Yankee Equipment Systems Promotes Ristaino to Sales Manager

BARRINGTON, N.H. — Yankee Equipment Systems, a provider of commercial laundry service and sales throughout New England, has promoted Brendan Ristaino to sales manager.

Ristaino will continue to service Yankee’s customers in eastern Massachusetts while taking on the added responsibility of working with vendors and customers to provide up-to-date product and pricing information.

Steiner-Atlantic Welcomes Gonzalez as VP of Coin Laundry Division

MIAMI — Laundry equipment distributor Steiner-Atlantic Corp. has added industry veteran Robert Gonzalez to its staff as vice president of its Coin Laundry Division, the company reports.

Gonzalez specializes in training and helping his customers successfully learn to operate their business, save on overhead expenses and maximize revenues, Steiner-Atlantic says.

Fall Brings Calendar Full of Distributor Special Events

CHICAGO — The arrival of fall will mean a calendar full of opportunities to attend distributor special events and open houses. Here is a brief rundown of events through November reported to American Coin-Op — call for registration information.

Sept. 9 — Lakeside Laundry New Investor Seminar, Bedford Heights, Ohio; 866-971-1010

Sept. 10 — Garment Machinery Open House & Equipment Sale, Dedham, Mass.; 866-971-1010

WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems Acquires American Meter & Appliance

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems (WASH) reports that it has acquired American Meter & Appliance, which allows the expansion of WASH to the Pacific Northwest region: Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho and Montana.

“The acquisition of American Meter & Appliance gives WASH an opportunity to re-enter the market in the Pacific Northwest," says Adam Coffey, WASH president/CEO. “We already have a deep familiarity with the marketplace, and with this added density, we can maximize synergies with our existing branch office in Vancouver, Canada.”

Aaxon Laundry Systems Promotes Battaglia, Hires D’Annunzio

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Commercial laundry equipment distributor Aaxon Laundry Systems has promoted Tim Battaglia to accounting systems manager and added Brittany D’Annunzio to its staff as marketing coordinator.

Battaglia graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Prior to his work with Aaxon, he worked for Cargo Transportation Services. During his time there, he worked on improving the efficiency of the company’s systems, creating detailed reports and working on the efficiency of communication between departments.

Support for Increasing Federal Minimum Wage on the Rise: Study

WASHINGTON — Labor unions and members of government agencies are continuing to voice their support for increasing the federal minimum wage, particularly on the heels of the five-year anniversary since it was last raised to $7.25 per hour in July 2009.

“Since then, the cost of a gallon of milk, a week of child care, a month’s rent and everything else a working family needs has gone up,” says U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez.

Study: Key Detergent Ingredients Use Not Adverse to Environment

WASHINGTON — A recent study reviewing five decades’ worth of research shows that high-volume use of major detergent ingredients has no adverse environmental impacts to waterways and rivers, according to a paper co-authored by the American Cleaning Institute (ACI), as well as other authors, including those from the government, academic and other sources, such as laundry detergent manufacturer Procter & Gamble.

Survey: Apartment Markets Expanding in Both Urban, Suburban Developments

WASHINGTON — Apartment markets are continuing to grow into the second quarter of 2014, according to the National Multifamily Housing Council’s (NMHC) quarterly survey, marking the second quarter in a row where all indexes are above the breakeven level of 50.

The NMHC’s Quarterly Survey of Apartment Market Conditions indicates that the market tightness index rose from 56 to 68 from the first quarter this year. The report says that this improvement is partially seasonal, but “the index is higher than the average for the July quarter since the survey began 15 years ago.”

Mission Group Spreads ‘Laundry Love’ to Locals

VENICE BEACH, Calif. — Once a month, Thad’s, a mission group and church based in Santa Monica, Calif., partners with Venice Beach Laundry for Laundry Love, a service that provides free wash/dry for the homeless in the area, or people in transitional housing.

“Laundry Love is really the modern-day foot washing,” says Rev. Jimmy Bartz, founder of Thad’s. “This is where we have the opportunity to get down and engage people on a level where they need to be served.”


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