BE CREATIVE AND SUCCEED IN A DOWNTURNED ECOMOMY.
The laundry industry desperately seeks a return to stability, respectability and most of all profitability. I would estimate that this yearning will make 2003-2005 the years of deals, beginning with a consolidation trend in which the big get bigger and the others get lost. These mergers must take place in order for the industry to be profitable. There is way too much duplication.
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No matter if you manage a laundry, work in a laundry, or participate in a system that furnishes products to the industry, it should be understood that employees (that is all of us) expect more in life than work itself. We expect and should practice the philosophy that our lives have priority over work. If you are a smart manager you already know this, if you are a manager who will soon self destruct then you better get with the program before all comes tumbling down.
The response from Ty Acton and the 28 other Tingue Brown sales representatives who took part in the company's unique exchange program last year was so positive, that plans are underway to repeat the experience in 2001.
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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.”