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WILDMAN BUSINESS GROUP

www.wildmanbg.com / HQ: Warsaw, Ind. / Employees: 216 / Services: Custom uniform programs, first aid and promotional products /
CEO Josh Wildman: "Our target this year is a 10 percent reduction in inventory overall."

Cleaning Up
Wildman Business Group has expanded synergistically from a uniform laundry business
to distribute the uniforms themselves along with ancillary products. BY RUSS GAGER

W

ildman Business Group

has been offering laundry
services in north-central Indiana since 1952. But as it diversified into
additional businesses, growth accelerated. "We've been growing about 15 percent
on average with our distribution companies," CEO Josh Wildman reports. "Since
the year 2000, we have completed four
five-year strategic plans, each one being
accomplished a year ahead of schedule.
Our revenue today is 10 times what it
was 15 years ago, going from 60 employees to 216, and it's all organic growth. We
are currently planning our next five-year
plan, set to launch in October."
Wildman Business Group was listed
No. 2,985 on Inc.'s 2014 list of the 5,000
fastest-growing companies. The company
reported a 120 percent growth index over
the last three years. Besides laundering
and renting uniforms, Wildman Business
Group also has several companies that
distribute or provide janitorial, maintenance, repair, operations (MRO) and first
aid supplies; printing services; corporate
and sports apparel; and sports-branded
products and memorabilia.
Keeping track of this merchandise
and related operations is the company's
Sage 100 enterprise resource planning
software. The Wildman Business Group
has developed enhancements to the
software's forecasting modules. "We've
taken the data and have a developer on
staff who has created some additional
forecasting methods based on the data
from Sage," Wildman points out. "We

Wildman Business Group launders up to 15,000 uniforms each
day from clients within a 60-mile radius of its Indiana office.

have manipulated the data from the service module depending on our business
practices to make it a little more effective
and user-friendly."
Wildman Business Group has a
54,000-square-foot warehouse for its
sports products that are sold through
Wildman's IDNA Products company. The
company also has 12,000 square feet of
space devoted to facilities services products and corporate apparel, and 70,000
square feet for inventory and manufacture
of uniforms and linen along with the laundry operation.

COMING OUT IN THE WASH
Wildman estimates that approximately
45 percent of the business group's revenue is from uniform laundering. That
service is offered to companies within an
approximately 60-mile radius of the company's headquarters in Warsaw, Ind. "It's
a large operation," Wildman says. "We're
cleaning between 12,000 and 15,000 uniforms a day.
"The laundry business is profitable, but
very capital-intensive," Wildman points
out. "It costs a lot to grow it. You have a lot
of machinery and equipment you have to
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