Celebrating 100 Years
2020 marked 100 years of leadership and excellence in the uniform industry for DENNIS Uniform, a Portland-based school uniform manufacturer and the largest school uniform provider in the United States. “In the true spirit of our family company, DENNIS is proud to be defined as so much more than a school uniform provider but a partner in education, helping to make schools better for young people to learn,” says Thomas Shipley, founder and chairman of DENNIS, whose family established the company in 1920. “Even during these most challenging times, we’ve been unwavering in our commitment to serving students, families and school administrators, never losing sight of our customers and team members alike.”
Refocusing in a Pandemic: DENNIS Fabrics Find New Purpose
DENNIS Uniform’s century of expertise also comes with the navigation of the COVID-19 crisis – pivoting the Portland manufacturing team from exclusively making uniform items to making reusable, washable protective face coverings for frontline healthcare workers. Enlisting the technical guidance of local medical doctors, a triple-ply reusable face mask was designed using existing DENNIS fabrics. Meeting CDC guidelines and adhering to OR-OSHA workplace social distancing specifications, DENNIS Uniform has manufactured and donated thousands of reusable face masks to healthcare workers, schools and employees. “We could not be more honored,” says Shipley, “to be able to share our expertise and experience, normally reserved for students and schools, with frontline healthcare workers in need.”
Looking Ahead to a Bright Future
As DENNIS Uniform celebrates its 100-year anniversary, the company, who owns and operates over 40 brick-and-mortar stores across the USA, looks ahead to a bright future of industry leadership and groundbreaking changes going forward, including the launch of a brand-new website. DENNIS will provide a new online platform that makes school uniform shopping even easier for busy families. The new web platform, which will feature the same school-specialized online webstores that families love alongside innovative new user-friendly features, will launch in March of 2021.
About DENNIS Uniform
Established in 1920 in Portland, Oregon USA, DENNIS Uniform partners with over 2,000 schools across the nation including ten National Blue Ribbon Award recipients, delivering top quality uniforms and curated school uniform programs. DENNIS outfits half a million students every day with customized school uniforms including polos, plaids, outerwear, dress attire, athletic wear and more.
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