For years, Maple Springs depended on one 150-hp firetube boiler to provide its steam. However, as the business expanded from an 8,000-sq-ft building and increased its capacity to processing 100,000 lbs of laundry per shift, the cost of fuel to run the boiler was rapidly rising. Not only did they want to conserve energy, but they wanted a boiler that was ecologically friendly. Vice president and general man-ager Lee Bell said the company has been concerned about the environment throughout his 25-yr tenure and earlier.
"Being a good steward of the environment has always been a top priority at Maple Springs Laundry. Everything is very carefully thought out, from the environmentally sensitive cleaning agent chemicals we use in our washing and bleaching processes, to the high-efficiency equipment we select in order to minimize fuel usage and greenhouse gasses," he said.