UniFirst Opens Plant in Baton Rouge
UniFirst Corp. unveiled its new Baton Rouge, LA, plant with an Aug. 11 ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by local dignitaries and company officials. As UniFirst’s first processing facility in Louisiana, the company characterized the outpost as representing the Wilmington, MA-based chain’s long-term commitment to the community, region and state.
The nearly 65,000-square-foot plant began operating on May 15, initially creating 35 jobs. That figure is expected to reach nearly 75. "Our Baton Rouge location is a true showpiece for our company," said President and CEO Ron Croatti, describing the facility’s plant systems as “among the most modern and efficient” in the industry, enabling delivery of “the highest quality services and products.”
Among the plant processes highlighted during the event:
- A software-controlled sling system feeds automated washers from overhead.
- Garments are transferred from washers to dryers and other processing spaces by pre-programmed controls.
- Tunnel finishers process laundered garments from wet to wrinkle-free dry.
- All workwear is automatically sorted and prepared for shipping to customers at up to 4,000 pieces per hour via a proprietary sortation system.
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