Lucy’s Fluff and Fold Opens Second Store

ORANGE, Calif. — When opening a second location for Lucy’s Fluff and Fold Laundromat & Drycleaning, business owners Gary and Marty Slizgi looked to Electrolux Professional equipment, the manufacturer reports.

The couple’s first Lucy’s vended laundry business opened in 2006 with a 2,000-square-foot store in Huntington Beach, Calif. After replacing the equipment in 2010, the business grew substantially, according to Electrolux. At that point, Gary Slizgi thought of expanding his business while keeping a focus on fluff and fold.

ACI Completes Year One of Laundry Safety Campaign

WASHINGTON — The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) recently highlighted the one-year anniversary of its KEY Pledge safety education campaign, the organization reports, “reaffirming its commitment to keep children safe from accidental laundry packet exposures and injuries.”

According to ACI, since the launch of its campaign in June 2013, more than 41,000 consumers have pledged to keep their laundry routine safe through an online pledge system.

Laundry Owners, Investors Convene for Equipment Marketers Event

CHERRY HILL, N.J. — Equipment Marketers recently hosted its 20th annual Commercial Laundry Trade Show and Service Seminar here at its headquarters.

The event featured several seminars, and new Maytag products were showcased for the first time, the company reports. The “New World of Laundry” showed “customers and investors alike why laundry is truly in a new world,” according to the company.

Business Journal Names WASH Laundry’s Buccola CIO Awards Finalist

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The Los Angeles Business Journal has named John Buccola, WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems’ chief information officer (CIO), a finalist in its CIO Awards program, WASH reports.

Buccola is recognized for his work in “transforming” the company’s IT infrastructure “during a phase of rapid and continued expansion,” WASH adds.

Huebsch Names HK Laundry Equipment 2013 Distributor of Year

RIPON, Wis. — Commercial laundry equipment brand Huebsch named HK Laundry Equipment, Armonk, N.Y., its 2013 Distributor of the Year during its annual conference, the company reports.

“We are excited to name HK Laundry 2013 Distributor of the Year,” says Kathryn Q. Rowen, Huebsch North American sales manager. HK Laundry has been a Huebsch distributor in the Connecticut and New York area since 1967, providing vended and on-premises laundry equipment, parts, service and repair.

Gain’s #MusicToYourNose Campaign Debuts in NY Laundromats

NEW YORK — Gain recently staged its “Laundromat Takeover” in six New York Laundromats as part of its #MusicToYourNose festival.

Partnering with non-profit organization Portraits of Hope, Gain transformed six Laundromats in the Bronx, Washington Heights and Spanish Harlem boroughs, creating art installations at the locations and hosting activities for the community.

Featured in Gain’s Laundromat takeover was Latin Grammy-nominated artist Leslie Grace, who performed at one of the six Laundromats in her hometown in the Bronx.

Clean Execs Select General Contractor, Open Booth Sales for 2015 Show

ATLANTA — The Clean Executive Committee has selected Shepard Exposition Services to serve as general contractor for Clean 2015 here in April, reports the show’s management company, Riddle & Associates.

John Riddle, president of Riddle & Associates, praised the firm for its work on Clean 2011 in Las Vegas. “We were pleased with their unique concierge program that gave individual attention to the needs of each exhibitor, and we look forward to repeating this success for Clean 2015.”

Firestone Financial Relocates to New HQ, Signs Multi-Year Credit Facility

NEEDHAM, Mass. — Firestone Financial Corp., a direct lender that provides Laundromat financing, reports that it has relocated its headquarters to 117 Kendrick St. here in Needham.

Firestone says the move allows it to “double its size to accommodate the growth of the company,” which currently has 49 employees and $188 million of assets under management.

CG West Conference Focuses on Boosting Store Profits

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. — Best practices in boosting store profits was the focus of Continental Girbau West’s (CG West) recent annual Conference of Champions Profit Symposium, which saw an increase in attendance among vended laundry owners, the distributor says.

“We had more customers arrive our first morning this year than both days last year,” says Tod Sorensen, Continental Girbau Inc. sales manager – Western U.S. “Every attendee said they learned something that would either make them more money or save them more money. We were very happy with the success of the event.”

WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems Earns Speed Queen Honor

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Multi-housing laundry facilities management services provider WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems was recently honored with Speed Queen’s 2013 Multi-Housing Sales Award of Excellence for its sales effforts and contributions to the multi-family laundry industry, the company reports.

WASH adds that the recognition marks the sixth time it has received the award from Speed Queen.


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