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Continental Girbau Inc. ’s parent company – Girbau , based in Vic, Spain – has signed a joint-venture agreement with Shenguang of China. The two laundry equipment manufacturing companies signed the agreement on May 18 in Shanghai. As a result of the joint venture, Girbau will control the new company and plans to inaugurate a new production center in July with more than 160,000 square feet devoted to manufacturing laundry machinery, according to a Girbau press release. The plant initially will continue with the production of Shenguang’s current models. However, Girbau plans to invest in the research and development needed to gradually develop new, competitive ...
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EnviroStar Inc. , a distributor of commercial laundry and drycleaning equipment based in Miami, has announced its acquisition of Martin-Ray Laundry Systems Inc. , a distributor of vended, commercial and industrial laundry equipment, as well as a provider of laundry installation and routine maintenance services. The transaction is expected to be accretive to EVI’s earnings for its fiscal year ending June 30, 2018. “We are pleased to have successfully completed the acquisition of Martin-Ray,” said EVI Chairman and CEO Henry M. Nahmad. “We believe that our unique entrepreneurial culture and focus on growth, combined with our access to financial resources, will ...
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Maytag Commercial Laundry recently held its 58th Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, welcoming 218 attendees from 22 countries to the three-day event. One of the meeting’s highlights was the Fred Maytag Awards Dinner, where the company saluted its leading distributors. This year’s honorees were: • Taking home the most coveted and prestigious accolade, Best Wash, Inc., Humble, Texas, won the Fred Maytag Award. This honor is presented to the customer who best emulates the founder’s marketing philosophy and supports the Maytag Commercial Laundry brand with salesmanship, professionalism and integrity. • After a year of showcasing how truly dedicated they are to the ...
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The Clean Show , which was held June 5-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, celebrated its 40th anniversary this year – and 12,563 attendees joined the party. In addition, the show’s exhibit floor was sold out at 227,006 net square feet, representing the largest square footage since Clean ’07, which also was held in Las Vegas. Compared with Clean 2015, registration was up from 11,264, and exhibit space was up from 197,400. Attendees came from around the world to see the latest and greatest that the laundry industry has to offer. International attendees numbered 2,271, representing 96 countries outside the U.S. Also, nearly all of the event’s 22 educational ...
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Huebsch presented Metropolitan Laundry Machinery Sales, Inc. with the manufacturer's highest honor – the 2016 Distributor of the Year – at a ceremony held June 5 at the Foundation Room inside the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. This is the 13th time the company has won the award. “Huebsch distributors consistently lead our industry in quality of service to customers,” said Kathryn Rowen, North American sales manager for Huebsch. “So, in winning this honor for the 13th time, Metropolitan truly stands out as the best of the best.” The company also was recognized for Top Sales Achievement, Top Regional Sales Growth (Northeast) and being ...
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The Coin Laundry Association held a festive dinner party at The Clean Show on June 6, 2017. In attendance were CLA members including laundry owners, prospective laundry investors, distributors, CLA staff and manufacturers, as well as partners of the organization and the LaundryCares Foundation. The theme for this year’s party was the CLA’s own nightclub “Fabriq,” and featured food, drinks, music “spun” by a professional DJ, and fellowship among members of the self-service laundry industry. The low-lit atmosphere was offset by flashing lights in the CLA’s blue and green colors. Moreover, there were four “VIP” areas with lush couches and pillows for each ...
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Doing Well By Doing Good "Corporate social responsibility" has gone well beyond being just a business buzzword or feel-good trend. Today, CSR has grown to become a full-fledged movement. This is why the Coin Laundry Association dedicated its first educational session on the third day of Clean 2017 in Las Vegas to how laundry owners can give back to the communities they serve. "Price Waterhouse reports that 64 percent of CEOs are increasing their spent on CSR," pointed out CLA President and CEO Brian Wallace, in his opening remarks for the 60-minute presentation, appropriately titled "Doing Well by Doing Good." "Companies like Disney, Microsoft, Rolex. ...
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At a press conference held by the Clean Executive Committee at the Las Vegas Convention Center on the third day of Clean 2017, CEC Chair Mary Scalco released some impressive numbers regarding the first two days of this year's show. Scalco said she was "very pleased with the turn out for both attendees and exhibitors." Registration at this year's show has already topped the total from the 2015 event. As of the close of business on Day Two, 12,374 people had registered. This is a significant increase from the total attendance of 11,264 at the Atlanta show. The exhibit floor, which sold out with 227,006 net square feet of booth space, has been busy since the show ...
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The Coin Laundry Association and the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute kicked off Day Two of Clean 2017 in Las Vegas with the first joint educational presentation by two of the show's sponsoring organizations in the 40-year history of the event. As CLA President and CEO Brian Wallace noted during his introduction of the 75-minute session, the lines between the laundromat and drycleaning businesses have increasingly blurred in recent years -- with more vended laundry owners working with drycleaning businesses, and conversely, more drycleaners showing an interest in adding wash-dry-fold laundry to their own mix. The discussion was moderated by Jeff Gardner, owner ...
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The Coin Laundry Association has announced two of the recipients of its 2017 Industry Awards. The winners were recognized at Clean 2017, at a special cocktail reception on Monday, June 5, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The honorees are: Member of the Year – Paul Hansen This high honor is particularly well-earned this year in the case of Paul Hansen of Chicago. Paul grew up in the industry and has been an innovative multi-store operator along the way, by a process of continual improvement of the efficiency of his laundries and putting customer satisfaction first. He turned his attention to giving back to the industry as president of the Illinois ...
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The first day of Clean 2017 in Las Vegas wrapped up with a jam-packed presentation by digital marketing expert Bonnie Hanson of The Laundry Doctor, based in St. Paul, Minn. Approximately 450 people attended this educational session, which was held in the exhibition hall, giving laundry owners the opportunity to attend without having to stray too far from the trade show floor. And the topic was one that is on many store operators' minds these days -- online marketing... more specifically, how to promote a laundry business on Facebook. Hanson began her presentation by explaining why Facebook is the place store owners need to be getting out the word about ...
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Coin Laundry Association President and CEO Brian Wallace welcomed 425 attendees to the organization's first educational seminar of Clean 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Dubbed "Great by Design: What Laundromats Can Learn from the Latest Retail Trends," this session was presented by leading retail design expert Brian Dyches. During his presentation, Dyches shared why creating a dynamic interior design and brand experience within a laundry is good for the bottom line, sharing key retail and hospitality design trends with the packed meeting room. "It's not the strongest and smartest who will survive, but those who can adapt to change," said Dyches, ...
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On the eve of Clean 2017, the Coin Laundry Association’s LaundryCares Foundation hosted a free laundry day in Las Vegas. This event was held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the newly opened Las Vegas Coin Laundry #6 , owned by multi-store operator Bruce Gilliat. "Free Laundry Day-Las Vegas" provided needed laundry services at no charge to nearly 90 local families. In addition, this event also featured free burgers and hot dogs grilled in the store's parking lot, a DJ, storytelling and face-painting for the kids, bike giveaways and more. Free laundry days represent an industrywide effort to give back to underserved areas that strongly support self-service ...
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Looking for things to do in Las Vegas, beyond the convention center? From major attractions to some of the best shows and restaurants in the world, Sin City is full of amazing, make-your-mouth-drop happenings. So, be sure to make some time to explore this year’s host city: Place your bets. With one foot in the past and one in the future, the 50-year-old Caesars Palace remains an icon of classic Vegas decadence. Caesars is one of the last old-school properties remaining, and few Las Vegas casinos can match it for atmosphere. However, before you hit the table games, poker room or baccarat pit, bone up on the subject; the Gamblers General Store in Downtown Vegas ...
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Eastern Funding, LLC , headquartered in New York City, has announced that industry veteran Kirk Stone has joined the company. Stone has more than 20 years of experience in commercial laundry equipment lease and loan originations, and has proven to be skilled in cultivating new distributor relationships and maintaining those relationships over the long term, according to the company. Stone, based in Des Moines, Iowa, boasts extensive experience in the vended, on-premises and multi-housing laundry sectors. He has worked with commercial laundry distributors throughout the U.S. and Canada, helping to grow their businesses with creative financing solutions. “Kirk ...
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Statewide Laundry Equipment – with offices in Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando and Miami, Fla. – has added Virgil Davis to its central Florida service technician team. At Statewide, he is involved in all phases of field service calls and equipment installations, while also occasionally assisting customers in the company’s Orlando office parts department. Davis will participate in higher-level Speed Queen certification training as part of Statewide’s ongoing investment in employee education and specialty training. In fact, the distributor’s service technician team boasts more than 30 years of experience in the commercial laundry industry. “We’re excited Virgil ...
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Aaxon Laundry Systems wrapped up its first service school of the year at the company’s Fort Lauderdale headquarters on May 3. This event focused mainly on Huebsch washer-extractors. Laundry owners and service technicians in the south Florida area were invited to attend the morning-long educational session, which featured hands-on demonstrations by Huebsch Southeast Regional Field Service Manager Dale Simpson. “It was great meeting customers at the service school,” said Aaxon consultant Frank P. D’Annunzio. “I’m happy to provide a fun, educational environment for laundry owners in the area to see the nitty-gritty of how their own equipment works. I’m looking ...
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Thank you for the continuing privilege of serving you as the chair of the Coin Laundry Association’s Board of Directors. Here we are at mid-year – our financial results for the first two quarters are in… and summer is upon us. The reports are in from Minding Your Business, the consultants hired late last fall to conduct a broad-based review of all aspects of the CLA’s work. I want to thank all of you who participated in the MYB surveys, direct interviews and the “brand belief” session. The CLA staff, board members and other volunteers continue to review MYB’s findings, looking to chart the CLA’s future course. Our path going forward will be informed by a deeper ...
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I own a store in a town that has a total of eight self-service laundries, and every one of them offers free dry. I’m tired of raising prices on my washers every time expenses go up, while my drying remains free. My customers are overloading the washers and underloading the dryers. How can I get out of this free dry pricing mess? As you’re finding out, free dry is easy to offer, but then difficult to take away. It’s a hard decision. If you start charging for your dryers and the other owners don’t, you likely will lose some customers, at least for a while. However, if your store has any unique features or competitive advantages – such as more parking than the ...
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Tide Tests the Waters of Chicago’s Wash-Dry-Fold Market A few months ago, Proctor & Gamble decided to expand its Tide brand to include a retail, wash-dry-fold model. Using the successful Tide Dry Cleaners franchises as an example of what to expect from this new wash-dry-fold business segment – which is being called Tide Spin – it’s obvious that the company is heavily committed to promoting its brand with strong service and a quality product. Currently, P&G is operating Tide Spin’s only location at the moment. The company’s test market for Tide Spin is within a limited section of Chicago. Clearly, this is a great way for P&G to push its Tide brand, as well ...
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