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HR in the Age of COVID-19

An Interview with Human Resources Expert Claudia St. John Claudia St. John is the founder and president of Affinity HR Group Inc., a national human resources and management consulting firm specializing in hiring, recruiting, HR compliance and employee engagement....

Laundromats Are Essential

CLA Releases New Video Highlighting Industry’s Response to the Challenge of COVID-19 The laundromat industry, led by owners and their employees, has stepped up to the challenge of the COVID-19 crisis by increasing disinfecting procedures and applying new approaches...

Opening New Doors of Opportunity

Here’s What You Need to Know Before Adding Automatic Doors to Your Laundromat In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many laundromat owners are currently reevaluating every aspect of their stores’ operations. For many operators, this includes the potential addition of...

Are You Covered?

What Laundry Owners Need to Know About Their Business Insurance During These Difficult Times According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses in the U.S. “are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.”...

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CLA COVID-19 Update

The Coin Laundry Association closely monitors updates regarding the coronavirus pandeminc. Click here to learn more and access resources.

Going Full-Time

Going Full-Time

Making Laundry Your Main Gig As a part-time business on the side, a laundromat certainly checks off several of the boxes – from such tangible advantages as being a cash business with flexible scheduling for the owner, to requiring no product inventory and (depending...

Is 2020 Finally the Year?

Is 2020 Finally the Year?

If Starting a Laundromat Business is on Your To-Do List for the New Year, Here’s Your Game Plan 2020 has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? It’s very symmetrical and pleasing to look at – and kinda fun to say, too. And, for some of you reading this, it may be a lucky...

‘Disruptive in a Good Way’

‘Disruptive in a Good Way’

Utah Landlord Discovers New Success in the Laundromat Industry In 2006, the housing market was starting its quick descent, and rumors of a recession were beginning to rumble. It was during this time that Joe Jepsen decided to make a big move and buy enough properties...

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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,...

EVI to Acquire Commercial Laundry Equipment Company

EVI Industries Inc., headquartered in Miami, has executed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets and certain liabilities of Commercial Laundry Equipment Company Inc., a distributor of vended and on-premises laundry products based in...

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...

Western State Design to Host Spring Service Seminars

Western State Design has announced that it will host free service seminars in April. These events were created to help vended laundry operators learn best practices for the optimal operation and maintenance of their Dexter Laundry equipment. The training sessions will...

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...

CLA Brings Together Laundry Professionals in New Jersey

Current and potential store owners, as well as laundry equipment distributors and manufacturers, gathered in Hackensack, N.J., on February 5 to network, enjoy a nice meal and sharpen their business knowledge at the most recent CLA Connect LIVE event. The program...

Industry Roundtable: Maximizing the Dry

Leading Manufacturers Weigh In on the Current State of the Vended Laundry Dryer – And Its Impact on Today’s Laundry Owners and Customers What’s really new with dryers and drying? Dryers and the very act of drying clothes and other items, by definition, represent half...

HappyNest Launches New Location in Kentucky

Laundry pickup-and-delivery service HappyNest has expanded into the Lexington, Ky., market. “As we build our brand in the southeast region, we have several key markets where we want to find the best operators, and Lexington is one of them,” said HappyNest founder John...

Going Full-Time

Making Laundry Your Main Gig As a part-time business on the side, a laundromat certainly checks off several of the boxes – from such tangible advantages as being a cash business with flexible scheduling for the owner, to requiring no product inventory and (depending...

Speed Queen

Untouchable ROI from Speed Queen®

Not all equipment upgrades are created equal. See what’s possible with technology specifically made to elevate your store experience and move the needle in revenue.

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Webinar: Why Choose the Laundry Business

Are you an entrepreneur looking for a new business venture? Join CLA for this panel discussion with expert laundry owners if you are considering opening a laundromat.

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This Month's Issue

  • Let the Buyer Beware: What You Should Never Do When Looking to Purchase an Existing Laundromat
  • Guest Feature: Looking Ahead to the Future of Laundromats
  • Up Close: HR in the Age of COVID-19
  • Insurance: What Owners Need to Know About Their Business Coverage
  • The Laundry Doctor: Planning for the New Normal
  • And more…

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Industry News

R&B Wire Products Names Channel Sales Manager

R&B Wire Products, headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif., has appointed Kelly Smith as the company’s channel sales manager. In his new position, Smith will be responsible for managing, growing and creating key accounts within R&B’s portfolio. Smith brings with...

GNA Promotes Kuffel to Senior Management Role

Girbau North America has promoted Pamela Kuffel to the position of director of strategic business efficiencies and solutions. In her new role, she is responsible for partnering with leadership to identify and execute solutions that drive business value and result in...

CLA Brings Together Laundry Professionals in the Southeast

Current and potential laundry owners, as well as industry distributors and manufacturers, gathered in Nashville, Tenn., on February 26 for the first-ever CLA Connect LIVE program in this area. The event featured speaker Joy Collins, digital marketing manager at...

SPYNR Names New Project Manager

SPYNR has appointed Trey Bowden its new project manager. Bowden, who joined the digital marketing firm late last year, is already helping manage client campaigns and projects, according to company owner and founder Dennis Diaz. Bowden brings to SPYNR more than 20...

Girbau North America Adds New Staffers

Girbau North America recently welcomed several new team members. They are: Jacob Bruneau, shipping and receiving specialist; Amy Bartol, consumer finance associate; Anjelynn Coyne, inside sales associate; Brett Lobajeski, GNA technical field support specialist; and...

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The Laundry Doctor

Getting Into Your ‘Comforter’ Zone

Getting Into Your ‘Comforter’ Zone

Build Your Business by Becoming the Comforter-Cleaning Specialist in Your Marketplace In today’s world of drycleaners and commercial laundries all trying to carve out their own special niche by adding extra services, such as residential wash-dry-fold laundry and...

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The Business Mind

Making Your Advertising Stand Out

Making Your Advertising Stand Out

Being Intuitive, Innovative and Truthful Will Help Your Ads Cut Through All of Today’s Promotional Clutter The amount of advertising that bombards us these days is astronomical. All of us are constantly deluged with promotional messages – on our computers, on our...

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Wash With Wally

Wash with Wally: Removing Sunscreen Stains

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...

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Building Strong Connections

More meetings in more places for more people. This is the goal of the reinvented affiliate program and the new meeting concept that the Coin Laundry Association is excited to launch. In the May 2018 issue of PlanetLaundry, CLA President and CEO Brian Wallace wrote the...

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...

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