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Coin-O-Matic Parent Company Celebrates Centennial

Family-owned Harry Miller Companies founded in 1921

ALSIP, Ill. — Employees of Harry Miller Companies, the parent company of commercial laundry distributor Coin-O-Matic, are gathering this month to celebrate the company’s 100 years in business.

Matt Miller, current president of Harry Miller Companies, represents the third generation of his family’s business that was founded in 1921.

“I’m so grateful that my grandfather, uncle and dad decided to focus the family business on home and commercial laundry equipment over the last century,” says Miller. “Clean laundry never goes out of style, and I’m proud to have the finest staff to give our clients the best customer service in the marketplace.

“One hundred years is a long time, and some mornings I have to pinch myself knowing that we’ve positioned the Harry Miller family of companies ahead of market trends in order to offer our clients the finest laundry products and services.”

Coin-O-Matic is one of the nation’s oldest commercial laundry dealers, serving laundromat, on-premise laundry, and multi-housing professionals throughout Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. Harry Miller Appliances sells home appliances, including kitchen and laundry appliances.

Harry Miller founded the business by selling washers and dryers door-to-door from the back of his Ford Model T pickup truck throughout Chicago’s Englewood and surrounding neighborhoods. Surviving the Great Depression and World War II by making his own replacement parts and installing coin meters on wringer washers, Miller was one of the first recognized creators of coin-operated laundry equipment, the company says.

In the late 1950s, Miller was joined by his sons, Bill and Bob. The duo focused their efforts on the period’s exploding coin-operated laundry equipment market, thus founding Coin-O-Matic Equipment Inc.

Today, Harry Miller Companies is led by Harry’s grandson, Matt. The products and technologies have evolved over decades of family operation but the service and character of those representing the company have remained consistent.

To chronicle this significant milestone, Harry Miller Companies underwent rebranding to better align the business with the changing needs and expectations of their customers. New logos, signage and marketing materials were developed.

“For over 100 years, customers have found that we listen well to understand their needs, work hard to exceed expectations, and are strongly committed to their long-term success,” Matt Miller says.