With yet another annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show Hotel / Motel show upon us, it seems to be the perfect time to take a look at where the industry is headed. Having faced a slow period, questions on many minds remain: Are travel and tourism back? It seems so, according to participants at the first American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) U.S. Lodging Industry Summit.
The laundry industry has come a long way since the beginning days of laundry. Hand washing and labor intensive practices have been replaced with machines and automation moving goods quickly through facilities. Those who labored before us would be amazed.
And although it seems like yesterday when we all gathered for Clean ‘01, two years have flown by. In many ways our industry has not changed â€“ and in many ways we have.
COLLEGE POINT, N.Y. -- Over a decade ago, when Bill Ritter and his father-in-law, John Tortorella, first opened a laundry, they couldn’t have imagined 85,000 pounds of starched, sparkling linens whipping through their doors. But they’ve come a long way...
Arriving at the new HLS facility in Wheeling, Illinois, a first-time visitor can't help but experience a feeling of awe at the size of this modern building that stretches a quarter-mile from the front door to the back wall. Covering 310,000 square feet on a seventeen acre site, HLS has been carefully planned out for meeting the present and future needs of healthcare customers that currently number 46 hospitals, 12 nursing homes and more than 500 clinics in the greater Chicago area.
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Lapauw Acquired By Private Investor
BELGIUM — Lapauw and its affiliate Lapauw France have been acquired by Mr. Philippe D’heygere for an undisclosed amount. The Belgian based manufacturer of industrial laundry equipment officially announced that it has recently sold its rights to Mr. Philippe D’heygere, a successful international entrepreneur with special interests in global expansion.
“I have worked with the Lapauw family for 46 years. Following my first meeting with the new owner, I feel very confident that this agreement will provide the experience and resources needed to expand into new markets and bolster support to our existing distributors and customers,” said Andre Henrard, Export Manager for the countries outside Europe. The current management will remain active and no personnel change is expected.
In a joint statement to their distributors, the Lapauw family announced “Mr. D’heygere has international expertise and will reinforce the position of the Lapauw Group as a successful worldwide leader of premier laundry equipment.”