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Numbers Are In: Clean 2013 Drew 10,300 to New Orleans

ATLANTA — The 2013 Clean Show drew 10,300 people from the United States and 83 foreign countries to New Orleans last month, reports show manager Riddle & Associates.

That’s down 8% from the 11,200 registrants who visited Clean in Las Vegas in 2011 but up 4% from the 9,902 attendance tallied in New Orleans in 2009.

New Orleans’ Morial Convention Center welcomed 422 exhibitors covering 195,140 net square feet of booth space — a 6% increase in exhibit space from the 2011 Las Vegas show.

CLA Plans One-Day Workshop for New Entrepreneurs

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. — Someone undertaking a coin laundry venture for the first time invariably has questions about location, price, equipment mix, and more.

It is questions like these, and a host of others, that have prompted the Coin Laundry Association (CLA) to develop a New Entrepreneur Workshop for potential laundry owners and investors. Chicago’s Hyatt Regency O’Hare Hotel will host the one-day workshop on Sept. 12.

Insurance Program Manager Hires Handel as Account Executive

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — Irving Weber Associates (IWA) has added Sharon Handel to its staff as account executive in its Fabricare Advantage™ Insurance Programs Department, working with programs for dry cleaners and commercial launderers, the company reports.

Handel, who brings six years of experience in the commercial insurance industry to IWA, will be handling several Fabricare accounts in the Eastern United States, plus will have sole responsibility for IWA’s Fabricare Pollution coverage for dry cleaners.

Distributor Great Lakes Commercial Sales Draws 150 to Product Expos

BROOKFIELD, Wis. — Distributor Great Lakes Commercial Sales celebrated “May is Maytag Month” with nearly 150 people while hosting several product expos throughout the Midwest.

The events—which took place in Lansing, Mich.; Dayton, Ohio; Peoria, Ill.; and Wauwatosa, Wis.—featured Maytag service schools, vendor displays, educational presentations, and special pricing and financing opportunities on new equipment and ancillary items.

Clean Show Bids Farewell to New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS — The 2013 edition of the Clean Show—officially the World Educational Congress for Laundering and Drycleaning—closed Saturday night after three full days of exhibits and educational programming at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Based on observations and comments from a sampling of exhibitors, the first two days were the best attended and had the greatest show-floor activity.

CLA Keys to Multiple Store Management

NEW ORLEANS — Bob Neiman, editor at Coin Laundry Association (CLA), moderated a panel titled The Keys to Successful Multiple Store Management as part of the association’s educational sessions at Clean 2013.

The session featured multiple store owners, like Brian Brunckhorst, owner of Advantage Laundry, Inc. in Dublin, Calif.; Michael Finkelstein, owner of Associated Services Corp. in Danville, Va.; John Henderson, owner of Liberty Laundry in Tulsa, Okla.; and Jeff Hooper, owner of Salem Laundry Co. in Salem, Mass.

Clean Show Execs to Poll Exhibitors, Attendees on Three-Day “Experiment”

 

NEW ORLEANS — This year’s three-day Clean Show format is an “experiment,” according to Clean ’13 Chairman David Cotter, and the Clean Executive Committee will be polling exhibitors and attendees about it “very soon” to help determine if the next event will remain three days or revert to four.

CLA Highlights Best Practices for Wash Dry Fold, Commercial Accounts

NEW ORLEANS — There are many add-on services that coin laundry store owners pursue to make extra income, among them being wash-dry-fold and commercial accounts. Coin Laundry Association (CLA) hosted a panel discussion on how to master the service in an educational session titled Best Practices for Wash, Dry, Fold, and Commercial Accounts.

CLA Presents Panel on Advanced Laundry Leases

NEW ORLEANS — As part of their educational sessions at Clean 2013, Coin Laundry Association (CLA) presented a panel discussion for coin laundry store owners on the logistics of leases in a session titled Advanced Laundry Lease Analysis.

Brian Wallace, CLA president, moderated the panel, which featured Brian Grell, executive vice president at Eastern Funding; Van Merrill, vice president of Vended Laundry Development & Sales, CG West; and Charlie Pasquale, founder of Pasquale Properties and CEO of BCC Payments.

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