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Standard Textile CEO bags EY's Lifetime Achievement Award
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Jun '14
Standard Textile announces that president and chief executive officer Gary Heiman was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 South Central Ohio & Kentucky Awards gala on June 19, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati.
 
EY’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the contribution of outstanding business leaders, like Heiman, who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. Heiman’s contributions have included building a significant presence in global manufacturing and distribution, developing a collective innovation mind-set at Standard Textile, and guiding the company to a leadership position in the healthcare and hospitality markets. Heiman’s special recognition from EY is not only for his business success, but also for the way he has inspired others through mentorship and active engagement in community and philanthropic efforts.
 
Heiman became president of Standard Textile in 1988 and CEO in 1994. The company has expanded dramatically under his leadership. In 1988, it was a textile distribution company with one manufacturing facility and annual sales of approximately $100 million. Today, Standard Textile has 24 manufacturing facilities in 12 countries, customers in over 70 countries, and annual revenues approaching $800 million.
 
Throughout his career, Heiman has remained committed to the principle that participation in the global marketplace is vital not only to business success but also to the economic and social progress of the developing world. In 1997, Standard Textile became the first American company to build a manufacturing facility in Irbid, Jordan, as part of a joint venture with Century Investment Group in Amman.
 
Created shortly after the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan, this plant supported the U.S. government’s efforts to bring a “peace dividend” to the people of Jordan and Israel, at a time when unemployment stood at 40% in Irbid. Today, Standard Textile has three manufacturing facilities in Jordan employing approximately 1,200 workers. Heiman also established the first textile wholly foreign owned enterprise in China. Now, it is one of the largest vertically integrated textile manufacturing facilities in China.
 
While the company has expanded abroad, Heiman and his team at Standard Textile have also opened new production facilities and created jobs in the U.S., even as others were closing plants. Since 1988, Standard Textile has built, purchased, refurbished and reopened textile facilities in Enterprise, Alabama; the Los Angeles area, California; Augusta and Thomaston, Georgia; Las Vegas, Nevada; Union, South Carolina; and Brownsville, Texas.
 
Heiman’s commitment to innovation and technology is evident in the significant investments the company has committed to utilizing world-class automation, robotics, and vision QA systems to manufacture traditional products in a high-tech manner. This commitment has resulted in approximately 70 product and process patents.
 

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