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WASH Acquires Distributor Great Lakes Laundry

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems, a laundry facilities management service company, has acquired Great Lakes Laundry, a distributor of coin-operated and commercial laundry equipment and accessories throughout the Midwest, the company reports.

According to WASH, the acquisition will expand the company’s footprint into the Carolinas and will add several new WASH branch offices throughout the Midwest.

Longtime Industry Vet Matthews Retires

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. — Bob Matthews, regional sales manager for mechanical and electronic payment systems manufacturer ESD—and a 53-year veteran of the self-service laundry industry—is retiring, the company reports.

Born and raised in Manhattan, Matthews graduated from Saint Catherine’s of Sienna Elementary School and Power Memorial High School, two old-time schools in New York that each boast a long list of distinguished alumni.

Every Drop Counts: Solutions for Reducing Water Usage

This article was submitted by the Textile Care division of Ecolab, which describes itself as a “global leader in water technology and services.” While portions reference laundry operations that process goods for customers in bulk, owners of vended laundries may find the information presented useful in assessing their own businesses. — Bruce Beggs, Editorial Director

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Population growth, urbanization and a growing middle class have increased demand for more food, goods and services, placing unprecedented strain on the world’s limited fresh water supply.

Speed Queen Donates $30,000 to Support Anti-Violence Organization

RIPON, Wis. — Laundry equipment manufacturer Speed Queen® recently concluded its 2015 national sponsorship of Mudderella, an outdoor 5-7-mile obstacle course event designed for women, the company reports.

Speed Queen joined forces with Mudderella to promote their “Dirty for a Difference” campaign, which raised money for Futures Without Violence (FUTURES), a national nonprofit organization working to end violence against women, children, and families.

On-Demand Laundry Service Expands to South-Central California

NEW YORK — On-demand laundry, drycleaning and tailoring service WashClub reports that it has officially launched its service offerings for consumers and businesses in Bakersfield, Calif.

The city was chosen for the company’s next local-market launch based on research indicating that the community’s growing population includes “many time-strapped individuals,” WashClub says.

Greg and Cara Williams are co-operating WashClub Bakersfield.

IRS Raises Tangible Property Expensing Threshold to $2,500

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service recently simplified the paperwork and record-keeping requirements for small businesses by raising from $500 to $2,500 the safe harbor threshold for deducting certain capital items.

The change affects businesses that do not maintain an applicable financial statement (audited financial statement). It applies to amounts spent to acquire, produce or improve tangible property that would normally qualify as a capital item.

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