On September 4, 2021, Tyndale celebrated its 40-year anniversary. Since 1981, Tyndale has supplied increasingly personalized, coordinated, and convenient arc-rated and flame resistant clothing (AR/FR) solutions to leading corporations and their employees. We are exceptionally proud of this milestone and what it means to play a key role in protecting workers over this length of time.
What does this milestone mean to YOU?
If you’re already a Tyndale customer, it means that we’ve been a reliable partner to your organization – providing high-quality protective apparel from a broad range of manufacturers and services that are unmatched in the industry. We are thankful for your business each day and work hard to ensure we’re meeting your unique requirements. If you ever have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
If you’re not a Tyndale customer, but interested in learning more about the unique AR/FR clothing programs we offer, our 40-year anniversary indicates stability, reliability, and integrity. We certainly couldn’t have made it as far as we have without the customers who have chosen us as their supplier, but also not without a strong foundation of core values:
What does this milestone mean to us?
In a word, pride. Employee members at all levels of our organization are known for the pride they take in protecting workers across the country. Tyndale regularly receives calls and emails from workers who have had a near miss, escaping injury to make it home safely at night because the clothing they wear – provided by Tyndale – has protected them. This role in helping to save lives and doing so for 40 years is a huge source of pride for our employee members and forms the basis of Tyndale’s company culture.
How did we get here?
Tyndale was initially formed as a reliable safety supply company for large companies. During the 1970s fuel crisis, Tyndale’s founder, Dale Whittenberger, sold thousands of sweaters to a leading pharmaceutical company with many cold employees. When the sweaters arrived, no one at the company had the time to deliver them to the employees. Dale personally traveled to the site and distributed thousands of sweaters. After this experience, came the ‘aha!’ moment when he realized the value of offering a “Managed Apparel Program” to large corporations.
In the late 1980s, Dale learned that electric utility workers would soon be required to wear AR/FR clothing. As a result, Tyndale began specializing in providing AR/FR clothing and became involved in the ASTM committee responsible for writing the worker safety standards. From there, Tyndale began offering additional services such as tracking employee orders and became an early leader in developing and establishing managed apparel programs.
By 2004, Tyndale had “gone national,” adding some of the largest utilities in the country to our roster of happy customers. In 2007, majority ownership of Tyndale transferred from Dale to Gail Whittenberger. Gail became the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), establishing Tyndale as a Certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise, independently certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Tyndale is proud of our WBE status as part of our overall commitment to diversity, and is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of supplier diversity with our employee members, suppliers, and customers alike.
In 2014, Tyndale opened a second Distribution Center in Houston, TX – providing additional capacity and redundancy to our Pipersville, PA location and optimizing ship times to the southwest. Together, these facilities house our comprehensive AR/FR portfolio, managed by our state-of-the art inventory management systems and strategically stocked by our inventory planning team. Our selection includes our own line of 100% USA-made AR/FR apparel for men and women, as well as garments from the industry’s other leading FR suppliers.
Tyndale also has four factory stores, in Williamsport, PA, Oklahoma City, OK, Midland, TX, and Concord, CA. In addition to retail sales, these stores serve as Service Centers where managed program customers can try on and buy clothing in person, using their company allowances.
Today, Tyndale remains a privately-held, woman- and family-owned business and has become a leading supplier of FR clothing to the utilities, oil and gas market, and transportation sectors, while expanding into chemical manufacturing, and commercial and industrial markets. We are also proud to offer unparalleled resources – including videos, blog series, emails, and more – to anyone who wants to learn more about AR/FR clothing.
Interested in being part of the Tyndale family?
If you want to learn more about what makes Tyndale a great place to work or if you know someone looking for a career with a winning team, a family atmosphere, and competitive pay and benefits – we have open positions! Learn more and view open positions at https://tyndaleusa.com/about-us/fr-clothing-careers/.