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And The Big Guys Win Again…

As President of Laundry Today I hope you enjoy reading the publication. I particularly enjoy interactions with our readers from letters they send expressing their opinions on industry happenings or issues which concern them. I rarely take the opportunity to express my opinion, however today I find myself in a position of wanting to speak out regarding hospital consolidation and purchasing groups.

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Renovating a 4th Generation Family Business - New System Laundry

PORTLAND, OR -- Deteriorating plant conditions, outdated equipment and severe space limitations were just some of the reasons that New System Laundry, a family run business since 1917, chose to undergo major renovations at their Portland plant.

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New Orleans Marriott Literally Cuts Their Work In Half

NEW ORLEANS, LA -- When management at the 1300-room New Orleans Marriott decided to upgrade their laundry equipment in order to increase productivity, they knew they had their work cut out for them. But work wasn’t the only thing being cut during the hotel laundry installation.

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JCAHO Surveys and Healthcare Laundries - "What to Expect"

Editors note: In our March 2002 issue we looked at the Who, What, When, Where and Why of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO.) This month Ken Tyler will share with us how to prepare for a JCAHO survey.

While much time is spent preparing for JCAHO surveys, the impact and importance is directed at patient care and documentation that supports that activity. If there was ever a true definition of direct and indirect patient care, a review of JCAHO survey protocols and processes would easily layout the definitions.

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LaundrySPY – a revolutionary new security system for the laundry industry

PETALUMA, CA -- Ever wondered if there’s a security system out there that could do it all -- prevent theft and vandalism, stand up to the extreme temperatures inside your laundry and eliminate the hassle of VCR tapes?

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Gulf Coast Laundry Acquired by Swisher Hygine

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Swisher Hygiene Inc., a provider of hygiene and sanitation products and services, announced that it acquired Gulf Coast Laundry Services of Mississippi, LLC (“Gulf Coast Laundry Services”), a Mississippibased linen services company.

Gulf Coast Laundry Services provides linen rental and laundry services throughout southern Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama, primarily to hotel, casino and resort customers. Concurrent with the acquisition, the founder of Gulf Coast Laundry Services, David Gross, will join Swisher Hygiene and contribute to the continued growth of its linen services business.

Total consideration paid by Swisher Hygiene in connection with the acquisition includes approximately $4.8 million in cash and the issuance of a convertible promissory note which may be converted into a maximum of 350,000 shares of Swisher Hygiene common stock subject to certain restrictions, including acceptance by the Toronto Stock Exchange.