APRIL 1, 2013 – NEW ORLEANS, LA – Starr Textile Services of Louisiana, currently located at 1152 Magazine Street, has announced the purchase of a 70,000 square-foot facility in Jefferson Parish to be renovated into a new state-of-the-art laundry by the end of the year. The expansion will allow Starr to increase their capacity to over 6,000 pounds of laundry per hour to service hotels, restaurants and condominium property management partners 24/7.

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Jefferson Parish President John Young Welcomes Sheila Hodges and the Starr Team Pictured from left to right: Les Williams, Steve Florence, Wayne Braefield and Sheila Hodges of Starr Textile Services; Jefferson Parish Councilman Paul Johnston, District 2; Jefferson Parish President John Young, Jerry Bolgna and Dottie Stephenson of JEDCO; Curtis Pellerin of Pellerin Laundry Machinery Sales and Jim Pellerin of Pellerin Milnor Corporation.

According to Les Williams, Starr Textile Services COO, they will bring about 40 existing positions from the current plant to the larger facility and add over 25 new positions in the next year. Starr has invested over $10.7 million in the building, renovations and equipment purchases for 312 Time Saver Avenue in Elmwood, La. Starr would like to thank the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) and Jefferson Parish for all of their assistance and hospitality in facilitating the move to the Elmwood Business Park. JEDCO and Starr Textiles have worked closely for more than two years to secure the right site to host the expanding business. With the new building chosen and big plans for growth, Starr Textiles applied for an SBA 504 Loan. Of the more than $10 million investment, JEDCO will finance over $4.3 million of it, making this the largest SBA 504 loan in JEDCO history. “This move has been a long time in the making,” says JEDCO Executive Director, Jerry Bologna. “I commend the JEDCO team, the Parish President and Parish Department directors for their unwavering commitment to this project. We are confident that Starr Textiles will find unprecedented success in Jefferson Parish. JEDCO remains dedicated to Starr Textiles.”

Starr also chose to partner with another Jefferson Parish business Pellerin Laundry Machinery Sales Company, Inc. to design the new laundry and their sister company, Pellerin Milnor Corporation, as one of the main laundry equipment manufacturers utilized in the new plant. The Pellerin Family owns and operates both of these companies which are located in Kenner, LA.

Sheila Hodges, owner and Chairman of SH Enterprises, the umbrella to a family of companies including Starr Textile Services LLC of Louisiana, explained,” We, the Starr Textile Team, are committed to the highest standards of service, relationships and profitability – balanced to the benefit of our customers. Starr began in Foley, Alabama and has grown along the Gulf Coast. In 2010 Starr’s expansion resulted in a small plant in New Orleans and now through team excellence, we have grown so rapidly that we were fortunate to locate this facility and work with JEDCO to advance our business in the New Orleans Metro region.” Starr’s first 30,000-square foot, state-of-the-art laundry was built in Foley, Alabama and also designed/equipped by Pellerin Laundry Machinery Sales Company, which utilized laundry machinery manufactured by Pellerin Milnor . Sheila explained, “Pellerin and Starr make great partners because our business principles and high standards for customer service are aligned. The New Orleans area has been very good to us and therefore, our commitment back to this area, and now to Jefferson Parish as well, is that we will continue to invest in the community. We will continue to train, improve and grow our workforce. We will continue to be the driving force in the advancement of our industry. Thank you for that opportunity.”

“We are very proud to be partnering with Starr Textile Services on this state-of-the-art laundry facility,” said Scott McClure, V.P. of Sales Pellerin Laundry Machinery Sales Company, Inc. “In 2008, we designed and equipped Starr’s laundry facility in Foley, AL and are excited about their new facility to serve the New Orleans Market. This new laundry will be minutes away from our Kenner plant and will have some of the latest energy saving technology, including a Milnor PulseFlow® Wash System that will annually process millions of pounds of linen while utilizing less than 1/2 gallons per pound. Considering that conventional washers can utilize up to 3.5 gallons per lb., this laundry will be one of the most efficient laundry facilities in the country.”

Les Williams stated, “Clean, pressed linen is a must in the hospitality industry, and that’s what Starr provides all day, every day: consistent quality and consistent customer service. Starr does this while ‘in the green.’ Environmentally friendly chemicals, heat reclamation systems, the commercial laundry industry’s lowest water usage per pound, and recycling programs make our declaration of being ‘green’ more than just words. We are excited about our expansion of services and efficiencies in Louisiana.”

Jefferson Parish President John Young Welcomes Sheila Hodges and the Starr Team Pictured from left to right: Les Williams, Steve Florence, Wayne Braefield and Sheila Hodges of Starr Textile Services; Jefferson Parish Councilman Paul Johnston, District 2; Jefferson Parish President John Young, Jerry Bolgna and Dottie Stephenson of JEDCO; Curtis Pellerin of Pellerin Laundry Machinery Sales and Jim Pellerin of Pellerin Milnor Corporation.