, Hospitality Sales & Marketing.

Click here to see more photos from the event.

Standard Textile One of the Healthiest
100 Workplaces in America

CINCINNATI (1/17/2014) — Standard Textile has been named one of the 2014 Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America by Healthiest Employers, the leader in employee health analytics, best practices and benchmark data.

The Healthiest 100 list includes employers of all sizes from all industries across the country. Standard Textile’s corporate wellness program was recognized as a result of a year-long, highly selective assessment process.

“We want our associates and their families to achieve the highest possible quality of life,” said Gary Heiman, President and CEO of Standard Textile.

“Helping others succeed is at the core of everything we do. The recognition by Healthiest Employers is well deserved. We’ve designed a comprehensive wellness program that helps our associates achieve their personal health goals, and it’s rewarding to see the success they’ve experienced.”

Components of Standard Textile’s wellness program include comprehensive annual blood screenings for associates and spouses, significant wellness incentives (up to $3,600 annually), leadership accountability, and an aggressive strategy that integrates health and wellness into the company culture. An on-site fitness center, personalized health and wellness coaching, nutrition consultations, and group fitness classes are a few of the benefits the company offers to promote an active lifestyle.

Standard Textile enjoys a very high degree of engagement, demonstrated by the participation rate of associates and spouses covered under the health care plan. In 2013, the number of participants who achieved their wellness incentives included:

  • 92% completed a preventative physical examination
  • 89% do not use tobacco products
  • 84% achieved their goals for reducing modifiable risk factors

“The Healthiest 100 stand apart from other employers in three ways: their approach to health cost and risk data, how they incorporate cultural and employee considerations, and their expectations for their employee wellness teams,” said Healthiest Employers’ Strategic Initiatives Director Andrew Lockerbie.

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