In their Father's Day edition, Business Weekly recognized the Dempsey family for successfully transferring Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply from founder, Pat Dempsey, to his children P.J. and Kristin Dempsey. The article highlighted the challenges for a family business of having both interested and prepared successors. Exemplifying their accomplishments, Pat celebrated his 80th birthday last year and the company will make a major addition to its Jessup facility this year to accommodate business growth.
• Business Weekly, June 2014
• NEPA Business Journal, Vol. 29 No. 5, May 2014
A sustainability leader in its own industry, Dempsey extended its mission into its customer base by organizing a Farm-to-Table Event in Washington, DC on April 23, 2014. Guest speakers Erica Porch, EatWell Natural Farm Manager, and Brad Parker, Pipe Dreams Fromage Cheese maker, shared their backgrounds, daily operations on their farms and their interest in sustainable agriculture.
• FoodService Monthly, May 2014 (link)
• NEPA Business Journal, Vol. 29 No. 5, May 2014 (link)
Scranton's St. Patrick's Day Parade took place on March 15th, 2014. The Dempsey family, the Y-GuyTM, employees and their families marched through the streets of Scranton spreading good cheer and candy. Dempsey was featured on WBRE WYOU television coverage of the parade.
• WBRE WYOU coverage of St. Patrick's Day Parade 2014
• American Fitness Magazine, March 2014 (link)
ASTM, the globally recognized leader in developing voluntary consensus standards, has developed the Standard Practice for Sustainable Laundry Best Management Practices, ASTM D7841-13. The standard recognizes key criteria in TRSA's CleanGreenTM certification as universal indicators of maximum sustainability in commercial laundry work, thus building consumer confidence in GleanGreenTM certification. Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply was the first laundry in the United States to be certified as CleanGreenTM.
• ASTM Sustainable Laundry Best Management Practices (link)
• Restaurant Facility Business, February/March 2014 (link)
Patrick, PJ and Kristin Dempsey have been named "Entrepreneurs of the Year" by Junior Achievement of Northeastern Pennsylvania. They will be inducted into the JA Business Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony at Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono, PA on May 30th, 2014. The JA Business Hall of Fame honors business leaders who have made outstanding contributions to free enterprise and to society. Since 1919, Junior Achievement's purpose has been to educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise and understand business and economics to improve the quality of their lives.
• JA Business Hall of Fame Ceremony (link)
• McKnights Assisted Living News, January 2014 (link)
Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply has added disposable gloves to their new line of facility supplies and services. The new product line includes poly, vinyl, latex and nitrile gloves for a wide range of applications and industries, such as food service, manufacturing, janitorial, automotive, plumbing, painting and printing.
• Resort + Recreation Magazine, Fall 2013 (link)
Co-founder and Chairman of the Board Pat Dempsey Celebrated his 80th birthday in December 2013. To celebrate this milestone, his son President PJ Dempsey and daughter, Vice President Kristin Dempsey, presented him with a refurbished model of a 1960 International Metro Mite. That was the model that Pat and his brother, co-founder Dick Dempsey, chose for their "founding fleet" of just three trucks in 1960.
The truck was presented to Pat in the Jessup plant in the presence of the production team. Hundreds of employees across the company signed giant cards from each location that were presented to him on his birthday with the truck.
The Textile Rental Services Association (TRSA) recognized Dempsey's Tom Mallas for 50 years of service to the industry at its Annual Conference in Sonoma, CA. Mallas has driven Dempsey's technology advancements during his tenure.
Also recognized for extraordinary tenure were Carmen Libassi, who retired in April, for 45 years, Sal "Sam" DeAngelo for 35 years and Ellie Occulto for 25 years.
• Patrick Dempsey Receives Distinguished Citizen Award (pdf)
Scranton's St. Patrick's Day Parade took place on March 9th, 2013. Dempsey unveiled its new float which include a 10’ inflatable washing machine that blew out real bubbles and – a parade first – three 13’ helium balloons! It was a true family event with the Dempsey family, the Y-Guy, employees and their families marching through Scranton. The new float won the “St. Patrick’s Theme” Award!
Red Kap, the leading manufacturer of quality workwear for the uniform rental industry, awarded Dempsey the designation of "Premier Distributor." The designation recognizes Dempsey's significant purchase volume from Red Kap. "Thank you for your loyalty to Red Kap," said Stuart Jackson, Regional Sales Director, as he presented Dempsey with a plaque in March 2012 in Las Vegas. Dempsey is a single-source supplier of Red Kap garments for the uniform rental programs that it provides to industrial, automotive and manufacturing industries.
For the 3rd straight year, Dempsey's float in the Scranton's St. Patrick's Day Parade was awarded "Most Beautiful Float." The float's theme was "Clean & Green," reflecting Dempsey's laundry operation which cleans uniforms, linens and floor mats in a green, environmentally-friendly way. The Dempsey family, over 100 employees with family members, and the Y-Guy™ marched along the streets of Scranton spreading good cheer, candy & bubbles!
• Saint Patrick's Day Awards (link)
The Textile Rental Services Association (TRSA) has announced that Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply is the first company in the United States to achieve certification in the TRSA Clean Green Certification Program.
Clean Green Certification recognizes companies that demonstrate responsible leadership in sustainability and conservation to protect the environment. The program acknowledges a textile service company’s continuing commitment to improving efficiencies in water and energy conservation and adoption of best management practices for reusing, reclaiming and recycling resources. A business that receives uniform rentals, linen services, floor mats and other reusable textiles laundered by a Clean Green facility can point to the certification as evidence that these were washed, dried and finished with techniques selected to maximize sustainability.
TRSA Clean Green Certification (link)
WNEP News, which is the leader in news coverage for Northeastern Pennsylvania, Central Pennsylvania and the Poconos, featured Dempsey in a segment titled, the “Power to Save.” This environmental initiative shows viewers how businesses and consumers can save money and the environment. WNEP chose to feature Dempsey in this segment after Dempsey received the first Clean Green Certification in the United States. The report showed video highlights of some of Dempsey’s initiatives, which have made it an environmental leader in its industry.
• WNEP TV (link to video)
Patrick J. Dempsey’s 50-year career as a company owner in the textile services business took the spotlight at TRSA’s Annual Conference & Exhibits 2011 when he received the association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. TRSA is the national association of the textile rental services industry.
TRSA Lifetime Achievement Award (link)
Mark Lewis, Corporate Sales Manager, received the TRSA Volunteer Leadership Award at the association’s Annual Conference & Exhibits 2011. TRSA is the national association of the textile rental services industry, whose members provide uniform rental and linen services to business and industry across the United States and Canada.
Lewis was a featured speaker at the Conference. He lead discussion on TRSA’s new “Clean Green” accreditation program, which focuses on best practices for reducing energy and water consumption and sustainability that reduces a laundry’s impact on the environment.
Dempsey's mascot, the Y-Guy™ appeared on NBC's hit show "The Office", which is fictionally based in Scranton, PA. A bendable version of the Y-Guy™ appears on Stanley's desk in the episodes of Season 8. The real Y-Guy™ appears below in a photo of the 2011 St. Patrick's Day Parade. Watch "The Office" Season 8 with Dempsey's Y-Guy™ at the link below.
NBC's "The Office" (link)
Soap in the Veins: 50 Years at Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply, written by Corporate History.Net, earned a 2011 Apex Grand Award for Special Publications. Tough judging is a hallmark of this program, which set the highest standards in the corporate communications field. Dempsey commissioned the book to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2009.
APEX 2011 Grand Award Winners Corporate History.net
Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply has updated their entire line of restroom supply services. The new product line includes touch-free paper and soap dispensers, paper towels, toilet tissues, hand soaps & sanitizers, and odor control. View our complete line of restroom services.
Richard J. “Dick” Dempsey, co-founder of Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply, died Monday after a battle with cancer. He was 75. Dempsey, a natural and gifted salesman, co-founded Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply, Inc. with his brother Patrick in Dunmore, PA in 1959. They began with five employees and one route of business. Since that time, the company has become a multi-state operation servicing seven states with over three hundred employees. Dempsey Uniform & Linen rents uniforms, linens and floor mats to a wide variety of business with a weekly service that includes pick-up, cleaning and delivery. Read More...
• Obituary for Richard J. Dempsey (link)
Mark Lewis, Corporate Sales Manager of Dempsey Uniform, participated in a panel discussion focusing on local success stories in the Marcellus Shale region. Lewis explained how Dempsey Uniform, which supplies Flame Resistant (FR) shirts, pants and coveralls, has helped business protect their employees and comply with safety regulations, like 29 CFR 1910.132(a), NFPA 2112 and NFPA 2113.
The program was presented by MetroAction and Keystone College to help local business owners learn from industry experts about opportunities to deliver services and support the energy industry. Presenters included industry professionals Janice Lobdell, Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA), and Mike Narcavage, Chesapeake Energy Corporation.
Scranton's St. Patrick's Day Parade took place on March 12th, 2011. Dempsey was in attendance, displaying their "Green Laundry Operation". Together, the Dempsey family, employees and the Y-Guy™ joined in the parade's 50th year to march along the streets of Scranton spreading good cheer, candy & bubbles! Congratulations Dempsey for winning the Most Beautiful Award!
In February 2011, PPL Electric Utilities entered Dempsey into its E-power® Energy-Smart Business Honor Roll. With this award, PPL recognized Dempsey's recent energy-saving efforts in its production facilities. "This organization has demonstrated the kind of awareness and commitment that will lead our communities to better energy and environmental practices today and into the future," writes David DeCampli, President, PPL Electric Utilites Corporation.
• PPL Welcomes Dempsey to Energy-Smart Honor Roll (pdf)
Mark Lewis, Corporate Sales Manager for Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply Inc., and Steve Kallenbach, Regional Sales Manager for American Dawn Inc. (ADI) led an interactive "Clean Green" Webinar for members of the Textile Rental Services Association (TRSA) in February. The webinar focused on how a laundry's environmental friendliness has become an important point of difference in selecting one supplier over another.
The TRSA described Dempsey as "renowned in the textile services industry for its water- and energy-saving business practices and the goodwill the company has gained from them." As part of the webinar, Dempsey shared its initiatives and encouraged members to undertake efforts that would position them as the most environmentally conscious choice for uniforms and linens.
Butch Comegys / Staff Photographer
Allied Services resident Donald Fickus cleans a wire hanger Friday for Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply Inc. at the Allied Services vocational division in Scranton.
On January 28, Dempsey recognized workers from Allied Services in Scranton for their hard work. Employees from Allied's Vocational division have recycled eight million hangers from Dempsey Uniform and Linen Supply over the past three years. "We employ several hundred challenged individuals and to give them this opportunity, it's tremendous for Allied, it's great for the environment, it's good for the community, and it really shows what employers can do when they work together," said Allied Services President Bill Conaboy.
Dempsey presented the Allied employees with a "Golden Hanger" to mark the milestone and their mascot, the Y-Guy™, visited with the workers.
In December 2010, Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply, Inc. joined the US EPA Sustainability Partnership Program. The Sustainability Partnership (SP) is an EPA Region 3 initiative to facilitate environmental sustainability at major organizations in the mid-Atlantic region through a collaborative effort. By sharing expertise within programs such as WaterSense, Energy Star and WasteWise, etc., EPA has proven that working with industry, institutions and governments can produce significant results in the reduction of waste generation, natural resource usage, and energy consumption. Our collaborative efforts can reduce environmental footprints and often result in cost savings to the organization as well!
• EPA Thanks Dempsey for Sustainability Partnership (pdf)
Second Year In A Row! Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply was named one of the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania. Dempsey was one of 50 companies to earn the honor in the large category, which recognizes businesses with 251 or more employees. The program is made possible by a joint public/private effort of Team Pennsylvania Foundation, the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Central Penn Business Journal and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry.
• Dempsey Recognized for Diversity Efforts (pdf)
• GO Lackawanna - Dempsey Among Best (pdf)
• TRSA Weekly - Best Places 2010 (pdf)
In the words of WVIA Public Media, their series features, "Stories of hard work, sacrifice and success, told by people and families who started or built successful companies that improve our communities, employ our neighbors and are living examples for future generations." In the fall of 2010, their series featured Dempsey co-founder, Patrick J. Dempsey, Sr.
In 2009, Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply was named one of the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania. Dempsey was one of 50 companies to earn the honor in the large category, which recognizes businesses with 251 or more employees. The program is made possible by a joint public/private effort of Team Pennsylvania Foundation, the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Central Penn Business Journal and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry.
• Business Journal Best Places 09 (pdf)
In 2009, Dempsey won the first-ever "Green Powerhouse Award" from the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal. Judge Jennifer Porter of Workforce Wayne explained: "These awards recognize some of the first organizations in our region taking voluntary action toward green sustainability. This sustainability is about changing behaviors, and to do this we need people like those at Dempsey to show the way."
• Business Journal Green Award (pdf)
Dempsey is a founding member of Laundry ESP® (Laundry Environmental Stewardship Program)• Dempsey has been recognized for its leadership in energy and water conservation.• Dempsey meets or exceeds all local environmental regulations.
Learn more: http://www.laundryesp.org
View the following articles to learn more about Dempsey.
• Dempsey A Top 25 Woman In Business (pdf)
• Dempsey Opens New $14M Facility (pdf)
• Dempsey Uniforms Build Brands (pdf)