Laundry Literacy Coalition Unveils Read, Play & Learn Kits

The Laundry Literacy Coalition – comprised of the LaundryCares Foundation and Too Small to Fail – has partnered with Lakeshore Learning and Scholastic to offer new Family Read, Play & Learn kits, developed specifically for vended laundries. The kits are uniquely...

Huebsch Honors Gulf States Laundry Machinery with Industry Benchmark Award

For the second consecutive year and fourth time overall, Huebsch has presented Gulf States Laundry Machinery Co., and its Houston and Atlanta branches, with the manufacturer’s highest honor – the 2018 Industry Benchmark Award (formerly known as the Distributor of the...

CLA Connect LIVE Hosts Midwest Events

Current and potential store owners, along with distributors and manufacturers, gathered in Beachwood, Ohio, on July 30 and in Bloomington, Minn., on July 31 to network, enjoy a nice meal and sharpen their business knowledge at two recent CLA Connect LIVE events. The...

Diamonds in the Rough

What Makes a Laundry Ideal for a Successful Turnaround? There’s been a lot of talk about purchasing and retooling older, neglected laundromats. And, in recent years, it has proven to be a great strategy for many savvy laundry operators looking to grow their...
‘It’s a Win-Win’

‘It’s a Win-Win’

Texas Laundromat Teams with Local Elementary School on Childhood Literacy Program Wash It Kwik laundromat in Denton, Texas, is just a quarter-mile down the road from the Newton Rayzor Elementary School. Simply due to their close proximity to each other, the two...

Clean ’19: The Big Show Visits The Big Easy

Clean ’19: The Big Show Visits The Big Easy

New Orleans to Host Laundry Industry’s Largest Trade Show and Convention The Crescent City, The Birthplace of Jazz, Mardi Gras City, The City That Care Forgot, America’s Most Interesting City, Hollywood South… and, of course, The Big Easy. New Orleans is referred to...

Three Keys to a Thriving Laundry Business

Three Keys to a Thriving Laundry Business

Store Owners Who Focus on These Critical Aspects of Their Operations Will Dramatically Boost Their Odds of Long-Term Success You’ve opened a laundromat! Congratulations! As a small-business owner, you are among the 13.3 percent of people in the United States who own...

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Going Beyond ‘Average’

Here’s How to Separate Your Laundry Business from the Other Stores in Your Marketplace Of all the endeavors that people participate in, very few of their performances can realistically be described as “iconic.” That’s true in sports, business, professions, and tens of...

Sales Tax Victory in Connecticut

Self-Service Laundry Retains Tax Exemption The recent $43.4 billion budget bill passed by the Connecticut General Assembly includes a number of changes to the Connecticut tax laws, including an expansion of the sales tax base to include new services. Fortunately,...

Fourth-Generation Drycleaner Opens First Vended Laundry

The owners of City Cleaners, based in Akron, Ohio, recently opened a 3,000-square-foot vended laundry adjacent to the family’s drycleaning business, which has been in operation for four generations. The brand new Laundromat City is fully attended and equipped with the...

In the City

L.A. Laundry Owner Ronnie Morales Discusses Operating in a Dense, Urban Marketplace Ronnie Morales currently owns two Laundry 360 locations in Carson, Calif., which is located just outside of downtown Los Angeles. A former insurance agent for State Farm, Morales knew...

The ABCs of HVAC

How to Keep Your System Efficient – And Your Laundry Customers Comfortable For today’s laundromat customers, comfort is a key. And store owners who provide temperature-controlled interiors – especially during the brutal dog days of summer – have a definite leg up on...

Imonex Launches New Website

Imonex – which recently marked four decades in the self-service pay arena – unveiled its new website to showcase the company’s expanding coin and token acceptor product line and to help guide laundry owners with innovative payment solutions. Visitors to imonex.com can...

WASH Names New C-Level Executives

WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems, headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., recently appointed two new C-suite executives to its management team. Arthur J. (AJ) Long has been named chief financial officer, and Andres de Armas has joined the company as its chief revenue...

The Obstacle Becomes the Way

Dealing with the Challenges of Business Ownership "One of the secrets of life is to turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones." – Jack Penn, plastic surgeon, sculptor and author Eight years ago, I wrote an article that appeared in PlanetLaundry magazine and was...

Alliance Laundry Systems Acquires Commercial Equipment Company

Alliance Laundry Systems has reached an agreement to purchase the distribution assets of Commercial Equipment Company. The deal is expected to be finalized for closing in July. Headquartered in Farmers Branch, Texas, CEC has been serving laundry owners in central and...

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LG Electronics Leads Funding Round for Washlava

LG Electronics will be the lead investor in a Series A equity financing for Washlava, a Tampa-based company that has brought its cashless mobile technology to the laundry industry. Terms of the financing, including how much will be invested, has not been disclosed....

Renovated Colorado Laundry Holds Grand Re-Opening

Evans Express Laundry Center in Evans, Colo., recently hosted a grand opening celebration – complete with wash and dry promotions, food, and giveaways. The store’s customers and local business owners attended this event, with the first 50 people through the door...

American Changer Purchases Assets of Triad Design Group

American Changer Corp. has finalized an asset purchase agreement with Triad Design Group Inc., a manufacturer of self-service money changers serving a variety of industries. Triad’s culture of providing high-quality products and services, as well as developing...

Caldwell & Gregory Announces Partnership with Equipment Marketers

Caldwell & Gregory – a provider of laundry service programs to the college market headquartered in Richmond, Va. – recently announced its partnership with Equipment Marketers, based in Cherry Hill, N.J. C&G, which has served the laundry market for nearly 30...

Laundrylux Acquires Direct Machinery Corp.

Laundrylux recently acquired Direct Machinery Corp., based in Hicksville, N.Y., and led by CEO Ron Hirsch. “Direct Machinery has represented Milnor and Chicago Dryer commercial laundry machinery with distinction for many years, serving diverse institutional customers...

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W-D-F 2.0

W-D-F 2.0

What Does the Future Hold for the Wash-Dry-Fold Business? As I’ve been saying in this column for several years, the wash-dry-fold business continues to grow, morph and evolve into something new seemingly each time we look in a different direction. The future of...

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The Obstacle Becomes the Way

The Obstacle Becomes the Way

Dealing with the Challenges of Business Ownership "One of the secrets of life is to turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones." – Jack Penn, plastic surgeon, sculptor and author Eight years ago, I wrote an article that appeared in PlanetLaundry magazine and was...

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Wash-Dry-Fold: Neutralizing pH Levels

Wash-Dry-Fold: Neutralizing pH Levels

I do a lot of drop-off laundry at my store. In the past, you’ve suggested using a built detergent for heavily stained and/or oily items. I took your advice, and the wash-dry-fold garments are definitely getting clean – but some of them are coming out stiff and...

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Partners in Laundry

To say the least, business partnerships of any kind are always going to be challenging. In fact, the majority of partnerships I've ever seen have failed, rather than succeeded. What's the problem? I believe the issue is that a business partnership is much like a...

A New Beginning

When my husband and I bought our first laundromat in June of 2016, I had been employed by Corporate America for more than 30 years. However, I was laid off just 21 days after that laundromat purchase.I had begun my professional career in 1983 as a designer for Bell...

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