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Laundrylux , headquartered in Inwood, N.Y., has acquired the assets of California-based Golden State Laundry Systems . “We are thrilled to partner with Mike and Laura Hurrell and the Golden State team in San Diego, Los Angeles and the Bay Area to serve the California market and accelerate growth,” said Laundrylux CEO John Sabino. “We have had a long, successful relationship with Laundrylux, and to participate financially in Laundrylux’s acquisitions and consolidation of professional laundry distribution is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Mike Hurrell stated. “We have numerous acquisitions in development, and every transaction includes management continuing ...
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Eastern Funding, LLC will continue its series of laundry business improvement workshops in Florida later this month. Two separate workshops will take place on Tuesday, January 29, in Tampa; and Thursday, January 31, in Fort Lauderdale. “We have seen over and over again how laundry owners have grown their profits by focusing on improvements in many areas, including their equipment, customer service and marketing,” noted Brian Grell, executive vice president at Eastern Funding. “These free workshops are our way of giving owners a chance to gain these tips in an interactive setting and to learn from industry experts.” This workshop series began in 2018 with ...
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Founded in 1937, Spector Textile Products , based in Lawrence, Mass., has a long history as a business leader in the New England area. However, since 2017, the company’s laundry bags have been shipped to vended laundries all across the U.S. as part of Spector Textile’s ongoing sponsorship of “free laundry days,” hosted by the Coin Laundry Association’s LaundryCares Foundation . Within the last couple of years, the company’s laundry bags have been distributed at free laundry and childhood literacy events held in Elizabeth, N.J.; Philadelphia; Las Vegas; Irvington, N.J.; and Baltimore. The LaundryCares Foundation’s initiative is an effort to give back to ...
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Lawmakers Increasingly Looking at Taxing Services  As states focus attention on federal tax conformity and Wayfair implementation legislation, another tax issue is percolating at the state level: proposals to expand sales and use taxes to services, according to MultiState Associates. This idea was highlighted during a U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearing this past July, on Wayfair’s impact on states, when a majority witness noted that “accountants, lawyers, doctors, architects and others who provide services over the phone or internet” could be targets for tax base expansion. “States may seek to impose new sales taxes or professional services taxes ...
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Laundry industry pioneer and innovator Bernard Milch, who founded Laundrylux , died this past weekend at age 93. “It is with sadness, admiration and respect that Laundrylux announces the passing of its founder, Bernard Milch,” announced Neal Milch, executive chairman of the company’s Board of Directors. “It was an honor to work alongside my father for 25 years. He was a business genius and innovator. As a third-generation family business, we honor Bernie’s legacy as he would want, by taking care of our distributors and end customers every day.” Milch was a Holocaust survivor, who lost much of his family in World War II. He came to the United States with $8 ...
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The Coin Laundry Association recently announced that it has promoted Nika Thomas to the position of advertising and production manager for PlanetLaundry. Originally from Chicago, Thomas joined the CLA in August 2013 as the organization’s media sales/classified advertising coordinator. “Nika has had a strong positive influence on the changes and growth of the PlanetLaundry advertising program,” said CLA Chief Operating Officer Michael Sokolowski. “Through her excellent work, she has been instrumental in improving our advertiser relationships and creating efficiencies in the way we sell and manage advertising.” In her new position, Thomas will oversee the ...
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The CLA & PlanetLaundry Staff Wishes You and Yours a Very Happy & Prosperous New Year! We’re excited for your continued success into 2019! We’re also pleased to present new tools and opportunities this year for professionals, prospective investors, distributors, and manufacturers in the self-service laundry industry including the following... New CLA website In early January 2019, you will find a new look-and-feel for the Coin Laundry Association's website. The new website will be build using WordPress, and it will integrate with our new membership platform (see more below).  Don't worry, we are still maintaining the same CLA Connect Open ...
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As we move forward into 2019, the industry will see a significant shift in how the Coin Laundry Association operates and the educational products and resources it produces. Every change is part of the CLA Board of Directors’ long-term plan to grow and enhance the association’s value to the vended laundry owner, investor, distributor and manufacturer. A special thanks to CEO Brian Wallace and his CLA/PlanetLaundry staff for their great work and diligence in 2018! Thanks also to the CLA committees, CLA Board, LaundryCares and Immediate Past Chairman Ron Kelley for the masses of priorities accomplished in 2018. There’s a lot to be proud of – and more good things ...
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I want to increase the vend prices on my washing machines. What is the best method for making these changes? The best way to increase your washer prices is to raise the pricing on one size of washer at a time. For example, increase the cost of your 50-pound machines only. Wait two or three months for your customers to adjust to this price hike, and then increase the vend price on your 30-pounders. Again, wait a few months, and then raise the price on your smaller washing machines, and so on. With this strategy, you won’t be “shocking” your laundry customers with one massive, sweeping price increase across the board. In addition, you’re providing them with ...
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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 small-scale B2B accounts, vended laundry owners should remember that – especially with their large-capacity, high-speed washers and huge, state-of-the-art dryers – they are as well-equipped as any drycleaner to handle comforter cleaning. In fact, I would argue that, in some cases, we are even better equipped to clean these items than many professional drycleaners. Of course, that’s only if you know ...
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Use Preemptive Marketing to Outshine Even Your Toughest Competition Are you are sitting down? I hope so, because what I am about to relay to you may be the single most amazingly powerful marketing technique anyone could ever use. Yet… I have never seen it done in the vended laundry industry. If you use this method it – and use it properly – you will have a significant advantage over your competitors. And it’s so simple that it will shock you. It’s called “preemptive marketing,” and it’s sort of a “head ’em off at the pass” technique for besting your competition. Here’s how it works: you simply take the time to explain in detail to your customer or potential ...
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Protect Your Business from Theft, Vandalism and Violent Crime Statistics will tell you that the overall crime rate across most U.S. cities has declined somewhat during the last two years. However, just a cursory Google search of the terms “laundromat” and “crime,” unfortunately, will elicit more than a few examples illustrating how vended laundries continue to remain prime targets for an array of less-than-desirable characters. In fact, today’s laundry owners continue to face the risk of break-ins, vandalism and theft. And some operators have been hit with replacement costs that will take several months or longer to recoup. The question owners should ask ...
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It’s a Win-Win: New Deal to Create Enhanced Industry Event, While Building a Stronger Trade Association The Clean Show Executive Committee has announced that it has finalized a deal to sell the biennial industry event to Messe Frankfurt, the largest trade show and event organizer in the world. The Clean Show – the leading trade show for textile-care services in the Western Hemisphere – was recently recognized as one of the 50 fastest-growing events by Trade Show Executive magazine. Clean 2017, held in Las Vegas, featured 481 exhibitors and attracted more than 11,000 attendees. “With the Clean Show, we have purchased America’s biggest trade fair for textile ...
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Liz and Nick Merrill Laundry Lounge Coronado Coronado Island, Calif. Before Getting into the Laundry Business… Liz and Nick had previously established Sweat Equity Gym, a fitness center based in Bellevue, Wash. In fact, the couple’s vended laundry in Coronado is located adjacent to their newly opened Sweat Equity Gym location on the island. Store Opening June 2018 Business Hours Monday through Friday: 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; weekends: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Staff Five part-time attendants Total Square Footage 1,200 square feet Parking Availability Laundry Lounge Coronado has six designated parking spaces, as well as ample on-street ...
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The Board of Directors for Miami-based laundry distributor EnviroStar, Inc. has approved changing the company’s corporate name to EVI Industries, Inc. The name change signifies the company’s focus on executing a “buy-and-build growth strategy” in the commercial, industrial and vended laundry industry, and across a group of industries that meet its strategic criteria. In 2018, EVI acquired Scott Equipment, Houston; Industrial Laundry Services, Orlando, Fla.; Worldwide Laundry, Miami; Skyline Equipment, Houston; and the parent company of Washington Automated, Everett, Wash. These recent additions brought to nine the number of equipment distributors EVI has ...
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States are expected to take action on a wide variety of employer mandates in 2019, in many instances continuing legislative work begun in 2018 that was vetoed by Republican governors who have been replaced by Democrats, or that otherwise stalled in the legislature. In 2019, state lawmakers across the country will debate and likely enact bills to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour, mandate paid family leave and bar employers from inquiring into an employee’s salary history, according to legislative analyst MultiState Associates . In New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy has vowed to work with the legislature to fulfill one of his campaign promises to increase ...
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If Operating Your Own Vended Laundry Business is Your New Year’s Resolution, Read This First On New Year’s Day, I know two things to be true. First, throngs of men and women from coast to coast will become members of their local fitness clubs or big-box gyms, which they will visit approximately seven times in the first month and then eventually taper off to exactly zero workouts by the end of February. (Hey, I’m no fitness expert, but may I recommend a one-month “try it out” membership over the two-year, ironclad contract with all of the bells and whistles?) The second truth is that literally thousands of people will seriously begin to consider changing ...
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Washlava has announced that the company has received formal notification of intent to issue by the U.S. Patent Office. This patent – No. 10,168,678, to be issued on January 1, 2019 – covers the company’s technology that interfaces with laundry services and facilities, enabling Washlava users to reserve, pay and control laundry equipment from a smartphone. “This patent, the first of many soon to come, is an indication of not only our superior technical and engineering capabilities, but of our relentless commitment to delivering a seamless, modern, shared laundry experience for the thousands of users we serve now, and the millions to come,” said Washlava founder ...
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As states focus attention on federal tax conformity and Wayfair implementation legislation, another tax issue is percolating at the state level: proposals to expand sales and use taxes to services, according to MultiState Associates, the Coin Laundry Association 's legislative analyst. This idea was highlighted during a U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearing this past July, on Wayfair’s impact on states, when a majority witness noted that “accountants, lawyers, doctors, architects and others who provide services over the phone or internet” could be targets for tax base expansion. “States may seek to impose new sales taxes or professional services taxes on ...
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Messe Frankfurt France – a subsidiary of Messe Frankfurt , which is headquartered in Germany – has acquired JET Expo , a trade show for textile-care professionals. In addition, Vet’Image, a trade show focused on workwear and uniforms that recently was added as part of JET Expo, is also included in this transaction. The acquisition expands Messe Frankfurt France’s portfolio of textile/clothing exhibitions into the textile-care arena as well. Established in 2005, the biennial JET Expo, held in Paris, attracts professionals from an array of textile-care industries including vended laundries, drycleaners, rental services, on-demand services, hospitals, medical/social ...
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