JULY, 2013Starr Textile Services Shines At Clean Show

Starr Textile Services of Louisiana recently attended the Clean Show, the world’s largest exhibition of commercial laundry equipment (sponsored by ALM, The Coin Laundry Association, TCATA, and TRSA) with over 10,000 attendees. The Clean Show featured two of Starr’s major equipment suppliers and their design/construction company.

Clean Show

Starr and Pellerin Milnor representatives showcasing their new equipment – Pictured from left: Chuck Davis, Katie Pellerin, Clint Hodges, Michelle Nelson, Steve Florence, Curtis Pellerin, Sheila Hodges, Robbie Wilkerson, Jim Pellerin, Tom Gober, Sue Gober, Les Williams, Chase Lamb, Wayne Brayfield

Pellerin Milnor and Chicago Dryer showcased specially-designed equipment being manufactured for Starr’s new Jefferson Parish laundry facility, currently under construction by ARCO/Murray. Starr’s new laundry will process millions of pounds of linen per year, and Starr’s leadership team is dedicated to being a positive impact on the environment. “Going ‘green’ isn’t just a marketing concept,” says COO Les Williams. The washing machines at Starr’s new plant are capable of producing 6,000 pounds of laundry an hour, using approximately .3 gallons of water per pound. This will make them the most efficient laundry facility in the area.

“We are proud to have our associates showcasing the design/construction methodology and the equipment that will be utilized in our new facility,” voiced Starr owner and SH Enterprises Inc. Chairman Sheila Hodges. The Jefferson Parish location is currently under construction and plans to open its doors in September of 2013. By using local Pellerin Milnor Corporation to manufacture their washers and sister company Pellerin Laundry Machinery Sales Company, Inc. to design the new laundry, Starr has done an excellent job keeping the majority of their $10.7 million dollar investment in the greater New Orleans area. In fact, Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) and Starr Textiles worked closely for more than two years on this expansion and SBA 504 Loan application. 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.

Starr will bring over 40 positions from the Magazine Street laundry to the larger facility in Jefferson Parish, while adding about 25 new jobs over the next year. The new facility at 312 Time Saver Avenue in Elmwood, Louisiana has the capacity to process over 6,000 pounds of laundry per hour to service hotels, restaurants and condominium property management partners 24/7.

Starr’s first state-of-the-art laundry facility was built in Foley, Alabama. “Starr, Pellerin Milnor, Chicago Dryer and ARCO/Murray share high standards of customer service,” said Hodges, “that’s why we made the decision to utilize their services.”