RIPON, Wis. — Alliance Laundry Systems, which recently announced expansion plans, says it will dedicate one of its new expanded manufacturing facilities here to longtime employee Melvin Blank.
“Melvin has seen firsthand the evolution of Alliance Laundry over the past decades,” says Todd Kaull, Alliance Laundry’s plant manager. “He embodies the history and culture of the company, and we want to celebrate his contributions, dedication and commitment to the industry.”
Blank celebrated his 60th anniversary with the company in September. He became an Alliance Laundry employee when he was 19 years old, and has held a variety of positions, including warehouse driver and top-load washer assembly. Today, Blank works in the plastics injection molding department, where he is a machine operator and responsible for the management of plastic parts after molding.
“I am humbled that Alliance Laundry has honored me with this recognition,” Blank says. “Alliance is my home, and I’m so grateful for the opportunities, experience, friendship and support this company has shown me over the years.”
Blank’s positive outlook on Alliance Laundry has also fueled other family members to join the organization. His son Mike works as a leadman in the tub cell welding department.
Alliance Laundry’s $23 million expansion will add more than 20,000 square feet to the existing plastic injection molding, assembly, metal stamping and press shop facilities. More than 250 skilled jobs will also be added to the company’s 1,300-member Ripon workforce.