BROCKTON, Mass. — Crown Uniform & Linen Service hosted an Oct. 23 ceremony to break ground for its new textile laundering and distribution facility at 309 Battles St., Brockton.
Over the last 11 months, Crown has invested considerable resources into the cleanup of the site, spending more than $1.5 million to handle and dispose of asbestos materials, which were transported to a disposal facility in Ohio, the company reports.
The new 94,000-square-foot facility will house a laundry and administrative office space on 20 acres of land, and will feature many new energy-efficient technologies that promote sustainable business practices, Crown says. New equipment is being chosen not only for its efficiency, but for its ability to minimize impact on the environment.
For example, new Cleaver-Brooks boilers will run on natural gas, are the lowest-NOx emitting boilers available, and feature specialized controls that ensure the highest level of burning efficiency, Crown says. A Norchem Ceramic Filtration System is fully automated, chemical-free, and specifically engineered for laundry wastewater treatment and energy recovery.
Crown will merge two existing facilities into the new plant and plans to keep the existing workforce in place, while filling any additional positions from the Brockton area. When the plant is fully operational, it will employ at least 100 people. As the company grows, more employment opportunities will become available.
Speakers during the groundbreaking ceremony included Brockton Mayor Linda Balzotti, Brockton Ward 7 City Councilor Chris MacMillan, Massachusetts State Rep. Michael Brady, Massachusetts State Rep. Claire Cronin, Executive Director of Mass Office Business Development Michael Hunter, and Brockton Chamber of Commerce President Christopher Cooney.