Gary Tomlinson has been involved in the laundry business most of his life. In his early 20’s, he became a General Manager of New Richmond Laundries and, when his father sold the business in 1973, Gary set out to purchase his own facility.
Troy Laundry, a local family laundry, put their facility up for sale and, by 1985, Gary and Tim Tomlinson were the owners with Gary becoming President and CEO, making him a third-generation owner/operator.
In 1994, Gary was appointed Chairman, President, & CEO of the real estate company, Tomlinson Inc. Since Gary took over, he transitioned the real estate from low-end properties to all well-located Class A properties. We recently developed a 50 unit apartment.
By 1999, offers started to come in about purchasing the New Richmond building. Though it was in a good location, it had outgrown its productive capacity and Gary had to decide between either building a new laundry facility or selling the business. He decided to sell the location to Overall in March of 2000.
In early 2005, Gary and Tim negotiated the purchase of Peerless Laundry in Tacoma and closed the deal on July 1, 2005. After changing the name to Tomlinson Linen Service and upgrading the computer and production systems, Tomlinson began to set its own course. Since then, Tomlinson has successfully reduced utility and energy use while growing the business by over 300%.
Gary was Board President of the Village Theatre in Issaquah, Washington.
Gary is also on the board as Treasurer of a nonprofit school in Seattle called New Discover School.