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American’s employees will soon get to order new uniforms

American Airlines has developed new uniforms for flight attendants and pilots that it will roll out next year.
American Airlines has developed new uniforms for flight attendants and pilots that it will roll out next year. Courtesy photo

American Airlines employees are a little closer to getting new uniforms to wear to work.

The Fort Worth-based carrier finished its second wear test of uniforms a few weeks ago, in which 80 employees tested the garments on the job. Starting next month, American said, employees will be able to try on and order new uniforms during a “fit tour” that will stop in 20 cities.

“Our people will wear these uniforms every day, so our goal is to have a look that’s polished and professional,” said Brady Byrnes, senior manager of uniforms. “We’ve gathered feedback from almost 25,000 employees in the uniform survey, as well as through email, comments and calls that have come in during the design process.”

The uniform rollout is expected to start in September. The company said it anticipates that more than 1.7 million garments will be produced before then.

This is the second try for American’s new uniform design. Earlier this year, employees tried out a different set of prototypes and said they were too drab, and ill-fitting, and producing allergic reactions for some pilots. American hired fashion designers Kaufmanfranco in 2013 to design the new uniforms.

Dropping to zero

This can’t be a good sign.

Stockholders in Quicksilver Resources, the troubled Fort Worth energy company, got notices last week that said their stock is worth zero. Zilch. Nada.

Quicksilver, as you might remember, bet big on the Barnett Shale and other shale natural gas fields before prices slumped and filed for bankruptcy in March. And even before that, it was kicked off the New York Stock Exchange, pushing its common stock onto the over-the-counter market.

Well, on Dec. 23 investors got a notification that the stock had dropped 22.22 percent to a value of 0. One investor told the Star-Telegram it had been in the 1-to-2 cent range for a while. It had had a 52-week high of 26 cents, the report indicated.

Next month Quicksilver heads to the auction block, where it will likely be broken up into various pieces and parts. Approval for the sale comes after a July hearing U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware in which Quicksilver was given more time to develop a restructuring plan with its creditors.

But the oil and gas producer said at the time that it would either reorganize or sell off some, or possibly all, of its assets.

Max B. Baker

Target, TTI holding job fairs

Target is expanding its distribution facility in Midlothian, adding an online fulfillment center that it plans to open in March. The new center will add 160 jobs.

From Jan. 5 to 7, the retailer will hold a job fair at the distribution center to hire workers. The fair will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the center, 4333 Power Way in Midlothian. Start dates for the new positions will begin in February.

Also, global electronic components distributor TTI Inc. is holding a hiring event Jan. 6 at its headquarters, 2441 Northeast Parkway in Fort Worth. The event is from 1:15 to 7:15 p.m.

TTI said it has openings for inside sales specialists. Applicants will be pre-screened before the event and those applying are asked to submit a résumé plus salary requirements to human.resources@ttiinc.com.

Fort Worth apartment rents down

Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Fort Worth have fallen 16 percent since April, according to the online apartment search firm Abodo.com.

The 16 percent drop, to an average monthly rent of $717 in December from $849 in April, ranks Fort Worth No. 2 on the top cities with the largest rent drops. Fort Worth was behind Milwaukee, which saw a 24 percent drop, according to the Madison-based firm.

Boston was No. 3 on the list, with rents falling 9 percent, followed by Fresno, down 6 percent and San Francisco, down 6 percent.

Las Vegas saw the largest rise in rent, 37 percent, followed by Austin, 25 percent, Denver, 24 percent, San Diego, 11 percent, and Albuquerque, 10 percent.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk

Sandra Baker: 817-390-7727, @SandraBakerFWST

Steve Kaskovich: 817-390-7773, @stevekasko

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