Hey, look them over! Dave Miller, Debbie London, Lori Haas, and Fred Lenoir model four versions of the classy new uniforms our people in the field will be wearing by year end. Miller, Haas, and Lenoir are agents at ORD, and London is an agent at CLT. The photo was taken near our ticket counter at O’Heire International Airport. For more photos of the new up-and-coming look, turn to pages 4 and 5. volume 37, number 4 Uniforms put PI people a cut above By year end, our station agents —over 7,000 people or almost half of the company's total number of employees—will be wearing attrac tive new uniforms. For the agents, the change will mean better quality uniforms and greater selection. For Piedmont, the new program is the final step in a plan which coordinates the uniforms of all our public contact personnel — pilots, flight attendants, and agents alike. It represents an investment by Piedmont of over $3 million. "We wanted to upgrade our customer service and ramp uniforms and put continuity into the system,” Allen Perry, director- stations, said. "We also wanted to give our employees a uniform that reflects their pride." With these objectives in mind. Perry and Wilma Cook, staff assistant-stations, set out almost two years ago to come up with a new uniform program for I^iedmont’s station agents. In addition, Leonard Martin, senior vice president-passengcr services, and Bob Reed, staff vice president- stations, worked closely with (hem in coordinating the new program. The first step involved choosing a company to design and make the uniforms. The choice—Fashionairc Apparel, a subsidiary of Harlmarx, based in Chicago. Fashionaire employees Sandy Blanchard, an accounl execulivc, and Fred Huhnke, a designer, were assigned (o our project. (See related slory. page 4.) "We chose Hishionairc bccause of the altractive uniforms (hey had designed I'orour llighl attenclants and pilots," Cook explained, "and we've been very pleased willi Ihe results." in March 1985. P'ashionairc sen! a survey to each Picdmonl station agent to determine what direction the uniform program should lake. Agents were asked what color and fabric (hey prcl'crred as well as for suggestions on ways the current uniform could be improved. "The in]3ut we received was very helpful." Perry said. "Basically, we went by (he general consensus in determining how (he uniforms would look.” Agents overwhelmingly chose (he color navy for (he basic imiform. and a polyester/wool blend was requested bccause it would better hold its shape. Women asked thal slacks and skirts have an clasti- cized side waistband. They also requested (hat the blazers have an inside pocket for pencils and pens, and both men and women requested that (he blazers have gusse( shoulders for ease of move ment. Agents wanted pullover sweaters, both long-sleeve and ves( style, and all-weather coats among the accessories. All of these requests have been incorporated into the new uniform program. I IT’S A PERFECT FIT! Lisa White, an employee of Simpkins Department Store in Rome, checks the sleeve on M£U"cia Lengvarsky’s Piedmont uni form jacket. Lengvarsky is one of 142 former Empire flight attendants recently outfitted in Piedmont attire. For more on the merger, which became effective May I, turn to page 6. continued page 4

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