Austin, Texas – With just $7,500 each, Gary Dufresne and Kevin Lindgren invested in the purchase of a commercial laundry plant with revenues of 15-million a year. Without much money between them, Dufresne and Lindgren drew on their experience and hard-working attitudes to attract the right backer in 2003. The rest is a monumental success story.
Extreme sports abound but there’s one you may not have heard of -- extreme ironing. It’s been called ‘part sport, part spectacle,’ ‘a spoof sport’ and the curious advised that ‘it’s something you have to see to believe. ‘ But founder Phil Shaw views it simply as “an outdoor activity that combines the danger and excitement of an extreme sport with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt.”
BALTMORE, Md. -- Crisp, white lab coats; the sterile snap of fresh sheets; an endless parade of clean towels and cloths. While linens may not be on most people’s minds when they consider medical technology, at Baltimore’s Sinai Hospital, thanks to a new laundry installation, they have become part of the hospital’s cutting-edge approach to medicine.
Under an expanse of sky, spread across 161 lush acres in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains, is a place whose whole meaning is relaxation: The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, the largest resort in scenic Asheville. With 510 rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, six tennis courts, three restaurants and an 18-hole golf course, the place is pure luxury.
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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.”