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Cintas, GK Direct Among NAUMD Image of Year Winners

Staff Writer |

SYOSSET, N.Y. — The Walt Disney Co., Cintas and GK Direct were among those honored recently at the North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers & Distributors’ (NAUMD) 2013 Image of the Year (IOY) Awards.

Since 1978, the annual competition has honored excellence in the design and wear of image and corporate apparel programs.

The award is sponsored by the Image Apparel Institute, a division of NAUMD, and its 16 winning programs are selected by an independent panel of judges from the fashion industry, including celebrated designers, journalists and fashion authorities.

“From polo shirts to custom suiting, apparel designs have a substantial impact on how a customer views a business,” says Richard Lerman, NAUMD president and CEO. “In fact, a recent study revealed that 70% of the public believe that uniforms make employees look neater and more professional. This award recognizes the businesses that have made employee appearance and guest satisfaction a priority.”

This year’s winners, by category, were:

  • Hotels—Single Unit — Grand Hyatt San Francisco, Cintas, supplier; The Disneyland Hotel, The Walt Disney Co., supplier
  • Hotels—Multi-Unit — Marriott Corp.’s “Red Collection,” Cintas, supplier
  • Restaurants—Fine Dining — The Breakers, Cintas, supplier
  • Restaurants—Quick Service — Flo’s V-8 Cafe, The Walt Disney Co., supplier
  • Service & Industry — Toyota Motor Manufacturing, GK Direct, supplier
  • Transportation—Services — Con-Way Freight, Arrow Uniform, supplier
  • Transportation—People — Air-North Yukon, Omega Uniform Systems, supplier
  • Healthcare — Ottawa Hospital, Unisync Group Ltd., supplier
  • Casinos — Zarkana, Red the Uniform Tailor, supplier
  • Entertainment — Delaware North Co., Superior Uniform Group, supplier
  • Retail Establishments — Price Chopper, Superior Uniform, supplier
  • Retail Establishments/Non-Food — Rexall, Unisync Group Ltd., supplier
  • Community Service — City Year, Aramark Uniform, supplier; Girl Guides, Unisync Group Ltd., supplier
  • Special Recognition — Mary Kay 50th Anniversary, GK Direct, supplier

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