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ImageFIRST Acquires Ames Linen, Expands Service Areas in New York

National healthcare and hospitality linen services provider, ImageFIRST, expands laundry delivery and processing capabilities in New York with latest acquisition.

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., September 5, 2023 –  ImageFIRST®, the leading national provider of linen, laundry, and safety & hygiene services to the healthcare sector, with a hospitality division serving select markets, announced it has completed its acquisition of Ames Linen. This acquisition has helped establish ImageFIRST as a leader in linen and laundry services in the United States, specifically in New York. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.  

Ames Linen, founded in 1921, provides rental and laundry services for hospitality, food & beverage, and healthcare businesses throughout Upstate New York – serving several major markets such as Syracuse, Binghamton, Ithaca, and Utica – as well as the surrounding areas throughout the Finger Lakes region. The company is based in Cortland, NY.

“I could not think of a better fit for Ames Linen,” said Johanna Ames, “As we’ve been family-owned and operated for four generations, we wanted to continue with the same emphasis on community and relationships, making ImageFIRST an ideal choice.” 

ImageFIRST is the nation’s largest linen and laundry services provider that specializes in the healthcare industry, with a hospitality division serving select markets. This transaction enables ImageFIRST to expand their service area in New York and Pennsylvania, creating more job opportunities in these regions. Existing customers of Ames Linen will now be serviced by ImageFIRST, and existing associates will be retained as a part of ImageFIRST.

“We’re enthusiastic about bringing this extraordinary company and their team into the ImageFIRST family,” said ImageFIRST President and CEO, Jim Cashman. “Our companies both share a dedication to our customers and our associates, which will inevitably lead to a successful integration into ImageFIRST.”

This stride of expansion has led to ImageFIRST becoming the largest national linen and laundry provider specializing in the healthcare industry. Recent acquisitions include Island Fox Inc. d/b/a Health Ware of WNY and United Linen & Uniform Services (Okla.).


Founded in 1967, ImageFIRST® is the largest national linen rental and laundry service specializing in the healthcare industry. Acquired by private equity firm Calera Capital in 2018, ImageFIRST serves medical facilities nationwide providing linen, patient gowns, scrubs, and safety and hygiene services while managing their clients’ linen inventory for cost management. ImageFIRST also has a regional hospitality/food and beverage linen operation that services various markets in the United States. With a customer retention rate of over 97%, ImageFIRST is dedicated to improving staff, patient and guest satisfaction through their quality linen and remarkable service. As leaders in infection prevention, they own and operate the most HLAC-accredited facilities in the industry. For more information, visit

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Ames Linen is a four-generation family-owned textile rental and laundry service company, serving Upstate New York since 1921. While we’re well known for our good old-fashioned approach to service, our customers appreciate the superior quality they get from our state-of-the-art equipment, innovative processes, and efficient operations. Serving hospitality, food and beverage, healthcare, and industrial businesses, Ames Linen offers a superior selection of products, services, styles, and sizes - all delivered with a trademark level of quality and service.


Media Contact:
Angel Taylor, ImageFIRST
(267) 806-0058

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