The American Coin-Op Podcast: Industry ‘Voice’ Gains in Volume

Inaugural podcast examines sales tax threat faced by self-service laundries everywhere

CHICAGO — Since 1960, American Coin-Op has been “The Independent Voice of the Self-Service Laundry Industry.” Today, that “voice” gains in volume as the publication grows beyond print with its first-ever podcast, available for listening here.

“Our American Coin-Op podcasts will be another communications channel for busy store owners and operators to get self-service laundry information, and do it while driving in their car or listening at work or home,” says Charles Thompson, publisher of American Coin-Op and owner of parent company American Trade Magazines LLC.

“Did you know that three states currently charge self-service laundries sales tax and others are showing interest in doing the same? The very first American Coin-Op podcast is about efforts to keep Laundromats exempt from this type of tax.”

Paul Hansen, who owns six stores in Chicago and serves as president of the Illinois Coin Laundry Association, discusses the national association’s “Stop Laundry Tax” efforts, then talks taxes a little closer to home: Chicago’s additional water-sewer utility tax that’s being phased in over four years to raise money for underfunded city pensions.

Editor Bruce Beggs hosts the American Coin-Op podcast. New episodes will be made available throughout the year.

“Our podcasts will provide a convenient way for readers to gain insight from industry peers and other experts beyond what they will read in our magazine or online on our website,” Beggs says.

The podcast can be listened to right from the American Coin-Op website or can be downloaded for listening later.

Also, the podcast can easily be shared with anyone who may be interested, from family and friends to colleagues, suppliers and vendors.

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