History

Local and Independent

Family Owned & Operated with Pride for over 70 years.

General Linen Service is a locally owned linen service provider that is focused exclusively on linens–delivering high quality standards and impeccable customer service to the healthcare, restaurant, industrial and hospitality industries for over 70 years.

General Linen Service was founded by Lucien Drolet in 1938, and is still owned and operated by the Drolet family. Lucien's sons, David and Marc, with a third generation, Shane Drolet, are presently running the company with the same passion, dedication and commitment to high quality care and outstanding service our customers demand and expect.

A strong company with a spotless reputation

Despite a devastating fire that destroyed the building that housed General Linen Service in 1980, the business emerged even stronger. With quick reactions to save the business and meet customer expectations, the company was able to get back on its feet and continue to grow and prosper.

As General Linen’s spotless reputation accelerated, the company needed an even larger facility to better serve their growing customer base. In 1997, they built a new facility and headquarters in Somersworth, a move that consolidated the linen processing and made them more competitive. In 2009, the company purchased Lakes Region Linen, merging the two independent, third generation businesses. In 2014, the company acquired Savoy Linen Service in Stratford, CT.

With state-of-the-art facilities in Somersworth NH and Stratford CT, and additional service centers in Manchester NH, Smithfield RI, and Westbrook ME, General Linen Service employs over 300 full time employees.

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