Ecotex to Purchase Mohawk Medbuy Linen Services and Make Major Investment in Hamilton Facility

BURLINGTON, ON (January 12, 2024) – Mohawk Medbuy Corporation (MMC) is pleased to announce the sale of its Linen Services division to Ecotex Healthcare Linen Service, a family- owned leader in the health care linens service business in Canada and the United States. The sale follows a competitive process facilitated by a third-party and conducted in collaboration with MMC Members. The outcome meets the criteria Mohawk Medbuy established at the outset to ensure continued employment for its Hamilton-based employees and long-term service commitments to the hospitals and other customers it supports. Divesting its linens business will allow MMC to focus on its growing, national health care supply chain services.

“Mohawk Medbuy has a 50-year legacy of providing quality Linens Services and we’re very proud of our team,” said Peter Longo, MMC’s Chief Operating Officer. “Ecotex is extremely well equipped to build on the dedicated service we’ve provided – and is bringing new investments in equipment to the Hamilton plant. It’s a very positive next step for our Linens staff, our Member hospitals and customers – and the City of Hamilton.” Ecotex provides health care laundry services using its large regional linen reprocessing facilities. Their use of environmentally friendly practices has earned the company a Clean Green certification. “We’re thrilled that MMC and their hospitals selected Ecotex based on the value, quality and savings we offer,” said Ecotex President and CEO, Bryan Bartsch. “We look forward to having the 200+ person team in Hamilton become part of the Ecotex family and to delivering our high standard of service to our new customers. To ensure that, we’re making infrastructure investments to the Hamilton facility this year, including a new Tunnel Washer, Press, Shuttle & Dryer System.”

For hospitals currently served by MMC, Ecotex brings a new level of scale and resources. Based on the company’s expertise and strong track record within health care, the selection of Ecotex was firmly endorsed by all the hospitals currently served by MMC’s linen operations. “This is a very good outcome for our patients, our hospital, and our community,” said John Aldis, Senior Vice President, Finance and Corporate Services at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. “It reflects the effort MMC undertook to engage Member hospitals through the process, align on key objectives, and find the best match in a partner that really understands and can meet our evolving linen service needs into the future.”

The selection of Ecotex was the right decision, according to Paul Truscott Jr., Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Health Sciences North (HSN). “Linens are essential to patient care. The scale, resources and operational redundancy that Ecotex brings to the table gives us great confidence that they will deliver for our hospital. Equally important, they’re able to provide cost savings in the process. That’s a win-win for HSN.”

Mohawk Medbuy and Ecotex are currently implementing the transition phase to ensure a seamless service handoff on February 29, 2024.

About Mohawk Medbuy

Mohawk Medbuy Corporation (MMC) is a national, not-for-profit, shared services organization that supports hundreds of health care providers across Canada, as well as child welfare agencies and otherpublic sector organizations. MMC provides value-driven contracting and procurement solutions formedical/surgical supplies, pharmaceutical products, local sourcing, capital (equipment, FF&E and redevelopment) and nutrition solutions. Other services include data analytics, in-hospital support, warehousing/logistics, technology, procure-to-pay, accounts payable and linens.

MMC is actively supporting the creation of a resilient value chain that incorporates environmental social, and economic wellbeing and fosters the participation of Indigenous businesses. Based in Burlington, ON, MMC operates regional hubs in Toronto, Thunder Bay, Kingston, Brantford and London, a distribution centre in Oakville and a linens facility in Hamilton.

About Ecotex

Ecotex Healthcare Linen Service (Ecotex) is family owned and operated company founded in 1959. Over the past 65 years the company has evolved and grown. Ecotex provides Smarter Linen Solutions™ andpartners with large regional healthcare customers. Ecotex has an exclusive focus on the healthcare market, our focused approach has propelled our expansion and healthcare subject matter expertise.Ecotex supports both urban and rural healthcare facilities, ranging from hospitals to long-term care centers. The Ecotex team is comprised of 1,700 employees producing millions of hygienically clean hospital linens each year.

Bryan Bartsch Ascends to CEO Role at Ecotex

Ecotex Healthcare Linen Service, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, recently announced that Bryan Bartsch, who has served as the president of the Ecotex Group since 2018, will succeed his father, Randy Bartsch, as the company’s next CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2024. He will become the third generation of the Bartsch family to lead the business.

Randy Bartsch will continue to support the company as the executive chair of the Ecotex Service Group. This transition aligns with Ecotex’s long-term plan and growth strategy. “With Bryan at the helm, we ensure management continuity and maintain our strong generational outlook,” said Randy Bartsch, the executive chairman of Ecotex. “Our commitment to developing and strengthening our leadership team positions Ecotex to continue to execute solutions for our customers and capitalize on growth opportunities as they arise.”

A graduate of Washington State University, Bryan Bartsch joined the family business in 2002, working his way up from the plant floor before assuming his current role as president in 2018. He is a graduate of the TRSA Production Management Institute (PMI) and has earned the designation of a Certified Professional Laundry Manager (CPLM). Bartsch is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and is on the Board of ARTA, the American Reusable Textile Association.

Ecotex operates 10 specialized healthcare linen processing facilities, providing laundry, linen services and reusable personal protective equipment (PPE) to more than 400 health systems, hospitals and subacute medical facilities in Canada and the Midwest, Southwest and Pacific Regions of the United States. For more information about Ecotex, visit smarterlinensolutions.com.

Grand opening of the newest Ecotex facility

Ecotex is pleased to announce the grand opening of the newest Ecotex facility, which serves as a regional distribution hub for the healthcare laundry in the region.

Our team worked on this project from its original design, through to the buildout phase. Today we have a beautiful new building for our team!

Ecotex provides hygienically clean healthcare linen for over one million patients each week.

Healthcare Linen Alliance Announces Newest Ecotex Facility and 20 Year Agreement with Interior Health

SAN DIEGO (PRWEB) January 04, 2018 — Ecotex Healthcare Linen Service, one of the Founding Members of the Healthcare Linen Alliance, recently began operating a new facility designed to support the Interior Health Authority of British Columbia. Built in just seven months, the newest Ecotex plant, located in the City of Kelowna, was designed to ensure industry’s best practices for infection control of linens supplied to the region’s 72 hospitals and clinics.

Interior Health anticipates savings of approximately $35 million over the length of the contract. Outsourcing this service will enable IH to focus on patient care as well as complete upgrades and expansion to emergency rooms and operating facilities.

The Ecotex facility in Kelowna is equipped with the latest equipment and technology to ensure hygienically clean linen processing, while improving ergonomics for employees and streamlining plant operations.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with with Interior Health to provide support service to the region’s hospitals by providing a safe and comfortable environment for patient care using smarter linen solutions,” said CEO of Ecotex Randy Bartsch. “We are confident that we can provide safety and comfort to patients that inspires trust and confidence, while at the same time offering services to IH in the most financially responsible manner, delivering attentive, high-quality service, employing industry best practices and applying technical excellence.”

Ecotex is an established industry leader in environmental sustainability, and is certified Clean Green® for its environmental laundry practices. The facility incorporates the industry’s best practices for energy conservation and fresh water use and is designed to reduce the environmental footprint from laundry generated by a health system by more than 60%.

Ecotex has been providing commercial laundry services since 1959, including laundry and linen management services to the healthcare sector for more than 30 years. The company operates hygienically clean-certified linen processing facilities in Canada and the United States. Learn more at SmarterLinenSolutions.com

The Healthcare Linen Alliance includes Ecotex Healthcare Linen Service Corp., Emerald Textiles, Logan’s Healthcare Linen Systems, Paris Healthcare Linen Services, Superior Health Linens and Textile Care Services. The group serves a large area covering Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Southern California, Tennessee, Texas, Washington State, West Virginia and Wisconsin, as well as Canada.

About the Healthcare Linen Alliance
The Healthcare Linen Alliance is the better choice for national healthcare laundry. We drive down overall costs for customers through our combined size, scale and coverage. One of the largest commercial healthcare linen services providers in the nation; we serve nearly 1,500 customers and process over 455 million pounds of laundry each year. To learn more about the Alliance please visit HealthcareLinenAlliance.com.

Lisa Kendall, Healthcare Linen Alliance, +1 (858) 414-5855, lisa@healthcarelinenalliance.com