History

Family owned AND OPERATED SINCE 1954.

Superior Linen Service is the chosen provider of linen and facility services for over 3,000 healthcare and hospitality businesses across Oklahoma, Arkansas, Southern Missouri, and Southern Kansas. We are there for our customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to ensure that their every phone call is answered, every delivery is made, and that every customer feels valued. When we look at the work we’ve done at the end of each day, we can truly say we did something good for our customers, our employees, the community, and the environment.

1954

Beginning

Irving Waldman starts Industrial Uniform and Towel Supply in downtown Tulsa, OK to provide local uniform service to the area. 

1957

Family Tradition

Gilbert Waldman joins his father in the family business after graduating law school at the University of Tulsa.

1958

Movin' On Up

Business was booming and Industrial Uniform moves into a new facility in Tulsa on 12th Street to gain some much needed space.

1969

KP Superior

Industrial Uniform acquires a small family-owned towel and apron business called KP Towel, and enters the linen business as KP Superior, a division of Industrial Uniform. Initial revenue for KP Superior was under $2000 per week.

1970

Expansion

Industrial Uniform continues to grow, expanding into more states and adding additional processing plants and branch offices. 

1977

KP Superior Growh

KP Superior, the linen division of Industrial Uniform, was processing its linen in a small plant in Tulsa, OK on 93rd East Avenue. Since its inception, KP Superior was known as Superior Linen and had grown to 4 routes, 30 employees, and a revenue of $7,000 per week. 

1980

Oklahoma City Branch

KP Superior opens a branch in Oklahoma City.

1982

Fort Smith Branch Opens

KP Superior purchases the former Sunshine Laundry and opens a branch in Fort Smith, Arkansas. 

1984

Big Changes & Buyouts From Cintas Corp.

Industrial Uniform and Towel Supply is sold to the Cintas Corporation, including all uniform processing plants and garment warehouses. At that time, Industrial had become one of the largest independent uniform supply companies in the Southwest with plants in Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas serving customers in 5 states. The KP Superior division was not part of the sale. 

1984

Superior Linen Service, Inc.

Superior Linen Service, Inc. was incorporated to continue the linen supply business with a starting weekly revenue of $30,000. 

1984

Headquarters

The corporate office was established in a former warehouse at 6959 E. 12 Street in Tulsa, OK while processing the linen in the plant on 93rd East Avenue.

1986

Razorback Acquisition

Superior Linen Service acquires Razorback Linen in downtown Fayetteville, AR. 

1991

Downtown Tulsa

Superior Linen Service acquires Tulsa Linen Company and moves from 93rd East Avenue back into downtown Tulsa. 

1993

Acquisition of Advance Linen

The Advance Linen Company facility in Muskogee, OK becomes the home of another Superior Linen Service processing plant. 

1996

Third Generation

The family tradition continues as Douglas Waldman, Gilbert’s son, joins the family business. 

1996

World Wide Web

Superior Linen Service, Inc went online as superlinen.com.

1996

Keystone & Pioneer

Superior Linen Service acquires Keystone Laundry in Baxter Springs, KS and Pioneer Linen in Ponca City, OK. 

1997

The Eastern Division

Superior Linen Service moves into a new facility in Springdale, AR with annual revenue now exceeding $10 million. 

1997

The Healthcare Division

Superior Linens Service converts the Muskogee, OK plant into a pure healthcare linen processing facility. 

1998

Excellent Acquisition

Superior Linen Service acquires the linen business from Excel Linen and Western Uniform, establishing a presence in the Wichita market.

1999

New Equipment

Superior Linen Service updates the Healthcare Division in Muskogee, OK with a state-of-the-art tunnel system. 

1999

Major Growth

Superior Linen Service acquires Western Uniform in Wichita, KS, Tristate Uniform in Springfield, MO, Medsource/HLS in Coffeeville, KS, and National Linen in Tulsa, OK. 

2001

Round Two

Superior Linens Service expands the Healthcare Division again, adding a second tunnel processing system. Over $1 Million in equipment was invested at the Healthcare Division alone in 3 years. 

2001 & 2002

Growing Fast

Superior Linens Service was recognized as one of the 50 fastest-growing companies in Tulsa for two years in a row (2001-2002).

2003

Little Rock, AR Branch

Superior Linen Service expands into the Little Rock, AR market.

2003

Fort Smith

Superior Linen Service acquires Fort Smith Industrial Laundry in Fort Smith, AR.

2006

HLAC Accreditation

Superior Linen Service became the 7th laundry in the United States to be accredited by the Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council. Annual revenue exceeds $20 million. 

2010

Recognition

Inc. Magazine recognizes Superior Linen Service as one of the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the United States. 

2012

Major Growth Continues

Superior Linen Service is again recognized in Inc. Magazine as one of the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the United States. Revenue hits $30 million. 

2013

Brand New Look

After nearly 30 years, Superior Linen Service makes the decision to rebrand the company. With that, a new logo, a new website, and a new social media presence made their debut with much more just around the corner. 

2014

A Time to Remember

Superior Linen Service celebrates 60 years with the commissioning of a special memory book to present to employees and friends of the company at the company wide anniversary gala.

2015

Eastern Division Achievement

Director of the Arkansas Department of Labor has announced that Superior Linen Service’s Eastern Division has achieved status in the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

2021

Eastern Division Celebrates

Superior Linen Service’s Eastern Division celebrates another year without a lost-time accident. This facility, which is also an OSHA SHARP plant, has successfully run a near-model safety management program for the past eight consecutive years.

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