- Created on Wednesday, 03 March 2004 04:27
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The bill passed by a vote of 65-28, and includes a provision of the Transportation-Treasury Appropriations bill providing temporary relief from Federal Prison Industries’ (FPI) status as an exclusive source for products and services. Efforts had previously been underway in Washington to provide legislative relief to federal departments required to purchase items such as laundry services, textiles, furniture etc., from FPI.Included in the omnibus federal appropriations bill passed by the Senate is a provision giving government contracting officers the authority to determine, based on product quality and delivery schedule, whether FPI or a private sector competitor offers best value on a potential half-billion dollars in products and services"I am very pleased that Congress finally became aware of the urgency of this matter by passing such relief,” said Ken Tyler. “After working on this endeavor specifically for close to 17 years with numerous professional organizations, I now remain confident that this long awaited legislated action will soon become permanent. FPI UNICOR have been ripping off government agencies and the American taxpayer for entirely to long.”
“This represents a major step in our efforts to reform a fundamentally flawed system, but Congress must continue to work toward a permanent solution,” said Roger Cocivera, Textile Rental Services Association (TRSA) Interim President and CEO. “TRSA urges Congress to pass the House-approved H.R. 1829, a reform bill that eliminates FPI’s mandatory source status over the course of five years and provides for much-needed inmate rehabilitation programs. More and more often, our members are being subject to this fundamentally flawed arrangement where taxpayers are required to fund a government system that exploits prison labor to unfairly compete for marketplace opportunities and jobs.”
“I am pleased that this legislation is being passed. I have always felt that the practice of government or state facilities utilizing inmates to compete with the private sector is totally unfair,” said Ron Weinstein, president, Laundry Today. “When inmates have served their sentences, if they are trained in laundry jobs, then our industry should make an effort to hire and assist them in their transition as they join us in the workplace.”
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LIVONIA, Mich. — Hamilton Engineering was recently awarded a U.S. Patent for their Cold Water Injection System (CWIS™) contained within their Companion™ Water Heater and optional on all of their hot water storage tanks. The CWIS™ insures the highest efficiency possible in the water heating system by ensuring all of the coldest water enters the heater first, while eliminating any flow restriction or pressure drop on the hot water being supplied to the laundry so common with other instantaneous or on demand water heaters.