The History of Roscoe

1921
1924
1926
1929
1933
1946
1952
1957
1969
1973
1975
1979
1988
1991
1993
1999
2000
2001
2003
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012 & 2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2021

1921

John P. O’Connell & George C. Buik purchase Very Best Laundry at Roscoe & Southport, where they wash customer-owned uniforms

1924

Roscoe adds Uniform Rental to Services

1926

Roscoe begins washing customer-owned rags – one of the earliest recycling initiatives

We move to Harrison St. (Existing Location)

1929

Roscoe adds Shop Towels to rental line

1933

Chicago World’s Fair – Roscoe supplies rental uniforms to the General Motors & Ford Assembly plants as well as fair maintenance & grounds crew

1946

The Buik Family purchases shares from O’Connells

1952

Floor Mats & Dust Mops are added to rental line

1957

Purchase of “Garden” plant

1969

Donald Buik is promoted to president

1973

Donald Buik purchases all shares

1975

Roscoe installs the industry’s first water treatment

1979

Jim Buik (current owner) starts working at Roscoe

1988

Donald Buik is awarded the Community Spirit Award

1991

Jim Buik is promoted to President

1993

Roscoe implements barcoding & automated sorting

1999

Roscoe is awarded the Governor’s Pollution Prevention Award

2000

Jim Buik purchases shares and Donald Buik retires after 56 years with Roscoe

Roscoe’s PACT

2001

Roscoe earns ISO Certification

2003

RF chips are added to both mats & uniforms

2007

Roscoe launches new “Take Pride” branding

2008

Roscoe initiates PRIDE Core Values

2009

Consolidation and modernization of the existing plant

2010

Roscoe is awarded the TRSA Sustainability Innovations Award

2011

Roscoe celebrates 90 years

2012 & 2014

Roscoe becomes Clean Green Certified for our Best Management Practices of water reuse, reclamation and removal and green efforts throughout our plant and outside of the plant. Some of these include the use of T8 fluorescent lights with motion sensors and skylights, the recycling of hangers, cardboard boxes and pallets, the use of linen laundry bags instead of plastic disposable bags and the use of Route Optimization software that reduces mileage and fleet fuel consumption.

2015

New installation of LED lights in production areas helps us reduce kilowatts consumed for lighting by over 40%. LEDs typically use 25-80% less energy and last 3-25 times longer than traditional incandescent, in addition to the countless benefits it provides in worker safety and productivity.

Another way we go green in 2015 is via solid waste reduction by de-watering liquid sludge and additional water recycling.

2016

Roscoe celebrates 95 years

RFID chips are converted to Ultra-High RFID chips so thousands of garments can be scanned at once

Roscoe is awarded the TRSA Sustainability Award and Illinois Sustainability Award

Julia Buik starts working at Roscoe full-time

2017

Installation of new Kannegiesser Sorting System

2018

Roscoe earns TRSA Hygienically Clean Certification and OSHA SHARP Certification (Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program)

2019

Jim Buik serves second term as TRSA Chairman

2021

Roscoe’s 100 year anniversary!