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Roscoe President Ends Busy Second Term as Industry Association Chair

When Roscoe President Jim Buik began his second two-year term as chairman of the industry association for the linen, uniform and facility services industry in 2018, he could not have imagined the challenges that lay ahead.

Buik’s longstanding advocacy of industry collaboration, modernization, strategic planning and transparency, however, proved well-suited to a term in which the coronavirus pandemic overtook the agenda and left no industry unscathed.

But while many businesses struggled just to minimize the damage, just getting through was never an option for an industry built on principles of hygiene and sanitization in the era of a runaway virus.…

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Sloppy Weather Meets its Mat(ch)

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In Chicago, we don’t need a groundhog to tell us if the weather is about to change. It’s always about to change.

And while we had a bit of a dry spell over the summer, it’s already time to start thinking about that wet, sloppy season known as… well you know what it’s known as.

Not to cast a cloud (ahem) over what is shaping up to be a beautiful fall, but if you run a business, it is time to start planning for sloppy weather.

That means having the right accessories underfoot.

Keep Mud, Sleet, Snow &

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A Century of Pride: George C. Buik and the Early Years

As we approach our centennial anniversary, our blog series, A Century of Pride, details Roscoe’s (almost) 100 years of colorful history through the recollections of modern family members, some written histories and an irresistible trove of faded note cards, old photos and family lore.

In Roscoe’s early years, founders J.P. “Jack” O’Connell and George C. Buik shared the responsibilities of managing their new laundering business. O’Connell handled the day-to-day operations of the plant while Buik maintained his job as a business agent for the Chicago machinists’ union, assisting O’Connell on the side.

In their free time, the two friends chased …

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The Right Floor Mat System for Keeping Your Workplace Clean and Safe

By Sergio Peña, District Service Manager

As a District Service Manager and 15-year member of the Roscoe Team, I have had the privilege of meeting a lot of customers over the years, beginning as a Route Service Representative. And while our work uniforms are the “meat and potatoes” of this business, as my supervisor once told me, I have also spent a lot of time helping customers take care of their floors as well.

As an industry veteran, I know that appearance matters. That includes what you see when you’re looking down. Floor mats are an important part of maintaining …

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A Century of Pride: Roscoe’s Roaring 20s

As we approach our centennial anniversary, our blog series, A Century of Pride, details Roscoe’s (almost) 100 years of colorful history through the recollections of modern family members, some written histories and an irresistible trove of faded note cards, old photos and family lore.

Before the 1900s, work clothes were generally laundered at home. Family members – typically women – would hand-launder garments for the entire family.

But with the urbanization of America, employees were increasingly required to wear uniforms for personal and product protection and as part of new standards of cleanliness in the workplace.

In response to …

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