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ARTA Heads For The Hill To Spread Environmental Awareness Of Reusable Textiles

Washington, DC – ARTA members once again went to Capitol Hill to educate representatives, senators, assistants and agency managers about the cost and environmental benefits of reusable textiles.

“As healthcare or environmental issues arise, we want our lawmakers to be familiar with our organization, industry, and legislative agenda,” ARTA president Brad Bushman says. “Hopefully, this familiarity will produce support for our cause.”

Key points of ARTA’s legislative agenda include the fact that reusable textiles provide significant cost-saving advantages vs. disposables. Their use can help healthcare agencies minimize the rising costs of patient care worldwide. Additionally, reusable textiles provide significant environmental benefits by reducing waste disposal. The Memorandum of Understanding between the EPA and the American Hospital Association to reduce waste generation 33 percent by 2005 and 50 percent by 2010 can be achieved by using reusable surgical and incontinence products. And, reusable products create economic opportunity in both inner city and rural communities. The textile, apparel and institutional / commercial laundering industries are large employers in all states of skilled and semi-skilled labor.

“ARTA Members assertively made the rounds to educate legislators and their staffs and to seek support for future efforts, such as our goal of having Medicare mandate the use of reusable incontinence pads in the home and at assisted-living facilities,” Howard Zins, ARTA’s legislative director says.

To reinforce their message, members distributed position papers, ARTA’s publication Reusable Textiles: A Prescription for Change, and ARTA’s advocacy videotape, “Reusable Textiles: The Responsible Choice.”

Lobbying isn’t a once a year event. Members don’t have to wait for the annual Washington meeting to visit their legislators. Legislative agendas and kits are ready to send out, and ARTA can help schedule meetings. So, if you’re going to be in or near Washington, D.C., contact Zins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 636/227-3582.

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Ecolab Acquires Dober Chemical’S Textile Care Business

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Ecolab Inc. a leader in cleaning, sanitizing, food safety and infection prevention products and services announced it has purchased the commercial laundry division of Dober Chemical Corporation. The acquisition includes Dober’s laundry chemical and waste water treatment and Ultrax dispensing businesses as well as an exclusive partnership to market and provide key components of its Spindle monitoring software.

“Dober is respected throughout the industry for its innovative monitoring technology, product chemistry and commitment to service – qualities that complement our own strengths at Ecolab,” said Brian Henke, vice president and general manager, Ecolab Textile Care North America. “As we expand our North American commercial laundry business, innovation and service excellence will continue to be our top priority as we partner with our customers to deliver unsurpassed value to run their operations more efficiently, sustainably and cost effectively.”

“Ecolab and Dober share the same customercentric approach to service and innovative technology,” said John Dobrez, president Dober Chemical Corp. “This is an exciting development because it builds on the strengths of both companies to move the industry forward.”

Through this agreement, Spindle Technologies,a division of Dober, is forming a strategic alliance with Ecolab Textile Care in an exclusive licensing agreement for its ChemWatch Software technology and the OPTRAX Utility Module.

“There will be no movement of people as they currently all operate remotely,” said Henke. “The Dober leadership team is very skilled and respected in the industry. We plan to have them as part of the team moving forward. During the transition, both businesses will operate as usual and we do not expect there to be any changes in the service the customers are used to receiving.”