CLS Customer Spotlight: MI Table

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In Downtown Bay City sits a new restaurant with big plans to show off the tastes of Michigan. MI Table, pronounced "my table," takes up a space that used to be an old bank. The old vault remains and is now used for special chef's table events. Everything else in the space has been transformed to show off our state."Come have a seat a...
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CLS Solutions For Your Business

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When you choose a vendor to provide your uniforms or linen, you expect them to make your job easier. And that's what CLS strives to do.After more than 120 years in business, CLS has learned how to avoid common issues in our industry. First-- we take the work out of managing your uniform program."What we find in our industry is it could be...
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CLS Solutions: Confusing Billing

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Confusing invoices, unexplained billing and prices that change without notice. Do any of these sound familiar?At CLS we work to avoid those common complaints by being honest and helping our customers understand our billing process."So we work really hard at CLS to have upfront pricing, bottom line pricing. When I give you a quote that's exactly how...
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CLS Solutions: Worn Out Garments

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Keeping your team looking great is hard work. But CLS is up to the task and we can take the work out of managing your work's uniform program. That includes replacing uniform pieces that no longer deliver the proper image."What differentiates us at CLS is just within the last 2 years is we put up a whole new garment department, so it'...
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CLS Solutions: Stopping Shortages

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Are frequent shortages of items and garments a problem you see with your current linen or uniform supplier?At CLS, we work to make sure problems like that won't affect your business. It's one of the CLS Solutions you'll find to common industry problems."Shortages are a very big thing in our industry," said Senior Sales Consultant, Jared Caron. ...
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CLS Solutions: Communication

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When your business has a problem, you need answers quickly. At CLS, we know the way we respond to issues and communicate with our customers can make or break our relationships.  "We're a locally family owned company. We're Michigan's largest independent and we handle communication differently that some of our competition," said&...
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CLS at the Kalamazoo Holiday Parade

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 The CLS Team had a wonderful time at the annual Kalamazoo Holiday Parade over the weekend.The Kalamazoo Parade has been a community event for the past 57 years featuring a variety of floats, balloons, marching bands and a wide variety of businesses and organizations, including CLS! Thanks to everyone who came out to help us kick off the ...
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CLS Solutions: Managing Your Uniform Program

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If you run a business where image and safety matter, uniforms are essential for the job. But managing your uniform program can be a headache-inducing frustration. This is where CLS can help. No matter the industry, our sales and service teams can help find the best uniforms to deliver your image, protect your employees, and help you stand...
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News Release: CLS Cadillac Branch Open House

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October 29, 2019Family-Owned Michigan Business Opens New Cadillac BranchOpen House and Ribbon Cutting Event:Where: 1539 Plett Road, Haring TownshipWhen: Thursday, November 7thOpen house: 4:30 to 6 p.m.Ribbon Cutting will happen at 5 p.m.Cadillac, Mich. -- Kalamazoo based Continental Linen Services (CLS) is hosting a ribbon cutting for their newest ...
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CLS Sales Philosophy

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At CLS, building relationships with our customers is one of the most important things we can do.From the moment you meet one of our sales consultants you'll spot the difference in our approach.Our Senior Sales Consultant, Jared Caron takes his role as guide for his customers seriously and whether he gets them to sign up for service w...
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Improvements to Better Serve You

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Ever wonder what happens to the laundry we pick up from our customers from all over the state each week?CLS is in the middle of a seven-million dollar project to transform how we deliver the image of our customers. Phase one is now complete and it's already making a huge difference.The process starts with the customer storage bags that come in...
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CLS Takes Part in Suicide Prevention Walk

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This past weekend, two dozen CLS team members weathered the bad weather to support Gryphon Place Suicide Prevention Walk. Team CLS played a part in helping them raise $76,000 for the cause! Members of our team also volunteered to help set up before the walk, in addition to taking part in the 5K to raise awareness about suicide.Thank you t...
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2019 TVM Memorial Golf Classic Raises $48,000

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The donations have been counted and CLS would like to thank all those involved in this year's TVM Memorial Golf Classic for making it a great event for an even better cause."We would like to present the American Cancer Society with a check for $48,000 for our 2019 TVM Memorial Golf Classic. Pretty excited about this. This is good stuff and we ...
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Kalamazoo 9/11 StairClimb

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​Members of the CLS team took part in the Kalamazoo 9/11 Memorial Stairclimb at Wings Event Center on Wednesday, September 11th.Along with local firefighters and community members, they climbed 110 floors to honor the 343 New York Firefighters who selflessly gave their lives 18 years ago.Pictured are CLS Senior Vice President and Owner Sa...
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Our Why

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Laundry and image are our business at CLS, but we know it's about so much more than that."We're kind of that unknown industry that everybody's using our products," said Kurt Vander Meer, President and Owner of CLS.We know it's our sales and service teams that keep our customers coming back. "It's all about relationships. Our route guys, we kno...
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CLS Creates Craft Kits for Kids

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Thank you to the CLS team members and their families who gave up their time to make craft kits for Michigan kids who are in the hospital.We were able to drop off a number of boxes filled with fun activities for those at the Children's Hospital at Bronson Methodist Hospital.
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2019 Ark in the Dark

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A big shout out to our CLS team members who took part in the Ark In The Dark 5K & Auction.Together they helped The Ark Services for Youth raise more than $10,000 to aid in the fight to end youth homelessness and human trafficking.They say it was a lot of fun and felt great to be part of the event!
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Why We Fight

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For 7 years, CLS has been raising money to support the American Cancer Society.The TVM Memorial Golf Classic began as a way to honor former CLS owner Ted Vander Meer and now supports so many others battling the disease and CLS team members who have been affected by cancer. "It's been a very long journey. And I think a lot times people don...
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Fighting Cancer with the TVM Golf Classic

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The countdown is on! This month, CLS Team members, customer partners and community members will come together in honor of former CLS owner, Ted Vander Meer.This will be the 7th year for the Ted Vander Meer Memorial Golf Classic.Ted's sons, Ron and Kurt, who took over the family business from their father, put together the g...
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Celebrating 34 years with CLS

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At CLS, many of our team members have been with us for decades. And we know it's because of them that our customers stick with us for just as long.This month, Route Sales Professional Derek Anderson is celebrating 34 years with CLS. He started before we even had a branch in Cadillac and was a major force in the new building project curren...
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CLS Customer Spotlight: Merrill's Service Center

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Merrill's Service Center has been a staple in the Cadillac area since 1960.The full service car center helps customers both fix and maintain their vehicles."Merrill's Service Center, we do all automotive repairs-- from tires, breaks, shocks, oil changes, engine diagnostics, transmissions, engines, tune ups, alignments, air conditioning, mufflers, e...
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Behind the Scenes of our Soil Transformation Project

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 After months of hard work by our team members and contractors we are excited to announce that phase one of our Soil Transformation Project is complete.The investment will continue our family-owned company's mission of annually increasing production capacity in Kalamazoo and at the same time will reduce waste and the use of util...
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Behind the Scenes with the CLS Garment Manager

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Does your company need a uniform program? We think so! Work uniforms provide a cohesive look for your team, help customers identify your team members and promote your business image. CLS can take the work out of your work uniforms by not only providing all the items for you, but also washing and maintaining them too.Before those garments go ou...
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Promotional Products: the biggest bang for your buck!

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Does Your Company Need Promotional Products? If you're like many businesses, you likely have to work to make your marketing dollars stretch. Brand awareness is key, so how do you get your brand and logo out there without breaking the bank? Promotional products.The Rule of 7  Did you know that it takes multiple exposures to a brand be...
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Join us for the TVM Memorial Golf Classic

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In less than seven weeks, CLS Team members, customer partners and community members will come together in honor of former CLS owner, Ted Vander Meer.This will be the 7th year for the TVM Memorial Golf Classic.Ted's sons, Ron and Kurt, who took over the family business from their father, put together the golf tournament in his memory....
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Get In, Get Out, Get Fit!

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Getting fit and improving company morale, it's a mission team members at CLS set off on this January.They're led by Inventory Coordinator/ Wellness Coordinator Angela Castellanos-Vargas.Four days a week, she trades her forklift for her fitness class, taking CLS team members on a path to better health."It's been a nice blessing for me to come h...
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Inside CLS: On the Route with Perry Shepard

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For CLS Route Sales Professional, Perry Shepard, the days start well before the sun comes up.Each morning, he loads up his truck, ready to face between 20 and 40 customers. But for him, and many of the other CLS Route Sales Professionals, they've become so much more.  "A lot of these aren't really customers any more, they've got...
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CLS Customer Spotlight: Evergreen Resort

CLS Customer Spotlight: Evergreen Resort
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Located on 327 acres in the beautiful Northern Michigan countryside, Evergreen Resort is home to two award-winning golf courses, various nature trails, 117 cozy guest rooms, two restaurants and much more.Evergreen Resort has been part of the Cadillac community since 1949, slowing expanding to its current state.With miles of trails for hiking, bikin...
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Press Release: Multi-million Dollar Upgrades Underway at West Michigan Business

Press Release: Multi-million Dollar Upgrades Underway at West Michigan Business

Updated May 20, 2019Multi-million Dollar Upgrades Underway at CLSKALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Kalamazoo based Continental Linen Services (CLS) is announcing the near completion of phase one of a 7-million-dollar upgrade project. The investment will continue the family-owned company's mission of annually increasing production capacity in Kalamazoo and a...
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Eat Drink Give 2019 Update

Eat Drink Give 2019 Update

Congratulations to Kalamazoo's Gryphon Place for raising more than $35,000 last week at their annual Eat Drink Give fundraiser.CLS was a proud sponsor of the gala. Gryphon Place connects people and organizations to resolve conflict and crisis, foster volunteerism, and meet community needs. We are happy to help them in their effort to...
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