Huebsch Names Store Owners of the Quarter

Huebsch recently named Glenn Catlin and Rowena Garcia its Store Owners of the Quarter. The couple saved thousands of dollars revitalizing their Texas laundromat with energy-efficient washers and dryers. Catlin and Garcia own and operate Las Lavanderia, a...

Speed Queen Unveils Laundromat Franchise Program

Alliance Laundry Systems has announced that its subsidiary – Speed Queen Laundry Franchise, LLC – is now offering Speed Queen-branded laundromat franchises in nearly every state in the U.S. This opportunity is currently being offered through select distributors, as...

The Local Laundry Hub

For Many of Today’s Vended Laundry Owners, It’s No Longer a ‘Cash-at-All-Cost’ Business An exciting movement is taking hold within the vended laundry industry. More and more laundries are serving as community hubs, where giving back is as important as receiving....

New Learning Space to Highlight Free Laundry Day in Phoenix

On November 12, the LaundryCares Foundation will host a free laundry day event from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Local Laundry in Phoenix. These events provide free laundry services and cleaning products to underserved communities across the country, as well as free food...
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‘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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Wash-Dry-Fold POS Promotes Gollahon to Equity Partner

Wash-Dry-Fold POS has named Sales and Marketing Director Ian Gollahon an equity partner in the company. Gollahon started with Wash-Dry-Fold POS in 2016, shortly after the company was established. “I was focused on fulfilling incoming orders, and I needed somebody to...

The New ‘Green’ Standard

Running a Sustainable, Eco-Conscious Laundry Business is Good for the Planet – And Great for Your Bottom Line Sixty-two degrees. That was the average global temperature this past July, making it the hottest month on record, dating back to 1880. Last July also marked...

RICHCLEAN Names New President

The Board of Directors of RICHCLEAN recently announced the promotion of Matthew Gilman to president of the company. Matthew succeeds his father, Barry Gilman, in this position. Barry held the leadership spot at the company since its inception in 1975. “Barry decided...

Chicago Suburb Honors Veteran Laundry Owner

The Chicago suburb of Berwyn recently recognized laundry owner Tom Benson and his family with their very own street. The former Highland Avenue, which runs alongside the west end of Benson’s World’s Largest Laundromat, henceforth will be known as Benson Drive. On...

Thriving in an Urban Setting

Simple, Effective Tactics for Building Business in Today’s Growing Metro Areas The data is clear. Pew Research recently shared that more people than ever are moving to urban areas and the diversity of our nation’s cities is increasing dramatically. For business...

Wash with Wally: Removing Sunscreen Stains

I recently had a wash-dry-fold customer bring in several shirts with a distinct rosy stain around the necklines and down the fronts. We’ve determined that the stains were caused by sunscreen. All efforts to remove the stains have failed. Do you have a suggestion for...

Forward Progress

An Interview with 4WARD Energy Solutions President Chris Ward Chris Ward is the president and founder of 4WARD Energy Solutions, a national energy consultant firm in Houston.4WARD focuses on educating commercial and residential clients as to their options to...

Huebsch Honors Top Distributors

Huebsch recognized six of its distributors for excellence at the 2019 Clean Show in New Orleans. Those recipients are: Universal Laundry Machinery, Westland, Mich. ¬– Innovation and Investment Partner Award National Laundry Equipment, Nashville, Tenn. – Emerging Star...

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...

Alliance Buys Former Crane Facility to Expand Production

Alliance Laundry Systems, headquartered in Ripon, Wis., recently closed on the purchase of the former Manitowoc Crane Company plant in Manitowoc, Wis. The more than 330,000-square-foot location will be used to help grow production at Alliance’s Ripon facility. In...

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PWS Adds Payment Systems Specialist

In a move to solidify its place as a complete, full-service commercial laundry distributor, PWS has hired long-time industry veteran Alfredo Duque of AMD Card Solutions. AMD specializes in the installation and service of payment systems in the vended laundry and...

California-Based Laundry Service Receives $10,000 Grant

Royal Quality Laundry, a full-service laundry company based in Malibu, Calif., has been awarded a $10,000 grant to help rebuild the business after last year’s wildfires devastated a good portion of L.A. County. “We lost about 80 percent of our business after the...

Spynr Offers Free Websites for Laundry Owners

Spynr, Inc. – a leading marketing company serving the vended laundry industry – has announced that its team will be building free websites for laundromat owners. “Everyone needs a website these days, but for some it’s still hard to justify the cost,” said Spynr...

Genuine Parts Marks Safety Milestone

The Alliance Laundry Systems Genuine Parts warehouse in Ripon, Wis., is celebrating five years with no lost-time accidents. The facility sends out 134,000 shipments per year, or 670,000 shipments over that five-year period, according to the company. “One year with no...

Register Now for a CLA Connect LIVE Event Near You

Register now to attend the following CLA Connect Live events planned for the next two weeks. The events are open to current and potential store owners, distributors and manufacturers. CLA Connect LIVE – Kansas September 18 in Wichita, Kan. “Ideas to Generate...

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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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