by Ken Tyler, CEO TYCORPS International
The Department of Veteran Affairs (FBO) National Acquisition Center, Hines, IL announced the award of a new steam-less laundry system at VA Medical Center Bay Pines, Florida for $14 million dollars. VA Bay Pines healthcare laundry processes laundry for VA Bay Pines, VA James A. Haley Medical Center, Tampa and VA Medical Center, Orlando and several other VA outpatient clinics.
The award for these new systems as part of the VA Laundry Modernization Program was made to Purchinex, LLC, Canton, OH, a Veteran owned service disabled prime contractor teaming with Western State Design, Inc., Hayward CA, to furnish and install the equipment systems. Project management and design responsibilities for this effort will be conducted by R.W. Martin Company, Kent OH.
Some of the offered systems as specified by the VA includes, washing, extracting and drying systems by Pellerin Milnor Corporation; automated material handling systems by ETECH; finishing, quality management and folding systems by Chicago Dryer Company; state-of-the-art process water systems by Thermal Engineering of Arizona, Inc. and Parker Industrial Boiler; cart washing/drying McClure Industries, and numerous other ancillary support systems, production quality management and environmental support components.
It is anticipated at this time that the new laundry operation will start up and be fully operational on or about May 2020. Once operational, the new laundry system will be fully inspected for contract compliance by the VA Quality Assurance Specialist, Environmental Programs Office, Washington, DC.
About the Author: Ken Tyler, industry veteran, recently retired as VP Government Operations at Encompass LLC. Tyler managed the entire textile and laundry operations for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for 23 years. Prior to that and after combat and command duty, he was the director of textile and uniform operations for the Department of the Navy, US Marine Corps where he was responsible for all fleet and base laundry operations, he retired from the Marine Corps Reserve in 1993 . He retired from the VA in 2000, ending 35 years of government service. Tyler planned and managed the design and construction of 57 VA laundries and he established quality and procurement standards for laundry systems. Tyler is a graduate of Leadership VA and recipient of numerous awards including the highest government award-GSA Excellence in Administration Award in 1987.