New Orleans laundry company announces move to Elmwood

A New Orleans-based commercial laundry service announced Tuesday that it will relocate to the Elmwood industrial area.

Starr Textile Services, which services the hospitality industry and some of the area’s largest hotels, restaurants and condominiums, will move its operations from 1152 Magazine St. on the edge of the Lower Garden District to a location it purchased at 312 Time Saver Ave. in Harahan.

In making the announcement, Jefferson Parish President John Young said that Starr’s move to his parish shows that the area has everything companies need to be successful.

“We’re happy to have Starr here,” Young said.

Michael Hecht, president of Greater New Orleans Inc., an economic-development alliance that serves a 10-parish area in southeast Louisiana, said the move shows the strength of Jefferson Parish and the metro area.

“The heart of the region in terms of the geography and in terms of the economy is Jefferson Parish,” Hecht said. “I think the fact that the region is doing so well is because Jefferson as a parish really has been the parish that was best at doing business and is doing even better under its current leadership.”

The new facility, which will be equipped by Kenner-based Pellerin Laundry Machinery Sales Co., will be 56,000 square feet, company officials said.

The move means the company, based out of Foley, Ala., will create 40 new jobs locally. Another 25 people will be hired at a later point.

The company, with the assistance of the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission, applied for a Small Business Administration loan that will be used to pay for the land and building, company officials said.

Of the $10 million investment, JEDCO will finance more than $4.3 million of it.

The company’s expansion means it will be able to increase its capacity to more than 6,000 pounds of laundry per hour.

Starr Textiles plans to fully move into its new building by August, company officials said.