The family owned business began when his father opened the first Reino facility in 1943. It was a dry cleaner and shirt laundry in Gibsonburg, Ohio. Reino has been building on that original business for over 50 years - most recently, the family celebrated the grand opening of a 92,000 square foot healthcare facility in Michigan. It was a natural progression.
Since the early 1960’s, Reino Linen has specialized in serving hospitals through their expanding COG healthcare laundry business. “We have continually updated and expanded our business operations, starting from a facility that was 2,500 square feet and growing to 41,000 square feet,” says Reino. “Not only have we grown in size but we have kept pace with technology.”
But various circumstances led to the necessity of an additional facility in a different location - escalating costs, rising prices and an increase in utilities. “It was time to consider moving closer to our customers,” says Judy Reino, President. By late 2008, a 92,000 square foot building convenient to all major highways was located.
Don Pedder, COO of Reino, spearheaded the building project. He shared a vision with the Reinos. “It was our goal to build a state-of-theart facility that would be designed to open with the capability to produce 35 to 40 million pounds and be easily expandable to process up to 80 million pounds,” he says. “Not only did we want to meet current market demands, we wanted to be flexible enough to grow with future demands.”
The new Brownstown plant opened on July 20, 2009 and it is presently processing over 14 million pounds. “We are already tracking savings in transportation, utility and labor that are exceeding our exceptions,” says Pedder.The plant includes a state-of-the art surgical pack room built to HLAC/AAMI specifications. “We’re a full service healthcare linen provider,” says Pedder. “Although we primarily do COG, we also handle some rental and have a retail route division.” With 86 employees, the laundry runs six days a week from 6am to 2:20pm.
Davenport Brothers Construction Company was chosen as the general contractor and American Laundry Systems as the project management company. Working together a brand new state-of-the-art laundry was installed.
Reino purchased two Kannegiesser PowerTrans Batch Washing systems comprised of 14-module, 165 lb. capacity batches; two PowerPress extractors and fourteen PowerDry dryers. The batch washer systems are capable of producing over 9,000 pounds per hour. The laundry also buzzes with three of Kannegiesser’s 2-roll HPM Heating Band Ironers, complete with PU-12 Linen Separators; EMT Feeders; and CFM Folder-Stackers, capable of producing over 1,000 pieces per hour each. The dry fold department includes two BFS Blanket folderstackers and a total of eight AFM/FSM Small Piece Folders, also supplied by Kannegiesser.
The soil sort system, capable of producing up to 14,000 pounds per hour was purchased from E-Tech. Diamond Chemical services both the original Reino plant in Gibsonburg that currently processes approximately 36 million pounds yearly, and the new plant in Brownstown with certified green chemicals and processes.
Eight Unimac pony washers and 8 Unimac dryers ranging from 35 to 150-pounds each are also in use in the new laundry. The boiler room is powered by a 400 HP Hurst boiler. Kemco supplied a waste water and heat recovery system and all air requirements were met by Ingersoll Rand. “We have 3 state-ofthe- art energy conserving air compressors and dryers,” says Pedder.
“We also installed a complex duct work system that allows us to divert the hot air to the outside in the summer so we can keep the plant cooler and to the finishing side of the plant in the winter so we can use it to heat the plant.”
The Reino group has also made the commitment to go green in both its original plant and this new facility. “Our goal in 2010 is to go completely green,” says Pedder. “We started that program a couple of years ago with the recycle soil bag program where we sell plastic bags and they come back with linen. We then send them to a recycler – not a landfill. And we work with our customers to cut down the amount of medical waste that comes in with the linen. Whenever we get a medical waste item from a customer, we identify it and send a photo to the customer and the infectious control people. We let them know what is coming out of the hospital to help them reduce the amount of medical waste by keeping awareness high.” According to Pedder, over the last 12 months, the laundry has reduced the amount of medical waste that comes into the plant by almost 35 percent through this innovative process.
“We are committed to expanding our green efforts and the new plant is making this commitment easier” said Leonard Reino. “We are saving energy, water and time with our new equipment and the outcome is a bonus for the customer, the community and the company.”
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Gulf Coast Laundry Acquired by Swisher Hygine
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Swisher Hygiene Inc., a provider of hygiene and sanitation products and services, announced that it acquired Gulf Coast Laundry Services of Mississippi, LLC (“Gulf Coast Laundry Services”), a Mississippibased linen services company.
Gulf Coast Laundry Services provides linen rental and laundry services throughout southern Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama, primarily to hotel, casino and resort customers. Concurrent with the acquisition, the founder of Gulf Coast Laundry Services, David Gross, will join Swisher Hygiene and contribute to the continued growth of its linen services business.
Total consideration paid by Swisher Hygiene in connection with the acquisition includes approximately $4.8 million in cash and the issuance of a convertible promissory note which may be converted into a maximum of 350,000 shares of Swisher Hygiene common stock subject to certain restrictions, including acceptance by the Toronto Stock Exchange.