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USA Technologies Implements Support for Apple Pay Mobile Payments

MALVERN, Pa. — Wireless, cashless payment systems manufacturer USA Technologies (USAT) has implemented a nationwide rollout of new acceptance points for Apple Inc.’s Apple Pay mobile payment system, USAT reports.

The move adds approximately 200,000 acceptance points to the “growing list” of locations supporting Apple Pay, bringing the mobile payment service to owners and operators of vended laundry equipment, among other self-serve appliances.

Huebsch Names Tennessee’s Patel Store Owner of Quarter

RIPON, Wis. — Huebsch, an equipment brand of Alliance Laundry Systems, has named Raj Patel, owner of Speed Coin Laundry, Murfreesboro, Tenn., its latest Store Owner of the Quarter.

In 1995, when he was 14 years old, Patel emigrated from India with his family to California, with just $500 to their name. The family soon moved to Chattanooga, Tenn., investing the earnings they saved to purchase a convenience store and gas station.

Clean 2015: ‘One Industry. One Stage.’ (Conclusion)

ATLANTA — Professionals from all facets of the laundering, drycleaning and textile care industry will convene once again April 16-19 for the biennial World Educational Congress for Laundering and Drycleaning—better known by many in the industry as the Clean Show.

“I’m anxious to see what this time slot in April will do,” says John Riddle, president of Riddle & Associates, the Clean Show’s management company.

“Atlanta is a good city [and] I think people are going to find out a lot of positive things are going on around here.”

Clean 2015: ‘One Industry. One Stage.’ (Part 1)

ATLANTA — Professionals from all facets of the laundering, drycleaning and textile care industry will convene once again April 16-19 for the biennial World Educational Congress for Laundering and Drycleaning—better known by many in the industry as the Clean Show.

“I’m anxious to see what this time slot in April will do,” says John Riddle, president of Riddle & Associates, the Clean Show’s management company.

“Atlanta is a good city [and] I think people are going to find out a lot of positive things are going on around here.”

Distributor Laundry Systems of Tennessee Promotes Cloonan

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — Laundry Systems of Tennessee reports it has promoted Sean Cloonan from service technician to service manager.

“Sean is an extremely hard worker who gives his utmost to help out customers in need of technical service,” says Jeff Large, owner of Laundry Systems of Tennessee. “He’s smart, a good leader, and easy to work with.”

In his new role, Cloonan manages a factory-trained team of service technicians to ensure prompt service and over-the-phone troubleshooting, as well as oversee parts inventory and distribution, according to the company.

Madson to Succeed Melton as Speed Queen Multi-Housing N.A. Sales Manager

RIPON, Wis. — Alliance Laundry Systems reports that it is promoting Craig Madson to North American sales manager of Speed Queen Multi-Housing.

“Craig has been a valuable asset to Alliance for many years and his experience with sales and customer relations made him an ideal candidate to fill such an important role,” says William Bittner, vice president of North American sales for Alliance. “We look forward to Craig’s continued success and congratulate him on his new assignment.”

Continental Girbau West Names Sorensen Vice President

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. — Continental Girbau West (CG West), a subsidiary distributorship of Continental Girbau Inc., reports it has named industry veteran Tod Sorensen its new vice president.

Sorensen has more than 20 years of experience related to distribution, management, and on-premise, industrial, route and vended laundry development.

Super Laundry Welcomes Eisenberg as Regional VP

WOODBURY, N.Y. — Super Laundry reports it has welcomed industry veteran Bob Eisenberg as regional vice president, managing the company’s King of Prussia, Pa., location.

“Bob brings his national and regional experience to Super Laundry Equipment. We are pleased to have him on board in King of Prussia,” says Tom Duckworth, area vice president of Super Laundry. “In addition, Bob is dedicated toward providing the best products and service to his customers, as is Super Laundry.”

New Year Means Increased Minimum Wages for 20 States

WASHINGTON — Twenty states have ushered in the new year by implementing minimum wage increases, reports the National Employment Law Project (NELP).

The increases, which took effect on or about Jan. 1, are estimated to boost the incomes of 3.1 million low-paid workers, according to an analysis of Census data by the Economic Policy Institute. As a result of these increases, according to NELP, for the first time a majority of states—29, plus the District of Columbia—will have minimum wages that surpass the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

Setting the Stage for Clean 2015 (Conclusion)

ATLANTA — Nearly 30 years have passed since the Clean Show, formally known as the World Educational Congress for Laundering and Drycleaning, set its stage here at the Georgia World Congress Center in April 1987.

Then, the show was held in what is now the A building of the Congress Center, which has a total exhibit space of 340,000 square feet, according to show organizer Riddle & Associates.

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