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Evergreen Laundry Adds 25 New Jobs to Community in First Year

Bruce Beggs |

CLEVELAND — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Cleveland Foundation President and CEO Ronald Richard recently marked the one-year anniversary of the Evergreen Laundry Cooperative and discussed a “one-year report card” for the worker-owned cooperative.
The new report, prepared by the Cleveland Foundation, outlines the benefits that the laundry and another year-old Evergreen business, Ohio Cooperative Solar, have brought the community.
The Evergreen Laundry Cooperative, located in Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood, launders linens from hospitals, nursing homes and hotels, using ultra-energy-efficient technology and recycling waste heat and water. It launders approximately 3 million pounds each year, with a capacity of 10 million pounds.
It employed seven people at start-up in October 2009, and had 25 employees at its one-year anniversary. The Judson and McGregor retirement communities, Parma Community Hospital, and Staybridge Suites and Renaissance Cleveland hotels are its major clients.
“The Evergreen Cooperative initiative is a model for how we can create green jobs in communities all across Ohio and the country,” says Brown. “These for-profit, environmentally responsible businesses are helping revive historic but often neglected neighborhoods in downtown Cleveland.”
The Evergreen Cooperative is a partnership between the residents of six of Cleveland’s neighborhoods, the Cleveland Foundation, the City of Cleveland and several of the city’s most important “anchor institutions” — Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and many others.
You can read the Cleveland Foundation report here.

About the author

Bruce Beggs

American Trade Magazines LLC

Editorial Director, American Trade Magazines LLC

Bruce Beggs is editorial director of American Trade Magazines LLC, including American Coin-Op, American Drycleaner and American Laundry News. He was the editor of American Laundry News from November 1999 to May 2011. Beggs has worked as a newspaper reporter/editor and magazine editor since graduating from Kansas State University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications. He and his wife, Sandy, have two children.

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