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NMHC: Apartment Markets Expand for Third Straight Quarter

WASHINGTON — For the third quarter in a row, apartment markets expanded across all four areas in the National Multifamily Housing Council’s (NMHC) recent Quarterly Survey of Apartment Market Conditions. All four indexes remained above 50, indicating growth from the previous quarter, the NMHC reports.

The market tightness index fell from 68 to 52, with 52% of respondents reporting unchanged conditions from three months ago. Roughly a quarter believed that conditions were tighter, while 22% reported looser conditions.

Queens Chamber Honors Automatic Industries’ Savino-Erichsen

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — The Queens Chamber of Commerce recently honored Denise Savino-Erichsen, president of multi-housing laundry equipment and services provider Automatic Industries, as part of its 2014 Business Person of the Year Awards.

Since 1994, the chamber has recognized “outstanding Queens business leaders and entrepreneurs” through its annual Business Person of the Year Awards, according to the chamber’s website, honoring local business men and women in different categories.

This year, Savino-Erichsen was honored as the chamber’s “Woman-Owned Business Champion.”

Speed Queen Raises Funds in Fight Against Breast Cancer

RIPON, Wis. — Vended laundry equipment manufacturer Speed Queen has once again partnered with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) in support of breast cancer awareness and research.

For every limited-edition, home-style washer and dryer pair sold between Sept. 15 and Nov. 15, Speed Queen will donate $20 to BCRF, the company says. The pink-accented machines are available at select independent retailers across the country.

Attendee Registration Now Open for Clean 2015

ATLANTA — Show managers Riddle & Associates has opened attendee registration for Clean 2015, scheduled here for April 16-19.

Attendees can pre-register online for $99 per person through March 31, by visiting www.cleanshow.com, or by downloading a printable form for registering by mail or fax.

After the March 31 cut-off, attendees will have to register on-site for $149.

Valley-Dynamo Acquires Rowe Bill Changers

RICHLAND HILLS, Texas — Gaming and sporting goods manufacturer Valley-Dynamo reports it has acquired the assets of Rowe Bill Changers from Megatouch LLC.

Rowe Bill Changers will operate as a separate business, according to Kelye Stites, president of Valley-Dynamo, who calls the acquisition a “perfect fit.”

“Rowe is an industry leader with a proven and well-established reputation in the money-handling industry, and we welcome all the Rowe distributors and operators to the Valley-Dynamo family of companies,” says Stites.

Huebsch Honors Milton as Store Owner of Quarter

RIPON, Wis. — Commercial laundry equipment brand Huebsch recently recognized Reginald Milton, owner of South Memphis Alliance (SMA) Laundromat and Resource Center, as its latest Store Owner of the Quarter.

The award recognizes Huebsch store owners who have “excelled in entrepreneurism, technology adoption, innovation and superior customer and community service,” Huebsch reports.

WASH’s Levine Named Finalist in Corporate Counsel of Year Awards

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Craig Levine, executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems (WASH Laundry), is a finalist in Los Angeles Business Journal’s Corporate Counsel of the Year Awards program, the company reports.

Levine is being recognized for his accomplishments as the company’s in-house attorney, WASH Laundry adds.

USA Technologies, Setomatic Systems Bring NFC Technology to Laundry Market

MALVERN, Pa. — USA Technologies (USAT) has debuted a mobile payments, offers and loyalty program with Softcard that is designed for the commercial laundry market.

Under the program, consumers using Setomatic Systems’ SpyderWash Elite laundry machines, enabled with NFC (near field communication) and SmartTap mobile commerce technology, will receive a 25% discount on purchases made with the Softcard app, the company says.

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