Hardwick Clothes has added two men’s wear veterans to its team.
John Diacatos, formerly vice president of manufacturing at Hickey Freeman, and Finn Wald-Jacobsen, who had been director of engineering at Southwick Apparel, have joined the Cleveland, Tenn.-based tailored clothing company as vice president of manufacturing and director of engineering, respectively.
Their arrival is part of a restructuring effort at the country’s oldest tailored clothing manufacturer that began in July 2014 with Hardwick’s post-bankruptcy acquisition by businessman Allan Jones.
“Hardwick Clothes has made significant strides in reestablishing itself as a national player in the tailored clothing industry,” said Hardwick chief executive officer Bruce Bellusci. “Being named Garden & Gun’s Made in the South Style Award Winner and working with NBC’s national broadcasts of the NFL and NHL and the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympics says a lot about our progress. The addition of John and Finn is instrumental in leveraging these opportunities and meeting our rapidly increasing demand.”
Diacatos had spent 37 years with Hickey Freeman of Rochester, N.Y. and as vice president of manufacturing, he managed the entire manufacturing process and spearheaded the implementation of advanced technology. At Hardwick, he will oversee all manufacturing operations.
Wald-Jacobsen worked most recently on Brooks Brothers tailored garments by the Massachusetts-based Southwick. Born in Norway, he studied industrial engineering for sewn products in Germany and moved to America in 1972. At Hardwick, Wald-Jacobsen will increase shop efficiencies and implement a new incentive-driven pay system to increase the earning potential for the company’s 300-plus operators.
Additionally, Sheila Waddell has joined Hardwick as lean manufacturing manager. She had worked previously at Maytag Inc., as well as Cormetech Inc. She will work on the company’s operating processes.
Hardwick has been producing clothing domestically for over 135 years.