Oak Creek has many laundry facilities, but only one cleans surgical bedding, scrubs and other medical linen.
Crothall Laundry Services (CLS) at 9905 S. 13th St. The company specializes in laundry solutions for the health care industry, and takes extra pride in making them environmentally-friendly.
The facility is operated by a staff of 160 people and runs in two shifts. Within the next year, 18 million pounds of laundry will be cleaned. Crothall aims to increase output to 50 million pounds per year.
The company had been looking for a new location and chose Oak Creek because of the easy access to the 17 Milwaukee-area hospitals it services, CLS Milwaukee General Manager Dave Sobcinski said.
"Oak Creek was chosen for this facility because it is centrally located to customers," Sobcinski said. "It's close to (the) freeway for our trucks and the community was very supportive of the project."
It was almost a year ago that ARCO/ Murray National Construction Co. broke ground on the $13 million state-of-the-art facility in the Creekside Corporate Park.
"The biggest difficulty was the pace," Sobcinski said. "We had to get the building up before the snow and cold weather set in. Our general contractor and machinery vendors did a great job keeping up the deadline set to make this project successful."
LEEDing the Way
The new Crothall building is the only CLS facility built from the ground up and the first laundry facility in the world to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified.
To be certified, the new plant was recognized for recycling previously developed land, strides in energy, water and material efficiency and constructing with eco-friendly designs.
For example, CLS Milwaukee uses three PulseFlow Milnor tunnel washers. These transfer soiled materials through wash compartments that drain only the filthy water from the wash. This will save about 8.5 million gallons of water each year. Crothall also uses natural gas-fired dryers that recover heat from waste water.
"It's always exciting to be noted as the first laundry facility whose company saw (it) important to be an environmental leader in this industry," Sobcinski said. "Hopefully, our future customers will see the value in this as much as our current customers already have."
Many Oak Creek businesses are located along 13th Street in the city. Check out our Patch Places listing for and other businesses along the road.