Omni international was started in year 2000 by Ken Mosher with the assistance and dedication of Renee Rees. The official first day of business was April 1. Now many of you will remember Ken. For many years, all the USA distributors bought latex gloves from him as he ran the Tillotson Healthcare operation. It didn’t matter what company you were, you either had your own label, your group’s label, another vendor’s label – everybody had the famous “Unisize” Tillotson latex glove.
Omni International’s original charter was to work in conjunction with a new joint U.S. / Thai, Glove Manufacturing venture. Omni International was responsible for all of the marketing, sales, and distribution of gloves manufactured by this factory for the U.S. and Canada. As time went on, Omni’s sales started to grow and they became an independent entity.
Ken and Renee at Omni looked at various ways to continue to grow in the glove industry. They were assisted with the help and financial backing of Tom Menk, Omni International began sourcing various Medical, General Purpose and Food Service Gloves from numerous Malaysian and Chinese Vinyl, Latex and Nitrile Glove Manufacturers. To help in the new direction Omni International had taken, Michael Ho was brought on board. Michael had extensive experience in all aspects of the Asian Glove Industry including sourcing, manufacturing, marketing, and sales.
During a sourcing trip to China, Ken had the pleasure of meeting Mr. James Li and his manufacturing manager, Alice Liu from Blue Sail. From the beginning, a business as well as a personal relationship was formed between Ken and Mr. Li.
Blue Sail had a very large chemical factory and was interested in manufacturing gloves. After some mutual efforts, Blue Sail opened a vinyl glove manufacturing factory. Blue Sail became a major supplier of Omni International for their Vinyl Glove requirements and helped to introduce the Blue Sail name in the U.S. healthcare market. The relationship cemented a strong bond between the two companies and greatly enhanced the efforts of the Omni Sales Team.
With the guidance of all the above, Omni International was bought out by Blue Sail Corporation in late 2011. Mr. Mosher retired in 2015 and shortly thereafter Ken Li took over the position of President and continues to grow Omni with the support of Renee Rees, and the entire Omni Team!
In the past 5 years, Omni has been investing in the resources of our parent company to acquire other items to add to our growing list of products. Some of those products are available on our website today. Many more are being planned for addition to our product line in 2021 and beyond. Omni will continue to grow from those first 5 original glove products they started with back in 2000.
As April 2020 came and went, we are a far different company than we ever expected to be. As this worldwide pandemic continues its nasty expansion, we continue to serve our many customers the best we can under these unprecedented times. We are now faced with allocating a monthly order to each customer until our inventories are brought back up to a more “new normal” level. As we have all realized, the customer today needs at least 3 times what they needed 8 months ago. If we have one regret, it is only that we do not receive enough product from our manufacturing partners to supply 100% to every order from every customer.
As we will all come to see, this pandemic is changing every customer, vendor, our very way of life. Your friends at Omni will continue to modify our business model to adjust to new products that can be used today while striving to find new products and new technologies that can be used in our world tomorrow. We have just begun to utilize many new opportunities available to us to assure you that Omni is planning to be around for many more years.
Of course, without you, our valued customer, we would be nowhere. So it is actually YOU who we salute on this 20th birthday year. To the many of you who have been with Omni since those early years and to all who have become part of our family in the recent past, THANK YOU. Happy Birthday to us all! And many more years to come!