Review instigated of other sites
Fishers building £5m ‘super laundry’ at Coatbridge
Laundry firm Fishers is investing £5 million in a new facility in Coatbridge which is expected to bring 150 jobs to the town.
The firm will be “reviewing” its operations at its other sites, it said.
The new “super laundry” will be capable of handling more than four tonnes of laundry (equivalent to 600 domestic washing machine loads) every hour for hotels and restaurants in Glasgow and the surrounding area.
It will be located in an existing 50,000 sq ft unit in Palacecraig Road and will service 8,000 hotel rooms, with capacity for a further 4,000.
This will be Fishers’ first new Scottish laundry in 19 years. It is expected to open in December 2015 and be fully operational by March next year.
The new laundry will allow Fishers to optimise production across its other sites and a full review of these sites will be undertaken in the coming months.
Cupar-headquartered Fishers was established in 1900 and now washes, irons and delivers more than two million items a week. The company provides linen and workwear laundering and rental services to the hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing and pharmaceutical sectors. The business currently operates from seven sites in Scotland and the North of England.
Michael Jones, managing director, said: “This will be the largest single laundry investment ever to be made in Scotland and is testament to Fishers’ confidence in the strength of the country’s growing hospitality industry and our continuing commitment to the sector.”
North Lanarkshire Council’s regeneration convener, David Fagan, said: “By committing to a £5m investment and 150 jobs, Fishers is showing its confidence in the area and what our workers can deliver.”