Vote Now for the 2017 Workwear MVP Award

You decide the winner.

Congratulations to the finalists of the 2017 Workwear MVP Award!
Below are the finalists. Vote for the Workwear MVP you think deserves to win $1,000 grand prize and $1,000 worth of uniforms for his or her agency.

Trey Schneider | Prince William County Service Authority, VAIf the Prince William County Service Authority were a rock band instead of a water utility, Trey Schneider would be its crowd-pleasing front man.
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Ruben Reyna | Los Angeles County Fire Department, CAWith over 28 years of service, Ruben Reyna not only cares about those in his community but also makes sure that his fellow staff has all the workwear need to perform their duties safely.
Read More | Vote for Ruben Reyna

Paul Piccirilli | Roswell Fire Department, GAChief Paul Piccirilli has been the driving force behind his fire department getting much needed, state-of-the-art equipment to educate his community about fire safety and prevention.
Read More | Vote for Paul Piccirilli

Andrew O’Neill | Spring Lake Heights Police Department, NJThe past Father’s Day, Sgt. Andrew O’Neill left his family to work a shift at the police department, but soon discovered it would not be a normal day.
Read More | Vote for  Andrew O’Neill

Jeffrey Neville | Bishop Airport Police FNT, MIAfter a near fatal knife wound to his neck by a terrorist in his airport, Jeffrey Neville refused to give up detaining the threat until the click of the handcuff was heard.
Read More | Vote for Jeffrey Neville

John Paul Dorais | Meriden Police Department, CTOfficer John Paul Dorais has built meaningful contacts within his community that has yielded information that has prevented crime and enhanced the quality of life for the residents of the City of Meriden.
Read More | Vote for John Paul Dorais

Susan Briggs | Valhalla Ambulance Corps, NYSusan Briggs is not only a Nurse Practitioner turned EMT, but also a business owner, that is dedicated to the education of EMS health care, so that volunteer EMTs may helps those that need it most.
Read More | Vote for Susan Briggs

Garrett Bell | Inland Empire Utilities Agency, CAGarrett Bell wears his uniform with pride and shares a passion for his job of making sure the 850,000 residents in Southern California have water…everyday.
Read More | Vote for Garrett Bell

Jeff Barker | Hobbs Municipal School, NMIn the past 27 years, over 189,000 students have benefitted from Jeff Barker’s attention to detail and excellence to service at Hobbs Municipal School.
Read More | Vote for Jeff Barker


Vote now, vote often. 
Vote now until August 4. The winner will be announced August 10.

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Announcing the 2017 Workwear MVP Award

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ServiceWear Apparel seeks to recognize the men and women who go to work every day to make our cities, towns, counties, and neighborhoods a better place. These individuals put on their workwear or uniform before work each day, and provide a level of service to the public. Recognized by their peers and those who benefit, this individual goes beyond what is required or expected in their day-to-day job responsibilities. We believe that these unsung heroes of public service don’t always receive the attention and recognition they deserve. This is why we are proud to sponsor the Workwear MVP Award.

Nominations can be submitted now through June 9, 2017 at
www.servicewearapparel.com/workwear-mvp/.

Prizes

The winner will receive a $1,000 grand prize and his or her agency will receive $1,000 worth of workwear and uniforms. The nominator with the winning submission will also receive a free Red Kap® Soft Shell Jacket.

Winner Selection

ServiceWear Apparel will select a group of finalists based on criteria outlined in the contest guidelines. Then online voting will open from June 15 to July 7. The winner will be announced July 13.

Workwear MVP Recognition

“Working with government agencies across the country, we encounter many dedicated individuals who serve their employer and community with distinction. We believe that far too often, these hard working men and women of public service just don’t receive the attention and recognition they deserve,” said Jim Burnett, Executive Vice President of ServiceWear Apparel. “This is why we are very pleased to sponsor this national competition to recognize the best of the best, the Workwear MVP.”

For more information on the 2017 Workwear MVP Award, visit www.servicewearapparel.com/workwear-mvp/ or contact
info@servicewearapparel.com.

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Whether working in a warehouse environment or repairing a pothole on a highway, thousands of workers are exposed to potentially harmful working conditions every day. It is essential that these workers always be visable to avoid serious or fatal injuries on the job.

ServiceWear Apparel wants to ensure that these employees are noticed and stay safe. We offer a variety of Hi-Visibility and Enhanced Visibility apparel products by Red Kap and other major brands, which meet American National Standard Institute (ANSI) standards, keeping workers not only compliant, but more important, safe.

There have been recent changes to the ANSI standards that include a reclassification of Classes 1, 2 and 3 to Types O and R. Also, ANSI has made changes to labeling requirements and made an allowance for smaller garments. (See below for full details on the changes.)

While the new ANSI standards don’t affect all departments, most agencies have a number of employees in the following classifications:

  • Parking and Service Workers
  • Warehouse Employees
  • Forestry Operations
  • Roadway Employees
  • Utility and Water Employees
  • School Crossing Guards
  • Delivery Vehicle Operators
  • Airport Ground Crews
  • Trash Collection Employees

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The Fine Print.

RECENT CHANGES TO THE ANSI STANDARD

1. ANSI/ISEA 107 and ANSI/ISEA 207 have been combined into ANSI/ISEA 107-2015

  • ANSI/ISEA 107 and ANSI/ISEA 207, American National Standard for High-Visibility Public Safety Vests, were merged to form a single document, ANSI/ISEA 107-2015. This new consolidated standard covers the needs of workers in all industries for high visibility garments as well as synchronizes the revision schedules for these two previously separate documents.

2. Allowance for small sized garments

  • Garment performance classes are defined by minimum area requirements for both background material and retroreflective striping. Prior minimum requirements for background fabric prevented manufacturers from offering a true small-sized garment. The 2015 edition of ANSI/ISEA 107 includes a reduction in the minimum requirement for background fabric in only the smallest size garment offered by a manufacturer. This change will make small sized garments available to workers who previously were forced to wear garments that were too large for them in order to be compliant with the standard.

3. There has been an addition of garment types (O, R, and P) which address a wider range of occupations that should be in high visibility safety apparel.

4. New Labeling Requirements

  • In addition to garment brand, size and care instructions, labels must carry these elements:

    • Must contain pictogram showing:

      • Garment Type (O, R or P)
      • Garment Performance Class
      • If the garment is not FR, must state “This garment is not flame resistant as defined by ANSI/ISEA 107-2015 Sections 10.5″
    • Must include the maximum number of launderings for the finished item.

ServiceWear Apparel Awards Thomas “Zabo” McCants 2016 Service Spotlight Park Ranger of the Year

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Pictured from left to right are: Chris White, Regional Manager, National IPA; Jim Burnett, Chief Development Officer, ServiceWear Apparel; Service Spotlight Park Ranger of the Year Award Winner Thomas “Zabo” McCants, Park Manager of Poinsett State Park, South Carolina State Park Service; and Brad Lane, Park Manager of Lee State Park, South Carolina State Park Service.

ServiceWear Apparel announced Thomas “Zabo” McCants, Park Manager at Poinsett State Park in South Carolina as the 2016 Service Spotlight Park Ranger of the Year. The award honors a park ranger who shows exemplary service in preserving and protecting our nation’s scenic, historic, and natural splendor for the benefit of citizens and future generations.

Thomas “Zabo” McCants was nominated by Brad Lane, Park Manager of Lee State Park along with long-time volunteer, Tim Fishburne for the Service Wear Apparel, Service Spotlight, Park Ranger of the Year award in recognition of his willingness to go over and above the call of duty.

Ranger McCants is known for putting park visitor experiences above all else. In the last few years he has completely transformed Poinsett from a quiet CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) Park tucked back in the woods into a booming destination park. He engaged his staff and turned Poinsett into a premiere mountain biking destination. He worked with the local community and mountain biking groups to add over 20 miles of mountain biking trails, while protecting its resources and the natural feel of the park.

In the last few years, Poinsett has dealt with some of Mother Nature’s worst disasters from ice storms, to a 1000-year flood event wreaking havoc on the park, to Hurricane Mathew. Even through all of this, Poinsett has nearly doubled its revenue intake from a few years ago before the transformation. While Zabo has worked hard to improve Poinsett and to care for its visitors, a major focus of his has been the Rangers that work under him. He knows that his job as a Manager is to prepare the next wave of Rangers so that they are ready to take over when their time comes.

ServiceWear Apparel’s Chief Development Officer, Jim Burnett, presented the award to McCants at Poinsett State Park in Wedgefield, South Carolina on February 23, 2017. Approximately 50 South Carolina State Park Service personnel, volunteers, and family members attended the event. “Ranger McCants is very deserving of this honor,” Burnett said. “He embodies exactly what we had in mind when we created this award.”

For more information on the 2016 Park Ranger of the Year Award, visit http://www.servicewearapparel.com/ranger/ or contact info@servicewearapparel.com.

About ServiceWear Apparel

ServiceWear Apparel distributes high-quality uniforms and work apparel from leading brands to fulfill the needs of government agencies. ServiceWear Apparel is the official supplier partner of uniforms and work apparel to the National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance. For more information on ServiceWear Apparel, contact Jim Burnett at 615-301-6191 or visit http://www.servicewearapparel.com.

Dear Customers of ServiceWear Apparel:

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Just a reminder, our 2017 pricing is now available for download. This is in effect from January 1, 2017 through January 31, 2018. You can download this here.

As announced, we are excited about our new cooperative contract with National IPA and TCPN. National IPA and TCPN joined forces last year to create a cooperative purchasing powerhouse under the brand National IPA. ServiceWear Apparel’s contract for “apparel, uniforms, accessories, products and services” was awarded by National IPA through lead agency Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston, Texas. Contract documents for our new cooperative contract can be found here.

ServiceWear was founded as a company to fulfill the unique needs of government agencies and nonprofits. This is our primary focus as a company. We offer the biggest brands in workwear, designed expressly to meet the rigors of the broad range of needs by those in public service: Red Kap, Horace Small, Bulwark, Wrangler Workwear, and Chef Designs, all manufactured by VF Imagewear, the largest manufacturer of work apparel in the world. Over 16 million people go to work in VF Imagewear manufactured products each week. And we offer many other brands as your one-stop shop for uniforms and work apparel.

We are so grateful for the opportunity to be of service to you. We sincerely appreciate your confidence in us to support you with your workwear needs. Counting you among our customers is something for which we are truly grateful. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at jburnett@servicewearapparel.com if I can be of any assistance to you and your agency.

Best wishes to all for a great 2017.

Jim Burnett

Chief Development Officer

615-301-6191

2016 Park Ranger of the Year Winner Announcement

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Congratulations to Thomas “Zabo” McCants, park ranger at Poinsett State Park in South Carolina, the official winner of 2016 Park Ranger of the Year.

Zabo has helped in helping to transform the park and the experiences for park visitors. Once a quiet CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) Park, Poinsett State Park is now a booming destination park, with modern, updated accommodations for guests. Even through mother nature’s worst disasters, Zabo has helped Poinsett State Park double its revenue intake from a few years ago.

Read Zabo’s winning nomination.

Thank you for participating

Thank you for your resounding participation with this award. We received 60 nominations and over 5,500 votes and were honored to share the stories of these hard-working park rangers.

Great News From ServiceWear

We are pleased to share that we have exciting news for you that ServiceWear has a new cooperative contract with National IPA and TCPN. ServiceWear Apparel has been awarded a contract for “apparel, uniforms, accessories, products and services” by National IPA through lead agency Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston, Texas. More details on our transition will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead.

We’ve created a service model built exclusively to fulfill the needs of government agencies and nonprofits. This contract will continue to make available the biggest brands in workwear, designed expressly to meet the rigors of the broad range of needs by those in public service: Red Kap, Horace Small, Bulwark, Wrangler Workwear, and Chef Designs, all manufactured by VF Imagewear, the largest manufacturer of work apparel in the world. Over 16 million people go to work in VF Imagewear manufactured products each week.

We want to express our gratitude to U.S. Communities for their assistance the past seven years. And while our current U.S. Communities contract will expire at the end of this year, our customers can rest assured that they can continue to rely on the same great service, pricing, and product selection they’ve come to expect from ServiceWear without interruption.

We are grateful for the opportunity to be of service to our valued customers across the United States and look forward to continuing these relationships in the years to come. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance to you and your agency.

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ServiceWear Apparel Awards Joshua Kanavel 2016 Correctional Officer of the Year

 Joshua Kanavel 2016 Correctional Officer of the Year

ServiceWear Apparel announced Officer Joshua Kanavel, Correctional Officer at California City Correctional Facility as the 2016 Correctional Officer of the Year. The award honors a Correctional Officer who have gone above and beyond to serve their correctional facility and community.

Officer Kanavel’s nomination by, Billy Pollard, placed him as a finalist. After conducting a nationwide vote over the internet, Officer Kanavel was the overwhelming choice, winning a $1,000 grand prize, plus $1,000 worth of Horace Small apparel for his correctional facility.

Officer Kanavel is well known throughout the prison for his work ethic and energy. He is respected by his peers and appreciated by his supervisors because of the way he treats others. You can read Kanavel’s full winning nomination, as well as those of the other finalists, here.

ServiceWear Apparel’s Executive Vice President, Jim Burnett, presented the award to Kanavel at California City Correctional Facility on October 5, 2016. Gov. Associate Warden Christy Torres attended the event and praised the efforts of Kanavel and his fellow California City Correctional Officers.

For more information on the 2016 Correctional Officer of the Year Award, click here or contact info@servicewearapparel.com.

About ServiceWear Apparel

ServiceWear Apparel distributes high-quality uniforms and work apparel from leading brands to fulfill the needs of government agencies, including correctional and public safety departments. ServiceWear Apparel is the official supplier partner of uniforms and work apparel to the U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance. For more information on ServiceWear Apparel, contact Jim Burnett at 615-301-6191 or visit servicewearapparel.com.

Last Week To Vote!

This is it! The voting for 2016 Correctional Officer of the Year will end this Friday, June 17. So…

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Your favorite finalist needs your support to win that $1,000 in cash and $1,000 in apparel for his or her correctional facility, so invite others to vote!

It’s easy. Simply share the finalists page on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or email to spread the word for your favorite nominee! We suggest reaching out to friends, family, co-workers…whoever!

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Don’t forget, you can vote once a day from now until voting ends this Friday, June 17!