Cintas Supports Restart of Supplier’s Operations in Haiti
1,000 Haitians Able to Resume Work as Country Rebuilds Following Devastating Quake
January 28, 2010 05:22 PM Eastern Time
CINCINNATI--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Two weeks after a devastating magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck the island of H
Corporation applauded today the restart of operations at one of its clothing suppliers, Island Apparel, S.A. in Port Au Prince, allow
employees to resume employment as the country continues to rebuild.
“Cintas has very close relationships with our suppliers around the world and we frequently visit their plants and talk to their employe
deeply concerned about them upon hearing about the earthquake,” said Scott Farmer, CEO of Cintas Corporation. “We are very e
employees working at Island Apparel have been able to take this next important step toward recovery,” he added.
Island Apparel’s facility in Port Au Prince, which makes clothing for Cintas Corporation and other companies, sustained minimal da
January 12th earthquake. Since then, the plant’s management team has been able to complete repairs, secure supplies of fuel and re
operations to allow all full-time employees to return to work.
“All of us at Island Apparel feel very humbled that the factory survived with minimal damage while so many in Haiti have suffered so
Felchlin of Island Apparel. “We are very grateful for the support that Cintas has given us and, without the jobs that Cintas helps pro
employees would have no means to begin rebuilding their lives. We feel very fortunate,” he added.
New shipments of raw fabric and finished goods into and out of the facility will continue to be difficult for several weeks as the coun
continues to rebuild, but Island Apparel has enough fabric and orders to keep its employees working for some time. Cintas and oth
assisting Island Apparel in establishing alternative transportation logistics to maintain operations for the facility’s 1,000 employees.
Shortly after the earthquake, Cintas partnered with Cincin