John is co-owner of Westport Linen. He began his industrial laundry career in 1982 with Red Stick Linen. Starting in uniform and restaurant sales he was asked to enter the management trainee program, which provided him with experience in production and route management. In 1984 John moved to Baton Rouge to work for Kean’s Healthcare Linen, a subsidiary of Red Stick Linen. In 1989, John was promoted to the plant Manager position. Red Stick Linen was acquired by Cintas in 1994 and began operating as Kean’s Healthcare Linen /a Cintas Company. Kean’s became a dominant player in the Louisiana and Mississippi markets. After Kean’s was acquired by National Linen Service in 1999, John moved to New Orleans to manage the plant there. John soon realized that the culture established at Kean’s, as it relates to customer service and reliability was not present at the New Orleans operation. When Baton Rouge customers started looking for other vendors, John resigned his position at National Linen Service with the idea of building a small laundry in Baton Rouge to serve hospitals that were long time customers of Kean’s.
In 2000, Westport Linen became a reality, starting with two customers. The operation steadily grew into the largest privately-owned healthcare laundry in Louisiana and Mississippi. John attributes the company’s success to a dedicated team and an unyielding commitment to customer service. John and Suzanne have been married 47 years and have three children and 9 grandchildren.
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Eddie graduated in 1988 from LSU with a degree in Business Marketing and Management.
After years of working the Restaurant and Food Industry he joined Cintas in the Healthcare Division called Kean’s Healthcare Linen Service in Baton Rouge.
He moved up the ranks to General Manager, then in 1999 Cintas sold the division to National Linen Services. There he accepted General Manager position with National Linen in New Orleans, LA with the hopes of rebuilding the success and high customer satisfaction he had learned achieved at Cintas-Kean’s.
But after a few short months, he realized it was impossible to change a corporate philosophy and standards that had been established for years at National Linen. He and John Landry spent the next few months laying the groundwork and began Westport Linen Services.
After years of growing the business, from one small plant now with three large production plants, Westport Linen Services has become a regional leader and the largest Independent Owned Healthcare Laundry in Louisiana.
Today, Westport Linen produces over 1,000,000+ pounds of healthcare linen per week with just over 400+ employees. With duplicated production plants and fleets, they are poised for continued growth to serve the healthcare customers in a four-state region.
He is an active member or participates in the following organizations:
HOSLIN/NMB – Hospital National Linen Association / National Management Board
TRSA – Textile Rental Services Association of America
Medtegrity – Equity Partner – A Nationwide Medical Laundry Network Company
ALM – National Association of Linen Management
ARTA – American Reusable Textiles of America (ARTA)
BR Chamber of Commerce – Member
Eddie has recently led Westport Linen into the Economic Gardening and other Louisiana Economic Development programs designed create growth within the State of Louisiana.
Eddie is married to Renee Lefeaux. They have four children. Together they enjoy remodeling residential properties and spending time with the family at the Beach.
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Josh is a lifelong resident of Baton Rouge and a graduate of both University High School and Louisiana State University. He began his career in banking and auto finance. He came aboard with Westport in 2011 as the company was experiencing exponential growth. Josh now serves as the COO and Co-owner of Westport. Josh enjoys all things sports and outdoors and any chance he gets to spend time with his wife and three children.
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Westport Linen is an exclusive healthcare laundry that has served Louisiana hospitals, clinics, and long term care facilities for over a decade.