Vizient, Inc., Largest Member-Owned Health Care Company in the U.S., Recognizes Standard Textile and Norman Frankel, Executive Vice President of Sales, for Service Excellence

Honors given for Compliance & Integrity Award and National Account Manager of the Year Award

Vizient Compliance & Integrity Award

CINCINNATI, OHIO, 4/13/16 – Vizient, Inc., the largest member-owned health care company in the United States, yesterday announced the recognition of Standard Textile and Norman Frankel, Executive Vice President of Sales, for service excellence in 2015. Standard Textile received the Vizient Compliance & Integrity Award, and Norman Frankel received the National Account Manager of the Year Award.

The awards were presented on Tuesday, April 12 during the 2016 Vizient Suppliers Summit, held in Las Vegas.

“Health care providers continue to face increased economic and clinical pressures. Vizient’s Supplier Summit is about making meaningful connections between suppliers and distributors and the members we serve. These connections help us collectively address and overcome the challenges facing our industry,” said Pete Allen, Executive Vice President, Sourcing Operations. “It is also the best forum to recognize and celebrate the outstanding performers who served our legacy VHA and University HealthSystem Consortium members, Provista and members of Children’s Hospital Association in 2015.”

Vizient Compliance & Integrity Award“It is a real honor to be named Vizient’s National Account Manager of the Year,” said Norman Frankel. “This award, in combination with Standard Textile being named as Vizient’s Compliance & Integrity Company of the Year, speaks volumes about the outstanding work our company does every day in serving America’s health care community.”

Vizient’s diverse membership and customer base includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health delivery networks and non-acute health care providers and represents almost $100 billion in annual purchasing volume.

The Vizient brand identity represents the integration of VHA Inc., University HealthSystem Consortium and Novation, which combined in 2015, as well as the recently acquired MedAssets’ Spend and Clinical Resource Management (SCM) segment, which includes Sg2. In 2016, Vizient received a World’s Most Ethical Company designation from the Ethisphere Institute.

Marriott to Provide Customers ‘Made in USA’ Towels and Bath Mats in Its U.S. Hotels, Stimulating U.S. Job Growth
First Hospitality Company to Launch Program

‘Made in USA’ Towels and Bath Mats Will Be Available in nearly 3,000 Hotels in the U.S. Agreement with Standard Textile
Creates Approximately 150 U.S. Jobs

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Creating A Better Future, TogetherBETHESDA, Md. (March 10, 2016) – In a first for the U.S. hospitality industry, Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) announced today that it will provide “Made in USA” towels and bath mats in every guest bathroom in nearly 3,000 U.S. hotels. Buying “Made in USA” towels and bath mats benefits U.S. manufacturing communities such as Thomaston, Ga., and Union, S.C., where manufacturing company Standard Textile is producing them with 100 percent cotton fiber grown in the U.S.

Marriott’s commitment to buy “Made in USA” guestroom terry products creates 150 new jobs in Standard Textile’s facilities in Thomaston and Union, as well as at the company’s Cincinnati headquarters and through its supply chain.

“As a global company based in the USA, we’re proud to be the first hospitality company to commit to providing our guests with ‘Made in USA’ bathroom towels in our U.S. hotels,” said Marriott President and CEO Arne Sorenson.

“We believe our guests will appreciate knowing that even simple items they use every day in our hotels represent progress for the U.S. economy,” said Marriott Executive Chairman Bill Marriott. “We also hope this sends a message to other businesses that buying locally can make business sense.”

Overall, this commitment will mean the annual production of 2.6 million bath towels and 4.9 million hand towels – the equivalent of as much as 5.6 million pounds of textiles. If laid end-to-end, the textiles Marriott will purchase in one year would stretch more than 4,300 miles. The commitment to manufacture these textiles in the U.S., also reduces greenhouse gas emissions by eliminating more than 300 ocean going container shipments annually.

Marriott’s “Made in USA” commitment with Standard Textile expands the two companies’ long-standing relationship. Last year, Marriott recognized Standard Textile’s commitment to continuous collaboration, innovative new products and superior service by giving the company its 2015 Americas Recognition Award.

“Marriott’s desire to provide guests with terry bath products made by U.S. textile artisans speaks to the heart of why Standard Textile is thriving and creating new jobs after 76 years,” said Gary Heiman, President and CEO. “Our commitment to technology driven manufacturing and innovation has enabled us to expand our operations in the U.S., creating a sustainable infrastructure for Marriott’s ‘Made in USA’ products.”

Customers can find “Made in USA” towels and bath mats in some hotels today, though ultimately most U.S. hotels across all of Marriott’s brands – ranging from moderate to luxury – will provide the items. To provide hotel operators with innovative solutions that control costs while delivering high quality products and services, Marriott partners with Avendra, North America’s leading procurement services provider serving the hospitality industry.


About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,400 properties in 87 countries and territories. Marriott International reported revenues of more than $14 billion in fiscal year 2015. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands, including: The Ritz-Carlton®, BVlgari®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott Hotels®, Delta Hotels and Resorts®, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Gaylord Hotels®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Courtyard®, Residence Inn®, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, TownePlace Suites®, Protea Hotels® and Moxy Hotels®. Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics. The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together comprise nearly 55 million members. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit

About Standard Textile
Standard Textile is a leading, vertically integrated, global provider of total solutions in hospitality textiles, interiors, healthcare, apparel and consumer markets worldwide. With 23 technology driven manufacturing plants and distribution facilities in 12 countries around the world, the Company leverages textile design, advanced manufacturing and laundry expertise to serve its customers worldwide. Founded in 1940, Standard Textile has developed a culture of innovation, quality, and service, as well as a commitment to enhance sustainability. With more than 70 patents, its products are engineered to deliver durability, longevity and value. For more information, visit

Standard Textile Receives Innovative Technology Designation from Novation for DermaTherapy®

Designation recognizes the development of new solutions that benefit the health care industry

DermaTherapy logoCINCINNATI, OHIO, 1/13/16 – Standard Textile announced that its DermaTherapy® line of textiles and apparel, designed to address the critical and costly issue of skin break down due to moisture, friction and shear, has received an Innovative Technology designation from Novation. Novation is the leading healthcare services company that serves the more than 100,000 members and affiliates of VHA Inc., UHC, Children’s Hospital Association, and Provista.

The designation was based on reviews of DermaTherapy® technology, extensive published clinical trials, and clinician testimonials by hospital experts who attended Novation’s Innovative Technology Expo in November. The annual event provides medical technology suppliers the opportunity to demonstrate their product and gain direct feedback from onsite clinical experts and health care providers on the impact their products may have on improving clinical care, safety, or benefits to organization’s care and business models.

DermaTherapy is the industry’s first and only evidence-based, patented, silk-like bedding and patient apparel. Formal clinical studies assessing the performance of DermaTherapy products have included more than 2,000 patients.

“We know that the way to address rising healthcare costs is through innovation, and Standard Textile remains committed to bringing our customers bold technology that helps people live a healthier, more gratifying life,” said Norman Frankel, Executive Vice President of Sales, Standard Textile.

“Novation is committed to providing the members we serve with leading-edge technologies that deliver new clinical and operational benefits from what is currently available in the market today,” said Debbie Archer, director of procurement and leader of the Innovative Technology program for suppliers. “After reviewing Standard Textile and DermaTherapy® at our annual Innovative Expo, the hospital experts who attended agreed the product offers unique and incremental benefit over other products available on the market today, and recommended it for the Innovative Technology designation.”

Since 2003, more than 2,000 new and innovative products and technologies have been submitted through the Novation Innovative Technology program. Novation works with member-led councils and task forces to identify and review potentially innovative products. If it is determined that a product is innovative, a contract may be awarded outside of Novation’s competitive bid cycle.

To learn more about Novation’s Innovative Technology program, visit

DermaTherapy is a registered trademark of Precision Fabrics Group, Inc.

UC Bestows Highest Award to Local Businessman, Innovator

Gary Heiman Honorary Doctorate from UC Dec 2015

Gary Heiman, a prominent businessman and previous member of UC’s board of trustees, will receive the university’s highest honor at its
Dec. 12 Commencement ceremony.

The University of Cincinnati will bestow its highest award, an honorary doctorate, to renowned innovator and international businessman Gary Heiman during the university’s fall Commencement ceremonies.

Heiman, who served on UC’s board of trustees from 2004 to 2014, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree at the ceremony set for 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, in Fifth Third Arena.

The enterprising industrialist is the president of the Standard Textile Co., Inc., a global provider of state-of-the-art textiles to the healthcare, hospitality and industrial supply organizations.

Launched in 1940 by Heiman’s grandfather, a German immigrant and Holocaust survivor, the textile distribution company operated one manufacturing facility when Heiman became president in 1988.  Under his leadership – he was later named CEO in 1994, succeeding his father, Paul Heiman – Standard Textile has expanded to 25 locations in 12 countries, with annual revenues of nearly $800 million.

Born in Cincinnati, Heiman cut his manufacturing chops after traveling to Israel in 1973 at the age of 21.  After serving as a volunteer in an elite Israeli army unit during the Yom Kippur war, Heiman remained in Israel where he opened Standard Textile’s first manufacturing facility to help establish a strong industrial infrastructure.

The plant, built in Arad at the edge of Israel’s Negev desert and opened in 1976, now supplies leading hospitals and prestigious hotels across Europe and the U.S. In 2001, the Israeli president awarded Heiman the “Industrialist of the Year” prize and later, in 2008, with the “Pioneer of Negev” award, which recognizes him as one of 12 major contributors to the influential region.

Heiman, who holds dual Israeli and U.S. citizenship, spent 14 years in Israel before returning to take the helm of Standard Textile, but his interest in Mideast affairs didn’t end there.

In 1998, Standard Textile became the first American company to build a manufacturing facility in Irbid, Jordan, in a move that supported the U.S. government’s efforts to bring the economic benefits of a peace treaty between Jordan and Israel to the Jordanian people, where the then unemployment rate hovered around 40 percent.

Community involvement closer to home remains a priority for Heiman, and his list of service is a long one: chairman of the board of The Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati; member of the executive committee and board of the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce; member of the board of directors of Medpace, Inc., the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Business Committee and Cintrifuse; member of the Commercial Club; and a previous Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati board member.

Heiman also serves as vice president of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs and as an officer with the Israel Policy Forum.  He and his wife, Kim — a current UC trustee — have three grown children.

Heiman is one of two recipients of honorary degrees at the Commencement ceremony. Earl Lewis, a renowned social historian and president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will receive the other award.

From Rachel Richardson, Public Information Officer
University of Cincinnati

Standard Textile Makes an Impact in Record-Breaking United Way Campaign

United Way 2015October 30, 2015 — Standard Textile is proud to be a part of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s record-breaking 2015 campaign. This week, United Way of Greater Cincinnati announced a major accomplishment in its Centennial year, raising $62,000,053 and growing the campaign by $1 million for the first time since 2007.

Standard Textile associates came together to make an impact and increased donations by 13% over the amount raised in 2014. Activities taking place at Standard Textile’s World Headquarters during the campaign included:

  • United Way 2015 - Gary HeimanA kick-off event featuring children from The Signing Choir at St. Rita School for the Deaf, an organization that relies on United Way to fund its Language Opportunities for Tots program.
  • A special presentation on Leadership Giving.
  • A “Giving Thanks” luncheon for associates who met a special giving incentive.
  • An informal meeting for new associates, who had an opportunity to meet with President and CEO Gary Heiman to discuss Standard Textile’s deep commitment to helping others succeed.
  • A special information session for associates age 22 to 30 about United Way’s LINC (Lead. Impact. Network. Change) group, which hosts special volunteer and social networking opportunities throughout the year.
  • On-site volunteer opportunities, where associates could stop in to assist with projects for Pro Seniors and local emergency assistance centers.

United Way of Greater Cincinnati invests the money raised from the annual campaign in more than 280 programs, initiatives and community change efforts. The campaign is a fundraising partnership of United Way of Greater Cincinnati and the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region of the American Red Cross. Standard Textile has been participating in a workplace United Way campaign for many years.

Kim Heiman Appointed to University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees

Kim Heiman Aug 2010 (1)UC President Santa J. Ono lauds Gov. John Kasich’s appointment of Standard Textile executive Kim Heiman to University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees.

The Governor of Ohio, John Kasich, has appointed Kim Heiman to the University of Cincinnati’s Board of Trustees. Ms. Heiman is Standard Textile’s Managing Director, Interiors and International, and owner and President of SK Textile.

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the University of Cincinnati, comprised of nine voting members and two nonvoting student members. All members are appointed by the Governor of Ohio with the advice and consent of the State Senate.

Ms. Heiman will serve a nine-year term of office, with responsibilities including:

  • Selecting and appointing the UC president;
  • Setting the operating budget;
  • Approving personal appointments;
  • Granting all degrees awarded by the university, including honorary degrees;
  • Establishing tuition and fee rates;
  • Approving contracts, and
  • Approving all rules, regulations, curriculum changes, new programs and degrees of the university.

“As a senior executive at Standard Textile, Kim M. Heiman helps lead one of Cincinnati’s most successful and innovative global companies. Her business acumen, commitment to excellence, engagement with the community and international experience will serve the University particularly well. I am delighted with her selection as a member of the Board of Trustees,” said UC President Santa J. Ono on Governor Kasich’s appointment.

Standard Textile Named a 2015 Healthiest Employer by Cincinnati Business Courier

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The Business Courier named Standard Textile a 2015 Healthiest Employer during an award ceremony held on May 12 at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. The event recognized Standard Textile as a company dedicated to inspiring health and wellness in the workplace.

To determine the honorees, the Courier contracted with Indianapolis-based Healthiest Employer. Participating employers completed an online survey of 75 questions that evaluated wellness initiatives in the areas of culture and leadership; foundational elements; strategic planning; communication and marketing; programming and intervention, and reporting and analysis. The responses were given a numeric value that was tallied, and the highest-scoring companies in each size category were the winners. Standard Textile won in the 1,500-4,999 employees category.

Through partnerships with Interactive Health, TriHealth, and the American Heart Association, Standard Textile is committed to helping educate and empower our associates to take control of their health.

Our leadership team champions a robust health and wellness program that includes health screenings, fitness and nutrition programs, financial incentives, and more to help associates improve their overall health.

Each year we offer our associates and their families a comprehensive 34-panel wellness screen to help them understand their health risks.

At our World Headquarters in Cincinnati, associates have access to an on-site fitness facility, a café offering nutritious options, and lunchtime and after-work fitness classes.

For more information about our benefits, click here.

Standard Textile Marketing Team Wins Pinnacle Award from American Marketing Association

Marketing Pinnacle Awards 2015_2Award Recognizes Excellence in Marketing in the Region

The Standard Textile Marketing Department has been named a 2015 Pinnacle Award Winner in the “Best Integrated Marketing” category by the American Marketing Association’s (AMA) Cincinnati chapter.

The award was given in recognition of Standard Textile’s creative and strategic approach to marketing across mediums (print, web, email, and video).

The Standard Textile team was also a First Runner-Up honoree in the “Large Business” category for their work on the new Fabric Gallery.

“Extraordinary work deserves extraordinary recognition,” said Simcha Kackley, president of the Cincinnati AMA Board of Directors.

“Each year, the AMA honors marketers who are dedicated to advancing the initiatives of the companies they represent. Congratulations to the Standard Textile team. Your talent and experience have become the driving force behind business strategy. You make meaningful connections and create measurable results. You are on the cutting edge of global trends and technology. You are responsible for elevating the role of the marketer.”

Standard Textile and other award recipients (including Intrinzic/Everything But The House; Life’s Eyes Media; Cincinnati Bell and Rockfish; Lighthouse Youth Services; University of Cincinnati; and Xavier University) were honored during a dinner ceremony held on May 7 at the American Sign Museum.

Gary Heiman Named to Cincy Power 100 List

Cincy Magazine’s latest edition features their 11th annual Power 100—a prestigious list of the Tristate’s most influential CEOs, politicians and civic leaders. Gary Heiman, President and CEO of Standard Textile, was named part of the Power 100 by the editors of Cincy.

“From business leaders to politicians, those in power know that it is work to get to the top and a struggle to stay there,” wrote the editors. “Challenges from opponents can present themselves at any time and then there’s always the next test, the next task, the next obstacle.

Cincy’s 11th annual Power 100 list recognizes those people who hold and use the most clout to benefit the region.”

Kim and Gary Heiman Receive Heart of the City Award from the American Heart Association

Kim and Gary Heiman Receive Heart of the City Award from the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association presented Kim (Managing Director, Interiors and International) and Gary Heiman (President and CEO) with the distinguished Heart of the City award for their philanthropic contributions to the city of Cincinnati at the 22nd annual Heart Ball on February 21, 2015.

The Heart of the City Award was created in 2008 to pay special tribute to non-medical professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the community.

A record-breaking 1,200 people attended the event, which raised more than $1 million for the American Heart Association’s lifesaving research and educational programs.