Solutions - HHSC - Abilene, TX
"Both Pellerin Laundry and Milnor provide unparalleled customer service and technical support. Their installation and service personnel are outstanding."
The Texas Department of Human and Health Services Commission (HHSC) contracted Tour Andover Controls (TAC), to consolidate twelve of their laundries into five large regional ultra modern washrooms to provide clean laundry economically over a number of years. Danny Moran was assigned as project manager for TAC, a world leader in energy solutions that offers comprehensive energy-related services from energy reduction to flexible financing solutions.
Moran has worked with Scott McClure of Pellerin Laundry Machinery Sales Company on the HHSC Laundry Consolidation project over the last two years. TAC is best known for performance contracting. Simply put, they guarantee they will save the client “X” amount of money over the 15 year life of the project or they will pay the difference. The State of Texas Public Finance Authority can allocate certain State funds for Performance Contracting if the contractor can generate the savings as a result of utilizing such funds. TAC was hired to be the contractor for the State that would utilize a group of subcontractors for the changing to new energy efficient equipment to fulfill their performance contract. TAC performed a series of cost analyses and provided HHSC with their laundry equipment. In turn, HHSC is able to compensate TAC with the savings as they are achieved as a result of the installation of the recommended equipment.
HHSC chose Pellerin Laundry Machinery Sales Company to renovate and install the five state of the art laundry facilities because of their outstanding reputation as a laundry equipment dealer and for their existing relationship with Pellerin Milnor. TAC decided on the Milnor CBW® tunnel washer because it could process the laundry efficiently and effectively using only one gallon of water for each pound of dirty goods. Their competitors could not make and guarantee that claim, stating that they would use three gallons of water per lb. of goods. Previously, HHSC’s laundry was using 4.46 gallons of water per lb. of goods. The installation of the Milnor CBW tunnel enabled HHSC to achieve a 78% savings in water consumption.
Economics wasn’t the only criteria used in the decision making process. Both HHSC and TAC went to great lengths researching laundry equipment. Moran explains, “In our discoveries, we came to the conclusion that Milnor is simply the best. Their equipment is extremely well built and incredibly well engineered. I have been very impressed with the performance of the Milnor CBW® washer, especially with its automation. Both Pellerin Laundry and Milnor provide unparalleled customer service and technical support. Their installation and service personnel are outstanding. Scott McClure and Pellerin Laundry have been there for HHSC, the taxpayers of Texas and TAC to make the project an overwhelming success.”
There are a total of 22 state operated hospital and school facilities throughout the state of Texas that launder their goods in the various state run facilities. The five regional laundry locations around the state in this program are: Kerrville, Abilene, Wichita Falls, Richmond and Mexia, Texas.
The Abilene regional laundry launders goods for a San Angelo State School, Lubbock State School, Big Spring State Hospital as well as Abilene State School. They launder anything from clothing garments, to linen, terry, and everything that is used by the residents of these schools.
The Operating Schedule of the Abilene laundry is one shift per day, five days per week, and with a total of 40 hours per week. Monday and Tuesday the laundry processes linen for seven hours per day and Wednesday-Friday they process linen for six hours per day. They have 29 full time employees (FTEs) down from 35 FTEs which is a 17% reduction in labor costs. All of the previous employees either retired or moved into other positions within the facility. The Abilene Regional Laundry staff takes a great deal of pride in their work; the finishing
work is completed by residents of the state school.
The laundry processes between 13,000-15,000 lbs. per day. The facility record is 31,000 lbs. of linen a day. Due to the fact that the laundry keeps a four day supply of linens on site at each school served, the daily poundage depends on the daily linen usage per school. The Abilene laundry facility surpassed their goals for efficiency by processing over 3.7 million lbs. per year during the first year of operation.
The laundry is equipped with a seven module Milnor 76039 CBW® tunnel, a Milnor MP1603CR Single Stage Press, a water press reuse system, four Milnor 64058 gas dryers, a Milnor Lint Collector, Milnor Multitrac Controller, Mildata® Computer Network, Speed Check Soil Sorting System, Speed Check Tunnel Loading System, and Energenics Kartwasher.
With the national average of rewash rates being between 4-6%, the Abilene laundry is above the curve with a rewash rate of about 1.3%. As a result of the Milnor CBW tunnel, they’ve exceeded their expectations by reducing their water consumption by 78% and their energy consumption by 54%. Their previous laundry required a 600HP boiler to operate the laundry. Now even after adding more equipment, they’ve reduced the boiler size to a 300HP boiler, achieving their goals with 50% of the horsepower; thus, greatly reducing their steam costs.
HHSC is also pleased with their Mildata® Computer Network. They find the system easy to use as it provides the ability to monitor the operations of each of the five regions through printed reports to ensure that they’re all working efficiently. Because they’re a state run facility, it is vital to have that type of information accessible to the staff.
John Hennington, Assistant Superintendent for the Abilene State School, explains that “Since the addition of the Milnor CBW tunnel, even employee morale has increased because the laundry is a more cohesive unit and all components of the laundry work well together. The automated loading is much easier on employees and does not provide the physically demanding strain on them as with the previous laundry. We’re now up to par with automation standards seen in many of today’s laundries. In addition, we’ve created a much nicer working environment with a well lit laundry facility, painted walls, and epoxy floors.”
Also present in this clean and well installed laundry is a tribute to Joel Butts, the deceased member of the Abilene State School staff who was the visionary behind the HHSC consolidated laundry project, but did not live to see the Milnor CBW® tunnel washer installed. To show their appreciation and fond memories of Butts, they named the Milnor CBW tunnel after him and spelled his name across four of the modules of the tunnel: J-O-E-L.