2015 Clean Green Sustainability Winner
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TRSA has awarded its Clean Green Sustainability Award to Paris Cos., DuBois, Pennsylvania, for its “Super Trailer” project, an innovative approach to reducing fuel consumption in providing linen and uniform service to businesses.
The honor acknowledged Paris’ significant attention to optimizing logistics, resulting in environmental improvement although Paris drives a high number of vehicle miles due to its rural plant locations and broad service area. Jason McCoy, the company’s chief financial officer, accepted the award at TRSA’s Annual Conference in Isle of Palms, South Carolina on Sept. 11, 2015.
Inspired by a specialized NASCAR car trailer, Paris had experimented with lowering the floor of a semi-trailer to create interior upper and lower decks for hauling more hospital linen carts. After several design iterations, the Super Trailer was born, increasing cart capacity 67 percent, from 36 to 60 carts.
Super Trailers transport textile products to and from distant distribution depots or clusters of customer locations more efficiently. They save 475,000 miles annually that otherwise would be driven by additional trailers. Loaded, the trailer is heavier than a standard unit but the exterior profile above the tractor cab is maintained, resulting in a negligible reduction of MPG to 5.5.
Annual diesel fuel savings are 86,000 gallons per year, the energy equivalent of 12,000 dekatherms of natural gas. Diesel exhaust is reduced, preventing emission of 950 tons of CO2 and 40 toxic air contaminants, including cancer-causing substances such as benzene, arsenic and formaldehyde.
Paris operates three Super Trailers and will add a fourth later this year. “While increasing trailer volume may not be high-tech, it is an innovative, effective approach to reducing fuel consumption and our industry’s environmental footprint,” observed TRSA President and CEO Joseph Ricci.
The TRSA Clean Green Sustainability Award recognizes novel approaches by companies and/or facilities to increase sustainability, conserve natural resources and reduce their operations’ overall environmental impact. Clean Green, a TRSA certification program, requires textile services companies to meet sustainability standards including achievement of water and energy efficiency levels and performance of best management practices.
About Paris Cos.
A trusted supplier of uniform services and hospital and healthcare linen services serving Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and West Virginia, DuBois-based Paris is the largest independently-owned textile services company in Pennsylvania. It serves more than 4,000 customers in these states with an expanding service area in the mid-Atlantic region. Separate uniform and healthcare laundry operations are located in DuBois with an additional healthcare facility in Ravenna, Ohio. The company (www.parisco.com) is TRSA Clean Green certified.
TRSA (www.trsa.org) represents the $16-billion U.S. textile services industry that employs 200,000+ people at 1,500+ facilities nationwide by advocating for fair regulatory and legislative policy affecting the industry and promoting the environmental benefits of reusable textiles. TRSA increases productivity, sustainability, safety and professionalism of textile services worldwide through education, certification, research, benchmarking and information sharing. Most consumers benefit at least once per week from the cleanliness and safety of laundered, reusable linens, uniforms, towels, mats and other products provided to the service, industrial/manufacturing, hospitality, restaurant and healthcare sectors. TRSA quantifies our industry’s commitment to cleanliness and sustainability through our Clean Green and Hygienically Clean Certification programs.