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Laundry Industry Legend & Holocaust Survivor?

  • 1.  Laundry Industry Legend & Holocaust Survivor?

    Posted 7 days ago
    Before I made the leap to buy my Wascomat Gen4s brand new I had heard so much about this man who recently passed away.  I honestly feel that by not junking these machines unnecessarily ... that I am ... in a way ... honoring his memory!  Making them more energy efficient & dollar coin friendly ... yes ... but not just junking them.

    Even though I never met him personally ... my condolences go to his family & to what he probably felt to be his greater laundry industry family.  May his example of the "American Spirit" be an inspiration to our industry's "young & energetic" in our time of current need within our industry & to the way we serve the public good in a long term way!

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    Michael Walsh www.kingkoin.com
    Store Owner/ Employee
    King Koin Laundry, Car n Dog Wash
    Bismarck ND
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  • 2.  RE: Laundry Industry Legend & Holocaust Survivor?

    Posted 7 days ago
    I join in fond memories of Bernie Milch. I have sent along condolences to sons Neil and David as well as the entire family.

    He was the first person to teach and guide me in our industry.  I sold tons of Wascomats and believe that Bernie was a true innovator and created the demand for front load washers in Laundromats. He set the standard for service schools, parts, training and telephone help for repairs.

    He spent money training and encouraging distributors to increase their sales and he featured programs to encourage distributors to hold investment seminars and to be more responsive to the needs of customers.

    His trips were epic.  Whether it was an ocean cruise or a visit to Sweden to see the factory in action, it was all first class.

    His parts support was amazing, and he kept an inventory unequaled in the industry. He pioneered equipment financing with Viking Finance, with many going on to work at Eastern Funding.

    No one drove his factory representatives more than Bernie. He set goals and drove people to accomplish their dreams. Hard work and long hours were his trademarks. He built his business and passed on his accomplishments to his family.

    i am proud and humbled to have known this great man. Our industry owes him a fond farewell and a large measure of gratitude.

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    Larry Larsen
    Laundromat123.com
    Anaheim, CA
    Distributor - Insurance - Consulting
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  • 3.  RE: Laundry Industry Legend & Holocaust Survivor?

    Posted 6 days ago
    I think the best way to honor him is by upgrading to new Wascomats or Electrolux machines. His family is still a big part of his company.

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    Denise Rubenstein
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Laundermagic of Patchogue
    Bayport NY
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  • 4.  RE: Laundry Industry Legend & Holocaust Survivor?

    Posted 6 days ago
    Edited by Michael Walsh 6 days ago
    Denise,

    Yah .... but when you see one of the Gen4 welded frames with some space age galvanized metal that happened to be stored outside & no signs of rust ... you might start to reconsider.  In fact since our POTUS last evening alluded to a steel wall instead of concrete ... I am thinking maybe as long as they pay attention to the moisture resistance of the steel???  With our overhead doors with our car wash we found that the new galvanized rails compared to the old that we junked are not as good of quality but had a much higher price tag.  The mechanical timers seem to be with space age plastic cams that just might be better than some newer PCB timers???  Less dead space (water loss of efficiency) below the washing drum than many newer washers!

    When the shiny vintage cars go down the street in various parades around the country ... I see that as honoring earlier generations & even individuals!  There should be floats of old washers in some of those parades IMHO!  The point is that older machines updated properly by who-ever should continue to be an option for both us & our customers!

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    Michael Walsh www.kingkoin.com
    Store Owner/ Employee
    King Koin Laundry, Car n Dog Wash
    Bismarck ND
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  • 5.  RE: Laundry Industry Legend & Holocaust Survivor?

    Posted 6 days ago
    Thank you for starting this thread.  After purchasing my mat 4 yrs ago filled with Wascomats, I became fascinated to learn about the history of the brand and the man who made it happen.   The story about how it started with the sinking of the Andrea Doria, his coining the name, etc., is amazing.

    The family asked for anecdotes and photos to be sent to nmilch@laundrylux.com.  I hope there is a way for us to read some of them at some point, like the one above from Mr. Larsen.  Very inspirational.

    RIP

    https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?n=bernard-milch&pid=191195418&fhid=2086




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    R Anderson
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Camarillo CA
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  • 6.  RE: Laundry Industry Legend & Holocaust Survivor?

    Posted 6 days ago
    I agree Michael. Wascomat used to be much greater.
    When Bernie brought the first Blue Tops here to America, there were nothing like them. They were in a class by themselves. So were the Gen 3's, and the early Gen 4's. They stormed the market and rightfully so.

    Once they switched to "aircraft style riveted cabinets" with the Gen 5's, I passed on them. I saw a demonstration where you could lift up the entire cabinet with one finger.

    Now I hear they rust around the washer door openings. Say it isn't so!
    Rust??? In this day & age?

    Rest in Peace Bernie. You were a great man with a vision who transformed our industry.

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    Paulie B
    Multiple Mat Owner since 1976
    New York City, NY
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