How California Drought Impacts State’s Coin Laundry Industry (Part 1)

CHICAGO — Utilities—chiefly expenses related to water and sewer rates—remain the highest expenditure for many coin laundry operators.

“The water and sewer costs for the average coin laundry is somewhere between 10-15% of their gross income on a monthly basis,” says Brian Brunckhorst, owner of Advantage Laundry, Hayward, Calif., and president of the Golden State Coin Laundry Association (GSCLA).

Laundry Owners Warehouse Expands Parts Facility

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Laundry Owners Warehouse (L.O.W.) has completed an expansion of its facility to accommodate an inventory of more than 10,000 new and used products, the company reports.

“Our new showroom and warehouse represents our commitment to provide store owners coast-to-coast the replacement components they need to reduce machine downtime and increase profitability,” says L.O.W. Parts Division Manager Oren Shedo.

Whirlpool Completes Deal Acquiring American Dryer Corp. (ADC)

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — Whirlpool Corp. has completed its acquisition of American Dryer Corp. (ADC), a privately held manufacturer of coin-operated, on-premise, industrial and specialty laundry equipment.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The acquisition gives Whirlpool’s commercial laundry business “a platform to reach new countries and channels, while building on a strong foundation of industry-leading innovation, quality and service,” the company says.

Continental Girbau Recognizes 2014 Vended Laundry Distributors of Year

OSHKOSH, Wis. — Continental Girbau has named Fowler Equipment Co., Bloomfield, N.J., and Coronet Equipment, Edmonton, Alberta, as its 2014 Vended Laundry Distributor of the Year, and 2014 Canadian Distributor of the Year, respectively, the company reports.

The awards honor distributorships for their “outstanding sales and distribution” in both the vended and on-premise laundry markets.

Fowler is among the largest on-premise, vended and multi-housing laundry equipment distributors in the Mid-Atlantic region, according to Continental.

Great Lakes Commercial Sales Hosts Spring Product Expo, Service Schools

BROOKFIELD, Wis. — Great Lakes Commercial Sales welcomed more than 200 attendees at its annual product expos and service schools, titled Passport to Savings, throughout the Midwest during April and May.

The company held these events in cities including Lansing, Mich., Dayton, Ohio, and Wauwatosa, Wis., featuring Maytag, Electrolux and Wascomat service schools; vendor displays; panel discussions on re-tooling a coin laundry; and pricing and financing opportunities on new equipment and ancillary items.

Laundrylux Offers Disaster Relief Program to Midwest Operators

INWOOD, N.Y. — Laundrylux is offering a disaster recovery program to self-service laundry operators affected by recent floods, the company reports.

The program includes no payments for up to 120 days plus no interest up to 12 months and low, fixed interest rates. Laundrylux says it will also waive all application fees to help get its laundry-owner customers’ businesses back up and running as quickly as possible.

ISSLA-Sponsored Bill Repeals Iowa’s Coin Laundry Sales Tax

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. — An Iowa Self-Service Laundry Association-sponsored bill to repeal the existing sales tax on coin-operated laundries passed unanimously in the Iowa Senate, and is now awaiting Gov. Terry Branstand’s signature, the ISSLA reports.

“We made some history in the process, it seems,” says Daryl Johnson, ISSLA president. “I was told that there has not been a tax bill passed in the Iowa Senate 50-0 in at least three decades or more, and we also won the vote in the House with a 76-14 margin.”

IPSO Names Steiner-Atlantic Its 2014 Distributor of Year

RIPON, Wis. — IPSO has named Miami-based Steiner-Atlantic Corp. its 2014 Distributor of the Year, recognizing the company during Clean 2015 in Atlanta.

“Steiner-Atlantic’s integrity, professionalism, premium service and sales are admirable, and they serve as a model for others to follow,” says Kathryn Rowen, IPSO North American sales manager. “Steiner-Atlantic emulates IPSO’s brand values and has demonstrated their commitment to being a complete resource for satisfying every laundry need of their customers.”

Texas Laundromat Provides Laundry Relief to Flood Victims

WIMBERLEY, Texas — When heavy rain and flash floods hit Wimberley over the Memorial Day weekend, residents didn’t expect how much damage the weather conditions would create, says Louise Messano, co-owner of Wash Day Laundry.

“I don’t think people realized how bad it was,” she says. “It was probably Monday when things really got crazy.”

In the wake of the destruction, Messano, and co-owners Jamie Bishop and Tom Vuono, opened the doors of their Laundromat to help with volunteer efforts in providing free laundry services to area residents.

Aaxon Appoints Brown to Oversee Central Florida Market

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Commercial laundry equipment distributor Aaxon Laundry Systems has appointed Bill Brown as its multi-housing account executive for the central Florida market, the company reports.

In his new role, Brown will represent Aaxon at industry events, establish strategic partnerships with condo management companies and apartment owners, and retain current route locations, according to the company. He will be based in Orlando, Fla.


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