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No matter how hot or humid it may get during the summer, or wet and cold during the fall and winter, workers are less prone to feel the weather's effects, thanks to nanotech-treated fibers that effectively regulate body temperatures.

Technology Allows Uniform Wearers to be Comfortable, No Matter the Weather

WILMINGTON, MA | Posted on June 19th, 2008

"These nanotech treatments, which involve complex particles bound to
fibers during the manufacturing process, allow the fabrics to wick
perspiration away from the skin so moisture evaporates quickly," says Robert
Isaacson, Director of Marketing for UniFirst Corporation, a leading supplier
of uniforms and work apparel throughout the U.S. and Canada.

"And that's a critical factor when it comes to feeling cooler in the
summer heat, as perspiration trapped on the skin suppresses its ability to
'breathe,' making workers feel hotter."

Isaacson notes it's that same basic comfort feature that wicks "chilly"
moisture away from the body to keep wearers noticeably warmer during colder
weather.

Nanotech treatments are applied at microscopic levels, or 80,000 times
smaller than the width of a single human hair, to prevent clogging of
individual fibers and allow fabrics to retain their comfort, protective, and
draping characteristics.

Major uniform suppliers and manufacturers, like UniFirst, have countless
options when choosing fabrics to meet the garment needs of today's workforce,
Isaacson notes, but it's specially-treated polyesters, used in combination
with cotton, that have now become the preferred choice for tens of millions of
uniform wearers because of the overall comfort features and the on-the-job
durability they provide.

"Today's polyesters are made from microfibers that are 'spun' for a softer
touch," Isaacson says. "So, when you combine spun polyester with naturally
soft cotton, you take work apparel's overall softness up a notch. Add in the
special wicking treatments and polyester's ability to resist wrinkling,
soiling, and abrasions, and you truly have -- depending on the season -- one
of the 'coolest' or 'hottest' of uniforms in the workplace."

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About UniFirst
UniFirst is one of North America's largest workwear and textile services companies. We rent, lease, and sell uniforms, protective clothing, custom corporate workwear, floorcare, and other facility services products to all kinds of businesses.

UniFirst's Corporate Mission is to be recognized as the quality leader in the uniform and textile services. Our careful focus on serving each Customer's special needs and providing total satisfaction enables us to grow, to provide an equitable return on investment, and to create opportunities for our team partners.

We serve over 200,000 Customer locations from sites in the United States, Canada, and Europe. And we operate decontamination facilities and cleanroom laundry operations to clean the uniforms worn by those who work in the nuclear power and the high- and bio-tech industries. We also operate first aid service locations, product distribution centers, and our own uniform and textile products manufacturing plants.

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UniFirst Corporation
68 Jonspin Road
Wilmington, MA 01887
800-225-3364

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