About ALM

The Association for Linen Management (ALM) is a non-profit trade association dedicated to the professional development of personnel involved in the textile care industry. Our members are general managers, laundry directors, managers, and technicians providing textile care services. ALM advances the use of textiles in healthcare, hospitality, and correctional facilities through guidance for textile processing, management, and utilization. 

Mission

Advancing excellence in the textile care industry through education, certification, research, and best practices.

Vision

To be the resource for safety, efficiency, and quality expertise for the textile care industry.  

History

ALM began in 1939 as an association designed for laundry managers employed by on-premise hospital laundries. Processing textiles has changed throughout the past 70+ years and so has ALM. Today, we provide training and educational materials for all aspects of the textile care industry.

Partners

Our members operate both for-profit and non-profit structured companies. ALM members work in on-premise healthcare and hotel facilities, central laundry operations, cooperative laundry systems, and stand-alone commercial laundry facilities. ALM members process and/or manage textiles in a variety of markets including acute care, long-term care, assisted living, hotels, food & beverage, education, and correctional facilities.

  • Textile Care Vendors/Allied Trade Partners
  • Directors and Managers of laundry processing operations
  • Healthcare purchasing directors
  • Linen distribution and utilization managers
  • Front-line textile care personnel

Eastern Kentucky University has been ALM’s adult learning educational partner for the Laundry & Linen College for over 35 years, producing biannual programs for our classroom-based training program, which students often use to prepare for certification as a Registered Laundry and Linen Director.

The University of Kentucky Textiles Laboratory provides a blind independent assessment for the ALM Test Piece Quality Assurance Program. ALM members enjoy a discount when participating in this ongoing measure of a facilities wash process.

ALM supports industry wide education and professional development through partnership in the biennial CLEAN Show. ALM, in conjunction with show partners, provides educational program content and support to the industry’s largest gathering of laundering and drycleaning professionals.