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Ozone Cleans Up At The Beechwood Hotel

WORCHESTER, Mass. — Two years ago, the Beechwood Hotel began using ozone technology. They don’t regret the decision.

In fact Mark Waxler, the hotel’s General Manager, has nothing but enthusiasm for the Wet-Tech product and its results.

Located on the premises of a major Biotech office park, across from the UMass Medical Center, the Beechwood caters to a highend corporate and international clientele. There are 73 guest rooms as well as 7,000 sq feet of meeting space. As with everyone else in this current economy, hotel management is always looking for ways to improve their product and conserve energy.

“I was told that I would save utilities, save hot water, save regular water and that’s what’s happened,’ says Waxler.

The Beachwood Hotel laundry processes an annualized amount of 186,000 pounds of terry, towels, facecloths, bathrobes and coverlets. With the help of the Wet-Tech Enviro-Saver II, the laundering is now done with less hot water, less drying time and fewer chemicals in the wash.

“Drying time for all laundry has decreased about five minutes,” says Waxler. This is due to the lower moisture content of the laundry now coming out of the washers. The washing temperatures have been reduced from 160 degrees to just 60 degrees because ozone cleans best in colder water, he explains. And because ozone requires fewer chemicals, the hotel has been able to cut back on detergent usage. To top it all off he says, the laundry is now softer and whiter.

“It’s a better product and it smells better,” says Waxler. The Beechwood laundry operates with two 80-pound B&C Technologies washers and three 50-pound Cissell dryers. Due to the facility’s size, all of the hotel’s larger linen items, like sheets, are outsourced due to lack of space for an ironer.

Waxler knows he is saving money because even with prices rising over the past year, the hotel’s actual laundering costs have not increased. “And I have more rooms, more meetings than two years ago,” he notes.

Installing ozone technology at the Beechwood is part of an overall strategy by the hotel to reduce its costs and impact on the environment. Ozone helps reduce ‘carbon footprints’ by lowering hot water demands for washing. It all adds up for Waxler.

“I’m saving money for the hotel, I’m producing a better product and I’m saving the environment,” he says.

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Emerald Textiles Chosen As Linen Services Provider For Eisenhower Medical Center

SAN DIEGO, Ca. — Emerald Textiles™, a Southern California commercial healthcare laundry provider, announced its selection as exclusive vendor of linen rentals and services for Eisenhower Medical Center. Emerald Textiles operates a technologically-advanced commercial laundry facility that saves the county of San Diego more than 700,000 therms of natural gas and expects to save 40,000,000 gallons of water annually.

“We are pleased with the quality and cleanliness that Emerald is providing and proud to work with a provider who is focused on sustainability and the environment,” said Dana Francis, director of environmental services for Eisenhower Medical Center. “Since Emerald began managing our linen services, we have happier employees and patients.”

Emerald recently received the SDG&E Savings by Design Award, in recognition for its advanced design and extreme energy efficiency. Savings by Design is an award created by the California Public Utilities Commission and San Diego Gas & Electric