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Who is BBJ Linen

BBJ is the pioneer in the Specialty Linen Rental Industry since 1983 and to our clients, our name has become synonymous with exceptional quality, innovation and unparalleled customer service.

Our continuous thirst to create the most unique linens by pushing the creative envelope has kept us on the cutting edge of ideas and linens making BBJ one of the most successful and dynamic companies in the Specialty Linen Rental industry today. No client is too small, too large nor too far; BBJ has the ability to service an event of 10 or 20,000 anywhere in the world.

Our clients have consisted of brides, party planners, caterers, Destination Management Companies, corporations, hotels, florists, TV and film production companies, as well as many one-of-a-kind high profile events such as a Presidential Gala and The Emmy’s. BBJ is always adapting to the ever changing needs of our clients and the industry.

We offer couture design tabletop and Home Décor fashions under the Atelier by BBJ... our newest concept line!

Lines of Business at BBJ

BBJ rents exquisite table linens and exclusive accessories to brides, planners, event designers, florists, caterers and hosts who want to create innovative, fashionable table experiences at their events. Our rental products include table linen, chair covers, chair pad covers, chargers, overlays, chair bands & belts, chair backs & jackets, table runners, chair ties, napkins and spandex products.

Atelier by BBJ is our retail store for consumers that was created to celebrate the art of having a well appointed and stylish home. We call ourselves Atelier because our talented designers are truly artists at heart, and their workshop is where they dream of beauty come alive.

History

The Lightbulb Moment that created BBJ

The year is 1983, and two long time friends and former college classmates Judy Goldberg and Bonnie Dannen encountered a problem that they were determined to solve. While planning her son’s bar mitzvah, Judy became frustrated when she learned her table linen options were limited to squares in black, white and pink; meanwhile, Bonnie receives a fortuitous phone call from her sister-in-law lamenting the lack of any stylish table linen available for her daughters wedding. Judy and Bonnie decided that they’d address the issue together- with Judy’s artistic and creative leanings coupled with Bonnie’s pragmatic stockbroker background, the pair teamed up to create what is now BBJ Linen.

The Growth of BBJ

1983: Judy and Bonnie team up and affiliate themselves with a linen rental company in the far north suburbs of Chicago, introducing fashion forward linen in an expanded size range.

1991: Bonnie and Judy decided to move closer to the city of Chicago and were introduced to their future business partner, Bill Pry. Finding that the quality and service of their current company fell below their high expectations, Bonnie, Bill and Judy decided to break away and form their own linen company, BBJ Linen in Skokie, IL.

1995: Bonnie, Bill and Judy opened a 12,000 square foot showroom and warehouse in Skokie, IL. Over the next decade, they grow BBJ from its modest beginnings into an industry powerhouse, expanding the company nationally with the opening of satellite offices in most major US cities as well as increasing the size of the Skokie headquarters to 110,000 square feet.

2008: Doron Levy joins BBJ as a partner and introduces a new state of the art website and expansion of tabletop products, like the introduction of BBJ’s collection of exquisite charger plates.

2012: Bill Pry decides to transition to Partner Emeritus status in order to better enjoy life and see the world, but continues to consult on a variety of projects for the BBJ team.

From humble beginnings with an idea for a bar mitzvah, to high profile Presidential Inaugurations, BBJ established the specialty linen rental sector with its signature exceptional quality and style. Stay tuned for an even more exciting future for BBJ!

BBJ Culture

It starts with incredible people! Our culture empowers everyone to achieve professional goals in a very dynamic and fast paced environment. If you are someone that thrives in an entrepreneurial environment but enjoys the resources of a team, BBJ is the place for you. We need top quality talent to have the competitive advantage in our marketplace. Each and every employee makes an impact on BBJ and our clients. Highly motivated employees will make the difference at BBJ. Success is our culture and it starts with our employees.

Green and Community Support

Let’s Get Going...Green! The Role of Linen Rental in Eco-Friendly Decor
At BBJ, we are proud that our daily business practices root us firmly in the Green initiative. Our eco-friendly nature is socially responsible and has the added benefit of allowing us to extend the best possible pricing to our customers; by conserving our resources, our operating costs remain as low as possible. Some of the practices we follow in our daily operations are:

Recycling
Fabric

The fabric we buy is repurposed in a multitude of ways. After its first life as tablecloth, our linen is reused by various agencies, such as schools and charities, or is sold to the public at discount prices through The BBJ Store. We are also constantly making new products from retired inventory. Our innovative Botella fabric is made from recycled plastic bottles.

Return Duffle Bags

After the event, linen is returned in duffle bags that are in service for many years reducing our use of plastic bags and cardboard boxes.

Paper and Cardboard

We conserve office paper by reprinting on both sides and cardboard boxes are used multiple times. Paper and cardboard within all of our offices is recycled.

Plastic Bags

BBJ uses biodegradable plastic bags which reduce the landfill load, have an 8 month shelf life, and are 100% recyclable.

Skids and Scrap Metal

All wooden skids are reused and then recycled, and all scrap metal is given to a recycling plant for conversion into another product.

Energy
Heat Exchangers

The use of heat exchangers allow us to capture the energy from hot water as it leaves our washers to warm the incoming cool tap water that will be used for the next wash cycle. This results in a temperature change of 40 – 50 degrees reducing our use of gas and electric, as well as the load on the municipal treatment plant.

Press Shut-Down

We completely shut down our presses when not in use, rather than letting them idle, and run our boilers only when necessary.

Thermostats

We adjust our temperature seasonally, as well as throughout the day. Heat and air conditioning is adjusted in zones based on specific occupancy.

Water
Brine Reuse System

Out of concern over the flow of water back into the sewer system, we utilize a brine-reuse system, which allows us to conserve both water and salt so that we can produce soft water internally for our washers and boiler.

PH Control System

We maintain strict control over the PH level of used water that gets discharged into the sewer system, both minimizing any potential damage to the municipal system and reducing the energy required at the municipal treatment plant.

BBJ Supports the Community by donating to charitable organizations such as:
  • Lynn Sage
  • City of Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs
  • Chicago House
  • Dusable Museum
  • A Silver Lining
  • Join Action
  • Common Threads
  • Horizon Hospice
  • American Heart Association
  • Tickled Pink
  • After school matters
  • National Kidney Foundation
  • National MS Foundation