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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.

Setting the Stage for Clean 2015 (Part 1)

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.

Clean 1987 was held in what is now the Congress Center’s A Building, which has a total exhibit space of 340,000 square feet, according to show organizer Riddle & Associates.

Wholesale Commercial Laundry Equipment Expands Service to Northeast

SOUTHSIDE, Ala. — Commercial laundry equipment distributor Wholesale Commercial Laundry Equipment S.E. LLC reports it has expanded its service to vended laundries in Delaware, Eastern Pennsylvania and areas of New Jersey, including the counties of Mercer, Burlington, Ocean, Camden, Salem, Gloucester, Atlantic, Cumberland and Cape May.

Industry veteran Greg Whitman, Wholesale vice president of sales, Northeast region, will manage the new territory, according to the company.

Yankee Equipment Systems Appoints Limoncelli COO

BARRINGTON, N.H. — Commercial laundry equipment distributor Yankee Equipment Systems Inc. reports it has appointed Peter Limoncelli its chief operating officer.

He has served in a variety of positions at Yankee throughout his 22-year career, ranging from field sales to sales management to executive, the company says.

Limoncelli, who is part of Yankee’s ownership, has been “an integral part” of the distributor’s long-range planning for several years, and was “key to helping Yankee being named Speed Queen Distributor of the Year in 2012,” the company reports.

ACI, CLA Partner to Educate on Proper Storage of Laundry Packets

WASHINGTON — The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) reports it has partnered with the Coin Laundry Association (CLA) as part of its efforts in educating the public on how to safely store liquid laundry packets and their containers before, during and after the laundry process.

If not properly stored, ACI says, liquid laundry packets can cause “serious harm if accidentally ingested or exposed to the eyes.”

Accidents involving liquid laundry packets don’t just happen at home, the organization adds, but can also occur in public spaces, including Laundromats.

Continental Girbau Opens Doors to New Express Laundry Centers

OSHKOSH, Wis. — Continental Girbau Inc. (Continental) recently opened several new locations of its Express Laundry Centers™, a turnkey vended laundry store that utilizes the company’s brand of equipment, services, marketing assistance and management support.

The Express Laundry Centers offer a 60-minute wash-dry-fold, quick customer turnover and low utilities, according to the company.

“Express Laundry Center is a complete store solution available to investors only through Continental,” says Joel Jorgensen, company vice president of sales and customer services.

Speed Queen Raises More Than $20K for Breast Cancer Research

RIPON, Wis. — Vended laundry equipment manufacturer Speed Queen reports it has raised $20,330 to support breast cancer research and awareness, as a result of its two-month partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) and the sale of its limited-edition home-style washers and dryers.

“In this second year of our partnership with BCRF surrounding Breast Cancer Awareness month, we set our fundraising goal even higher,” says Jay McDonald, vice president of North American Home Laundry Sales for Alliance Laundry Systems, parent company of Speed Queen.

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