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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Sodexo Laundry Services Technology Recognized By CIO Magazine
GAITHERSBURG, Md. — An innovative use of computer technology that increases operational efficiency by providing key metrics for its commercial laundry operations and has saved more than $100,000 since its implementation has earned Sodexo, Inc. IDG’s CIO magazine’s 2010 CIO 100 Award. The award recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT). Sodexo’s Laundries Dashboard is a central decision-support tool that combines information from multiple systems to monitor core processes in Laundry and Linen Services businesses.
The dashboard presents Sodexo leadership and field management with key metrics in a customized, easy to use presentation. The dashboard uses Pureshare® Active-Metrics® software to gather and display appropriate information in the form of metrics for each level of management; the metrics are used to make business decisions. Because the dashboard is web-based, it can be accessed from any computer or mobile device. It also sends realtime email alerts that enable management to resolve operational issues immediately. Sodexo’s Laundries Dashboard allows for the effective management of critical areas as well as providing detailed analysis and comparisons.