Industry Continues to Aid Victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma


Standard Textile donated towels for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, seen here in use at the temporary shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center.  (Photo: Alyssa Schukar)


Continental Girbau Inc. and its Florida distributors, Laundry Pro of Florida in Lakeland and The Laundry Shop in Pembroke Pines, have initiated disaster assistance for Hurricane Irma business victims.  (Photo: Continental Girbau)

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Both individuals, laundry businesses receiving assistance in time of need

CHICAGO — As relief efforts continue in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, more laundry and linen service industry partners are helping out those in need.

Vendors and manufacturers are reaching out to aid both members of the public and laundry companies by providing linens, equipment and financing programs.


Standard Textile, a provider of healthcare and hospitality textiles based in Cincinnati, has contributed critical items of need to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma victims with separate donations to the American Red Cross, Matthew 25: Ministries and the Texas Diaper Bank, the company reports.

With its longstanding commitment to servicing the community at a grassroots level, Standard Textile says it has made significant donations to help shelters and individuals with a variety of products from sheets and towels to incontinence pads and diapers.

“When national disasters like Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma strike, it’s crucial to understand the urgency of need for basic necessities,” says Gary Heiman, president and CEO of Standard Textile. “At Standard Textile, we react preemptively, and we fulfill the needs of items that are often overlooked, like towels and incontinence products.”  


Alliance Laundry Systems, a manufacturer commercial laundry equipment based in Ripon, Wis., says it will offer a powerful finance program to laundry owners in hurricane-ravaged regions in Florida and the greater Houston area.

In an effort to get existing Laundromat owners back on their feet, the company is offering a special financing assistance program. The key element of the assistance package is 120 days of no interest and no payments, according to Alliance.

“We know that time is of the essence and store owners need to get damaged equipment replaced as soon as possible,” says William Bittner, vice president North American Sales for Alliance Laundry Systems. “By pushing interest and payments out 120 days, they can focus and getting their operations cash flowing again.”

Alliance says the program is designed to assist vended laundry owners but also is available to on-premises laundry operations in those affected areas. It is being offered through all Alliance Laundry Systems brands. Running through the end of the year, the financing assistance program is open to a minimum finance amount of $2,500 up to a maximum of $500,000.


Continental Girbau Inc., located in Oshkosh, Wis., and its Florida distributors, Laundry Pro of Florida, in Lakeland, Fla., and The Laundry Shop, in Pembroke Pines, Fla., have initiated disaster assistance for Hurricane Irma business victims, the company says. This includes special commercial laundry equipment financing and rental programs, as well as quick equipment and parts replacement.

Continental’s Hurricane Irma relief initiative mirrors that of its Hurricane Harvey program, according to Continental President Mike Floyd. It encompasses special financing on all Continental, LG, Econ-O and Girbau Industrial branded vended and on-premises laundry equipment. Additionally, it helps assure a quick turnaround on parts and equipment replacement.

“Surplus commercial laundry equipment and parts are being warehoused throughout Florida to keep pace with the replacement demand caused by Irma,” says Floyd. 


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