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About the towels, we forgive you. Absorbing Tales of Borrowed Towels

Everyone in the hotel and motel business has seen linen supply decline at one time or another. Towels and bathmats, etc., tend to mysteriously disappear, following guests home after visits. Estimates are that one in five Americans has pinched a hotel towel. In fact, Holiday Inn Hotels estimates a loss of 560,000 towels a year.

Read more: About the towels, we forgive you. Absorbing Tales of Borrowed Towels

The Lucky Ones - Working In Sevier County Sheriff Dept’s Newly Equipped Laundry

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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Keeping It All In The Family Pays Off For Resort Services, Inc.

BLUFFTON, S.C. -- Located on 20 acres, replete with Spanish moss drifting off tree branches and sprinkled liberally with Southern hospitality, Resort Services, Inc. stands as a showcase for the American work ethic combined with strong family values. Begun by Jerry Reeves III in 1973, the company had Spartan beginnings. A 100 X 150 foot building on 4 acres contained three washer extractors, six dryers, one flatwork ironer, a 100 hp boiler and a delivery truck…mostly “pre-owned” equipment.

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Living Large – Laundry Aboard The Queen Mary II

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.

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SITEX Expands To Accommodate Business

HENDERSON, KY -- Sitex, Kentucky’s largest independently owned uniform and linen rental service has undergone yet another expansion to accommodate burgeoning business.

This April, the Henderson, KY based company moved into their new $7 million plant. This plant will process up to 375,000 pounds of laundry weekly on a single shift, with the ability to take on more poundage via extending or adding shifts, ultimately increasing their capacity 50 – 60 percent.

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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.”