Healthcare Linen Alliance announces significant expansion

9 December 2019


The Healthcare Linen alliance has announced further expansion in service areas, driven by members adding new facilities. With Alliance members serving the United States and Canada, the group now collectively produces over 750,000,000 pounds annually, serving more than 2,100 customers and over 120,000 hospital beds.

Century Linen & Uniform Services recently built and opened a state of the art facility in Johnstown, New York, and took over the closed Clarus Plants in Syracuse, New York. In part, the expansion was born out of demand for a rapid onboarding of new customers made necessary by other linen providers exiting the market. Century brought on new customers representing more than 15 million pounds of volume annually. Several of those new customers required processing millions of pounds of linen due to existing providers going out of business suddenly. Within seven days, Century surveyed and assessed all of the locations of the potential new customers, ordered, prepped and processed linen to facilitate installation and seamless operations.

“We have an agile and professional, customer-centric team capable of decisive action and we were pleased that we could lend a helping hand to businesses in need,” said Richard Smith, CEO of Century in New York. “We are always looking for the right opportunities to expand strategically and we believe that our ability to scale quickly and assist businesses in our community was a win for everyone involved.”

Novo Health Services, a HLA member headquartered in Georgia, added an eight million pound customer in Richmond, Virginia, with just 30 days notice. Quickly gathering a large install team and partnering another Alliance member, Up To Date Laundry Inc, they surveyed, prepped and processed linen, providing a seamless install and uninterrupted operations for the healthcare system customer.

In the Midwest, a hospital in Peoria, Illinois, was given short notice that their provider was discontinuing service. With a two week time frame, Alliance member Midwest Healthcare Libnen Service stepped in to survey, prep, install and begin servicing the facility quickly to ensure ongoing service.

Encompassing facilities up and down the West Coast, HLA member Emerald Textiles has experienced rapid growth and added significant capacity through opening new facilities, upgrading plants and a strategic acquisition plan. Recent Emerald acquisitions include a plant in St. George, Utah, as well as Mediclean Linen and Laundry in Los Angeles. The company also invested heavily in upgrading existing facilities in Los Angeles, and Turlock, California, in the third quarter of the year and recently completed its “greenfield” expansion in Livingston, California. Emerald’s focus on outstanding quality and service to its customers has facilitated explosive growth in its service area along the West Coast as well as adjacent states.

The Healthcare Linen Alliance is one of the largest commercial healthcare linen service providers in the nation. The group includes Century Linen & Uniform, EcoTex Healthcare Linen Service, Emerald Textiles, Logan’s Healthcare Linen Systems, Midwest Healthcare Linen Service, Novo Health Services, Paris Healthcare Linen Services, Superior Health Linens, Textile Care Services and Up to Date Laundry.


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