With Denny’s Restaurants as a new client, Barco enters the corporate uniform arena in 1970, premiering the warp knit pantsuit for Burger King soon after. In 1970, Barco also becomes an early entrant into the digital age, implementing an IBM computer system.
Barco launches the Work Force™ label in 1980 with a line of white fashion separates designed to be mixed and matched, creating a complete wardrobe for the medical professional. Also in 1980, Barco introduces the first full line of highly styled, colored uniforms and pantsuits for the restaurant industry.
CEO Kenneth Donner is honored for 50 years of accomplishment in the professional apparel industry. Barco’s design excellence is recognized with the National Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors’ (NAUMD) “Image of the Year” Award.
Barco Uniforms is named an approved apparel supplier for KFC Restaurants expanding on Barco’s partnership with Yum! Brands. In 2012, Barco becomes the sole supplier for KFC Apparel. Great Lakes Regional Association awards Barco Vendor of the Year for 2014.
Barco invents fashion reversible scrubs in 2002 under the Multiples concept. In 2004, Barco becomes part of McDonald’s effort to upgrade the appearance of its employees and enhance its brand. This same year, Barco wins the “Image of the Year” Award from NAUMD for its designs for McDonald’s.
Barco Uniforms is awarded the uniform program partnership for McDonald’s, winning the 2004 Image of the Year Award by NAUMD. Many awards have followed the relationship including another Image of the Year award in 2009, Teamwork Award from McDonald’s in 2014 and in 2012, McDonald Global Best of Sustainable Supply: Community Impact for Life Changing Surgeries around the world.
In 2006, Barco revolutionizes medical uniforms for the nursing industry by partnering with ABC and creating the instantly popular Grey’s Anatomy™ Professional Wear by Barco. In 2007, Barco wins the “Best New Line of the Year” Award from the Uniform Retailers Association for its Grey’s Anatomy™ collection.
McDonald’s honors Barco in 2008 and 2009 with its Teamwork Award. In 2009, Barco celebrates its 80th anniversary. In a nod to its future, the company also establishes its Lean Initiative Program. Also in 2009, the company launches Crayola™Threads by Barco, a vibrant new collection inspired by the power of color.
The company introduces its new NRG by Barco™ line. Barco wins the 2009 “Image of the Year” Award from NAUMD. Also in 2009, the company launches Crayola™Threads by Barco, a vibrant new collection inspired by the power of color.
On April 2011, 424 Barco employees and friends join Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times Walk for Kids in Barco’s Nightingales Foundations first Walk for Kids. This first walk raised funds for 160 surgeries, sending 35 kids with cancer to the camp.
In honor of Kenneth Donner, his spirit and his beliefs, a new line geared to youthfulness and giving back is born. Ten plastic bottles equal one scrub set. They are, “Made to Make a Difference.”
Barco Uniforms becomes the sole uniform provider for Qdoba, partnering with the brand and developing a new uniform program complimenting the décor of the new restaurant interior and the brand’s fresh and bold flavors.
Barco One™ makes its debut…the first high-performance scrub brand in the healthcare industry with a proprietary groundbreaking fabric technology, arctech™. The innovation behind the advanced qualities of the sustainable fabric transformed the healthcare industry while using five recycled plastic bottles to make each garment.
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