With yet another annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show Hotel / Motel show upon us, it seems to be the perfect time to take a look at where the industry is headed. Having faced a slow period, questions on many minds remain: Are travel and tourism back? It seems so, according to participants at the first American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) U.S. Lodging Industry Summit.
The laundry industry has come a long way since the beginning days of laundry. Hand washing and labor intensive practices have been replaced with machines and automation moving goods quickly through facilities. Those who labored before us would be amazed.
And although it seems like yesterday when we all gathered for Clean ‘01, two years have flown by. In many ways our industry has not changed â€“ and in many ways we have.
COLLEGE POINT, N.Y. -- Over a decade ago, when Bill Ritter and his father-in-law, John Tortorella, first opened a laundry, they couldn’t have imagined 85,000 pounds of starched, sparkling linens whipping through their doors. But they’ve come a long way...
Arriving at the new HLS facility in Wheeling, Illinois, a first-time visitor can't help but experience a feeling of awe at the size of this modern building that stretches a quarter-mile from the front door to the back wall. Covering 310,000 square feet on a seventeen acre site, HLS has been carefully planned out for meeting the present and future needs of healthcare customers that currently number 46 hospitals, 12 nursing homes and more than 500 clinics in the greater Chicago area.
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Textile Services Industry Gets National Spotlight
WILIMGTON, Mass. — Textile service executive Ronald Croatti recently appeared on the CBS-TV show “Undercover Boss.” Croatti is CEO of UniFirst Corp., in Wilmington, Mass. For most Americans watching “Undercover Boss” it was their first view inside a commercial laundry, which typically process between 10 million and 25 million pounds of uniforms, table linens, bed sheets, towels and more every year “The reusable textile services business is the original green industry,” said Ricci. “Commercial laundries reuse linen instead of filing landfills with disposable alternatives and continually discover new, innovative means to reduce energy consumption and recycle water. Our huge economies of scale allow laundries to use about two-thirds less water, energy and detergent than alternatives, such as washing at home, while hygienically cleaning textile products, improving disease control and reducing contamination.”