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Motivational Speaker Shepard to Keynote SDA Cleaners Showcase

FORT WORTH, Texas — Motivational speaker Glenn Shepard will present the keynote address during the Southwest Drycleaners Association’s (SDA) Cleaners Showcase 2016 here at the city’s convention center on April 22-24.

Shepard is considered one of the foremost authorities on eliminating problems in the workplace, the SDA reports. He has published six books worldwide, including a national best-seller, How to Be the Employee Your Company Can’t Live Without.

Clean Show Management Relocates to New Offices

ATLANTA — The Clean Show, and its management company Riddle & Associates, have moved to new offices here.

Their new address is 2751 Buford Highway, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30324.

While the main phone number—404-876-1988—remains the same, the fax number is new: 404-968-9800.

“We encourage past exhibitors and attendees to make this change in all departments of their companies that interact with the Clean Show,” says John Riddle, president of Riddle & Associates, the company that has managed the event since the early 1990s.

Distributor Belenky Expands Vended Laundry Offerings as IPSO Dealer

AKRON, Ohio — Laundry equipment distributor Belenky Inc. was recently added to the IPSO distributor network, the company reports. As as IPSO dealer, Belenky will offer an extensive line of vended and on-premises washers and dryers to customers in a territory that encompasses northern Ohio north of I-70.

Belenky has had a long history of success with other Alliance brands, including Huebsch, UniMac and Speed Queen, says Rob Minster, president of the distributorship.

R&B Wire Products Marks 70th Anniversary

SANTA ANA, Calif. — R&B Wire Products, a manufacturer of laundry carts, is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, the company reports.

The self-service laundry industry was in its infancy when RB Company started in 1946. World War II had ended, and the ingenuity of product design and development shifted from the war effort to practical products that improve the lives of everyday Americans. R&B set about filling the need for a handy cart to transport laundry from washers to dryers.

Classic Laundromats Awarded $100,000 Economic Development Loan

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Cumberland Area Economic Development Corp. has been awarded a low-interest loan on behalf of Classic Drycleaners and Laundromats for the latter to buy and install new laundry equipment in three of its nine locations, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

WASH Hires Hung for HR, Thomas as Regional VP of Sales

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems, a laundry facilities management service, has hired two new staff members in recent weeks. Vivian Hung is its executive vice president of human resources, and Bill Thomas is regional vice president of sales for the company’s Southwest region.

Hung will oversee human resources and payroll operations for the rapidly growing company, and will serve as a member of the executive management team.

SBA Reopens Loan Application Period for Superstorm Sandy Survivors

NEW YORK — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has reopened the filing period for survivors in all states affected by Superstorm Sandy to apply for low-interest disaster loans. The new filing deadline for physical damage and economic injury losses is Dec. 1.

Superstorm Sandy impacted New York, New Jersey and other areas along the East Coast, causing catastrophic damage in October 2012.

SDA Cleaners Showcase Opens Exhibit Sales to Industry at Large

AUSTIN, Texas — The Cleaners Showcase, presented by the Southwest Drycleaners Association (SDA) in conjunction with the Texas Coin Laundry Association, will return to the Fort Worth Convention Center April 22-24.

Exhibit sales have been open for those who supported the 2014 event; more than 100 retailers and suppliers displayed at the three-day trade exhibition and more than 1,000 people attended.

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