Standard Textile Provides Necessities to Hurricane Victims Company Continues its Long Legacy of Giving Back Through Relief Efforts

NYT Article PhotoCINCINNATI, OHIO, September 18, 2017 – With a longstanding history of helping organizations in need, Standard Textile, a global leader in the healthcare and hospitality textiles industry, has contributed critical items of need to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma victims with separate donations to both the American Red Cross, Matthew 25: Ministries, and the Texas Diaper Bank.

With its longstanding commitment to servicing the community at a grassroots level, Standard Textile has made significant donations to help shelters and individuals with a variety of products from sheets and towels to incontinence pads and diapers.

“When national disasters like Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma strike, it’s crucial to understand the urgency of need for basic necessities,” said Gary Heiman, President and CEO of Standard Textile. “At Standard Textile, we react preemptively, and we fulfill the needs of items that are often overlooked, like towels and incontinence products.”

As Disaster Responder Program Members for the Red Cross, Standard Textile donated towels to shelters for the victims of the devastating floods onset by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and parts of Louisiana.

When disaster strikes and survivors seek refuge in Red Cross shelters, a towel may be one of their first possessions following displacement from their homes. A clean towel and basic toiletries go a long way for everyone. In response to a low level of towel stock, last month Standard Textile increased the Red Cross’ towel inventory tenfold to furnish 40 pre-stocked shelter trailers in preparation for disaster relief wherever it may occur. The trailers were created by the Red Cross this summer in anticipation of  hurricane season.

Standard Textile had the opportunity to act proactively by helping the Red Cross prepare for disaster relief and coincidentally, supplied their depot in Texas with two container loads of towels at the beginning of August, just weeks before Harvey formed off the coast of Texas.

Standard Textile also provided a significant donation of towels, sheets, blankets, and apparel for the relief efforts of Matthew 25: Ministries, an organization that accepts monetary donations and product donations of misprinted, slightly damaged, over-stocked or gently used supplies from corporations, organizations and individuals nationwide to provide relief for the needy around the globe.

Additionally, Standard Textile donated diapers and incontinence products for infants and disabled adults misplaced by the hurricane to the Texas Diaper Bank, which aims to meet the basic needs of vulnerable babies, children with disabilities, and seniors.

Standard Textile has a longstanding reputation for giving back on both a local and national level. The company supports a number of organizations, including Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, the University of Cincinnati Foundation, Boatsie’s Boxes, the United Way, and the American Red Cross.

“At Standard Textile, we emphasize the importance of helping communities, from foundations in the Cincinnati area to relief organizations nationwide,” said Heiman. “As a company, our mission is to provide comfort and quality to all who use our products, and we extend that value to assisting individuals in need.”

Heiman’s dedication to corporate giving has been recognized by The American Heart Association and Ernst & Young, among other organizations.

Pictured: Children waiting to check in at the temporary shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston. (c) Alyssa Schukar.

Standard Textile and Vestagen Establish Strategic Partnership for VESTEX® Apparel for Healthcare Workers


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–Form Co-Exclusive Sales and Marketing Partnership in the U.S. and Canada for Vestagen’s Innovative VESTEX® Active Barrier Healthcare Uniforms and Apparel–

Cincinnati, Ohio and Orlando, Fla.August 15, 2017 – Standard Textile Co., Inc. and Vestagen Protective Technologies, Inc. today announced a strategic partnership to market VESTEX® Active Barrier1 garments that are designed to minimize the risks to healthcare workers associated with unexpected exposures to body fluids during everyday use. The co-exclusive sales and marketing agreement covers acute and post-acute healthcare facilities in the U.S. and Canada. Standard Textile healthcare sales representatives will be supported by Vestagen personnel, who will also take the lead on working with institutional customers during the implementation process.

“For over 70 years, Standard Textile has been synonymous with innovation in the hospitality, healthcare, workwear and consumer sectors,” said Norman Frankel, Executive Vice President/Sales at Standard Textile. “With VESTEX, we are offering breakthrough technology for healthcare workers that complements our existing specialty product lines designed to address the unique needs of healthcare institutions. The growing environmental risks to workers and patients in the healthcare setting are well-documented. Vestagen is a pioneer in the development of “active barrier” fabric that incorporates multiple technologies to help minimize these risks while being comfortable and durable for everyday use. We are delighted to partner with Vestagen to bring garments made with this outstanding product to our American and Canadian customers.”

“This strategic partnership with Standard Textile, one of the best established and most respected innovators in healthcare and hospitality textiles, is potentially transformational for Vestagen,” said Bill Bold, Chief Executive Officer of Vestagen Protective Technologies. “Healthcare uniforms made with our unique VESTEX Active Barrier fabric are increasingly being adopted by healthcare leaders such as New York’s Northwell Health. This partnership with Standard Textile now gives us the reach to bring VESTEX garments to healthcare workers throughout the U.S. and Canada.”

VESTEX fabric is a unique combination of technologies that addresses the need for continuous-wear, comfortable healthcare worker and patient garments intended to minimize the risks associated with unanticipated exposure to body fluids during routine use, by repelling fluid splatter and spills from the fabric. VESTEX fabric is breathable and it contains an EPA-registered antimicrobial agent2 shown in controlled conditions in laboratory and hospital settings to inhibit the growth of certain bacteria on the fabric3,4 A peer-reviewed hospital-based study published in a leading medical journal showed reduced acquisition and retention of certain microorganisms on VESTEX scrubs under the study conditions compared to conventional healthcare uniforms.

VESTEX Active Barrier apparel has earned the exclusive endorsement of the American Hospital Association.

1 – Neither liquid repellency nor antimicrobial tests are intended to assess the VESTEX active barrier apparel’s ability to meet personal protective equipment requirements. The ability of the fabric to reduce exposure to microorganisms or infections has not been studied.

2 – VESTEX garments do not protect users or others against disease-causing bacteria. Always clean the garment thoroughly after each use.

3 – Bearman, G., Rosato, A., Elam, K., Sanogo, K., Stevens, M., Sessler, C., and Wenzel, R. P., “A Cross-over Trial of Antimicrobial Scrubs to Reduce MRSA Burden on Healthcare Worker Apparel,” Infect. Control Hosp. Epidemiol., Vol. 33, No. 3, 2012, pp. 268–275.

4 – Hardwick, Matthew, Walsh, Thomas, and Cotton, Margaret, “Fabric Challenge Assays: New Standards for the Evaluation of the Performance of Textiles Treated with Antimicrobial Agents,” Pesticide Formulation and Delivery Systems: Innovating Legacy Products for New Uses on November 1–3, 2011 in Tampa FL; STP 1558, M. Bernards, Editor, pp. 1–14, doi: 101520/STP155820120184, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA 2013.

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, this company serves customers in the healthcare, hospitality, interiors, workwear, and consumer markets worldwide. For more information visit standardtextile.com.

About Vestagen Protective Technologies, Inc.

Vestagen develops and markets advanced performance textile products and technologies. Vestagen has developed VESTEX®, which represents a new class of technology-based, active barrier protective fabrics combining antimicrobial, liquid repellent and breathability properties. VESTEX uniforms are designed to minimize the risks associated with unanticipated fluid exposures during routine use as general purpose attire. Studies conducted in controlled conditions in a hospital setting show that VESTEX can prevent or reduce the acquisition and retention of certain microorganisms on the fabric.

VESTEX garments are comfortable, durable and affordable. For more information, visit vestagen.com.

Standard Textile Thomaston Partners with TV Personality Steve Harvey to Help Young Men Thrive

Steve Harvey 1Steve Harvey, popular television and radio personality, best-selling author, and philanthropist, hosted his 9th annual Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men National Camp on June 14-18 at The Rock Ranch, just six miles from Standard Textile Thomaston. More than 220 fatherless teenage boys from around the country attended the camp experience.

Created by Harvey in 2009, the annual Mentoring Program selects fatherless teens, ages 13–18, from a large pool of applicants from across the United States. By way of the national camp and regional programs, the Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men has impacted more than 1,500 youths and continues to grow.

Activities for the boys included fishing, basketball, football, zip lines, fishing, and archery. Motivational speaking sessions focused on respecting authority, dressing for success and tying a necktie, how to properly speak to and about women, setting goals, and forgiveness. These sessions, along with military-style physical training, team building exercises, and drill sergeant-led discipline training were used to equip the young men to overcome adolescent pressures, instill respect, teach helpful life skills, and introduce problem-solving techniques.

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Each camper received a foot locker with a toiletry kit, and washcloths and towels provided by Standard Textile Thomaston.

“The premium quality washcloths and towels donated by Standard Textile provided the boys and the 25 military drill sergeants great comfort after long, hard work,” said Adam Pugh, Director of Business Development and Event Operations at The Rock Ranch.

Hannah Cassimere of The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation shared: “The textile products were such a wonderful donation and helped provide a life changing experience for the young men.”

In addition to mentoring the boys throughout the week, a Parent Program offered the teens’ mothers discussions and educational sessions on family, etiquette, teenage issues, wellness activities, financial literacy, and applying to college.

“I am indebted to the role models who donate their personal time to be here, as well as the sponsors that have enabled us to host this camp,” said Steve Harvey. “Nine years in, we are seeing many former mentees attend and finish college when they could have taken a very different path. Instead, they have grown into fine and productive young men. This would not have been possible without enduring support from the business community.”

 

Showcasing Standard Textile in NYC

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Recently, the Interiors team partnered with MechoShades, Clarus Glassboards, Alta, and Versteel to present a special Showcase event at the NY Design Center in Manhattan, increasing our presence and exposure in the New York City design market. The event catered to A&D professionals who are focused on designing today’s healthcare environments.
Attendees enjoyed upscale Mexican cuisine while learning about each company’s product offerings and how we all work together to create beautiful, functional healthcare environments. Lucky grand prize winner, a Senior Designer, scored two tickets to Hamilton.
Thanks to the Interiors team for putting a great event together!
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South Carolina Department of Commerce Presents Standard Textile with Industry Impact Award

SC Department of Commerce AwardAs part of the 26th annual Industry Appreciation series, the South Carolina Department of Commerce recognized its 2017 Industry Impact Award recipients during a special event on Thursday, May 11 at The Hall at Senate’s End in Columbia, S.C. Honoring businesses that have made significant contributions to their communities and state, Standard Textile Union was selected as the winner in the medium-size company category.

Each year, the Department of Commerce joins local communities to thank businesses for their vital contributions to South Carolina’s economy with an Industry Appreciation event. Nominees for this year’s Industry Impact Awards were judged based on a number of factors, including capital investment, job creation, community engagement, and environmental stewardship.

During the event, Governor Henry McMaster shared: “South Carolina continues to have one of the most pro-business climates in the world, and this couldn’t be possible without the partnerships we’ve forged with companies both large and small. These local businesses — and their leaders — form the backbone of our state’s economy, and I congratulate them on this deserved recognition.”

“The secret to South Carolina’s economic success is its people, and we will always honor the fine work they do,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “The state’s Industry Appreciation events are a long-running tradition, and we’re proud of this year’s recipients.”

 

Standard Textile’s Female Engineers Talk About Trailblazing

Female EngineersClick here to read an article that three of our female engineering associates contributed to Industry Today.

Once Upon A Time: Standard Textile Fabrics Stun On the Runway

Runway Article 1This April, Ingrid Bender (Product and Design Consultant, Interiors Group) was involved in her fifth Product Runway competition, a special event hosted by the International Interior Design Association’s (IIDA) Texas Oklahoma Chapter.

Product Runway is an avant-garde couture fashion design competition with a twist. Influenced by the concept of the hit reality TV show Project Runway, it’s one of only a handful of fashion shows of its kind in the country.

Runway Article 2“Interior designers and architecture professionals are paired with vendors (soft goods and hard goods), like us, to create a garment,” said Ingrid.

Teams create handmade fashions out of standard architectural finish materials such as fabrics, glass, tile, carpet and wood. All of the eye-popping creations are showcased during a performance on nearly 150 feet of runway at Revention Music Center in Houston.

“The theme this year was ‘Cover to Cover: A Story About Fashion and Fiction,’ where each team was assigned a classic work of literature to use as inspiration for their garment,” shared Ingrid. “We were paired with the internationally renowned design firm PGAL, and the book we were given was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”

Standard Textile fabrics featured included: Static Sapphire, Woodwork Big Sur, Gilbert Peacoat, Bezel Paperwhite, and Zircon Carnelian.

Congratulations to the team for winning the BEST RED CARPET LOOK award from the panel of judges!

Runway Article 3In addition to being a great opportunity to make new industry connections and friendships, the event benefitted the Houston Furniture Bank, a nonprofit that provides furniture for families in need. While the final total hasn’t been determined yet, Ingrid shared that Product Runway 2017 raised approximately $100,000 for the Houston Furniture Bank.

Photo Credits: Andy Photography

Dreaming In Color at HD Expo

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This month, our team exhibited at HD Expo, one of the industry’s largest hospitality design tradeshows. Targeting interior designers, architects, hotel owners/operators, developers, specifiers and purchasers, HD Expo showcases the best new products and design trends.

Our booth’s theme, “Dream In Color,” featured new innovations in drapery, terry, and more. The Meg Fiora Designer Drapery Collection includes intriguing patterns and bold colorways, and was inspired by the sophisticated pop of color on a designer necktie or pocket square. New pool towels in an array of colors encourage hotel guests to dive into poolside luxury.

“There’s now an even better reason to steal that hotel bathrobe”

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Standard Textile Honored as an Employer with a Top Workplace Wellness Program

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Interactive Health, a provider of health management solutions, named 156 companies as recipients of the Healthiest Companies in America designation. This recognition honors employers for outstanding achievements in improving — and truly transforming — the health of employees.
As reported in Textile World.