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March Vital Updates

Welcome New Suppliers

Fisher & Phillips
Performance Matters
In the News

Finding Trimark, Bullet and Journal Books

If you re looking for Trimark, Bullet or Journal Books on the Member website you will find all of the details and special pricing on the LEED’S page or by entering any of these brand names into the search box on the Supplier Listing. Call us at (888) 830-7872 for more information.

Big Bill Delays Price Increase For Members

FR Supplier Big Bill Workwear announced that they will be raising prices on some of their products but will temporarily delay the increase for Universal Unilink Members until April 1st for these items:
TX1431us9 FR Work Pant, TX1100N6 Nomex Unlined Coverall, 147BDUS7 FR Dress Shirt, 1622US9 FR Unlined Deluxe Coverall and 83HLN Nomex Hard Hat Liner. Contact Big Bill for more details at (800) 992-6338 or

Vantage Apparel Wins Award

Vantage Apparel won the PPAI Suppliers Achievement Award in the Category of Embroidery II with an impressive 154,000-stitch full back logo. This year’s win marks the company’s 19th consecutive first-place finish for Embroidery.

World Emblem Is Growing

With the goal of supplying their customers with the best experience in every facet of the business, Preferred Supplier World Emblem announce the addition of 40 new staff in sales, administration and production in facilities located around the world.

The Clean Show

Going to The Clean Show? Let us know. We want to set up dinner or lunch with our Members. Call (888) 830-7872 for details.
Members are encouraged to visit the Mountville Mills Hospitality Room Thursday and Friday night at the Marriott Marquis (April 16 & 17).

The following Suppliers have a booth at the show. Stop by to see their show specials:

American Dawn, Inc., Booth 820
Big Bill / Codet Newport, Booth 606
Calderon / Javis Booth, 3464
Consolidated Laundry Machinery, Booth 2560
Dickies Booth, 1055
EcoLab Textile, Booth 2732
Ensign Emblem, Booth 4040
Golden Star, Booth 3742
Gurtler Chemicals, Booth 2748
Indy Hangers Booth, 3820
Kemco Systems, Inc., Booth 1255
KeyColour Booth, 2477
Kleen-Tech, Inc., Booth 3473
Medline Industries, Booth 2711
Midwest Specialty, Booth 4057
Mountville Mills, Booth 3811
Natmar/Thermopatch, Booth 4019
Penco (formerly Steiner), Booth 3564
Penn Emblem Companies, Booth 3558
Performance Matters, Booth 706
Pinnacle Textile, Booth 1249
Sierra Hygiene Products, Booth 2969
Superior / Fashion Seal, Booth 1042
Venus Group, Booth 3533
Washing Systems, Booth 1311

New VENUS Facility enhances Custom Capabilities

Venus Group announced the opening of an 83,000 square foot “cut and sew” South Carolina manufacturing facility, which will also include a distribution center.
This new venture will enable Venus to enhance its “Custom Capabilities” program by which the company can cut and sew tablecloths, aprons and bed linen and ship to its customers in as little as 3 to 5 business days. The South Carolina facility will become operational by the 2nd quarter of 2015.

Hartwell offers $50 off EZTees

Until March 31st, Hartwell is giving a $50 discount on EZTee orders of 48 or more shirts. Reference coupon code J03315 when placing your order. One coupon discount per customer. Orders must be placed through the EZTee portal (

Calderon Not affected by port slowdown

In July we notified Members about the expiration of a contract between the Pacific Maritime Association and Pacific Maritime Association. The contract expired in June and while no strike has been called, a work slowdown has occurred while contract negotiations take place resulting in shipments delays on the west coast and also east coast ports due to increased congestion and shipments diversions.

Due to a pro-actively increasing inventory, Calderon reports the are able to fulfill most products in a timely fashion with the exception of some custom items.