Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher announces more than 100 new jobs to be added by ARAMARK Uniform and Career Apparel in Lexington

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, June 28, 2005  
Contact Information:  Carla Blanton
Michael Goins
Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, KY – Governor Ernie Fletcher and Cabinet for Economic Development Secretary Gene Strong, in conjunction with Commerce Lexington, today announced a decision by Lexington-based ARAMARK Uniforms and Career Apparel, Inc. (AUCA) to renovate existing office space on Russell Cave Road.  Once completed, AUCA will centralize a portion of its business operations within the facility, creating more than 100 new jobs within the region.

“The decision by ARAMARK Uniform and Career Apparel to expand its operations and create more than 100 new jobs shows its confidence in our workforce and the Lexington community,” said Governor Fletcher. “My administration will continue working towards creating more and better economic development opportunities for all Kentuckians.”

According to Thomas Vozzo, President, AUCA, ARAMARK is committed to the local community and this business decision was a win-win situation for all involved.

“Without the excellent assistance of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and Commerce Lexington, we would not be locating this project in the Commonwealth,” Vozzo said. “This partnership has helped create a sound model of business operations and ARAMARK is pleased to be able to hire an additional 100 community residents and provide the successful candidates with job training.”

ARAMARK Uniform and Career Apparel Inc., a leader in uniforms and workwear, provides uniforms, career and image apparel, equipment, work clothes and accessories for customers throughout the United States. Industries it serves include manufacturing, transportation, construction, restaurants and hotels, public safety and health-care industries.  ARAMARK Uniform and Career Apparel's divisions include ARAMARK Uniform Services, WearGuard-Crest and Galls.

Ranked No. 1 in its industry in the 2005 FORTUNE 500 survey, ARAMARK Corporation was also named one of "America's Most Admired Companies" by FORTUNE magazine in 2005, and has consistently ranked as one of the top three most admired companies in its industry as evaluated by peers since 1998.  Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 242,500 employees serving clients in 20 countries.

 “We recognize that industries in our community are key to the overall economic vitality of Lexington and ARAMARK’s decision to reinvest in this region will truly contribute to Lexington’s continued growth,” said Lexington Mayor Teresa Isaac. 

Bob Quick, president and CEO of Commerce Lexington, Inc., added, “These jobs are important to our region’s business environment. ARAMARK’s decision to continue its partnership within this community represents one more vote of confidence that we are heading in the right direction.” 

 The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved ARAMARK Uniform and Career Apparel, Inc. for tax benefits up to $1,370,000 under the Kentucky Jobs Development Act (KJDA), an incentive program aimed at increasing employment in the commonwealth.  A community profile for Fayette County can be found at the following link: