JET Uniform & Supply's Steel Soap Dispensers are the New Shampoo Bottle

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Red Deer janitorial supplies firm outfits correctional facilities with new patent-pending soap dispensers designed to make jails safer and more efficient.

JET Uniform correctional facility laundry soap dispenser

Stephen Milaney, owner of JET Uniform, demonstrates their patent-pending laundry soap dispenser.

Taxpayers get a lot of value out of the system because it reduces costs of buying goods, and, ultimately, because there’s less risk of inmate injury or death, or harm to staff.

While many law-abiding citizens now have a snapshot of what happens behind bars thanks to TV shows such as Orange is the New Black, Stephen Milaney knows first-hand how quick-thinking criminals can turn toiletries into weapons, or at least hiding spots for weapons, narcotics and tobacco.

Nearly 20 years ago, the Red Deer janitorial supplies and uniforms company he co-owns, JET Uniform & Supply, was called upon to create the first of several solutions to make it easier for correctional facilities to distribute laundry detergent and shampoo to inmates.

“Before, inmates were issued boxes of powdered detergent, but what was happening was inmates would make a handmade knife or a shank and hide it, or contraband, in the powder. Or they’d put too much powder down the drain and plug it, and that was rough on machines,” says Milaney.

The first-generation solution involved running a tube of detergent directly into the machine from behind a crawl space, but every time the washer broke, which was regularly, it had to be serviced by Milaney’s janitorial supplies team. JET’s latest third-generation patent-pending design leaves nothing to chance and are now being implemented at correctional facilities throughout Western Canada.

Soap is ensconced in a pad-locked high carbon steel cabinet placed in common areas or shower blocks. Inmates have to press a button and then wait a set amount of time—20 seconds to 30 minutes—before only one shot of the soap or shampoo falls into their plastic cup. If they want more, they have to press the button again, and wait.

“It’s one less spot for hiding weapons so it creates a much safer environment for staff and inmates, but it also reduces a lot of headaches because the institution doesn’t have to track and dole out 400 shampoo bottles or 200 boxes of laundry soap,” says Milaney, whose dispensers are found in provincial and federal correctional institutions across BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

An even bigger benefit of these dispensers for prisons, always looking for ways to trim budgets, is the cost: by regulating the soap and giving inmates only a little at a time, facilities save thousands of dollars every year.

“Taxpayers get a lot of value out of the system because it reduces costs of buying goods, and, ultimately, because there’s less risk of inmate injury or death, or harm to staff,” says Milaney.

About JET Uniform & Supply
JET Uniform and Supply Ltd. is based in Red Deer, Alberta. Over the last decade, JET has outfitted and provided janitorial cleaning supplies and clean uniforms to correctional facilities, companies, restaurants, institutions, schools, and more.
JET brings so much more to companies than simply ensuring clean, mended uniforms, janitorial supplies, or stocking washrooms. The added-value received from each service helps organizations save money and time, while providing teams with durable, quality products so managers can focus on running their organization.

For more information, please contact:
Steve Milaney
Owner, JET Uniform & Supply

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