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Cost vs. Value For Laundry Equipment Acquisitions

As the state of the art in laundry systems and laundry systems design begins to change, the issue of cost vs. value becomes an important key when making procurement decisions. The following areas should be thoroughly examined before making a decision. Never before has this issue been so important.

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Planning Long-Term Energy Cost Savings for Your Laundry

Edison Electric Institute, on behalf of the nation’s electric utility companies, has outlined the following steps to help you plan how to get the most use from every energy dollar. Following a comprehensive plan can cut a laundry’s energy costs by up to 20 percent. The following steps are taken from EEI’s new guidebook, “Managing Energy.”

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Tax Day Plus

After the deadline for taxes has come and gone (at least for those who choose not to take the extension route), many within the commercial laundry industry are thinking about budgets for the bulk of 2008. Surprisingly, now might also be the best time to think about the tax deductions that will be taken - or ignored – on the 2008 tax returns.

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Halifax Linen Services Adds a Machine and Eliminates a Finishing Line

ROANOKE, NC – When Halifax Linen Services (HLS) began facing problems keeping up with their growing laundry volume, they sought out equipment to hasten operations and cut back on the laborious finishing process.

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Managing Your Inheritance

In the December issue I wrote about the newly hired (or promoted) manager who inherits a new team. If and when this happens, one of the most critical tasks on a to-do list is to evaluate your direct reports.   

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Quick Rinse - News From Around The World

Ecolab Acquires Dober Chemical’S Textile Care Business

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Ecolab Inc. a leader in cleaning, sanitizing, food safety and infection prevention products and services announced it has purchased the commercial laundry division of Dober Chemical Corporation. The acquisition includes Dober’s laundry chemical and waste water treatment and Ultrax dispensing businesses as well as an exclusive partnership to market and provide key components of its Spindle monitoring software.

“Dober is respected throughout the industry for its innovative monitoring technology, product chemistry and commitment to service – qualities that complement our own strengths at Ecolab,” said Brian Henke, vice president and general manager, Ecolab Textile Care North America. “As we expand our North American commercial laundry business, innovation and service excellence will continue to be our top priority as we partner with our customers to deliver unsurpassed value to run their operations more efficiently, sustainably and cost effectively.”

“Ecolab and Dober share the same customercentric approach to service and innovative technology,” said John Dobrez, president Dober Chemical Corp. “This is an exciting development because it builds on the strengths of both companies to move the industry forward.”

Through this agreement, Spindle Technologies,a division of Dober, is forming a strategic alliance with Ecolab Textile Care in an exclusive licensing agreement for its ChemWatch Software technology and the OPTRAX Utility Module.

“There will be no movement of people as they currently all operate remotely,” said Henke. “The Dober leadership team is very skilled and respected in the industry. We plan to have them as part of the team moving forward. During the transition, both businesses will operate as usual and we do not expect there to be any changes in the service the customers are used to receiving.”