RibbonOctober, 2013 – ELMWOOD, LAStarr Textile Services Grand Opening of new Louisiana plant: Sheila Hodges, Starr owner and SHE Inc. Chairman, is celebrating the growth of the commercial hospitality laundry from its Magazine Street location in New Orleans to the new 70,000 square foot facility in neighboring Jefferson Parish. The grand opening of Starr’s new laundry will be held at 2:00 p.m. on November 7th, at 312 Time Saver Avenue in Elmwood, Louisiana.

This expansion allows Starr to double their capacity and service 5,000 hotel rooms on a single shift, with room for growth. For COO Les Williams, the message is clear. “Clean, pressed linen is a must in the hospitality industry, and that’s what we provide all day, every day: consistent quality.” The new plant has the capacity to process over 7,500 pounds of laundry per hour to service hotels, restaurants and condominium property management partners 24/7.

From the equipment and supplies to the workforce and design of the plant, Starr consistently invests in the greater New Orleans area, and the community has invested back. The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Council (JEDCO) worked closely with Starr for over 2 years to secure the SBA 504 loan. Of the $10.7 million dollar investment, over $4.3 million of it was financed by JEDCO, making this the largest SBA 504 loan in JEDCO history. Starr maintains a safe, friendly work environment with well-trained, New Orleans-area employees. Around 40 positions were moved from the 1152 Magazine Street location, and at least 25 new positions will be added over the next year.

Attendees of the grand opening have the chance to see behind the scenes of a major operation, including a peek into how machine and equipment suppliers like ETECH, Pellerin Milnor and Chicago Dryer all helped bring this together. Environmentally-friendly chemicals, heat reclamation systems, the commercial laundry industry’s lowest water usage per pound, and recycling programs are a valuable component of Starr’s mission to advance the commercial laundry industry.

“Our hospitality partners rely on us and we are committed to keeping our operations running 24/7. Should an emergency arise, we can shift our production to our sister plant in Foley, Alabama” said Hodges.” Consistently high ratings from several four star hotels in the New Orleans area speak for the continued success of Starr along the Gulf Coast.

Starr Textile Services of Louisiana serves the commercial laundry, dry cleaning, and textile rental needs of hospitality organizations in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. For more information on Starr Textile Services of Louisiana, visit StarrTextileServices.com.