U.S. Mint Requests Stakeholders Comment on Changing Coinage

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Mint has posted a Notice With Request For Comment, following a March 13 meeting with coin industry stakeholders regarding the effects of changing the metal composition of circulating U.S. coinage.

The Coin Modernization, Oversight and Continuity Act of 2010 provides to the Secretary of Treasury research and development authority for alternative metallic coinage materials, according to the Federal Register.

Continental Girbau Inc. Now Exclusive U.S. Provider of LG Platinum Washers, Dryers

OSHKOSH, Wis. — Continental Girbau Inc. has recently signed a partnership with LG Electronics to become the exclusive U.S. provider of LG Platinum front-load commercial washers and dryers for vended laundries, according to Continental President Mike Floyd.

“The LG domestic brand is powerful among consumers, and the No. 1 selling washer and dryer brand for the last three years,” says Floyd. “Now, Continental offers the LG product with an exclusive platinum finish and color represented by true commercial distributors.”

Fowler Equipment Co. Earns Maytag’s Highest Honor

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. — Commercial laundry equipment distributor Fowler Equipment Co. recently received the Fred Maytag Award during Maytag Commercial Laundry’s 56th annual meeting in Tucson, Ariz., Maytag reports.

This marks the fifth time Fowler Equipment has received the award, with its first award win dating back to 1959, according to Bob English, general manager at Maytag Commercial Laundry.

Spring Brings Calendar Full of Open Houses, Service Schools

CHICAGO — The arrival of spring can only mean one thing for self-service laundry operators—a calendar full of opportunities to attend distributor special events, open houses and service schools.

Here is a brief rundown of events from the American Coin-Op calendar through May 8 — call or visit the website listed for registration information. In many cases, space is limited.

April 5 — PWS Inc. Open House, Redwood City, Calif.; 650-871-0300,

DOE Revisits Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Washers

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently published a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding whether to revise its energy conservation standards for commercial clothes washers, and will host an April 21 public meeting for discussion.

The DOE says that the rulemaking will satisfy the requirement to publish the second final rule by Jan. 1, 2015, as mandated by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, and will accept public comments on the issue through May 5.

FTC, EEOC Co-Publish Guides on Employee Background Checks

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have co-published two short guides on employment background checks that explain the rights and responsibilities of the employer and the job applicant during the application process, the FTC reports.

“The FTC is pleased to work with the EEOC to help ensure that employers and potential employees have a solid understanding of their rights and responsibilities,” says Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.


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