Moving to the front of the class — with school uniforms
A third-generation family business in Portland, Oregon, takes pride in making uniforms for schools (and kids!) all across the U.S.
“When a student puts on a Dennis Uniform, they’re wearing something that’s been manufactured by hand by American employees and has been designed and finished and inspected by our team here in Portland.”
That’s how Dennis Uniform CEO Tom Shipley sums up the pride he feels in his company, which makes school uniforms in Oregon for students across the U.S.
He represents the third generation of his family that has headed up the business, which recently renovated a facility to bring together its factory workers and corporate staff in one location — with the help of Wells Fargo.
Private schools have long embraced the tradition of school uniforms and make up the bulk of Dennis Uniform’s customers. But the number of charter and other public schools that require dress codes or uniforms has nearly doubled in the past decade and now makes up about 10 percent of Dennis Uniform’s client base.