When Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast of the U.S. in late October, the Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded a contract to Pro-Line Embroidery to equip its workers with identifiable and weather-resistant clothing.
George Steinbrenner, Pro-Line senior director of development, said the firm had to quickly get durable clothing to FEMA workers in affected areas to clearly identify them as FEMA employees and withstand extended use and washing.
“A major concern for FEMA was that the goods be delivered as quickly as possible,” Steinbrenner said.
After mobilizing blank goods inventory from New Jersey and Cincinnati, Pro-Line employees stitched FEMA and Department of Homeland Security logos onto an average of 50 shirts and jackets an hour at its Springfield, Va. production facilities to fulfill the contract order.
The design took around 28,000 stitches and Pro-Line serviced the order from receipt to shipping in four days.
Pro-Line has provided embroidery services to more than 1,500 companies since it was founded in 1982 and has said it is looking to expand its work with government customers.
“The FEMA contract brings it to a total of five contracts we have secured in the past 15 months from two federal agencies,” Steinbrenner added.
“Our plan is to broaden our source of business from the corporate customer to include the government sector. These contracts give us a history of past performance to be referenced in future bidding situations and growing lists of contacts within these agencies.”