Huebsch Names HK Laundry Equipment 2013 Distributor of Year

RIPON, Wis. — Commercial laundry equipment brand Huebsch named HK Laundry Equipment, Armonk, N.Y., its 2013 Distributor of the Year during its annual conference, the company reports.

“We are excited to name HK Laundry 2013 Distributor of the Year,” says Kathryn Q. Rowen, Huebsch North American sales manager. HK Laundry has been a Huebsch distributor in the Connecticut and New York area since 1967, providing vended and on-premises laundry equipment, parts, service and repair.

Gain’s #MusicToYourNose Campaign Debuts in NY Laundromats

NEW YORK — Gain recently staged its “Laundromat Takeover” in six New York Laundromats as part of its #MusicToYourNose festival.

Partnering with non-profit organization Portraits of Hope, Gain transformed six Laundromats in the Bronx, Washington Heights and Spanish Harlem boroughs, creating art installations at the locations and hosting activities for the community.

Featured in Gain’s Laundromat takeover was Latin Grammy-nominated artist Leslie Grace, who performed at one of the six Laundromats in her hometown in the Bronx.

Clean Execs Select General Contractor, Open Booth Sales for 2015 Show

ATLANTA — The Clean Executive Committee has selected Shepard Exposition Services to serve as general contractor for Clean 2015 here in April, reports the show’s management company, Riddle & Associates.

John Riddle, president of Riddle & Associates, praised the firm for its work on Clean 2011 in Las Vegas. “We were pleased with their unique concierge program that gave individual attention to the needs of each exhibitor, and we look forward to repeating this success for Clean 2015.”

Firestone Financial Relocates to New HQ, Signs Multi-Year Credit Facility

NEEDHAM, Mass. — Firestone Financial Corp., a direct lender that provides Laundromat financing, reports that it has relocated its headquarters to 117 Kendrick St. here in Needham.

Firestone says the move allows it to “double its size to accommodate the growth of the company,” which currently has 49 employees and $188 million of assets under management.

CG West Conference Focuses on Boosting Store Profits

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. — Best practices in boosting store profits was the focus of Continental Girbau West’s (CG West) recent annual Conference of Champions Profit Symposium, which saw an increase in attendance among vended laundry owners, the distributor says.

“We had more customers arrive our first morning this year than both days last year,” says Tod Sorensen, Continental Girbau Inc. sales manager – Western U.S. “Every attendee said they learned something that would either make them more money or save them more money. We were very happy with the success of the event.”

WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems Earns Speed Queen Honor

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Multi-housing laundry facilities management services provider WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems was recently honored with Speed Queen’s 2013 Multi-Housing Sales Award of Excellence for its sales effforts and contributions to the multi-family laundry industry, the company reports.

WASH adds that the recognition marks the sixth time it has received the award from Speed Queen.

Huebsch Names Houston Operator Inaugural ‘Store Owner of the Quarter’

RIPON, Wis. — Commercial laundry equipment manufacturer Huebsch has named Joseph Koyithara, owner of the Houston (Texas) West Airport Washateria, as its first Store Owner of the Quarter, the company reports.

Huebsch will recognize four owners from across the country that excel in areas such as entrepreneurism, technology adoption, innovation, and customer and community service, the company says.

EPA Seeks Small-Biz Input on Lead Paint Use on Public, Commercial Buildings

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting small businesses to participate as consultants to a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel, as the agency considers steps to reduce lead-based paint exposure from the renovation, repair and painting of public and commercial buildings, as required by the Toxic Substances Control Act, the EPA reports.

Dexter Laundry Presents Top Sales Awards to Western State Design

HAYWARD, Calif. — Commercial laundry equipment distributor Western State Design (WSD) was recently awarded top honors at Dexter Laundry’s annual meeting, receiving the “No. 1 in Dexter Sales Worldwide” award, and the President’s Award for Sales Excellence in 2013, the company reports.

This is the fifth consecutive year that WSD has received the award as No. 1 leader in Dexter sales worldwide, the company adds.

Gasoline Prices Projected to Fall by End of Summer Driving Season: EIA

WASHINGTON — Drivers can expect to see average regular retail gasoline prices to fall this summer driving season from $3.66 per gallon in May to $3.46 per gallon in September, according to projections recently released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) in its Short-Term Energy and Summer Fuels Outlook.

Regular gasoline retail prices during the April-September summer driving season are projected to average $3.57 per gallon, according to the EIA.


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