You’re Invited: 2020 Excellence in Laundry Conference

A Video Invitation CLA President and CEO Brian Wallace gives a brief overview of what you can expect at the 2020 Excellence in Laundry Conference.   Best of the Best  The 2020 Excellence in Laundry Conference will bring together top laundry professionals,...

Girbau Group Names Joris as President

Commercial and industrial laundry equipment manufacturer Girbau has appointed Serge Joris as the company’s new president. Joris’ professional career spans more than 25 years of working internationally in key roles at companies in the technology and industry sectors....

Upgrading Your Laundromat

Five Steps to a Successful Retooling Project Since opening my first laundromat – O-Town Laundry in Salt Lake City – approximately five years ago, I’ve retooled three more stores, am currently building two stores and have three more waiting in the wings. Working with...

CLA Announces Speakers for Excellence in Laundry Conference

Every two years, the Coin Laundry Association hosts the Excellence in Laundry Conference, drawing hundreds of laundry industry professionals from across the country. The 5th biennial Excellence in Laundry Conference will bring world-class speakers and industry...

Ready for Excellence 2020?

Registration is now open for the CLA’s Excellence in Laundry Conference with inspiring speakers and networking in San Diego May 13-14. Get your tickets to Excellence today!

Taking a New Route

Originally posted - May 28, 2014 Each year, billions of dollars go through apartment laundry rooms, which provide basically the same service your laundromat offers. And, although the target demographics for self-service laundries and apartment laundry rooms are...

Where Are They Now?

Originally posted - Mar 28, 2014 Nearly every month since its inception, this magazine has provided readers with enlightening, behind-the-scenes glimpses at self-service laundry businesses across the United States. From new investors to veteran operators, sole...

How Technology Has Changed the Laundry Business

Originally posted - Mar 06, 2014 Technology affects almost every aspect of our lives. Take a look around… it's impossible to miss how wired we all are. Thanks to the internet, virtually anything you desire can be delivered to your door in a matter of days. You can...


Making a Name for Ourselves

Originally posted - Mar 27, 2012 What is our industry's brand? I'm fond of the following motto that I derived from the insightful consumer research conducted by the Coin Laundry Association: Our customers want time-savings and convenience in a clean, safe environment...

Take Notes – And Then Take Action

Originally posted - Aug 15, 2012 Each year, one of the most valuable things a self-service laundry owner can do is attend distributor shows. And please notice that I didn't just say "your distributor show." The reason for this is because I personally go to several...

Open for Business

Originally posted - Jan issue/2012 You've searched far and wide for that perfect laundry location or undervalued existing laundromat. You've met with every distributor and examined each manufacturer's spec sheets with a fine-toothed comb before selecting your new...

A Time to Reflect A Time to Move Forward

Originally posted - Dec issue/2012 As I write this column in late October, it seems to be more of a time of positive activity than a time of reflection. I just recently returned from the Coin Laundry Association's Excellence in Laundry Conference in Palm Springs. And,...

‘Face’ the Facts

Originally posted - Mar 25, 2013 If you are like me, a small-business owner, you most likely have heard of Facebook. You may even have a Facebook page for your business, but you may be wondering how to use Facebook practically to promote your business. I say...

A Plan Comes Together

Originally posted - Jun 11, 2013 In past columns, I've discussed the value of networking and the ideas I've picked up at industry events – ideas that have helped me save and make more money at my stores. A perfect example of this occurred last October, when I was in...

Be Aware, Be Prepared, Be Safe

Originally posted - Feb 14, 2012 How far do we need to go to protect our businesses, our customers, our property and, most importantly, our lives? As a former law enforcement officer and now a commercial laundry equipment distributor, I have combined my past...

Don’t Be the ‘Fall Guy’

Orignially posted - Oct 23, 2013 Slips, trips and falls can cost you much more than money. They can rob you of public trust and damage your brand. And, according the National Safety Council, more than 9 million disabling slips and falls occur each year, costing an...

Now Trending…

Originally posted Dec.issue/2012 Eight Trends and Issues Sure to Impact Your Business Life in 2013 "I don't set trends. I just find out what they are and exploit them." – Dick Clark Yes, your small-business world can change quickly. And, yes, outside forces and new...

Is the Price Right?

Originally posted - March issue/2012 Accurately Calculating What Your Vend Prices Should Be Goes Well Beyond Figuring Out the Cost of a Wash and Dry It's not uncommon for newcomers to the industry to ask how to accurately calculate the cost of a wash and a dry to help...

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This Month's Issue

  • Manufacturers Roundtable: The State of the Vended Laundry Dryer
  • Business Management: Five Steps to a Successful Retooling Project
  • The Laundry Doctor: A Linen Rental Service May be the Perfect Way to Keep Your Washers Turning – And Your Business Growing
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Industry News

Firestone Financial Announces Clean Show Contest

Winner Will Receive a 36-Month, Interest-Free Loan Firestone Financial Corp. recently announced it will hold a drawing to award a 36-month 0% interest loan up to $50,000 to one lucky winner at Clean 2015, which will be held April 16-19 in Atlanta. The winner will be...

Firestone Financial Announces Clean Show Contest Winner

Florida Laundry Owners Receive 0% APR Loan Firestone Financial has announced that Beverly and Rich Fleischer – owners of 24 Hour Laundry Zone in Amelia Island, Fla. – are the winners of the company's Clean Show contest, which awarded them a 36-month 0% APR interest...

Whirlpool Completes Purchase of American Dryer Corporation

Whirlpool Corp. recently announced that it has completed its purchase of American Dryer Corp. The acquisition gives Whirlpool's commercial laundry business a platform to reach new countries and channels, according to the Michigan-based manufacturer. "Acquiring ADC...

Huebsch Adds Loomis Bros. to Distributor Network

Huebsch recently added Loomis Bros. Equipment Co. to its distributor network. Headquartered in Fenton, Mo., Loomis Bros. is now an authorized distributor of Huebsch vended laundry equipment in eastern Missouri, southern Illinois and northern Indiana. Founded in 1949,...

Continental Appoints New Regional Sales Manager

Wesley Kraemer To Oversee Central U.S. Markets Continental Girbau Inc. has promoted Wesley Kraemer to regional sales manager - Central U.S. Kraemer joined the company in 2010 as a management trainee - a role in which he fielded customer and distributor calls, gained...



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