Express Linen Services, Blackpool, England

33 years after the construction of the famous Blackpool Tower in 1894, Express Laundry opened its doors for business. Starting as a domestic laundry in 1927 the business has grown into one of the best recognised names in the UK laundry Industry. Today, both Tower and Laundry are thriving - one still attracting tourists from all over the UK, the other providing a top quality linen rental service to the hundreds of hotels and guest houses that service the town's many visitors. Over a partnership of 25 years, current owner, Eddie Bruce, and Chief Engineer, Gordon Edwards, have kept abreast of...

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CWS Boco, Cork

The Irish business of CWS-Boco was not always as successful as it is today. In recent years and under different ownership the business was under threat from high costs on one side, and low priced contracts on the other. With the takeover by CWS Boco the opportunity was seized to restructure the entire business, closing several smaller plants in the process and focussing the main linen production on a new plant located on the outskirts of Cork. CWS-Boco itself is a division of The Haniel Group, a family owned €27.3 billion turnover group of companies headquartered in Duisburg, Germany. The...

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Vejle Sygehus, Danmark

In common with most European and Scandinavian countries, many hospitals and public institutions in Danmark have turned to the private sector for the provision of linen services. One of the few remaining that have decided to retain their own processing facility is Vejle Sygehus (Sudenske Vaskeriet) located in the historic town of 55,000 inhabitants in Jylland (Jutland). The laundry was established in 1980 and re-equipped with modern equipment in the early 2000's. Processing 6-7 tonnes per day, the main washing plant comprises 2 x Senking, 12 compartment P18 tunnel washers with SEP 50 type...

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First Garment Rental, Johannesburg

The biggest laundry group in South Africa comprises 3 businesses— FGR itself, which provides facilities management, including garments, dustmats and mops. Boston Laundry – The leading supplier of hotel linen throughout the country Montana – which owns and operates numerous on premise laundries serving nursing homes, smaller hospital and similar institutions. Originally owned by the Fainman family, FGR recently became part of the successful Bidvest group and under the continued direction of Alan Fainman and a dedicated team of professional managers has continued to expand, despite...

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