RIPON, Wis. — Several Huebsch distributors were recognized for excellence at the 2019 Clean Show in New Orleans. Chief among them was Gulf States Laundry Machinery Co. and its Houston and Atlanta branches, recipient of the Alliance Laundry Systems brand’s highest honor, the 2018 Industry Benchmark (formerly known as Distributor of the Year).
Serving laundry owners in southern Texas and Georgia, Gulf States previously received the top Huebsch award in 2011, 2014 and 2017. The latest award was one of four Gulf States received.
Huebsch also awarded the company its Gold Finance Partner honors for its Houston branch; Gold Technology Partner honors for 13 installs, also for its Houston branch; and Gold Market Knowledge Expert honors for its Atlanta branch.
Pravin Parmar co-owns the Houston branch, while Ben Prema owns the Atlanta branch.
“This distributor could literally have won an award in nearly every category this year,” says Kathryn Rowen, North American sales manager for Huebsch. “They continue to invest in their business and in their staff, and continue to learn and adopt new methods and technologies.”
The Gulf States team’s marketing knowledge and local connections are “unparalleled,” Rowen adds. “But most of all, their unwavering professionalism consistently delights their store owners, who continue to lead their markets with remarkably successful businesses.”
Parmar attributes the company’s success to its customer-first focus, as well as its commitment to be the best: “We aim to be the expert, share our expertise and create opportunities for customers. That’s allowed us to build a loyal customer base.”
Other Huebsch distributors recognized for excellence were:
- Universal Laundry Machinery, Westland, Michigan — Innovation and Investment Partner Award
As Michigan’s largest and oldest (since 1920) laundry equipment distributor, Universal Laundry Machinery invested in its distributorship by purchasing a store and piloting and showcasing Huebsch Command, smart technology that gives businesses advanced performance data, monitoring and adjustment capabilities and more, says Rowen.
The distributor also participated in a Huebsch marketing video promoting Huebsch Command, and worked with the brand’s technology team to improve technology offerings during a pilot program.
- National Laundry Equipment, Nashville, Tennessee — Emerging Star Award
In business more than 50 years, National Laundry Equipment has put its efforts toward growing the company by making necessary investments, Huebsch says.
“J.D. Dixon is well-deserving of an Emerging Star Award,” Rowen says. “He’s a perfect example of someone who has a small company and who is taking the necessary steps to provide complete and optimal support of his customer base.”
- ACE Commercial Laundry Equipment, Westminster, California — Silver Finance Partner
The third-generation family-owned and -operated company services Southern California. Starting out in nothing larger than a storage bin about 20 years ago, ACE has always focused on taking care of its customers by offering quality products and good customer service, gaining it a reputation for conducting fair business dealings, Rowen says.
- HK Laundry Equipment, Armonk, New York — Bronze Finance Partner and Gold Technology Partner
The company, which was also named 2013 Huebsch Distributor of the Year, has served New York and Connecticut since 1967 with coin laundry and on-premises laundry equipment. HK Laundry works to educate its customers so they are better informed, according to Rowen.
“They educate their customers to operate the best Laundromats possible,” she says, “and their customers recognize the most efficient and durable commercial laundry equipment that is available.”
- Aaxon Laundry Systems, Fort Lauderdale, Florida — Silver Technology Partner
Aaxon serves parts of Florida. For more than 40 years, the company’s mission has been to provide customers with the latest in premium, energy-efficient laundry equipment; strategic sales support; flexible financing; and fast, reliable service.
- Laundry Systems of the Carolinas, Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Corryton, Tennessee — Gold Market Knowledge Expert
Laundry Systems of the Carolinas has an innate knowledge of its market, existing laundries and store owners, Rowen says, and is continually canvassing and blitzing its territories for opportunities.
Since 1970, Laundry Systems has been serving South Carolina and North Carolina, and in 2000, the distributor expanded sales and service to Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia. It is the exclusive distributor for Huebsch coin-operated and OPL washers and dryers for all five states.