COLUMBIA — Linen King, an Oklahoma-based laundry service provider specializing in the health care industry, will be opening a new facility in Columbia this summer. The 52,000-square-foot industrial laundry facility will be located at 2600 Maguire Boulevard, and will be staffed by up to 30 people to be hired over the next six months.
According to a news release from Linen King and Regional Economic Development Inc., the facility could provide close to 100 jobs within five years.
Linen King is a growing company with operations in Oklahoma and Arkansas. Here are some quick facts about the company from its website.
The company, with corporate offices in Bixby, Okla., has grown from 14 employees in 1999 to more than 130.
Its annual revenue had grown from $700,000 to $10 million by fiscal 2008.
It processed more than 20 million pounds of laundry in 2008.
The company in 2008 expanded its business to include consulting and ancillary services, focusing on linen distribution, facility analysis and design/build functions.
"I think its great that REDI is bringing in smaller companies as well as big businesses like IBM," said Second Ward City Councilman Jason Thornhill. "We've lost a lot of blue-collar jobs in the last few years, and we need those job opportunities here just as much as we need tech jobs. It will be great to see Columbia gain that kind of draw as well."
Linen King was founded in 1999 by L.K. McCullough, Kevin Jordan and Leonard McCullough. The company is headquartered in Bixby, Okla., and it operates laundry facilities in Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Materials provided by the company project that they will have 200 employees by the end of the fiscal year with revenue close to $20 million.