EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems, a laundry facilities management service for multi-housing locations, reports that it has acquired Chicago-based route laundry company Universal Laundries.
“WASH’s acquisition of Universal Laundries represents another important step in our expansion efforts,” says Adam Coffey, WASH president and CEO. “Universal Laundries’ solid presence in the Chicagoland area increases our market density in the Midwest region, which has grown in recent years following other acquisitions, including Great Lakes Commercial Laundry based in Wisconsin, and Automatic Apartment Laundries Inc. of Michigan.”
Universal Laundries’ current managing partner, Robert Ilg, will remain involved in the business’ operations, according to WASH. His father, Paul Ilg, founded Universal Laundries in 1946, and the company has become “known for its prompt laundry equipment servicing and preventative maintenance scheduling.”
“WASH is a good fit because they share Universal’s core values of outstanding customer service and superior equipment,” says Robert Ilg. “I am confident that Universal Laundries’ customers will continue to receive the same high-quality laundry services they have come to expect along with some additional benefits and technologies that WASH brings to the table.”
“Chicago is the third largest metropolitan market in the United States,” says Coffey. “Acquiring Universal Laundries was a great opportunity for WASH to add considerable density and increased market share.”