RICHMOND, Ky. — The Association for Linen Management (ALM) and Universal-UniLink Purchasing Association have entered into a cooperative agreement that will bring value and benefit to members of both organizations by sharing educational programs and purchasing discounts, the organizations report.
ALM and Universal-UniLink members will receive information about the partnership benefits and how member businesses can take advantage of educational and discount purchasing opportunities.
“Both of our organizations’ missions and histories are so complementary that it made the relationship a perfect fit,” says ALM President Randy Wendland, CLLM. “ALM brings our educational programs and materials while Universal-UniLink offers our members access to the largest independent purchasing group of their kind.”
“The ALM Board approaches each opportunity focused on the needs of our members,” adds ALM Executive Director Linda Fairbanks. “We believe that through our partnership with Universal-UniLink, many businesses among our diverse member base will have the opportunity to leverage significant savings through group purchasing discounts.”
ALM membership comprises 35% on-premise/campus laundries, 34% central/commercial laundries and 11% cooperative laundries, in addition to members providing distribution services.
“This historic collaboration between ALM and Universal-UniLink has the potential to bring much benefit to both organizations,” says Allan Fowler, president of UPA. “We’re pleased to make ALM’s world-class training, education and certification available to our member companies. ALM’s programs will open new doors for our owners and operators as they gain certifications respected and required in the healthcare industry.
“Additionally, the cost and time our operators invest in training management-level staff will be reduced significantly by taking full advantage of ALM’s excellent offerings.”