Wilmington’s UniFirst Named No. 12 in Apparel Magazine’s Annual Top 50 Apparel Companies List

WILMINGTON, MA — For the tenth consecutive year, UniFirst Corporation, a leading supplier and servicer of uniforms, workwear, and protective clothing throughout the U.S. and Canada, has been named one of America’s top 50 apparel companies by Apparel magazine, a leading international resource for the global apparel industry.

To be eligible, companies had to record at least $100 million in annual sales, and rankings were based on overall performance and financial management.

UniFirst appears on the list alongside some of America’s most popular apparel companies including Michael Kors (No. 1), Hanesbrands (No. 15), Gap (No. 24), Under Armour (No. 23), Columbia Sportswear (No. 14), and TJX Companies (No. 16).

UniFirst president and CEO Ronald Croatti says that UniFirst’s success is particularly remarkable given ongoing market challenges. “There are many potential obstacles each year that can have profound, ripple effects on our business. I’m extremely proud of our team’s efforts to skillfully navigate the course year after year with our customers’ satisfaction firmly in mind. Their ability to deliver and maintain personalized, image-enhancing uniform rental programs and to efficiently handle a myriad of unique customer needs—paying special attention to the smallest of details—help protect our reputation as a reliable service supplier and value-added business partner in the market. That’s how we’ve been able to grow each year for 80 years now.”

“So much of what we do is dependent upon the relationships we build with our customers,” says Adam Soreff, UniFirst’s director of marketing. “These relationships and the commitment we have to customer service are what buoy us when the market gets volatile. We’re celebrating our eightieth year in business and we’re keenly aware that we are, above all, a service company. And we do everything we can to provide total customer satisfaction.”

The Apparel Magazine honor helps round out a string of accolades UniFirst has recently won, including “Globe 100” recognition by the Boston Globe, “50 Best Companies to Sell For in North America” designation by Selling Power magazine, and being named the number one large company on Florida’s “Best Companies To Work For” list.

For more on UniFirst or Apparel magazine, visit their websites: http://www.unifirst.com, and http://www.apparelmag.com.

About UniFirst

Headquartered in Wilmington, Mass., UniFirst Corporation (NYSE:UNF) is a North American leader in the supply and servicing of uniform and workwear programs, as well as the delivery of facility service programs. Together with its subsidiaries, the company also provides first aid and safety products, and manages specialized garment programs for the cleanroom and nuclear industries. UniFirst manufactures its own branded workwear, protective clothing, and floorcare products, and with over 225 service locations, 275,000 customer locations, and 12,000 employee Team Partners, the company outfits more than 1.5 million workers each business day. For more information, contact UniFirst at 800.455.7654 or visit http://www.unifirst.com.

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(NOTE: The above press release is from UniFirst.)

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