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.

Distributor Katzson Brothers Celebrates 80th Anniversary

DENVER — Katzson Brothers Inc., which specializes in the distribution of laundry and drycleaning chemicals and supplies, janitorial supplies and hospitality supplies, as well as laundry and drycleaning equipment, celebrated its 80th anniversary in December, the company reports.

Katzson Brothers caters to laundries, dry cleaners, hotels, motels, hospitals and related businesses throughout the Rocky Mountain West, offering an inventory of more than 30,000 products from warehouses in Denver, Salt Lake City, and Albuquerque, N.M.

Distributor HK Laundry Equipment Relaunches Company Website

ARMONK, N.Y. — Laundry equipment distributor HK Laundry Equipment reports that it has successfully relaunched its corporate website,

The newly relaunched site has an expanded “Video Library” section with more than 40 HK-produced videos on how-to subjects and general knowledge pieces on washers, dryers, card systems and Laundromats. also hosts marketing videos for some of the manufacturers it represents.

Firestone Financial Introduces Application-Only Loan Program for Commercial Laundries

NEEDHAM, Mass. — Due to increased market demands, Firestone Financial is now offering an application-only program for customers in the commercial laundry industry, the company reports.

The program offers a streamlined process and rates as low as 5.99% APR for up to 60 months and $100,000. The loan offer is for customers with personal credit scores of at least 701; other rates and terms are available for customers with lower credit scores, the company says.

In all instances, credit approval and certain terms and conditions apply.

WASH Acquires Distributor Great Lakes Laundry

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems, a laundry facilities management service company, has acquired Great Lakes Laundry, a distributor of coin-operated and commercial laundry equipment and accessories throughout the Midwest, the company reports.

According to WASH, the acquisition will expand the company’s footprint into the Carolinas and will add several new WASH branch offices throughout the Midwest.

Longtime Industry Vet Matthews Retires

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. — Bob Matthews, regional sales manager for mechanical and electronic payment systems manufacturer ESD—and a 53-year veteran of the self-service laundry industry—is retiring, the company reports.

Born and raised in Manhattan, Matthews graduated from Saint Catherine’s of Sienna Elementary School and Power Memorial High School, two old-time schools in New York that each boast a long list of distinguished alumni.


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