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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.”

FTC Halts Alleged Telemarketing Scammers, Issues ‘Cold Call’ Warning

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is reporting that it has taken action in stopping three Montreal-based telemarketing operations that “allegedly bilked millions of dollars” from small businesses and other organizations by charging them for unwanted listings in online “Yellow Pages” directories.

In Memoriam: Mary Peet, SUDSY Vending Supplies

WESTMINSTER, Calif. — Mary Peet, who touched the lives of many Southern California laundry owners through her laundry distribution company, SUDSY Vending Supplies, died May 16 at the age of 84.

Starting with a couple Laundromats in the mid-1950s, Peet saw a need for vending products to be sold to patrons. After buying and storing bulk-load detergent packaged in “tubes” for her stores’ vending machines, several other laundry owners asked to buy vend items for their stores. After negotiations with manufacturers, SUDSY Vending Supplies was born.

Speed Queen Names KeeWes Equipment Co. Distributor of Year

RIPON, Wis. — Speed Queen, a commercial laundry equipment brand, has named KeeWes Equipment Co. its Distributor of the Year for 2013.

“When identifying a top distributor each year, we not only look for a company with impressive sales growth but one that shows proven dedication to its customers and employees,” says Dan Bowe, national sales manager for Speed Queen. “With its growing portfolio and exceptional customer service, KeeWes has made its mark as both a valued member of Speed Queen’s distributor network and of the commercial laundry industry.”

Alabama Laundromat to Host Back-to-School Drawing

ANNISTON, Ala. — Washin Golden Springs Coin Laundry wants to send students back to class prepared this fall, so the business has announced a back-to-school draw featuring school supplies as the prize.

Backpacks filled with items from school supply lists will contain paper, pencils, Clorox wipes, white-board markers, glue sticks and more.

Washin owner Ken Barrett says he is using lists provided by local schools, and so far, he has filled 10 backpacks, at a cost of about $200.

Lucy’s Fluff and Fold Opens Second Store

ORANGE, Calif. — When opening a second location for Lucy’s Fluff and Fold Laundromat & Drycleaning, business owners Gary and Marty Slizgi looked to Electrolux Professional equipment, the manufacturer reports.

The couple’s first Lucy’s vended laundry business opened in 2006 with a 2,000-square-foot store in Huntington Beach, Calif. After replacing the equipment in 2010, the business grew substantially, according to Electrolux. At that point, Gary Slizgi thought of expanding his business while keeping a focus on fluff and fold.

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