The National : JUNE-SEPT 2017
60 THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER JUNE JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER 2017 BEYOND BOUNDARIES Grenzland Laundry in Ahaus, Germany, is a very special type of laundry: it has the declared target to employ persons suffering from severe disabilities, in particular those affected by combinations of conditions, providing them with qualifications, and accompanying them at the workplace. This implies increased levels of attention within the context of safely operating laundry equipment. JENSEN also takes user safety very seriously. "We employ a workforce that makes mandatory social security contributions and around 40 percent of our employees are affected by severe disabilities. A part of our workforce has been categorised as requiring particularly high levels of support. For this reason, we provide qualified contacts for social support", facility manager Martin Kock explains. “Our 90 employees have ten different nationalities – they include displaced persons from Iraq and Afghanistan. We process almost nine metric tonnes of laundry for hospitals, retirement facilities, and social enterprises. Hotels and commercial customers are also very fond of our services.” New Perspectives for Grenzland Laundry Grenzland laundry is not only committed to integration: modernization measures have also triggered investment in technical systems. "Our tasks continued to grow, our cus- tomer base was becoming significantly stronger. We aim for a balanced mix of our workforce, both with and without disabilities, to secure productivity and long-term employment, perform well on the market, but also to create improved support and inte- gration options. This is another way to intensify mutual support at the work- place", Ditmar Junk, Technical Manager at the laundry, says. A perfect match for JENSEN's approach, offering new perspectives in laundry automation, thinking globally and acting locally to determine the ideal demand and increase productivity together with customers. Matthias Schrader, Sales Manager at JENSEN and contact for Grenzland laundry, provided his support from the outset to demonstrate how JENSEN technology could prepare the company for a successful future. Laundry management: Martraud Leeners, textiles laundry specialist and Ditmar Junk, Technical Management, are very familiar with JENSEN.
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