NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation [NYSE: PVH] announced today its name is to appear on a permanent plaque that commemorates the completion of the Ellis Island Ferry Building restoration. The completion was marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on April 2, 2007. The Ferry Building has reopened to the public after being closed for over 50 years. The restoration project was funded by a combination of federal, Hudson County and New Jersey state funds and private financing that included a $500,000 grant from PVH.
"Phillips-Van Heusen, in the name of its Arrow brand, is pleased to support the restoration of Ellis Island, a truly inspirational American icon," stated Emanuel Chirico, Chief Executive Officer of PVH. “We are particularly excited about the opportunity for an authentic American brand like Arrow to be linked in spirit and name to the national icon Ellis Island."
Mr. Chirico attended the ceremony along with notable figures, including former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman and US Senator Robert Menendez (D., NJ). Judy McAlpin, President of Save Ellis Island Inc. noted, “The restoration of the Ferry Building marks an important milestone because it is the gateway to the un-restored portion of Ellis Island. It is also significant because the restored Ferry Building will serve as the platform for new educational and programming opportunities for all who visit and want to learn about Ellis Island.”
At the event, Save Ellis Island unveiled its first exhibition in the restored Ferry Building, “Future in the Balance: Immigrants, Public Health and Ellis Island’s Hospitals.” The exhibit explains the history of Ellis Island’s U.S. Public Health Service hospital from the perspectives of the immigrant patients, doctors, nurses, military personnel and support staff that populated the buildings between 1901 and 1954. This exhibit will serve as the basis for educational and public programs that explore our country’s view of immigration in the early twentieth century, including how health was used as a criterion for admission. The exhibit will be open to the public on a regular schedule as a guided tour beginning April 24th.
About Arrow and Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation
The Arrow brand, introduced in 1851, is one of America’s oldest and most trusted apparel brands. Arrow is a symbol of authentic American style in clothing for men, women and children. Arrow is a registered trademark of the Cluett, Peabody & Co., Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation. Arrow brand products are sold in over 80 countries worldwide. Visit www.arrowshirts.com.
Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation is one of the world's largest apparel companies. It owns and markets the Calvin Klein brand worldwide. It is the world's largest shirt and neckwear company and markets a variety of goods under its own brands, Van Heusen, Calvin Klein, IZOD, Arrow, Bass and G.H. Bass & Co., and its licensed brands, including Geoffrey Beene, Kenneth Cole New York, Kenneth Cole Reaction, unlisted, A Kenneth Cole Production, BCBG Max Azria, BCBG Attitude, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Sean John, Chaps, Donald J. Trump Signature Collection, JOE Joseph Abboud, Tommy Hilfiger, and Perry Ellis Portfolio. Visit www.pvh.com
About Save Ellis Island, Inc.
Save Ellis Island, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the National Park Service designated partner for fundraising and programming to rehabilitate and beneficially re-use the remaining thirty unrestored buildings on Ellis Island. Untouched since the island closed in 1954, the complex will come to life again in the coming years, completing Ellis Island’s story as a major gateway to America. Once the largest U.S. Public Health Service hospital in the country, constructed to treat ill and infirm immigrants, plans for the buildings call for the Ellis Island Institute and Conference Center, hosting public programs and conferences primarily focused on issues that affect us all – human migration and public health. In addition to convening conferences, the Institute will welcome visitors with exhibitions, interactive programming, festivals and performances that educate and engage audiences of all ages. For more information, visit www.saveellisisland.org or call 973-347-8400.