old photo of a baseball stadium

Deeply Rooted

Superior Linen and Apparel
Our original plant was located across from Crosley
Field, the home of the Cincinnati Reds.

Our History

The Ruwe family has been in the linen business since the early 1900’s, when Bernard A. Ruwe decided to get into the laundry and linen business. He borrowed five hundred dollars and set up shop in the basement of his home in Cincinnati. George, the oldest of his ten children, helped make deliveries to accounts like Kroger Markets in streetcars. By 1917 they had developed 6 routes and decided to sell out to another company.

In 1927, George and Bernard got back into the linen industry when they purchased a company called The Hotel Laundry Company. The company name was changed to Superior Laundry and Towel Supply Company and was incorporated in Ohio in 1927. In the 1930's they decided to exit the family laundry business and concentrate on textile rental.

Humble Beginnings 

The original plant was located across from Crosley Field, the old home of the Cincinnati Reds. That plant was once put out of business for 26 weeks when the flood of 1937 had it submerged under 80 feet of water. Then, during World War II, they were barely able to stay in business because of labor shortages and rationing of tires, trucks and other supplies.

Still, they persevered. In 1960, the plant was met with disaster yet again, this time burning to the ground. In just four months they were back in business, operating out of our plant at its present location on Wayne St. in Cincinnati. 

Superior Linen Continues to Serve Our Community

Jerry, George's son, is now the President and CEO, and has welcomed the fifth generation of the family into the business. The Superior Linen has grown, but the goals and values that have sustained the company through the years haven’t changed.

Both generations are involved in and committed to the goal of providing world class quality and service with the help of our team of dedicated associates. Superior now services the Greater Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton markets, northern and central Kentucky including Lexington and Louisville, and parts of southeastern Indiana

We Would Love to Provide Your Linens

With our rich history and dedication to quality, there is no reason not to turn to Superior for you linen or uniform service. Request a free consultation today for your business or restaurant's uniform needs.

Superior Linen and MedPure has achieved the TRSA's Hygienically Clean Healthcare certification. Read more about our Hygienically Clean Certification and what it means for your business or medical center!

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A Customer Representative

Ever need a special delivery, want to change your order, have a question about an invoice or anything else? Just call our customer service hotline – 1-800-544-7527.

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And Linen Rental Evaluation

Interested in our linen & uniform rental services? Fill out our quick and easy rental evaluation. By answering a few questions about your business or restaurant's uniform needs you will receive a free rental evaluation from Superior Linen!

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At Superior, we make it a priority to use as many green products as possible. We make sure we do everything we can to take care of the environment. Please join us in supporting the green movement and the environment.

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Affiliations and Certifications

Superior Linen and Apparel

Hygienically Clean Certification National Network of Professional Launderers Textile Services Association Commerce Lexington Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce

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