JACKSON, Wyo. — After 41 years of tenure High Country Linen (HCL) has traded hands. Mark Barron has sold the local linen service to Joe Paulsen who had served as the Director of Operations with HCL since 2018, and will assume the role of President and majority stakeholder.

High Country Linen Service was founded in Jackson by Al and Theresa Martin in 1931 as Teton Laundry, servicing dude ranches, small motels and restaurants that served summer-season visitors. Barron bought the company in 1981, transforming it into a state-of-the-art facility and premier rental service in the valley for restaurant and hospitality linens, uniforms, and entry mats.

“As a twenty-year-old new to Jackson, I took a job at Teton Laundry,” said Barron. “Six years later, I was lucky to have been offered the chance to buy the business from the Chamberland family in 1981. We raised our family in this community with customers who became dear friends.”

“Joe is a talented leader who’s been wonderful to work with, and he is the right person to take the laundry and our valued team forward.”

A native of Colorado, Joe Paulson first moved to Jackson Hole in 2004 and met his wife, Kim, in 2007. Joe has been an active and integral part of operations at High Country Linen and is thrilled at the opportunity to continue the tradition of local ownership. 

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Toby Koekkoek is a Community News Reporter, and a recent resident of Teton Valley. He enjoys writing about our region's community events and the movers and shakers that make up the culture of this unique mountain town. He enjoys deep powder, and deep thoughts, skateboarding, playing racquet sports, riding his bike, and nerding out on music. Toby also coaches freeride skiing for the Jackson Hole Ski Club and runs skateboard camps in the summer.