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In The News, Spring 2018

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Welcome New Members

Augusta Linen Service & Rental
Augusta, GA

Blue Sky Apparel & Promotions, LLC.
Bridgeton, MO

Capital Linen Services, Inc.
Midlothian, VA

Shiners Business Services
Grand Prairie, TX

Taylor Linen Co., Inc.
Zanesville, OH

United Janitorial, Inc.
Prince Edward Island, Canada

Welcome Back Returning member

Oasis Eco Services
Katy, TX

Welcome New Supplier

Comac Corporation



S&S Activewear, LLC.

In The News

The award-winning Towel Specialties team

The award-winning Towel Specialties team

Towel Specialties wins Supplier of the Year

Towel Specialties was honored by the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) as the 2018 Supplier of the Year, having been selected from over 3,000 industry suppliers across all product categories. Towel Specialties earned the highest performance levels in product decoration, on time delivery, communication, problem resolution, and product quality. Eric Weinstein, owner of Towel Specialties, said “Our philosophy is simple: 100% Customer Satisfaction is all that matters to us. This level of dedication dates back to 1985 and allows our customers to consistently leave a quality impression that lasts.”

Tiger Hill Apparel Special OfferTiger Hill Special Offer

Tiger Hill is offering Universal Unilink Members an additional 10% off Member pricing until March 31st. Call Aparna at (770) 416-6452 for details.

A New Face at Universal Unilink

Sherryl StonerPlease join us in welcoming Sherryl Stoner, the newest member of the Universal Unilink team. With more than twenty years in industrial laundry and apparel manufacturing fields, she brings experience in sales, service, and production. Most recently, she worked with AmeriPride Services and TecGen.

With her knowledge and experience, Sherryl is already proving to be an asset to our Members as she assists with sourcing and other challenges. Please feel free to contact her at (888) 830-7872 or

Member Raises Funds for Autism  Research

Health matsOn Sunday May 19th, Health Mats will be a sponsor for the Eagles Autism Challenge, a charity event raising money for Autism research and programs.

The Health Mats Team along with and the entire Philadelphia Eagles organization and thousands of Philadelphia area residents who will ride, run or walk to raise funds for Innovative autism research and programs.

Health Mats owner, Vince Del Rossi says “I need your support to reach my goal and assist those currently affected as well as future generations. Please help me by going to this link to make a donation to my fundraising page. All donations are tax deductible and you will automatically receive a receipt via email.”

K-Bro Acquisition

Universal Unilink Member K-Bro Linen Inc has agreed to acquire Scotland laundry, Fishers. Fishers employs 800 staff at seven sites in Scotland and the north east of England.
It provides a range of commercial laundry and textile rental services. Its biggest market is hospitality, but it also serves the healthcare, manufacturing and pharmaceutical sectors.
K-Bro, which is the largest provider of laundry and linen services in Canada, said no job cuts were planned as a result of the acquisition.

Headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, K-Bro is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and employs more than 1,600 people in nine processing facilities and two distribution centers across Canada. Three-quarters of its business comes from long-term healthcare contracts.

New BIC Customer Care Rep

Introducing Universal’s new BIC Graphic Customer Care Representative, Michelle Punches. . .We’re already hearing great reports from Members who have encountered Michelle.

“Helping my customers find the right products to suit their needs and navigate the ordering process is my focus. Come to me for suggestions on products that will be a fit for you and your customer. I am very excited to work with Universal Unilink Members!” – Michelle

Contact Michelle at (866) 563-9929 or

Sheila EadsERB President Elected Chairman of ISEA

Sheila Eads, President and Chief Executive Officer of ERB Industries, Inc, was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), at the association’s Annual Meeting December 2017 in Arlington, VA.

Sheila joined ERB Industries, Inc in 1995 to oversee all financial aspects of the company, and in 2002, was promoted to her current position of President and CEO. She continues to lead the company to year-over-year revenue growth and innovation, while moving the company into new market and product directions.

Galls Aquires Red The Uniform Tailor

Galls, LLC, North America’s leading distributor of uniforms and equipment to the public safety market, announced late 2017 that it has acquired Universal Unilink Member, Red the Uniform Tailor, a leading national distributor and manufacturer of similar products to public safety personnel. Red the Uniform Tailor is headquartered in Lakewood, NJ.

“After 40 years of building this business, I am pleased to see Red the Uniform Tailor join with the industry leader to continue its history of great service and innovation,” said Harvey Klein President, Red the Uniform Tailor.

Serving for over 40 years with operations in New Jersey, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Wisconsin and Hawaii, Red the Uniform Tailor (RTUT) offers its own brand of award-winning dress uniforms and other private label capabilities. Red the Uniform Tailor will continue to manufacture custom, made-to-measure law enforcement and firefighter uniforms, made in the USA. RTUT also specializes in the hospitality sector, which includes casinos, theme parks, hotels and restaurants. To learn more about Red the Uniform Tailor, please visit

Universal Unilink Suppliers win 2018 Counselor Distributor Choice Awards

Once again, Universal Unilink Preferred Suppliers did very well in the 108 Counselor Distributor Choice Awards. Distributors voted for their top picks in multiple categories. Congratulations to the winners!

Banners & Flags
Showdown Displays

Beverage Holders
Norwood US

Norwood Triumph Calendars


Decorated Apparel
Vantage Apparel


Food Gifts
Maple Ridge Farms

Keytags & Luggage Tags
Prime Line

Luggage & Bags

The Magnet Group

Markers & Highlighters
BIC Graphic USA

Logo Mats

Office & Desk Items

Shopping Bags
Bag Makers

Signs & Displays
Showdown Displays

Tech Accessories Leed’s
Towels & Robes Towel Specialties

2018 PPAI Award Winners

Congratulations to all our Preferred Suppliers that walked away from the PPAI Expo with awards in hand.

Pyramid Award –
$10,000,001 – $20,000,000
Star – Maple Ridge Farms, Inc.

Pyramid Award
AOM – Leed’s

Pyramid Award
$5,000,001 – $10,000,000
AOM – Showdown Displays

Pyramid Award – $50,000,001 – $100,000,000

Blogs/Podcasts/Digital News
Gold – SAGE
Silver – BIC Graphic USA

Silver – St Regis Crystal

Client Sales & Marketing Aids
Gold – Trimark Sportswear Group
Silver – BIC Graphic USA

Customized Non-Catalog Product $25 & Up
Gold – Prime Line
Gold – St Regis Crystal
Silver – St Regis Crystal

Embroidery II
Gold – Vantage Apparel

Communication Programs
Silver – BIC Graphic USA
Silver – Towel Specialties

Mascot/Character or Persona Product
Gold – St Regis Crystal

Most Creative Product Entry
Silver – St Regis Crystal

Special Effects/Multi-Media Decoration on Textiles
Silver – BAG MAKERS, Inc.

Special Processes
Silver – Trimark Sportswear Group

Gold – BAG MAKERS, Inc.
Silver – Towel Specialties

Video Content
Gold – Prime Line
Silver – Prime Line

Golden Star Expansion

Golden Star is excited to announce expansion plans for a third facility in Thomaston, Georgia. The new 78,000 square foot facility is targeted to open Q2 2018, and will provide premium access to all of our South East and East Coast customers, giving them even better service and proficiency.

This expansion, in conjunction with our current locations, will enable Golden Star to serve customers in the east, west and middle of the United States with greater speed and efficiency. “With the addition of this 3rd location we are now able to reach 80% of our customer base within two days or less, providing excellent service levels while increasing customer inventory turns” says Steve Lewis, President.

In addition to the plant expansion, Golden Star also announced changes in sales representation. Apex-Reps based, out of Illinois, will increase their territorial representation of the Golden Star product line with the addition of the states of Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Western Pennsylvania. “Apex has proven to be a top-notch manufacturer’s representation agency that has added a lot of value to our distributors and we have no doubt they’ll continue to be successful within their new areas of responsibility” said Mark Julo, Vice President of Sales and Marketing with Golden Star.

The J. J. Shearer Company, based out of Minnetonka Minnesota, will also begin representing the Golden Star line on February 1st, 2018. “We’re excited to have Jay Shearer and the rest of his staff representing the Golden Star line in the Upper Midwest region of the United States. We’ve worked with them in the past, and we know they’ll be an asset and add tremendous benefit and growth to the distributors in their marketplace” said, Mark Julo, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Golden Star. Their coverage will include the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and north of Milwaukee Wisconsin.

For more information on Golden Star’s expansion plans or products please contact or (800) 821-2792.

Gurtler Purchases of Metro-Chem

Gurtler Industries, Inc. has finalized the purchase of Metro-Chem, Inc. of Kearny, NJ. Metro-Chem is a regional manufacturer and supplier of specialty laundry chemicals, providing expert service to commercial laundry markets in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic US. The Metro-Chem sales and service team will join with the Gurtler team to broaden Gurtler’s coverage across the area.

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