ITU AbsorbTech named #1 Business of the Year by Waukesha County Business Alliance

Awards program held last week at Country Springs Hotel [PHOTO GALLERY, VIDEOS]

#1 Business of the Year presented to Jim Leef, president, ITU AbsorbTech

New Berlin-based ITU AbsorbTech Inc. was named the #1 Business of the Year in the Top 10 Businesses of the Year program presented by the Waukesha County Business Alliance and BizTimes Media.

The awards program was held last week at Country Springs Hotel in Waukesha. Click here to see a photo gallery from the event.

ITU AbsorbTech is one of the largest family-owned and operated laundry service companies in the country. Founded in 1930, the company now has 361 employees and in 2015 had revenue of $50 million. The company currently operates 12 facilities across the country, in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas.

#1 Business of the Year presented to Jim Leef, president, ITU AbsorbTech
Jim Leef, president, ITU AbsorbTech, accepts the #1 Business of the Year award.

“Our financial outlook is very rosy,” said Jim Leef, president and chief executive officer. “We continue to expand with our existing customers thanks to our focus on customer service, and the message of helping companies eliminate and reduce their waste streams has been received well on a broad scale.”

Over the years, the company has evolved to provide more sustainable and waste-reducing products and services. It developed proprietary in-house wastewater treatment processes and new product lines to assist its customers with sustainability goals.

“We do things in our facilities that aren’t done by anybody else in the world,” Leef said. “We can help major customers of ours eliminate thousands of pounds of waste per year.”

The other Top 10 Businesses of the Year awards winners honored at the program were (click on the name of the company to see their remarks at the awards program):

In addition, Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County received the Community Distinction Award.

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Andrew is the editor of BizTimes Milwaukee. He joined BizTimes in 2003, serving as managing editor and real estate reporter for 11 years. A University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, he is a lifelong resident of the state. He lives in Muskego with his wife, Seng, their son, Zach, and their dog, Hokey. He is an avid sports fan and is a member of the Muskego Athletic Association board of directors.

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