Friday, July 26, 2019
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.
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.text
Friday, May 24, 2019
When you read about companies on one of those “Best Places to Work” lists, you begin to see a common theme: employees who are engaged and passionate about their work. A culture that leaves employees feeling valued is a culture that instills not only a sense of purpose, but also a sense of pride in their work.
"Take Pride" is the Roscoe motto, as well as the backbone of Roscoe's company culture, going back four generations, to when CEO Jim Buik’s grandfather, a Scottish immigrant, founded the company in 1921. Back then, Roscoe employees used to wait outside the factories at the end of the day to take uniforms for washing, returning with clean uniforms the next morning.text
Monday, March 25, 2019
One bitter cold day earlier this year, wind chill temperatures dropped to 50 below in Chicago. Rather than send the route service representatives out on their own to deliver work uniforms and supplies, Roscoe CEO Jim Buik and other senior managers jumped on the trucks in the early morning hours to help speed the deliveries and get everyone out of the cold a little sooner.
It was so cold in the trucks that some workers put hand warmers in their boots.
It was no ordinary winter day, even for Chicago, but it was an illustration of the kind of teamwork practiced at Roscoe all year round. Teamwork is part of the culture, which is just one of the reasons why the average tenure of a Roscoe route service representative is over 13 years, while the industry average among national providers is about 18 months.text
Friday, September 07, 2018
Textile Services Magazine, a publication of the uniform industry group TRSA, takes a behind-the-scenes look at Roscoe's new sorting system, detailing the company-wide effort behind our installation of the sleekly efficient German Kannegiesser ETECH system last year.
The story, which appears in the July/August issue, recounts the painstaking work done in preparation for the most modern sorting system in the industry, including modifications to our 100-year-old building and the dismantling of the old system – much of it done by our own team members, and all of it done without any interruption of service.text
Monday, August 13, 2018
At Roscoe, we're celebrating 97 years in business today and that is a lot to celebrate.
Nine plus decades have passed since two young entrepreneurs in 1921 recognized a booming city's need for someone to launder all of those work clothes. So we'll start there. Below are 97 reasons we are celebrating today.
Our founders George C. Buik and John P. O'Connell, whose processes may have been dramatically different, but whose pioneering spirit still drives us today. Today, Buik's grandson Jim oversees a facility that employs state-of-the-art technology to deliver unparalleled efficiency, accuracy and customer service.text