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PROFILES

"Our biggest push is to retain customers and provide service
that is better than others can provide." -Bill Evans, president and CEO

Better Service

AMERIPRIDE DEVELOPS ORGANIZATIONAL CONSISTENCY
AND BRINGS TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS TO ITS
CUSTOMERS TO STAY AN INDUSTRY LEADER.
>AMERIPRIDE

BY JANICE HOPPE

When Bill Evans stepped into the
roles of president and CEO for AmeriPride seven years ago, he became a
symbol of change within the company. It
wasn't only that he became the first person outside the founding Steiner family
to hold these positions, but Evans also
saw a need to simplify, standardize and
automate the company to be a contender
in the industry today.
"I was the first non-family member
CEO, which is a big deal for a 126-yearold company," Evans says. "One of the
first things I did was recognize we needed to change. The traditional business
model worked well in the past, but it
was not current and we needed to make
significant changes in our approach to
business and organization."
Founder George Steiner worked his
way through school delivering towels
for a Lincoln, Neb., laundry company.
In 1889, he purchased the company that
would later become AmeriPride for $50,
putting half down and paying half later.
He and his brother Frank made deliveries from a green and white handcart they
pushed through the city streets. They
later upgraded to a horse and carriage.
-------------------------------------- [ PROFILE ]
AmeriPride
www.ameripride.com
Headquarters: Minnetonka, Minn.
Specialty: Uniform, linen and rental supplier
Employees: 5,800
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