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Year-End Roundtable: Improving the Industry (Part 2)

CHICAGO — As we come to the end of another year, where do you see your coin laundry operation? Is it better? Worse? About the same?

While anchored in a public service that is decades in the making, the coin laundry industry still is subject to influences both internal and external. While the basics of self-service laundry operations are largely unchanged, there are other factors at play when it comes to building your business.

Washer/Dryer Campaign Raises More Than $16,500 for Breast Cancer Research

RIPON, Wis. — Speed Queen raised more than $16,500 for breast cancer research and awareness during its Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign benefiting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF), the company reports.

Launched in mid-September, the campaign involved the release of a limited-edition, pink-accented home-style washer/dryer pair to Speed Queen dealers around the country, the company reports, which donated $20 from every pair purchased.

Year-End Roundtable: Improving the Industry (Part 1)

CHICAGO — As we come to the end of another year, where do you see your coin laundry operation? Is it better? Worse? About the same?

While anchored in a public service that is decades in the making, the coin laundry industry still is subject to influences both internal and external. While the basics of self-service laundry operations are largely unchanged, there are other factors at play when it comes to building your business.

Rowen Steps Up to New Role for Alliance Laundry Systems

RIPON, Wis. — Alliance Laundry Systems has appointed Kathryn Rowen North American sales manager for its Huebsch, IPSO and Cissell brands, the company reports.

Rowen will transition from senior director of marketing and brands to her new position early this month, the company says, which will allow her to “leverage her previous marketing experience and proven leadership ability as she provides the sales teams with strategic direction and insights.”

CLA Profiles Self-Service Laundry Industry in New Report

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. — The Coin Laundry Association (CLA) has reached out to more than 9,000 stores to compile data on coin laundry operations, financials and challenges in its recently released 2013 Industry Survey, the association reports.

In its 17th year, the annual publication contains both national and regional averages, creating a profile of self-service laundries in the U.S., which the CLA says industry professionals can use to create a composite of the “typical” laundry owner’s challenges, services and opportunities.

Laundrylux Appoints Sabino President, Herman to Senior Counselor, Director in ’14

INWOOD, N.Y. — Commercial laundry equipment distributor Laundrylux has appointed John Sabino president and current President Howard Herman senior counselor and director, effective in January, the company reports.

“John has done a tremendous job the past four years as chief operating officer and manager of vended laundry sales,” says Neal Milch, Laundrylux CEO. “I am delighted to recognize John’s accomplishments and our confidence by greatly expanding his responsibilities as president of Laundrylux. John will be involved in every aspect of our business going forward.”

Alliance Laundry Systems Moves Forward with $46 Million Expansion

RIPON, Wis. — Commercial laundry equipment manufacturer Alliance Laundry Systems is moving forward with a $46 million expansion project, less than two months after completing a production capacity increase, the company reports.

The largest expansion in the company’s history, the project plans call for adding 106,000 square feet of space for manufacturing and assembly, says Alliance.

The company anticipates breaking ground for the expansion in February 2014, and expects the added production capacity to be online in the second half of 2015.

CLA, Affiliates Secure Industry Sales Tax Exemptions

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. — The Coin Laundry Association (CLA) and its state affiliates are reporting success in six of its campaigns that protects sales tax exemptions for the self-service laundry industry, effectively saving Laundromat owners at least $20 million in 2013, the association reports.

The CLA says that the states of Minnesota, Ohio, Louisiana, Maine and North Carolina all pushed tax reform plans that would have eliminated the sales tax exemptions for laundries, and could have cost Laundromat owners $10,000 to $15,000 a year per store.

SBA Promotes Online Security Through Free Course

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is helping small-business owners keep their business information safe online through a new, free course, the agency reports.

The self-paced Cybersecurity for Small Businesses online course teaches small-business owners best cybersecurity practices and protection against cyber threats, says the SBA, which created the course in support of President Obama proclaiming October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

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