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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, HKLaundry.com.

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.

HKLaundry.com 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.

Every Drop Counts: Solutions for Reducing Water Usage

This article was submitted by the Textile Care division of Ecolab, which describes itself as a “global leader in water technology and services.” While portions reference laundry operations that process goods for customers in bulk, owners of vended laundries may find the information presented useful in assessing their own businesses. — Bruce Beggs, Editorial Director

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Population growth, urbanization and a growing middle class have increased demand for more food, goods and services, placing unprecedented strain on the world’s limited fresh water supply.

Speed Queen Donates $30,000 to Support Anti-Violence Organization

RIPON, Wis. — Laundry equipment manufacturer Speed Queen® recently concluded its 2015 national sponsorship of Mudderella, an outdoor 5-7-mile obstacle course event designed for women, the company reports.

Speed Queen joined forces with Mudderella to promote their “Dirty for a Difference” campaign, which raised money for Futures Without Violence (FUTURES), a national nonprofit organization working to end violence against women, children, and families.

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