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Girbau NA Honors 2021 Distributors of Year

Fowler, Aadvantage, Lavanett are big winners

OSHKOSH, Wis. — Commercial laundry equipment manufacturer Girbau North America (GNA) recently recognized several distributors for outstanding service during 2021.

Fowler Laundry Solutions, Union, New Jersey, received its seventh consecutive GNA Multi-Housing Distributor of the Year Award for outstanding service, sales and support in the multi-housing laundry market.

Led by Doug Fowler and founded in 1952, the multi-generational company employs 70 team members focused on unsurpassed customer service. The full-service company is among the largest laundry equipment distributors in the Mid-Atlantic region and serves the vended, multi-housing, on-premise and industrial laundry markets.

“Fowler is an established, well-known name in the route/multi-housing laundry segment,” says GNA Vice President of Sales Joel Jorgensen. “The company has successfully capitalized on the opportunity to use LG and Continental Girbau laundry products, and then masterfully package them with payment systems, service contracts and ownership/lease options uniquely tailored to each customer. We’re proud to work beside Doug, Laney, Danny, Leah and the Fowler team.”

Earning GNA’s On-Premise Laundry Distributor of the Year honors for a second consecutive year was Aadvantage Laundry Systems, Garland, Texas. A division of EVI Inc., Aadvantage is led by President Ryan Smith and among the largest volume distributors in the world, according to Jorgensen.

A full-service provider of parts, service and sales, Aadvantage serves the vended, multi-housing, industrial and on-premise laundry markets – providing turnkey solutions, including laundry design, financing, installation, business projections, demographic studies and highly efficient laundry equipment.

“Aadvantage’s outstanding team and service offering sets them apart,” Jorgensen says. “They serve a multitude of commercial laundry distribution markets very well, which makes them extremely diverse.”

As a member of the EVI family, the Aadvantage team has the opportunity to share best practices and expertise with some of the country’s top distributors, according to Smith.

“This relationship, combined with a team focused on our core values, allows us to deliver an unmatched laundry experience to the markets we serve,” he says. “We are honored to work with a manufacturing partner like the Girbau North America team.”

And earning GNA’s second consecutive Canada Distributor of the Year award was Lavanett, of St. Laurent, Quebec. Led by Earl Eichen, Lavanett was recognized for exemplary performance in the on-premise and vended laundry markets within the province of Quebec.

Established in 1996, Lavanett employs 20 team members and provides laundry and textile care solutions, parts and service to customers throughout Canada. The Lavanett team is comprised of highly motivated and dedicated individuals committed to customer satisfaction and service, according to Eichen.

“Earl is a longtime GNA business partner and has found ways to sell all of our brands into the Quebec market, including Girbau Industrial, Continental Girbau, LG and Poseidon,” says Jorgensen. “Lavanett’s expert team does an outstanding job in every service area, including sales, service and parts. This award is GNA’s recognition of that success.”

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