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CEO of Emerald Textiles, Tom Gildred, Nominated for 2014 Entreprenuer of The Year

Tom Gildred, CEO of Emerald Textiles, Nominated in 2014 Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards

We are very excited to announce and share that our very own CEO, Tom Gildred, was nominated by Ernst & Young as a top contender for the award for 2014 Entreprenuer of the Year.  The follow article has appeared on multiple sources on the web on behalf of PRweb.

Here is the full story as distributed as a press release.

“Textiles is pleased to announced that its CEO, Tom Gildred, has been nominated in the 2014 Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year® awards. Ernst & Youngs Entrepreneur Of The Year award is the countrys most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award encourages entrepreneurial activity and recognizes leaders and visionaries who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 140 cities in 50 countries. Judging is conducted by an independent panel of judges.

Tom Gildred

In 2012, Gildred won Entrepreneur Of The Year at the regional level and went on to become one of the national finalists that year. He has again been nominated at the national level in 2014. The Entrepreneur Of The Year awards gala is the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum® and is held in Palm Springs, California. The awards gala and announcement of the winners will take place in November and will be hosted by Seth Myers of Saturday Night Live fame…. “

Read the full story, “Tom Gildred Nominated for Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 here.”

Emerald Textiles Expands into Los Angeles

Emerald Textiles, Southern California’s healthcare laundry service, recently announced its expansion into Los Angeles. The addition of an Emerald Service Center in the region provides even greater coverage and a larger physical presence for existing and prospective customers.

“As we continue to expand in the Los Angeles market, this Service Center will increase our coverage in the greater Los Angeles area” said Tom Gildred, chief executive officer of Emerald Textiles. “Our existing customers will benefit from this additional location and so will any new customers in the region.”

Emerald Textiles operates the most technologically-advanced and environmentally responsible commercial laundry facilities in the United States and saves over 40,000,000 gallons of water and more than 750,000 therms of natural gas annually.

Emerald received both the SDG&E Savings by Design Award and the Energy Showcase award in recognition for its advanced design and extreme energy efficiency. Savings by Design and Energy Showcase are awards from San Diego Gas & Electric and the California Public Utilities Commission.

About Emerald Textiles

Emerald Textiles provides the most environmentally responsible, high quality, linen rental and management solution for the Southern California healthcare industry. Emerald’s two facilities are located in the greater Los Angeles and San Diego areas. Customers include Scripps Health, Sharp HealthCare, UC San Diego Health System, Eisenhower Medical Center, Kaiser San Diego, Kaiser Orange County and St. John’s Health Center – Santa Monica. Emerald Textiles utilizes the most advanced technology and provides a higher standard of cleanliness, industry compliance and customer satisfaction.

For more information about Emerald Textiles’ healthcare laundry systems and its services, please visit

Contact: Lisa Kendall, (858) 414-5855.

Energy Champions Recognized by SDG&E

Emerald Textiles, a leading Southern California provider of hospital laundry services, has been recognized by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) as an Energy Champion in the Industrial category for energy efficiency and conservation at the 6th Annual Energy Showcase. View the two minute video here. More than 55 million kilowatt hours were saved by all the Energy Champions recognized this year, which provides an energy and environmental impact equal to removing 3,187 cars from our roadways.

The following article originated on the

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) announced eleven local businesses that were recognized as Energy Champions at the 6th Annual SDG&E Energy Showcase for their outstanding efforts in energy efficiency and conservation.

Healthcare Laundry Services - Emerald Textiles
“This is the sixth year we’ve been thanking our customers who go the extra mile to achieve energy savings at the Energy Showcase,” said Hal Snyder, vice president of customer solutions for SDG&E. “We’re proud to partner with these remarkable customers who take advantage of all the rebates and incentives that make it financially feasible to take on capital improvements. Because of that they have saved more than 55 million kilowatt hours, the equivalent of taking 3,187 cars off the road.”
In addition to the awards program announcing the honorees, the Energy Showcase featured seminars by customers who have taken advantage of SDG&E’s energy rebates, demand response programs, free onsite energy-efficiency assessments and zero-interest financing programs. There were also 75 exhibitors and vendors showcasing the latest energy-saving technologies for those in attendance at this free event.
The County of San Diego was one of the eleven honored as a standout Energy Champion, and has implemented energy and water efficiency measures for the first phase of the County Operations Center Redevelopment Project. This project will save the County $265,000 annually in utility costs, 2 million kilowatt hours in electricity and 571 kilowatts in peak power demand. This was achieved through high-performance window glazing, air-conditioning, lighting, highly reflective roof surfaces and plumbing fixtures that use 40 percent less water than conventional versions.
“In these tough economic times the County needs to be a leader in showing that using energy and water efficiently can save money today and in the long run,” said Bill Horn, chairman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.
The Escondido Union School District, another award recipient, retrofitted more than 22,000 light fixtures throughout the district and launched Save Amps, Voltage and Electricity Patrol — or SAVE Patrol — a program where students are tasked with ensuring lights are turned off, doors are closed, both at school and at home.
“The district was able to save (thru cost avoidance) $230,000 off its electricity bill and reallocate those resources back into the general fund to support the educational goals of the school district,” said Francis Spoonemore, director of maintenance and operations for the Escondido Union School District.
Along with the County of San Diego and Escondido Union School District, other award winners were Albertsons, Emerald Textiles, GNF Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation, Harrah’s Rincon Resort & Casino, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, United States Navy, University of San Diego, Portland Energy Conservation, Inc. (PECI) and Energy Logic Inc.
For more information on energy and money-saving programs available to SDG&E customers, business owners and representatives call (800) 411-7343, or visit
SDG&E’s energy-efficiency programs are subject to change without notice and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funding is available. These programs are funded by California utility customers and administered by SDG&E under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.
SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy service to 3.5 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more than 850,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The utility’s area spans 4,100 square miles. SDG&E is committed to creating ways to help our customers save energy and money every day.