Canadian Linen and Uniform Service Opens Toronto Central: State-of-the-Art, Green Facility Ensures Ontarians Are Dressed and Ready for Work Everyday

    The Honourable Harinder Takhar, Minister of Small Business and
    Entrepreneurship and City Councillor Anthony Perruzza help celebrate the
    company's 52nd year in Toronto with the opening of new Toronto Central

    TORONTO, June 3 /CNW/ - Canadian Linen and Uniform Service, Canada's
premier national uniform service provider, is opening Toronto Central - its
newest, largest and state-of-the-art processing facility. The Honourable
Harinder Takhar, Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship will help
officially open the plant at the grand opening ceremony this evening, along
with City Councillor Anthony Perruzza. Noted for its use of Radio Frequency
Identification (RFID) technology, unique Clean Room, and capacity to process
more than 16,000 garments and more than 40,000 lbs of laundry per day, Toronto
Central helps ensure that tens of thousands of people across Ontario are
dressed and ready for work everyday.
    Minister Takhar will present Canadian Linen and Uniform Service with a
Certificate of Recognition for its continued innovation and investment in the
Toronto community. The honour is duly earned as Canadian Linen has received
the Consumers' Choice Gold Award for Business Excellence in the Uniform Rental
category for 11 consecutive years.
    "Businesses such as Canadian Linen are the engine of our economy," said
Takhar. The opening of Toronto Central is an example of how a company can use
innovation and technology to improve operations while at the same time
minimizing its impact on the environment."
    Toronto Central has a circulating inventory about half a million
garments. Critical to the plant's success is its propriety Superior Apparel
Management (SAM) system, a tracking and inventory process the company
pioneered. SAM uses radio frequency - every garment has an RFID chip sewn into
it - to track, manage and monitor the precise level of a garment's service and
history, making each garment as unique as a fingerprint.
    "We're thrilled to open a new facility with the top quality innovation
and technology that will allow us to continue providing superior services and
products and extend our unmatched commitment to customer service and quality
care," said Anthony Coulter, District Manager, Canadian Linen and Uniform
Service. "The capabilities of Toronto Central allow us to serve our valued
customers in many ways from a customized uniform program to outfitting their
premises, always ensuring that their employees are ready for work."
    Located at Toronto's crossroads of highways 400 and 401 on Norfinch
Drive, Toronto Central provides Clean Room services to every Canadian Linen
customer across Canada, ensuring that garments requiring specialized
particle-free care are processed according to stringent guidelines. Further,
Toronto Central is designed to minimize its impact on the environment. For
example, the new plant allows Canadian Linen to reduce its water demand on the
City of Toronto by 50 per cent.

    About Canadian Linen and Uniform Service
    As Canada's largest and only truly national uniform program, Canadian
Linen has been providing quality service to local, regional and national
companies for more than 80 years. Recognized as the 2007 Top Uniform Supplier
by the Top Choice Awards, Canadian Linen supplies a variety of industries with
uniform or product programs, including automotive, manufacturing, service,
hospitality, food processing, technology & research and
pharmaceutical/laboratory. Toronto Central is the newest addition to Canadian
Linen's 19 processing facilities and 15 special sales and service centres
which employ 2,000 people from coast to coast.

For further information:

For further information: and to arrange an interview with Minister
Takhar, Councillor Perruzza or Anthony Coulter, please contact: Andrew
Leopold, Ashleigh Cartier, Weber Shandwick Worldwide, (416) 642-7949, (416)

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