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Alsco is a linen and uniform-rental business service provider to restaurants, health care organizations, the automotive industry and industrial facilities.[1][2] Having around 180 locations, with 355,000 customers in 14 countries, Alsco ranked #380 in Forbes 2007 list of America's Largest Private Companies.[3]

IndustryLinen and Uniform Rental Services
Founded1889; 130 years ago (1889)
FounderGeorge A. Steiner
Key people
Co-CEOs Kevin Steiner and Robert Steiner
Number of employees


The 1890s saw the worst economic depression up to that point in U.S. history. Corn prices, which greatly affected Nebraska’s economy, dropped considerably. Weather—drought, blizzards and early frosts—compounded the problems. Banks and crops failed. The Lincoln Towel and Apron Supply Company, along with most other businesses, began to struggle. As customers reduced their accounts, the young Steiner brothers found it difficult to continue. George decided to move to Salt Lake City and continue the business.

In Salt Lake City, George’s business grew rapidly, and by 1899, it was large enough for George to rent his first plant, located on First South at the site of the old Morgan Hotel. This plant would allow George’s company, now called American Linen, to launder and process its own linens rather than contracting out the work to competitive laundries. From there, the company continued to grow. In 1910, American Linen added a new processing plant at 33 East and Six South, where the Grand America Hotel now stands. And in the early 1990s, it built its current local facility in West Valley City.[4]

At present, the company employs more than 20,000 people worldwide. It is still managed by members of the owner’s family, Kevin and Robert Steiner.


Alsco provides linen- and uniform-rental services to customers that include restaurants, health care organizations, the automotive industry and industrial facilities.



  1. ^ "Company Overview of Alsco Inc". Bloomberg News.
  2. ^ "Alsco opens linen service facility in Prince George's County". Government of Maryland.
  3. ^ "America's Largest Private Companies".
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