General Linen's History
A Look at 80+ Years of History
Local and Independent Since Day 1
General Linen, one of the largest linen management companies in New England, has been family-owned and operated for over 80 years. Founded by Lucien Drolet in 1938, our company today is owned by the third generation, Shane Drolet. Shane and his leadership team lead the company with the same passion, dedication and commitment to the outstanding service our customers demand and expect.
With state-of-the-art facilities in Somersworth NH, and additional service centers in Manchester NH, Hopkinton MA, and Westbrook ME, General Linen Service serves thousands of customers with exceptional linen and uniform rental services.
A refresh of our brand and communications tools, along with a launch of a new GenMed division
Significant investments were made in the new leadership team to build company culture and the vision for the future.
Shane Drolet, 3rd generation owner, buys company from other family members.
Invested in RFID technology added to ensure complete deliveries to uniform wearers
Company purchases Lakes Region Linen, merging the two independent, third-generation businesses
One of the first companies in the country to add a state-of-the-art tunnel washing system.
New corporate headquarters in Somersworth are built, focusing solely on the linen rental side of the original business.
A fire destroys the building that housed General Linen, forcing them to rebuild their business from the ground up.
Lucien’s sons David and Marc begin working full time for the business and invest in the company’s very first computer system.
The Drolet's purchase a new facility in Somersworth.
General Linen purchases its own laundering equipment, expanding the company to linen rentals and cleaning.
Company changes its name to General Linen Service.
Founded in Somersworth, NH by Lucien Drolet.