About A1 Textiles

A1 Textiles is currently celebrating its 35th anniversary as a full service supplier to the hospitality, athletic club and university industries.

A-1 Textiles had a great show at AAHOA 2013!

This was our booth. We hope to see you again this year at all of our scheduled shows. See this page for the latest show updates.


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A1 Textiles at the 12th Annual Sevier County TN Hospitality Alliance Trade Show

Joseph-Scully-a1Come see meet our sales rep, Joseph Scully, at the 12th Annual Sevier County Tennessee Hospitality Alliance Trade Show.

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

10am-4pm
Holiday Inn Convention Center
(Pigeon Forge/3230 Parkway)

 

A1 Textiles 2013 Trade Show Schedule

A-1 Textiles current trade show schedule. We are constantly attending and showing at both national and regional shows to help serve our customers better.

Lodging Conference 2013
September 17-20, 2013
Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa
Phoenix, AZ

SIBEC North America
Sept 26-29, 2013
The Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain,
Tucson, AZ

2013 Best Western North American Convention
October 17–19, 2013
Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk
San Antonio, TX
Booth(s): 719, 818

Racking it Up: Carol Moran Has Led A-1 Textiles & Hospitality Products Beyond Towels

From the San Fernando Valley Business Journal November 12, 2012:

Carol Moran has led A-1 Textiles & Hospitality Products beyond towels to soak up gains for her company.

By KELLY GOFF Staff Reporter

A-1 Textile founder and owner Carol Moran at her Pacoima company, with mannequin in robe sold to hotel customers. Photo by Thomas Wasper

Each day hotels across the country struggle with a big cost of doing business: linens.

With a roughly three month life cycle at hotels, and just six weeks at many gyms,

towels are big business. Carol Moran, founder of A-1 Textiles & Hospitality Products Inc., has built her company on replacing them.

“My husband used to work for at company that supplied chemicals to hotels, and they were always asking him where to buy towels,” Moran recalled, “So eventually we figured, well, we’ll get them the towels.”

Founded in 1976, the Pacoima textiles distribution company sits at No. 57 on the Business Journal’s list of Fastest growing Private Companies. Revenue grew 10 percent over the last two years to $17.2 million.

While A-1 supplies linen items to gyms, athletic teams and hospitals, much of its business is done within the hotel industry. And the company has expanded to offer robes, pillows, sheets, bedspreads and other textiles.

“Our growth really comes from looking at what new things we can do for our clients,” Moran said.

Those new things can add up to big money, and industry experts say keeping up-to-date on products is key to at successful linen vendor’s business.

“We call it ‘amenity creep’ in the industry,” said Louise Crespin, creative services manager for Hospitality International Inc., the parent company of five franchised hotels brands based in Tucker. Ga. “When one of the large hotel companies adds or changes an amenity, then everyone else wants that. For any vendor, including A-1 Textiles, to continue to be successful they have to stay on top of the trends and make sure that they have the products everyone wants.”

 Finding A Niche

When the company was founded, Moran, 63, and her husband and partner Greg Pfleger focused first on the generic white towels in different sizes, with some colored pool towels, expanding later to sheets and bedding.

“We had all local clients back then,” Moran recalled, “It was a lot of us going out to get clients.”

The company slowly grew, taking on clients including several LA Fitness and 24 hour gym locations and local hotels such as the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys. The company struggled for the first five years, but gradually maxed out the space at its small warehouse in Chatsworth and purchased land to build its own facility in 1996.

The company now has a large warehouse near Hansen Dam in Pacoima, tucked away in an industrial block. Moran supervises the 12 employees from her office at the same location. The company has six other distribution locations across the country to ship to national clients as far away as New York.

But Moran still stays actively involved in the day-to-day operations, despite the fact that employees now handle many of the responsibilities she once performed.

When she walks through the offices and warehouse. Moran can rattle off the contents of the hundreds of pallets of linens piled high to the ceiling, touch base with workers about orders and relay shipping information to her warehouse manager.

Most of her time is now spent coordinating upcoming presentations at trade shows and working with the mills that make new products.

“She’s always going out and finding out what’s new, what we need to be selling, and showing our stuff at trade shows,” said Howard Fischer, who has been a salesman at A-1 for I8 years. “She’s always working on something.”

As a response to years of slow sales during the recent recession, A-1 launched its own Golden Mills brand of products, which the company sells to other wholesale distributors.

“It was something we had to do,” Moran said, “It added to our business and really gave us an identity so that customers could identify us with the quality we provide.”

Moran takes an active role in crafting those products, even though the company does not manufacture the linens it labels.

Most of the mills are in China now, she said, and some towels come from Pakistan and Bangladesh.

As demand from hoteliers for environmentally friendly products grew in recent years, she worked with representatives from one of the Chinese mills to get the manufacturer certified green and developed the A-1’s Eco Green line of bedding.

Creating new lines is how the company plans to continue to grow.

“We have to find new ways to sell linens – we don`t sell toiletries,” Moran said, “So that leaves us with all the linen options in a room. Our growth comes from what new things we can do.”

Staying Ahead

While much of the company’s early growth came without a strategic plan. Moran said she now has been forced lo be more structured in her thinking.

“Our calendar for next year is done, and we know what trade shows were going to participate in. and we know what at lot of our products will be,” she said.

A trend toward adding color in linens for use on luxury hotel beds is something that has significantly added to company sales in the last year.

“A few years ago, everything shifted to white – to emphasize to guests how clean it was,” Moran said, “But the problem with white is obvious. Guests come into a room and put their suitcase on the bed, put their feet up and it gets dirty. So now hotels are putting colored items on beds to save themselves some costs.”

Additionally, the company will add to its Eco Green line.

But that does not guarantee that clients will spring for the new items.

According to long-time salesman Fischer, while the new products keep A-1 looking forward, sometimes urging clients to adopt the new products isn’t as easy as it sounds.

“It’s really trying to convince them that this is the next big thing that their guests will want and it takes patience and determination,” he said.

Moran is firm in her belief that the company still has lots of room for expansion,

“This is still it growing business,” she said, “We have plenty of potential for growth still, and l think were going to find those areas where we can still expand.”

A1 Textiles Debuts the Vibrant Color Collection at IHMRS

A1 Textiles was proud to debut the new Vibrant Colors Collection at IHMRS 2012 in New York.

Click to see the collection on our website

Carol Moran, President of A1 Textiles greeting customers at IHMRS

 

A-1 Textiles Named to DiversityBusiness.com’s 2012 Top 500 Businesses

For Immediate Release 

A-1 Textiles and Hospitality Products Inc. Named to DiversityBusiness.com’s
2012 
Top 500 Diversity Owned Businesses in the U.S


Top 500 Women Owned Businesses in the U.S


Top 500 Privately-held Businesses in the U.S


Top 100 Diversity Owned Businesses in California


Top 100 Women Owned Businesses in California

Los Angeles, CA, February 16, 2012, Distinguishing themselves as one of the Nation’s “Top Entrepreneur’s”, A-1 Textiles & Hospitality Products Inc. has recently been acknowledged by DiversityBusiness.com for its overall leadership and economic achievements. The award, known as the Div500, represents the nation’s most successful privately-held businesses.

2012 marks DiversityBusiness.com’s 12th annual listing of the Nation’s top businesses. The Top Business Lists are compiled from organizations which have revolutionized the strength and financial viability throughout our communities. The winners have become highly respected sources of reference for corporations, government agencies and educational institutions who desire to increase opportunities with privately-held businesses.

“We have a great future ahead of us, especially as entrepreneurs continue to reinvent products and services that transform the way we live”, says Kenton Clarke, CEO of Computer Consulting Associates International, the company which founded DiversityBusiness.com. Our nation’s business leaders are relentless. It isn’t a mere coincidence to see our competitive spirit still alive and persevere under these circumstances.”

President Carol Moran, attributes A-1’s continuous growth to the Golden Mills diverse line of linen products.  The diverse product line covers any budget from economy to luxury with multiple levels of towels, sheets, blankets and a full line of other linen products.

The List

This List is a classification that represents the top privately-held businesses in the U.S., in sectors such as technology, manufacturing, food service and professional services. Large organizational buyers throughout the country who do business with multicultural, small and women-owned businesses use the list. The List is produced annually by DiversityBusiness.com, the nation’s leading multicultural social media website that links large organizational buyers to multicultural product and service suppliers.

The winning companies will be honored at a special awards ceremony at DiversityBusiness.com’s “11th Annual National Multicultural Business Conference”, taking place at Foxwoods Resort & Casio in Mashantucket, CT, April 25 – April 27, 2012, Mashantucket, Connecticut. For more details about the conference please visit http://www.DiversityBusiness.com/Conference

For the complete list of winning companies, please visit: www.diversitybusiness.com

About: A-1 Textiles & Hospitality Products Inc.

A-1 Textiles and Hospitality Products™ is celebrating its 33rd anniversary and are the Linen Experts by offering top quality linen products to hotels and motels.

Six strategically placed distribution centers nationwide and its main warehouse and corporate headquarters in Los Angeles, A-1 Textiles has made the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America for the last five years and has also received numerous Diversity Awards. A-1 Textiles is also certified by the WBENC as a women owned business.

About DiversityBusiness.com

Launched in 1999, DiversityBusiness is the largest organization of privately owned businesses throughout the United States that provide goods and services to Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies, and colleges and universities. DiversityBusiness provides research and data collection services for diversity including the “Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities”, “Top 500 Diversity Owned Companies in America”, and others. Its research has been recognized and published by Forbes Magazine, Business Week and thousands of other print and internet publications. The site has gained national recognition and has won numerous awards for its content and design. DiversityBusiness reaches more diverse suppliers and communicates more information to them on a more frequent basis then all other organizations combined. We also communicate with mainstream businesses, government agencies and educational institutions with information related to diversity. Our magazine reaches over 300,000 readers, a monthly e-newsletter that reaches 2.4 million, and website visitors of 1.2 million a month. It is a leading provider of Supplier Diversity management tools and has the most widely distributed Diversity magazine in the United States. DiversityBusiness.com is produced by Computer Consulting Associates International Inc. (CCAii.com) of Southport, CT. Founded in 1980.

For additional information, please contact:

Dawn Aguilera 800-351-1819 ext 124  dawn@a1textiles.com

A1 Textiles Marks 33 Years of Sourcing Top Linens


A-1 Textiles and Hospitality Products™ is celebrating its 33rd anniversary and are the Linen Experts by offering top quality linen products to hotels and motels.

Six strategically placed distribution centers nationwide and its main warehouse and corporate headquarters in Los Angeles, A-1 Textiles has made the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America for the last five years and has also received numerous Diversity Awards.

President Carol Moran, attributes A-1’s continuous growth to the Golden Mills diverse line of linen products.  The diverse product line covers any budget from economy to luxury with multiple levels of towels, sheets, blankets and a full line of other linen products.

Three new products are being shown at the IH/M&RS which are guaranteed to please both the guest and owners alike.

The new Golden Symmetry, Fern & Saturn are the ultimate in white decorative woven patterns which are idea for a Top Sheet or Golden Pocket Duvet Cover. This cover design is eco-friendly and guest friendly – simply attach a comforter  in the 4 corners and slide top into the 12” flap – no more push and pulling on overweight duvet cover!  To add color to the room –choose the Fern design in Sage Green or Saturn in Golden Cashew. Easy care and environmentally friendly -no bleaching!

The Golden Health Protector Mattress and Box Spring encasements are Bed Bug Resistant and offer an easy-to-use Velcro fastner.

Upgrade on a budget

The Golden Squares hotel bed coordinates collection in bed throws, bed scarves, throw pillows and bed skirts makes renovating a room quick, easy and affordable. The material mimics a quilted material without the drawbacks This collection is now available in 7 colors and 3 new color coordinating designs for bed skirts and reversible throws.

A-1 Textiles is here to help you find the right linen products for your property.

We currently have new promotions please contact your sales consultant for details.

Costco receives a warm reception at A1 Textiles

A cake was presented to Larry Fell and Mathew Jacobson when they visited our Pacoima office. We all celebrated our long standing relationship with Costco Business Centers.

 

 

 

A1 Staff gather for group photo at our Pacoima office