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Laundry Workers On Strike

SOMERVILLE, MA. — Over 400 laundry workers at Angelica Corporation are striking for what they call a fair contract. Negotiations between the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 1445 representing the workers, and the company stalled on the provision of a living wage and improved benefits, including parental leave and affordable healthcare. Of the 450 workers, mostly immigrants, only 23 did not join the strike on the first day.

Laundry Fined In Wastewater Discharge Complaint

HARTFORD, Conn. — Ameripride was fined over half a million dollars in a settlement of federal charges of violations of state and federal clean water rules at its Hartford plant.

The complaint included allegations that the laundry wastewater violated its state permit on discharge for a number of pollutants — including oil and grease, and zinc, lead, and copper.

DRYER FIRE at Victory Field

A dryer fire at Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis caused minor damage at the baseball stadium. The fire was caused by a commercial dryer in the laundry room. It is believed that residual grease on towels being dried ignited the fire. No injuries were reported.

Washex Lays Off Employees And Closes Plant

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Washex’s Wichita Falls plant recently closed its doors and laid off an undetermined amount of employees. According to The Times Record News, a Wichita Falls newspaper, direct deposit payroll checks were issued to some Washex employees but transactions to the accounts at one bank were reversed. It is unknown if the company has ceased business operations. Laundry Today’s attempts to contact Washex officials were unsuccessful.

Since October 2000, Washex has been owned by the parent company of Lavatec Inc., Lavatec AG, a manufacturer of heavy-duty laundry equipment based in Germany. Lavatec, headquartered in Naugatuck, Connecticut, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July.

Cintas Says Worker Disregarded Training

Attorney’s for Cintas Corp. claim that the worker who fell into an industrial dryer and died in 2007 “consciously disregarded his training.”

Court filings this week in Tulsa federal court state that the worker received safety training and understood the correct process on how to clear laundry jams. The worker’s widow is suing Cintas. She claims plant managers encouraged her husband and co-workers to climb onto conveyors to dislodge clumps of clothes to move them into dryers. Cintas is asking for summary judgment without a trial.

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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.”