Emerald Textiles

Emerald Textiles is a premier commercial laundry service in Southern California. Since Tom Gildred launched Emerald Textiles in 2010, it has provided environmentally responsible, high quality linen rental and management to large healthcare networks. The company has received significant attention for its energy-efficient model, state-of-the-art facilities, customer service and focus on cleanliness. Tom is currently the CEO of Emerald Textiles.

Energy-Efficient, Green Facilities

The Emerald Textiles headquarters is housed in an 111,000 square-foot industrial laundry facility in San Diego. The plant was designed to be as automated, energy efficient and green as possible. Tom and the rest of the executive team made sure the facility was constructed and equipped with industry leading operating systems to reduce water and power consumption, sewer disposal and linen wear.

As business has grown, Emerald Textiles has added a second service center location in Riverside. The two facilities serve hospitals throughout Southern California and across the eastern corridor to Palm Desert.

Thanks to cutting-edge technology and advanced equipment, Emerald Textiles is able to save an estimated 120,000,000 gallons of water and over 750,000 therms of natural gas annually.  According to Gildred, by partnering with its customers and through its unique Linen Management Program, Emerald Textiles saves some of its large health networks more than $1 million a year each, every year.

Not only has Emerald Textiles achieved a superior level of energy efficiency, but they are also fully compliant with all state, federal and industry standards. The facility meets or exceeds Title 22 compliance standards, which are key in helping hospitals attain accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

Focus on Cleanliness

Cleanliness is of paramount importance to Emerald’s clients in the healthcare industry. Linens must be kept free of any potential infections, a priority which the Emerald operations team takes very seriously. The company’s clean reputation is one of the primary reasons why business continues to expand.

High Quality Customer Service

Emerald owns and rents linens to their clients, managing the daily collection, laundry processing, ongoing replacement of unusable items and linen deliveries to hospitals. Clients know they can expect excellent customer service and a high-quality product — all at a competitive price. Emerald delivers over 1 million pieces of laundry per week, processing nearly 35 million pounds annually. They serve more than 70 percent of the hospital beds in San Diego.


Tom and Emerald Textiles’ leadership are proud of the attention the company has received from the local community. Special awards include the following:

Savings by Design

Emerald Textiles received the Savings by Design award, from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and San Diego Gas & Electric for energy conservation and savings. The technology, equipment and utilities were all designed and implemented in an environmentally responsible way.

Showcase Award: Energy Champion

San Diego Gas & Electric awarded Emerald Textiles the Energy Champion award at the annual SDG&E Energy Showcase in recognition of the company’s advanced design and energy efficiency. Energy Champions save more than 55 million kilowatt hours annually combined, an environmental and energy impact equivalent to removing more than 3,000 cars from the road.

Contact Emerald Textiles

To learn more about Emerald Textiles or Tom’s role in the company, please visit Emerald Textile’s website or call the San Diego corporate office at (619) 330-7077.