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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.

U.S. Census Bureau Shines Light on Laundromat History

WASHINGTON — The self-service laundry industry hit a milestone this month, celebrating the 80th anniversary of the opening of the first public, self-operated laundry in the United States, the U.S. Census Bureau reports.

Initially called “Washateria,” the facility opened for business April 14, 1934, in Fort Worth, Texas, and was eventually renamed with the commonly used term Laundromat, according to the Census Bureau.

WASH’s Coffey Named EY Entrepreneur of Year Semifinalist

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems President/CEO Adam Coffey was recently named a semifinalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Award in greater Los Angeles, the company reports.

The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate “excellence and extraordinary success” in innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their business and community, among other areas, WASH says.

CLA Finalizes Schedule for Excellence in Laundry Conference

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. — The Coin Laundry Association (CLA) has finalized the schedule for its second biennial Excellence in Laundry Conference, slated for May 14-15 at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla.

“One of the many reasons this is a special conference is because of all the practical applications that Laundromat owners gain at the event,” says Brian Wallace, CLA president and CEO. “They’re exposed to best business practices and proven techniques—laundry owners can go home and immediately implement things they’ve learned, and that’s going to impact their bottom line.”

U.S. Mint Requests Stakeholders Comment on Changing Coinage

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Mint has posted a Notice With Request For Comment, following a March 13 meeting with coin industry stakeholders regarding the effects of changing the metal composition of circulating U.S. coinage.

The Coin Modernization, Oversight and Continuity Act of 2010 provides to the Secretary of Treasury research and development authority for alternative metallic coinage materials, according to the Federal Register.

Continental Girbau Inc. Now Exclusive U.S. Provider of LG Platinum Washers, Dryers

OSHKOSH, Wis. — Continental Girbau Inc. has recently signed a partnership with LG Electronics to become the exclusive U.S. provider of LG Platinum front-load commercial washers and dryers for vended laundries, according to Continental President Mike Floyd.

“The LG domestic brand is powerful among consumers, and the No. 1 selling washer and dryer brand for the last three years,” says Floyd. “Now, Continental offers the LG product with an exclusive platinum finish and color represented by true commercial distributors.”

Fowler Equipment Co. Earns Maytag’s Highest Honor

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. — Commercial laundry equipment distributor Fowler Equipment Co. recently received the Fred Maytag Award during Maytag Commercial Laundry’s 56th annual meeting in Tucson, Ariz., Maytag reports.

This marks the fifth time Fowler Equipment has received the award, with its first award win dating back to 1959, according to Bob English, general manager at Maytag Commercial Laundry.

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