SOURCE: Tafford Uniforms

January 16, 2007 10:13 ET

New Ownership for the Tafford Brands of Uniforms and Scrubs

Startup Company Acquires the Assets of Tafford Manufacturing; The New Tafford Uniforms to Make Significant Investment in Design, Inventory, Customer Service

NORTH WALES, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 16, 2007 -- Tafford Uniforms, a leading supplier of scrubs, nursing uniforms, shoes, and medical accessories, today announced that it had purchased the assets of Tafford Manufacturing in a sale under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. Formed specifically for the acquisition of the Tafford assets, Tafford Uniforms acquired the assets from Tafford Manufacturing's former lender, free and clear of any liens or claims against Tafford Manufacturing. Accordingly, the new company has no liability for Tafford Manufacturing's debts. The purchase was effective as of November 30, 2006 and the Company expects to mail its first catalog this month.

The new Tafford Uniforms owns the Tafford, Scrubs Xpress, Cotton Scrubs & Co., and Best of Scrubs brands. Over the past twenty years, millions of customers have turned to the Tafford brands for the best in styling, quality, customer service, and value. While the financial problems of the old Tafford Manufacturing led to product shortages, customer service issues and quality problems, the new company is investing heavily to restore the luster to the Tafford brand.

"We are pleased to have acquired the Tafford assets," said Gene S. Godick, chief executive of Tafford Uniforms. "Despite the financial difficulties of the old Tafford Manufacturing, we believe that there is significant value in the Tafford brand. The problems experienced by the old company will not be fixed overnight, but we look forward to demonstrating our commitment to quality, service, and value to the nearly six million nurses, nursing aides, medical assistants and other healthcare workers in the US."

The new Tafford Uniforms is led by owners Gene S. Godick and Marc Kohn. Godick, who serves as CEO of Tafford Uniforms, joins the Company from Verticalnet, where he was EVP and Chief Financial Officer. Godick took Verticalnet public, led the 2003 balance sheet restructuring, and raised $300 million in capital. As COO, Kohn will draw upon his 13 years of experience in the nursing uniforms industry. Since opening his first uniforms store in 1994, Kohn grew his business to become a chain of four stores servicing Philadelphia and New Jersey. Kohn's Scrub Shop stores will now also be owned by Tafford Uniforms.

"Amongst my customers, the Tafford brand has always stood for quality and value," said Kohn. "We realize that the old Tafford Manufacturing did not always deliver the best selection or customer experience. Today, the new Tafford Uniforms offers the same great quality and design that our customers have come to know and love, and we are investing heavily to ensure that our customers have the selection and level of service to match."

If you are interested in receiving a catalog from the new Tafford Uniforms, please request a free catalog via the Tafford website at:

Customers may also shop online at

About Tafford Uniforms

Tafford Uniforms is a leading manufacturer and retailer of healthcare apparel, accessories, and footwear. For over 20 years, millions of customers have looked to the Tafford brand for the best in styling, quality, customer service, and value. Look to us for a wide selection of the latest styles and every day low prices on nursing uniforms, scrubs, medical shoes, Littmann stethoscopes, and other medical accessories. Visit us on the web at

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