ImageFirst Healthcare Laundry to open first Fairfield County facility in Trumbull

ImageFirst Healthcare Laundry, a medical-only laundry processing company, is expanding into Trumbull.

The Pennsylvania-based company is preparing to open a new 68,000 square-foot production facility at 50 Commerce Drive following a recent approval by planning and zoning. ImageFirst is expected to open by the third quarter of 2020, according to company representatives.

“We think Trumbull is geographically and ideally suited for growth in southern New England and the tri-state area,” said William Gay, general manager of ImageFirst’s New England Market.

ImageFirst provides commercial laundry services to out- and in-patient facilities nationwide. The Trumbull location will be the company’s first facility in southwestern Connecticut and its second in the state, joining a production facility in Farmington.

ImageFirst plans to use Trumbull to service markets in Westchester County, NY and Long Island Market while adding capacity in southern New England because the location has access to several major highways and a dense population, Gay said.

The company serves hundreds of outpatient clinics and roughly two dozen hospitals in the region, including the entire Hartford Healthcare system in Connecticut. Gay said they will be adding St. Vincent’s Hospital as a client at some point in 2020 following its merger with the health system in 2019.

“A lot of hospitals are no longer doing their laundry,” he said. “They are outsourcing more, and the healthcare providers are looking for someone who can be nimbler and adapt to the changing needs of the patient ... We just want to be positioned to help those people in New England looking for service.”

When the new production facility opens, Gay said, the company is slated to hire roughly 75 employees — a “broad spectrum of associates to handle (jobs) from production to sales to service.”

While there are still some vacancies in Trumbull’s corporate and industrial parks, town officials say ImageFirst’s lease is another sign of activity designed to turn things around in that part of town.

The production facility will be inside the former Unilever Conference Center, according to town officials.

“We’re excited because, as we are filling up the corporate park, it’s getting more vibrant down there and that’s what our goal is,” said Rina Bakalar, director of economic development for the Town of Trumbull.

“I think it’s a great opportunity, and it’s a great company. We love that they are going to be hiring a number of people and we think it’s just great for the activity and the vibrancy for the whole corporate park,” she said.