our story's been unfolding since 1893
A FAMILY LEADERSHIP TEAM
D.J. Redmond II
GALLAGHER UNIFORM HISTORY
A LIVING HISTORY
Honestly, how many companies that you know have been around for over 100 years, let alone in the same family? For that matter, how many companies have been around over 50 years?
If you think about it, isn’t it remarkable that John C. Gallagher started the business to clean shop towels in 1893? And today we’re the leading independent, family-owned uniform and laundry service provider in west Michigan and northern Indiana.
How is that possible? What does Gallagher Uniform have that allows them to continue to grow over all these years? As you learn more about Gallagher Uniform, the answer becomes remarkably simple to identify.
A Dedication to Customer Service
A Passion for Innovation
A Commitment to Quality
Somehow, John C. Gallagher passed on these traits to now five generations of Gallagher’s. Maybe it’s in the “jeans”. But no matter, those same principles that founded the company over 100 years ago are rooted into every facet of the company’s operation.
If history is something that happened in the past, then Gallagher Uniform exemplifies the definition of a Living History…
Major upgrades to plant equipment are completed to keep up with company and production growth.
Switched from RFID chips to bars. This updated technology provided more accuracy when bundling uniforms.
Dan Gallagher retires from Gallagher Uniform after 38 years. Dan started with the company in 1980 and contributed as the Vice President of operations, and finance while maintaining his family leadership role over the course of his career.
- Oct 1, 2018
Gallagher Uniform celebrates 125 years of business in October 2018, marking a milestone not only for the family owned and operated company but for independent launders across the nation.
Pat Gallagher retires after 39 years with Gallagher Uniform. Pat started with the company in 1978 and contributed significantly in sales, service, human resources and family leadership roles over the course of his career.
Gallagher takes G-Trak to the next level with a new mobile app called G-Trak Mobile, available for download on any mobile device, allowing customers to easily track and handle uniform requests on their own time.
Major expansion of production area is completed, increasing the plant square footage by 50%. New state-of-the-art route storage system is installed. Floor plan is adjusted to further separate soil from clean to meet food and pharmaceutical uniform standards.
Mike Gallagher retires as Chairman, Executive Vice President after 36 years. He began his career with Gallagher Uniform in 1977 and was responsible for managing the Human Resources Department and the IT/IS Department. In 2013, Gallagher also unveils and launches its new bundle verifier, G-Trak Certified. Watch the video.
Gallagher launches Radio Frequency (RFID) Chip Technology for maximum mat & uniform tracking.
Launches Handheld computers for Route Service Representatives, anchoring Gallagher Uniform as the leader in innovation and technology.
Gallagher reinvests in an energy efficient steam tunnel to produce superior drying capacity and quality steam finished garments.
Gallagher launches the most advanced uniform management tool available, G-Trak! Online garment tracking reports, uniform orders & cancellations, invoices and direct sale ordering are available live, 24/7.
Gallagher brings their direct embroidery work in-house to accommodate increasing demand. Customer Management Software is introduced to better manage and track communication with customers and prospects.
2001 - 2005
Mike’s two sons, Chris and Kevin, and Pat’s daughter, Amy, join the 5th generation uniform company.
Gallagher launches new website and introduces direct sale business to existing rental customers. Republican Presidential candidate, George W. Bush, stops at laundry facility while on campaign tour a few weeks prior to election.
Equipment is upgraded to the latest technology to accommodate growing uniform rental business. Automatic sorting, DVT, Toyota Stockroom System, technically advanced wash aisle, and Dober Chemical Injection System keep the new Gallagher facility forward looking.
Ronald Gallagher retires after 46 years. Gallagher celebrates 100 years of service.
Gallagher opens a brand new, 35,000-square-foot facility, offering superior laundry innovation in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Gallagher implements bar-code technology, putting Gallagher on the cutting-edge of quality service and laundry innovation.
Major expansion of production area is completed in Battle Creek.
1977 - 1982
Ronald's four sons and current workers, Mike, Pat, Dan and John, join the 4th generation uniform supplier and industrial laundry.
To focus on the Battle Creek plant's growing potential, Gallagher sells the Detroit Facility.
A new manufacturing and laundering facility is built in Detroit and the company changes its name to Gallagher Industrial Laundry, Inc.
Gallagher Cotton Mill is built in Florida to produce shop, dish and bath towels from natural spun cotton.
Norman's son, Ronald joins the 3rd generation laundry.
CEO Norman Gallagher (John's son) opens a facility in Battle Creek, Michigan.
To better serve the needs of the local automotive companies, Detroit Waste Works, Inc. starts manufacturing and laundering shop towels. The company moves to a new facility.
John C. Gallagher opens Detroit Waste Works, Inc., producing utility rags for local businesses.