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Make It 38! Yankee Equipment Hosts Annual Vended Laundry Trade Show

WALTHAM, Mass. — Officials with laundry equipment distributor Yankee Equipment say their recent St. Patrick’s Day Vended Laundry Trade Show attracted a “record number of registered attendees and high number of walk-in owner/operators coupled with industry experts from all segments of the industry.”

For the 38th consecutive year, Laundromat owners and operators from across New England filled the show floor during a March weekend to talk with Yankee Equipment and manufacturer representatives and learn about new products and discuss industry trends.

CLA Drums Up Interest in Excellence in Laundry

OJAI, Calif. — The Coin Laundry Association’s Excellence in Laundry Conference wrapped its opening day here with what was undoubtedly the loudest session on the agenda.

Drummer Kenny Aronoff, who’s played with a who’s who of the music industry and performed on more than 30 Grammy-nominated records, shared Four Keys for a Successful Life and Career in between solo performances. Discipline and persistence were the common themes during his remarks.

Largest Expansion in Alliance Laundry Systems History Approved

RIPON, Wis. — The Board of Directors for global commercial laundry equipment provider Alliance Laundry Systems has formally approved a proposed $62.6 million expansion to its campus here.

Investment incentives from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), Fond du Lac County through the Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corporation (FCEDC), and the City of Ripon have been finalized, clearing the way for the expansion to move forward.

Speed Queen Names KeeWes Equipment Co. Its 2015 Distributor of Year

RIPON, Wis. — Commercial laundry equipment manufacturer Speed Queen® recently named KeeWes Equipment Co. its 2015 Distributor of the Year.

“KeeWes’ impressive sales performance and customer service have earned them the title of 2015 Distributor of the Year,” says Jim Rosenthal, Speed Queen North American sales manager. “The company continues to raise the bar for its sales growth and commitment to providing a first-rate customer experience.”

KeeWes also received this award in 2013.

Industry Vet Tomasian Announces Retirement

CHICAGO — Don Tomasian, 50-year veteran of the commercial laundry industry and founder of locally based distributor D&M Equipment Co., has announced his retirement.

Tomasian started in the industry as a service technician for Norge. Shortly, the company offered him a distributorship and D&M Equipment was formed. In 1972, Bernie Milch, the founder of Wascomat, became aware of Tomasian’s rising industry expertise and knowledge and offered him the opportunity to represent the Wascomat line in Illinois.

WashClub Brings On-Demand Laundry, Drycleaning Services to OKC

OKLAHOMA CITY — WashClub, a premium on-demand laundry, drycleaning and tailoring service, has officially opened its newest branch here in the Oklahoma state capital. WashClub Oklahoma City is owned and operated by Tom Wyche and his daughter, Sara.

The services are available via WashClub’s mobile app or on the company’s Oklahoma City website, washclubokc.com. A WashClub professional will pick up, deliver and return freshly cleaned, neatly folded laundry and dry cleaning within 24-48 hours, the business says.

Springtime Laundry Industry Calendar Continues to Fill Up

CHICAGO — Self-service laundry operators continue to have a springtime calendar full of opportunities to attend distributor open houses, service schools and other special events.

Here is a brief rundown of events from the American Coin-Op calendar through May 25.

Call, or visit the website listed, for registration information. In many cases, space is limited.

Maytag Commercial Laundry Honors Distributors at 57th Annual Meeting

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. — While hosting its 57th Annual Meeting in Florida recently, Maytag® Commercial Laundry awarded key distributors with accolades for dedication and excellence within the industry.

Receiving the most prestigious and sought-after honor of the event was Hercules Corp., Hicksville, N.Y. The distributor received the Fred Maytag Award, given to the distributor that best emulates the founder’s marketing philosophy and supports the Maytag brand with salesmanship, professionalism and integrity.

PWS Hosts ‘Record-Breaking’ Spring Sales, Unveils New Corporate HQ

SOUTH GATE, Calif. — Laundry equipment distributor PWS says that attendance records were broken during the company’s recent series of “Spring Sales” events in Redwood City, San Diego and South Gate. More than 750 people attended the sales in late March and early April.

Besides the excitement surrounding specials on Speed Queen equipment and parts from many manufacturers, attendees were enthusiastic about the grand opening of PWS’ new corporate headquarters here south of Los Angeles, the company reports.

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