Faultless Linen and SLATE Achieve Diversity

SLATE ensures recruitment of minorities and women at a family-owned business Downtown St. Louis.

March 5, 2013 | 2 min reading time

This article is 9 years old. It was published on March 5, 2013.

The SLATE Business Development department develops working relationships with and provides no-cost services to area employers of all kinds, from major international corporations to growing family-owned businesses. One example of the latter category is Faultless Linen.

Based in Kansas City, Faultless was established in the late 1800s by Sam and Cora Spence; today the company is managed by that couple’s fourth generation descendants. As a recognized provider of quality healthcare textile service, Faultless entered the St. Louis market in 2001, and has created over 220 jobs with two major facilities located in the City of St. Louis. Their contributions to the local community were recognized last year when they were presented with a Business of the Year Award at the Mayor’s annual Business Celebration Luncheon.

SLATE’s relationship with the company goes back approximately five years. Faultless Linen is committed to diversity among its staff, and was looking for assistance to ensure continued recruitment of minorities and women for open positions. They contacted SLATE’s Business Development department, offered a tour of their facilities, and in subsequent meetings discovered the many no-cost services available to them. Since that time, SLATE has conducted pre-screening and testing of job candidates for Faultless; seven recent referrals from SLATE have resulted in permanent hires.

Faultless promotes from within and is very proud of the stability and loyalty demonstrated within their company. Although most entry-level positions are not high-paying, Faultless provides regular pay increases, flexible work schedules, and comprehensive benefits. In fact, in addition to the owners, a number of other families have seen multiple generations employed at Faultless Linen. SLATE hopes to help them continue this tradition in St. Louis.

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