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.
Standing as tall as a 23-story building and weighing 151,400 gross tons, the new Queen Mary 2 (QM2) is the Cunard Line’s largest vessel and the world’s largest ship. Building began on this majestic lady in January 2002 and $800 million dollars later she was launched from the shipyard on January 2004. The QM2 sports 10 dining venues, a 20,000 square foot spa, five pools, a child care facility, 14 bars and lounges and other posh accommodations to keep her voyagers busy at sea.
SEVIERVILLE, TN. -- The lucky few inmates chosen to work in the prison’s laundry at Sevier County Sheriff’s Department in Sevierville, Tennessee are part of the facilities new money-saving operation.
“We didn’t realize our new laundry equipment would save us money but the new machines have made us much more efficient,” said Paul Lintner the sheriff department’s manager of food service and laundry. Until two years ago the facility was relying on four top load washers and two home-style dryers to keep pace with more than 400 pounds of soiled laundry every day.
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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.”