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STURTEVANT, Wis. & CINCINNATI, Ohio — Diversey, Inc., a global provider of commercial cleaning, sanitation and hygiene solutions and Standard Textile Co., Inc.,an international leader in the design, development, manufacturing and distribution of textiles, decorative products and work apparel, announced the formation of a joint venture to bring innovative, costeffective and sustainable laundry cleaning solutions for the lodging and healthcare industries.
Called Proteus Solutions, LLC, the venture will deliver new innovation to these industries through differentiated products and solutions that redefine cleaning and sanitizing processes. Proteus Solutions combines Diversey’s expertise in delivering superior performance in commercial cleaning and sustainability applications with Standard Textile’s unique capabilities in linen management, textiles and activated water. Proteus Solutions will benefit from the expertise of both companies in providing their customers with innovative solutions of proven value. Under the agreement, Diversey and Standard Textile will jointly launch the new business and commercialize bundled offerings.
“This partnership accelerates delivery of groundbreaking cleaning solutions previously unavailable in the marketplace,” said Diversey President and CEO Ed Lonergan. “The technology behind Proteus enables customers to substantially improve the effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability profile of their operations.”
Added Standard Textile President and CEO Gary Heiman, “The combined expertise of our companies is unrivaled. By jointly developing cleaning solutions using Proteus’s proprietary technologies, our customers will benefit from our deep understanding of textile performance and the cleaning process. For example, laundry customers will have a complete solution that pairs the right textiles with a cleaning and sanitizing system that reduces operating costs and extends the life of their linen.”
The first commercial offering from Proteus Solutions is the Proteus® Activator Washing System, an innovative cleaning and sanitizing system for laundries. Already installed at a number of customer locations throughout the world, the Proteus Activator system is demonstrating substantial operational and sustainability benefits without compromising performance in the laundry process. In these installations of the system, customers are achieving faster, more effective washing and drying cycles with smaller amounts of chemicals and water, resulting in less energy consumption, lower overall costs, and greater sustainability. Some of the demonstrated efficiencies include:
- Cost savings of up to 30 percent as a result of lower chemical consumption and less need to transport and store the products;
- Significant energy savings due to efficiencies created by the Proteus system in the cleaning and sanitizing process;
- Water consumption reduction of up to 20 percent as a result of fewer rinse cycles; and
- Improvements in safety as workers need to handle fewer harmful products.
Proteus Solutions also introduced a new company identity inspired by the breakthrough application of electro-chemically activated water. The company’s identity will also be captured in the tagline “Pure. Clean. Results.”
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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.”