Starr Textile Services, which provides commercial laundry services to the hospitality industry, plans to invest more than $10 million to renovate a Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, facility at Elmwood Business Park, installing new commercial laundry equipment, with plans to hire 65 employees during the next two years.
The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission will finance over $4.3 million of the investment, making this the largest SBA 504 loan in its history.
During a press conference, Starr announced the completion of the loan allows the Louisiana plant to undertake additional customers in both the Louisiana and Mississippi markets. The new facility will create 40 new jobs immediately, with another 25 people being hired in the first two years of receiving loan funding. The expansion will also allow Starr to increase its capacity to over 6,000 pounds of laundry per hour to service hotels, restaurants and condominium property management partners 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Starr also announced a partnership with Pellerin Laundry Machinery Sales Company and sister company, Pellerin Milnor Corporation. The local laundry equipment manufacturing and sales companies, based out of Kenner, will design and equip the new facility. Starr expects to purchase over $4.5 million-worth of state-of-the-art equipment, including the Milnor PulseFlow tunnel washer that uses as low as 0.3 gal/lb fresh water, without compromising wash/rinse quality.
“This move has been a long time in the making,” says JEDCO Executive Director, Jerry Bologna. “I commend the JEDCO team, the Parish President and Parish Department directors for their unwavering commitment to this project. We are confident that Starr Textile Services will find unprecedented success in Jefferson Parish. JEDCO remains dedicated to Starr and their team as they expand their operations in Louisiana.”
Sheila Hodges, owner and Chairman of SH Enterprises, the umbrella company over Starr Textile Services LLC of Louisiana said, “Pellerin and Starr make great partners because our business principles and high standards for customer service are aligned. The New Orleans area has been very good to us. Therefore, our commitment back to this area, and now to Jefferson Parish as well, is that we will continue to invest in the community. We will continue to train, improve and grow our workforce. We will continue to be the driving force in the advancement of our industry. Thank you for that opportunity.”
“Starr Textile Services’ decision to expand business in Jefferson Parish is another sign that our region is the right fit for companies looking to grow,” says Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. “Not only does Starr’s partnership with Pellerin Milnor highlight the unique opportunities for expansion that exist in our region, it’s also a sign of the strength of our tourism industry, one of the biggest employers in Greater New Orleans.”