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Businesses are focusing on their core operations, relying more and more on textile services companies to provide cost-effective, environmentally conscious reusable alternatives to positively impact employee morale, increase safety and improve hygiene

Wherever a business soils clothing, towels or linens with even the slightest opportunity of contamination, our industry usually has a good customer. Businesses contract with textile services companies for our knowledge and expertise in properly cleaning reusable products including the optimal washing time, chemistry and water fill and temperature levels to produce wrinkle-free quality and sanitation. All of our products, but particularly fashionable linens and garments, help our customers build a positive image and brand.

Industrial

We classify all other businesses besides those described below as "industrial.” Most of these customers primarily purchase uniform rental services from our industry to save their people from using personal clothes at work and ensure their staff’s clothing offers a consistent look that their customers appreciate. Traditional industrial users of textile services are motivated to rent uniforms for cleanliness as their workers’ clothes are vulnerable to stains from petroleum and other chemicals. In decades past this was the case for our most significant industrial markets such as manufacturing and automotive-related businesses. Now these industries have cleaner processes and the image- and identity-building benefits of uniform rental are as important to them as they are to our light-soil industrial customers such as trade contractors, wholesalers, warehousing and trucking, and retailers. Still other textile service customers such as food processors and electronics manufacturers are most concerned about protecting their products from contaminants and require specialized garments adhering to very high cleanliness standards. Our industrial customers also tend to be the heaviest users of our dust control services, deploying our floor mats, wiping towels, mops and other textiles to keep their workplaces and production clean.

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Healthcare

While management and staff of thousands of hospitals spend their busy workdays caring for patients and otherwise operating their facilities they leave their linen laundry to textile services professionals who handle this task off-site. This work includes washing, drying and finishing bed linens, garments worn by staff and patients and sheets and towels used throughout the facility. Year after year when Modern Healthcare magazine asks facility administrators what types of work they use contractors for, laundry is mentioned most often. Such outsourcing enables hospitals to dedicate floor space that might otherwise be used for washing and drying to some other purpose. Outsourcing to a textile services laundry also saves the hospital’s money because as laundry specialists, our industry washes more efficiently and manages linen inventory more effectively than the facility’s management could. Hundreds of thousands of medical practices and other ambulatory care facilities are also users of our services, removing the need for their staffs to buy and wash their work clothing personally. In addition, instead of paper disposables, such a facility can use more environmentally friendly cloth patient gowns, exam table covers and other textile items. Healthcare is a huge growth area for commercial textile services as the nation's largest employer and a steadily growing business.

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Food & Beverage

Fine-dining restaurants use the broadest range of textile services in this market because our cloth tablecloths and napkins serve their guests and maintain an upscale atmosphere in their dining rooms. Even mid-priced restaurants benefit from table linen as a TRSA study found that these facilities’ purchasing managers are convinced their customers prefer cloth napkins over paper and that linen has a positive impact on business image. Beyond the dining room, every type of eating place requires garments and towels for kitchen staff.Tens of thousands of casual and quick service restaurants turn to our business to print their logos on customized floor mats that trap dirt from diners’ shoes and add ambience.

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Hospitality

More hotels with on-premises laundries are transforming these facilities for other purposes and outsourcing their bed linen processing to textile services companies, realizing the benefits of rededicating laundry floor space to other business functions. Hotel management refocuses attention dedicated to laundering on core business activities. They reduce expenses, often replacing a fixed-cost operating structure with a variable cost model (“pay as you go”) incurring laundry charges in line with room occupancy rates. Upscale hotels traditionally have taken advantage of this opportunity. Many such facilities that do not outsource bed linen laundry still use a textile service for table linen, preferring the service’s high-quality wrinkle-removal and inventory management capabilities.

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