In 1901, laundry and dry cleaning entrepreneur, John Stoller, started working in a tailor shop in Portland. One of the first things he did was to burn a hole in a pair of pants he was pressing. Luckily it got better from there. In April 1901 he moved to Walla Walla to work doing alterations and pressing. Only 3 months later, July 9, 1901 he purchased the business. Thus, the Stoller Cleaning Club was born, which later became the Pantorium.
In the late 1910’s, one of his sons, Harvey Stoller started working in the business. He would drive a horse and wagon to all the farms around Walla Walla picking up and delivering laundry. In the 1930's Harvey went to dry cleaning school in Allentown, PA and then worked on the east coast for several years before returning to Walla Walla.
In the early 1940’s Harvey Stoller saw an opportunity in the dusty, bustling boom town of Richland. Harvey applied for the federal contract to provide laundry and dry cleaning service to the Hanford workers. Harvey’s 30 years of experience and his innovations in running the Pantorium gave him the edge to win the federal contract. On August 14, 1944 he opened Richland Laundry & Dry Cleaning, one of the first privately-owned businesses in Richland, which later became U.S. Linen & Uniform.
Since then, we have continued to expand our service area and grow. Today, our workforce is well over 100 people, we have around 2,500 customers, and we serve an area spanning about 75,000 square miles. We’ve invested heavily in machinery and technology – we have washers that can handle up to 900 lbs. of laundry at a time.
But some things haven’t changed. U.S. Linen & Uniform is still a family business, and Harvey Stoller’s grandson runs the company. Our core values – commitment to service and quality – are as solid now as they were when we first opened the business.