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Leadership Planning for Family-Owned Success

Leadership Planning for Family-Owned Success

Succession planning is a core part of any strong business strategy. For a family-owned business, it’s not just important – it’s central to the process of growing and sustaining a thriving company.

A recent report from PricewaterhouseCoopers found that nearly 44% of family owned businesses consider succession planning a challenge they will face over the next five years, yet just 23% of these companies have a “…robust, documented succession plan in place.”

At Roscoe, succession planning is woven into our business strategy and plays a key role in the efforts by which we've been able to grow our business and provide our customers with consistently high-quality service.

Succession, after all, is about ensuring the continuity of leadership and values that drive success.

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Celebrating 98 Years of Helping Chicago-Area Businesses Get to Work in Uniform

Celebrating 98 Years of Helping Chicago-Area Businesses Get to Work

On August 13th, 1921 Roscoe founders George C. Buik and John P. O’Connell set out with a mission. They wanted to fill a gap in what they recognized as a fast-growing, niche market in an increasingly industrialized Chicago. Not only were they determined to improve the lives and businesses of their customers, they sought to build a company culture of excellence.

Today, 98 years later, we are celebrating the team members and customers who have helped keep their vision going for nearly a century, even as the industry has undergone a dramatic consolidation.

Generations of Pride

“When I started in the business full time in 1982, there were 80 operators in the (linen and industrial laundry) market,” says Roscoe’s third-generation owner and President, Jim Buik. “Now there are about 10. We are the last industrial independent supplier in Chicago.”

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We've Got Our Repair Processes Buttoned Down

We've Got Our Repair Processes Buttoned Down

If you've ever walked out the door in the morning only to discover that a button has come loose on your shirt, or worse, that a zipper has started to lose its grip, you know how annoying it is to have to figure out some kind of fix on the fly. (Ahem.)

But not everyone can get by with a safety pin or a bit of masking tape creativity.  On a work uniform, a loose button is more than just an annoyance. It's a distraction, and potentially, a work-stopping safety hazard.

A work uniform service that doesn't have a buttoned-down system of repair and replacement is a work uniform service that doesn't work.

Nothing Gets Past Our Expert Spotters 

At Roscoe, we've been perfecting our system of repair for more than nine decades, with an inspection process that subjects every single garment to careful scrutiny. Wobbly buttons and weak seams have nowhere to hide when they hit our line of sharp-eyed inspectors at the hanging station.

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Join Roscoe at Teamsters Local 731 Golf Event and Autism Fundraiser

Join Roscoe at Teamsters Local 732 Golf Event and Autism Fundraiser

The summer is a great time to get out into the fresh air and play some golf. This month you can help support a good cause at the same time by joining us on July 25 at the 18th Annual "In Search of a Cure" Golf Event sponsored by Teamsters Local 731 and Joint Council 25.

The event, which has raised more than $6.2 million over the past 17 years, helps fund a variety of programs for children with autism spectrum disorders. Last year, the event brought in $635,000.

Popular Event Expanded to Include Four Golf Courses

The event has grown so much over the years that it has expanded to four courses: two at the Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park, one at Ruffled Feathers Golf Club in Lemont and a fourth at Old Oak Country Club in Homer Glen, according to Roberta Lester, Teamsters Local 731 office manager and bookkeeper, who organizes the event each year.

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Roscoe Family Picnic a Showcase of Teamwork – Minus the "Work"

Roscoe Family Picnic a Showcase of Teamwork Minus the Work

Set against the backdrop of National Grove South in Riverside on a gorgeous spring day, Roscoe Company’s friends and family gathered for our annual picnic, complete with games, a bouncy house, and food… Lots of food.

With nearly 250 in attendance, the picnic was a lively representation of Roscoe’s culture. We enjoyed each other's company, cooked and ate delicious food together, and celebrated our dedicated team members and their families.

Pride of the Jungle, Proud of Our Employees

Our company motto, "Take Pride," was brought to life through our picnic theme: Pride of the Jungle. Our well-loved clown, Strawberri, returned this year by popular demand and skillfully painted children's faces, transforming them into creatures of the jungle. To add to the theme, one family member brought along her pet snake and turtle, and children left with goody bags filled with zoo animal toys, safari stickers, and jungle-themed yo-yos.

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