Hotel laundry giant opens £5m ‘super’ factory


Leading textiles company in Scotland, Fishers, has opened its new £5m ‘super laundry’ in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, which has the potential to cater for a total of 12,000 hotel rooms.

The new laundry, which was unveiled last week by Marc Crothall of The Scottish Tourism Alliance, is located 11 miles from Glasgow and has the capacity to wash and dry around 600,000 items of bed linen and towels a week.

Fishers will service its existing customers’ 8,000 hotel rooms from the new super laundry, with the potential for a further 4,000 to be added.

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The project represents an investment of £5m and is bidding to be one of the most energy efficient plants in Europe, using heat recycling and low temperature washing.

Alongside the new laundry facility, a fleet of new trucks has also been unveiled, to tie in with 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

This is the first in a series of new designs that will adorn Fishers’ fleet of over 80 vehicles that will service the hospitality and tourism in Scotland and the north of England.

Michael Jones, Fishers’ managing director, said: “We’re immensely proud of our new super laundry which underlines our commitment to investing in the business in order to service the needs of our customers in the tourism and hospitality sector here in Scotland. Being close to our customers is really important to us and this new facility brings us 60 miles closer to the growing Glasgow hotels market.”

Fishers was first established in 1900 and now washes, irons and delivers more than two million items a week. The company provides linen and workwear laundering and rental services to the hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing and pharmaceutical sectors. The business currently operates from seven sites in Scotland and the North of England.