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ACI Releases Guidelines on Labeling, Packaging of Liquid Laundry Packets

WASHINGTON — The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) has released a voluntary guidance document for the labeling and packaging of liquid laundry detergent packets to help reduce the number of children exposed to the product, the association reports.

The goal is to provide the laundry products industry best practices in the labeling, packaging and design of liquid laundry packets, ACI says.

Continental Girbau Honors 2013 Distributors of the Year

OSHKOSH, Wis. — Equipment manufacturer Continental Girbau recently named its 2013 Distributors of the Year, honoring Wholesale Commercial Laundry Equipment S.E., Southside, Ala., as USA Distributor of the Year; Coronet Equipment Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta, as Canadian Distributor of the Year; and Elite Business Investments Corp., Van Nuys, Calif., as Vended Laundry Distributor of the Year.

Alliance Laundry Earns Manufacturer of Year Award, Completes Primus Acquisition

RIPON, Wis. — Alliance Laundry Systems was recently honored with a 2013 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year award in the special award category for “Investing Locally, Growing Globally,” the company reports.

Alliance CFO Bruce Rounds accepted the award at a banquet in Milwaukee. This is the second consecutive year the company has been honored by the program, last year winning a special award for “Market Leadership.”

WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems Opens ‘Think Tank’ for IT Team

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems, provider of laundry facilities management services for multi-housing locations, has recently opened the WASH Technology Center in Rancho Dominguez, Calif., a facility the company says will serve as a “think tank” for its information technology (IT) team.

NMHC: Apartment Market Conditions Soften Slightly

WASHINGTON — Apartment market conditions weakened a bit in January compared with three months earlier, with three indexes below the breakeven level of 50, according to the National Multifamily Housing Council’s (NMHC) January 2014 Quarterly Survey of Apartment Market Conditions.

The Market Tightness Index fell to 41 from 46, with 56% of respondents reporting unchanged conditions, while 31% say conditions are “looser” than three months ago, according to the NMHC. The index last indicated overall improving conditions in July 2013.

Alliance Laundry to Acquire Primus Laundry Equipment Group

RIPON, Wis. — Alliance Laundry Holdings LLC, the parent company of Alliance Laundry Systems, has signed an agreement to acquire Primus Laundry Equipment Group. Terms of the pending transaction were not disclosed.

Primus Laundry Equipment Group is headquartered in Gullegem, Belgium, with production facilities in Pribor, Czech Republic, and Guangzhou, China; and sales offices in France (Lyon), the United Arab Emirates (Dubai), Spain (Barcelona) and Hong Kong.

SBA Launches 2014 Emerging Leaders Initiative

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has launched its 2014 Emerging Leaders (formerly e200) executive-level intensive entrepreneurship training initiative for small-business owners in 27 cities across the country, SBA reports.

In its seventh consecutive year, the program has trained more than 2,000 small-business owners in underserved communities, SBA says, and continues to expand its impact helping small businesses grow and create jobs. Participating cities added to the initiative this year include Washington, D.C.; Miami; Wichita, Kan.; and Newark, N.J.

Speed Queen Unveils New Website with Investor Focus

RIPON, Wis. — Speed Queen has launched a new website for potential investors interested in the self-service laundry industry, www.investinlaundromats.com, to showcase Laundromats as “an under-recognized, yet viable and smart business investment,” the company reports.

“The interactive website is designed to educate people looking for a good investment about the profitability potential of Laundromats compared to other investments, and the benefits of partnering with Speed Queen to open one,” the company says.

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