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Rental Company Triples Business With A Little Automation

Cleveland, Tenn. — Bradley Rentals may not be a huge facility, but they’ve increased output in a big way by replacing a hand-held iron with an industrial flatwork ironer.

With the hand-held iron, the company only processed 75 pounds of linen and napkins per week. After installing the new ironer, Bradley Rentals’ production soared to more than 400 pounds of linen weekly – a substantial boon to business and labor productivity. Bradley Rentals rents table linens, napkins and silks to caterers for weddings, parties and banquets and also other rental companies, according to manager Tommy Rowe. Since the business started in 1992, all the linen was ironed by hand. “Handironing meant we were sacrificing both time and quality,” says Rowe.

Hand-Ironing Strangle Business
Before installing a Continental Pro-Series Flatwork Ironer, the laundry process was labor-intensive and time-consuming. Tedious handironing created a growth barrier for Bradley Rentals. The new ironer removed that roadblock.

Prior to installing an ironer it took an hour to hand-press four to five tablecloths. With the new ironer, the company churns out 20 to 30 tablecloths an hour. The results are tangible; improved production and revenue using less labor.

From Washer To Ironer With No Dryer Conditioning
Installing the ironer meant Bradley Rentals eliminated the expense of purchasing a new dryer. “With the ironer, linens travel straight from the washer to the ironer, curtailing time, labor and the cost of a dryer,” says Rowe. As a result, production improves and labor time decreases. Now, just two employees handle all the laundry and no dryer is needed – saving the business money.

The effects on production have been monumental for the facility. Without the unnecessary time in the dryer, linen can be processed for same-day delivery. Not only are linens processed quickly with the new ironer, they are prepared with a professional finish, according to Rowe. “With the hand-held iron, we were constantly forfeiting quality,” he says.

“Now, linens such as 120-inch rounds and chair covers are easily and flawlessly ironed with a single pass,” he says. The new ironer is an essential rung in Bradley Rentals’ ladder to success because it improved production using less labor. “The addition of this ironer is worth at least a person’s salary,” says Rowe. “Less people and less time means more money.”

By tossing out the hand-held iron in favor of a flatwork ironer, Bradley Rentals virtually turned the ironing aspect of linen rental from a burden to an easily managed profit center.

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Got Bedbugs? Help Is Here

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Ecolab Inc. and the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) launched the www.bedbugtoolkit.com, a free online resource to help hotel owners and operators stop bed bugs before they spread. The kit features downloadable materials on how to train staff to detect bed bugs early and actions to take when they suspect a guest room is infested. The digital toolkit includes a fact sheet about how bed bugs spread, their life-cycle and where they like to hide; a poster on bed bug detection; an instructional video showing where to inspect for bed bugs and what signs to look for; and a convenient pocket card for housekeeping staff with directions on how to inspect a room and what to do if bed bugs are found.