Part 8: Wash-Rite Work Clothes Rental Service Becomes Clean Uniforms and More!
There was no doubt in anybody’s mind what services the company provided, but it sure was difficult being the receptionist. The name of the company needed to be simplified and improved. In 1971, Clean Rentals, Inc. was created. As the company grew and added a larger scope of products and services , the name Clean Rentals became obsolete. As history has proven, Clean Uniforms and More! clearly describes the company niche.
In 1977 the tides were turning. As uniform rental services grew at a rapid rate, home laundry services declined. Al decided to focus all company efforts solely on his fledgling uniform rental business. He took a bold move and discontinued home laundry services, and in 1983 shut down all dry cleaning activities.
Third Generation of Family Joins The Company…
In 1979, Al’s son Mark joined Clean to head up operations and Al’s daughter, Ann, joined her brother nearly 20 years later.
The 1970s Bring Growth…
In the late 1970s, Clean grew rapidly. Clean quickly realized that high-capacity was needed. Operations at that point in time were being performed in many buildings and at various locations throughout New Bedford. In order to gain more production capacity, Clean reorganized its operations and purchased a larger facility to meet the growing demand.