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Garnier-Thiebaut Acquires Hilden America

Jean-Philippe Krukowicz Named President & CEO.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010
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Garnier Thiebaut, Inc.
Garnier Thiebaut, Inc.
Highest Quality Linens

French luxury linen leader for more than 150 years, Garnier-Thiebaut has acquired Hilden America, Inc., creating one of the largest fine linen wholesale companies in North America.

“This is exciting news for the entire hospitality industry,” said Jean-Philippe Krukowicz, president and CEO of Garnier-Thiebaut, Inc. “We’ve joined the most experienced technology and talent to create one company that can provide the highest quality table, bed and bath linens with exceptional customer service.”

Garnier-Thiebaut, Inc. maintains its U.S. headquarters in the Washington, D.C. metro area. The addition of Hilden America into the Garnier-Thiebaut company means customers will experience even faster turnaround times, increased selection of stock products and a finishing department now located in the United States [South Boston, Virginia].

Like Garnier-Thiebaut, Hilden America, Inc. is a leading provider of bed, bath and table linens for high-end hotels and fine dining establishments. Leading customers include the Homestead in Virginia, The Greenbrier in West Virginia, The Breakers in Florida and The Jefferson in Richmond. The company is known for having one of the largest inventories in the U.S. of cotton-rich linens and blends for the hospitality industry in its South Boston, Virginia warehouse. The company also has a cut-and-sew room enabling quick turnaround time for non-stock items, customer orders and samples.

As part of the acquisition, Jean-Philippe Krukowicz was named President & CEO of the new Garnier-Thiebaut, Inc. Krukowicz was the former Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for both the Garnier-Thiebaut Hospitality and Retail divisions. Krukowicz has a long history with Garnier-Thiebaut and the hospitality industry, including more than 15 years as a chef in France, Miami, Boston, San Diego and Washington, D.C. In 1996, Krukowicz formed JPK Enterprises, d/b/a KRUKO, a preferred Mid-Atlantic supplier of a diverse line of tabletop offerings representing various product lines, including Hilden America. Two years later, Krukowicz joined Garnier-Thiebaut, holding various positions such as national sales manager, vice president and head of the company’s U.S. retail division in 2009. Additionally, Krukowicz is co-founder of Chefs on Bikes, a one-day fundraising event comprised of many of the top chefs throughout the Mid-Atlantic who ride their motorcycles for 100-miles to raise funds to help feed hungry children.

Decorating the world’s most beautiful places, Garnier-Thiebaut, Inc. is a designer and manufacturer of the highest quality table, bed and bath linens for hotels, restaurants, resorts, casinos and cruise lines. Sample customers include: hotels — Hyatt Hotels, Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, and Mandarin Oriental; and restaurants of notable chefs such as Michel Richard, Jean-George, Thomas Keller, Joel Robuchon, Alain Ducasse, and Paul Bocuse. Garnier-Thiebaut is owned by the HDM Finance Textile Group in France, a worldwide leader in textiles since 1680 and the largest textile company in Europe. With two high-tech industrial production facilities located in Gerardmer in Eastern France, Garnier-Thiebaut has pioneered many of the textile industry’s design and technology inventions for the production of fine linens. Garnier-Thiebaut’s Retail division offers two new collections annually and additional products such as bags, beach towels, cushions and more. Garnier-Thiebaut is known for its spectacular damask designs, unique patterns, vivid colors, and expert customizations. Learn more at www.gtlinens.com
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