Operator Options – Large- vs. Small-Roll Ironers


Laundry operators who process napkins and other flatwork today have two options in terms of flatwork ironers: modern, large-roll deep chest ironers, manufactured either in the U.S. or abroad; and small-roll shallow chest ironers, manufactured mostly by the now-defunct American Laundry Machinery Co. This article highlights operator views and a consultant’s take on both types of equipment.

LinenMaster Acquires Infinite Laundry


LinenMaster’s recent acquisition of Infinite Laundry combines two brands to create a full suite of front-and-back-end solutions for the linen, uniform and facility services industry. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Gurtler Acquires OMNI’s UV Technology for Tunnels


Gurtler Industries announced an agreement with OMNI Solutions to acquire full rights to OMNI’s SULAOS, Smart Ultraviolet Light Advanced Oxidation System. Under the agreement, Gurtler will own the SULAOS technology exclusively for the tunnel system markets worldwide. Gurtler also will partner with OMNI’s current users of their technology in existing tunnel systems. 

In Other News this Week


Additional recent headlines from consumer media of interest to linen, uniform and facility services operators, and especially readers of Textile Services Weekly.

CLS Unveils $6 Million Plant Expansion


Continental Linen Services (CLS) recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil its 11,000-square-foot, $6 million expansion at its processing facility in Kalamazoo, MI, according to news reports.

AlliantCon Draws Industry Leaders to Fort Worth


Over 115 linen, uniform and facility services industry operators representing 55 companies from the U.S. and Canada gathered in Fort Worth, TX, for two days of networking, education and fun. The annual conference, dubbed “AlliantCon,” is a forum for operators to discuss new technologies, exchange ideas and strategies and learn other new ways that operators can grow and manage their businesses. 

Fleet Managers Hit Capitol Hill to Lobby Feds on EV Regs


Fleet Management Association members gathered in Washington Sept. 19-21 to discuss the emerging regulatory burdens of vehicle electrification and make their case that the federal government must accelerate plans to support electric-vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

Kemco Gets Patent for Water-Recycling Process


TRSA supplier partner member Kemco Systems, Clearwater, FL, recently announced the award of a patent for its KLEENWATER™ system. The patented process employs the combination of Kemco’s ceramic membrane filtration system and specialized reverse-osmosis technology which conserves water and thermal energy, according to a news release.

Vitec Acquires ABS Laundry Business Solutions


Vitec Software Group AB recently acquired ABS Laundry Business Solutions (ABS), headquartered in Boxtel, the Netherlands. ABS reported sales of SEK (Swedish krona) 203 million ($19.3 million) for the 2021 financial year, according to a news release.