What ALM Does For Laundry Managers For Associates
(Vendors, Sales, etc.)
Local Chapters
and the
ALM Office
How to Join

ALM's History (formerly NAILM)

The Association for Linen Management (ALM) was founded in 1939 by Heywood Wiley to provide a network for the flow of information among its members leading toward their professional development and the advancement of the technologies they employ.

ALM accomplishes this purpose through the exchange of information, recognition and achievement and formal educational activities.

ALM is a non-profit professional organization. It is not a union, and has no collective bargaining or lobbying functions. All of the association's elected and appointed officials serve without compensation.


Current Target Market Segments

Healthcare Segment targets the following facilities:

  • Hospitals, including not-for-profit, private, corporate and federal
  • Longterm care facilities, including nursing homes, retirement centers and personal care facilities
  • Cooperative laundries designed to service multiple hospitals and their outlying clinics

Hospitality Segment targets the following facilities:

  • Hotels and motels
  • Resorts and spa facilities

Corrections Segment targets the following facilities:

  • Federal prisons and jails, serving both the staff/employees and inmates participation in a rehabilitation/training program

Institutional Segment targets the following facilities:

  • Independent or commercial laundries who service multiple contracts that may include healthcare, hospitality and/or corrections as well as other smaller groups such as doctor’s offices, rental supply houses, catering businesses, etc.
  • Groups such as the Department of Defense focusing on members of the military who are preparing to return to the private sector

How ALM Meets Member Needs


    • Guidance in complying with JCAHO regulations related to laundry/linen services.  These areas include infection control, leadership, and training.
    • Collection and distribution of industry data including salaries, job descriptions, contract components, and service statistics.
    • Networking opportunities with fellow industry leaders addressing concerns such as, automation, par levels, employee recruitment & retention, troubleshooting specific concerns.
    • Independently operated test piece services provided by a national leading academic institution that will provide insight and identification of your facilities specific linen issues.
    • Educational opportunities including the industry’s premiere laundry/linen/environmental services college designed to prepare potential and existing directors in all areas of industry, leadership and management skills.
    • Innovative and progressively developing correspondence courses designed to direct frontline personnel in washroom chemistry and linen distribution as well as emergent managers and directors.
    • Independent educational offerings designed to keep the laundry/linen/environmental services community abreast of current and changing trends.
    • Leading industry educational and informational conferences
    • The industry’s only technical journal dedicated to the advancement of educational opportunities.

ALM is a member of the Better Business Bureau.


Association for Linen Management
4350 Brownsboro Rd # 310
Louisville, KY 40207
859-624-8878       Fax: 859-454-4454      1-800-645-8787
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