PlanetLaundry and Supplements — November 2015
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New Dates Announced for Clean 2017

Riddle & Associates, the show management company for the Clean Show, has secured new, earlier dates for Clean 2017. The show will be held June 5-8, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“We are extremely pleased that we were able to find these dates for Clean 2017,” said John Riddle, Clean Show manager and president of Riddle & Associates. “The show was originally scheduled for the very end of June, with move-out dates running through the first week of July. We feel these dates will work better for both our exhibitors and attendees.”

The World Educational Congress for Laundering and Drycleaning, which is the show’s formal name, attracts every facet of the textile care and textile rental services industry – retail, commercial, coin/card, institutional, and industrial laundering and drycleaning. It is the world’s largest exhibition of textile care products featuring working equipment.

Clean 2015 in Atlanta featured more than 430 exhibiting companies and over 30 hours of classroom education. The show drew 11,264 attendees, representing all 50 U.S. states and 88 other countries.

“The response to Clean 2015 was overwhelmingly positive and generated great excitement about Clean 2017,” explained Clean 2017 Chairman Mary Scalco, CEO of the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute. “The early June, Monday-to-Thursday pattern has always worked well for the Clean Show when we have been to Las Vegas in years past, and we are looking forward to another great success at Clean 2017.”

Exhibit sales will open to Clean 2015 exhibitors in spring 2016 and to new exhibitors soon thereafter.

The Clean Show is sponsored by five national industry associations: the Coin Laundry Association, the Association for Linen Management, the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute, the Textile Care Allied Trades Association and the Textile Rental Services Association of America.

For more information about Clean 2017, visit, or contact show management: Riddle & Associates, 3098 Piedmont Road NE, Suite 350, Atlanta, Ga. 30305, phone (404) 876-1988, fax (404) 876-5121, email:

Speed Queen Salutes Essay Contest Winner

Speed Queen has named Emmanuel and Tyesha Off long – who own A&Q Laundry Room in South River, N.J. – the winners of the company’s 2nd annual “My Success Story” Essay Contest. Representatives from the commercial laundry manufacturer recently presented the Offiongs with the $100,000 grand prize.

“Tyesha Offiong, a wife and mother of two, and her husband Emmanuel have remained committed to the needs of their community, and recognized the benefit of investing in their laundromat – and, therefore, their business has thrived,” said Jeff Harvey, brand manager for Speed Queen Financial Services. “We are honored to join them on their journey, and we’re pleased to recognize their accomplishments.”

Harvey was joined by Dick Luca, regional vice president at Super Laundry, which is the Offiongs’ equipment distributor; Andrea Mueller, Speed Queen Commercial brand manager; and John Smith, Speed Queen Commercial regional sales manager, who all gathered at A&Q Laundry Room to surprise the family with the prize.

The Offiongs were named the winners of the contest due to their store’s creative promotions and workshops, use of advanced technologies in managing their business, and dedication to the betterment of their community. For their winning essay, Speed Queen has contributed $100,000 to apply toward the couple’s recent loan for new equipment provided through SQFS.

“We could not believe that we had been selected as the winners of the Speed Queen essay contest,” Emmanuel said. “We have been so fortunate to own a laundromat in a great community and to have formed such a strong relationship with our manufacturer and distributor.”

“At A&Q Laundry Room, we strive to be a neighborhood laundry room rather than a commercial laundromat,” Tyesha added.

Leaving behind her corporate job to spend more time with family, Tyesha decided she and her husband would invest in the laundry industry. The Offiongs soon became the owners of a run-down, unattended laundromat with great potential. Their vision came to life after renovating the store and equipping it with brand new machines. The Offiongs chose to invest in a self-service laundry because of the flexibility it affords them – and they’ve experienced great success since opening their doors.

“Stories like the Offiongs’ give testament to the return on investment and increased profitability laundry owners can achieve when they renovate their stores with new, state-of-the-art equipment,” explained Dan Bowe, North American sales manager for Speed Queen Commercial. “We are proud to be a part of the Offiongs success.”

This is the second year Speed Queen has held its “My Success Story” contest. Between March 1 and June 15, 2015, Speed Queen laundry owners submitted essays of 500 words or less describing their unique and creative methods of retaining and attracting new customers. Eligible entrants were required to have financed at least $2,500 in new Speed Queen laundry equipment through SQFS during this time.

More than 60 essays were submitted from across the U.S. and judged based on the most compelling story relative to theme, creativity and clarity of expression. All eligible entrants will receive a $100 gift card to be redeemed at an authorized Speed Queen distributor.

WASH Laundry Appoints New District Sales Managers

WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems has announced that Mike Hatchell has returned to the company as a district sales manager for the Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana regions. In his new role, Hatchell will be responsible for achieving revenue growth goals for new sales and renewals, as well as servicing customers in those regions.

“Mike possesses in-depth knowledge of WASH, as well as a thorough understanding of the laundry services market, based on his nearly three decades of industry experience,” said Ross Van Horne, regional vice president of sales at WASH. “We are delighted that Mike has decided to once again become part of the WASH team.”

After more than 27 years in the laundry business, Hatchell will relocate to the Midwest region to assume his new role. He started working for WASH in the late 1980s and spent more than 15 years with the company in various sales positions. He was recognized as a top sales representative during his earlier career at WASH and earned numerous company awards.

“I have a genuine passion for WASH, the laundry business and my customers,” Hatchell said. “It’s exciting to be part of the company as it continues on a path of success, and I’m looking forward to helping drive that growth forward.”

In addition, the company recently announced that Trini Valenzuela has relocated to San Diego as a district sales manager for the region. In his new role, Valenzuela will contribute his expertise from a 22-year career at WASH toward achieving revenue growth goals and providing quality customer service in the San Diego market.

“Trini has been a loyal and hardworking team member at WASH for more than two decades, and we couldn’t be happier that he is now taking on a new role within the company where he can achieve new goals,” said Tracy McMahon, regional vice president at WASH. “His knowledge of WASH and its multi-family laundry operations will be an invaluable asset for our customers in the San Diego region.”

Valenzuela began his career at WASH in the collections department, where he learned the laundry facilities business starting with the basics – assembling vaults for washers and dryers, working in the counting room and key room divisions, and as a route collector. He later moved to sales operations, where he became an account manager. Valenzuela was then promoted to district sales manager in the Los Angeles region and, in that role, received numerous awards and recognition for his outstanding sales and growth achievements.

“This is an exciting new step in my career at WASH,” Valenzuela said. “I’m looking forward to working with our customers and communities in the San Diego region to serve their laundry management needs.”

Dexter Names Laundry Owners Warehouse Its New Florida Distributor

Dexter Laundry has appointed Laundry Owners Warehouse as a distributor for vended products in the four eastern Florida coastal counties of Broward, Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie.

“We are excited at this new opportunity to represent the industry’s premier brand and assist operators in their quest to maximize store profitability,” said Laundry Owners Warehouse Chief Executive Officer Todd Fener. “Dexter’s well-deserved reputation for rugged, energy-efficient machines that perform day in and day out are well suited to meet the needs of professional laundry operators.”

The Fort Lauderdale-based distributor will showcase Dexter’s new C-Series line of vended products at its central Broward facility, as well as on the company’s redesigned website –

“Dexter was impressed with the passion and drive of the Laundry Owners Warehouse team to serve one of the nation’s fastest growing regions,” explained Regional Sales Manager Rick Case. “We welcome Laundry Owners Warehouse to the Dexter family of distributors and look forward to them introducing the latest product innovations and improvements to laundry owners seeking a competitive advantage.”

The appointment to represent the Dexter line complements Laundry Owners Warehouse’s offerings, which include new and used parts, used equipment sales and brokerage services.

Continental Girbau Hosts 20th Anniversary Celebration

Continental Girbau, Inc. recently held a two-day celebration marking its 20th year in business. Formed in 1995 as Girbau S.A.’s North American subsidiary, Continental has grown to become an industry-leading provider of on-premise, vended and industrial laundry solutions, according to Continental President Mike Floyd.

More than 150 business partners, staff, distributors, community officials and friends participated in the company’s anniversary celebration in Oshkosh, Wis., on September 23-24. The celebration’s events included an open house and tour of Continental’s headquarters, followed by a presentation and reception at the Experimental Aircraft Association Air Venture Museum. Keynote speakers included Floyd; Mercé Girbau, co-CEO, Girbau S.A.; Brian Wallace, president and CEO, Coin Laundry Association; John Casper, president and CEO, Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce; and John Riddle, senior vice president, LG Home Appliances.

“The formation of Continental came before I joined Girbau S.A.,” Girbau said. “But I know it took a lot of negotiation between my father, Santi Carol, Len Kafer and Mike Floyd. My father wanted to establish distribution in the United States. Today, Continental accounts for 25 percent of Girbau’s total sales.”

Floyd went on to describe the challenges and joys involved with helping launch a company from scratch and thanked Continental’s business partners, staff, parent company and distributors for their support and help along the way. The company’s six original employees were also recognized for 20 years of service. Five of the six still work for the company, while one has since retired.

“I remember the first day at Continental,” Floyd recalled. “I sat on the floor of a vacant office building and wondered what I’d gotten myself into.” Continental, according to Floyd, grew quickly into an industry leader and, over the years, introduced multiple products, brands and divisions.

Representing the CLA, Wallace thanked Continental for its years of service – noting the work of Floyd and Continental Vice President Joel Jorgensen. Floyd served the CLA for a decade as a board member and chairman; Jorgensen currently serves as the organization’s treasurer-elect.

Representing the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, Casper similarly praised Continental for its service to the Oshkosh community, and Floyd for his tenure as a Chamber board member.

Lastly, Riddle spoke on behalf of LG Electronics. As the U.S. provider of LG commercial laundry equipment, “Continental is a trusted and dependable partner,” Riddle said.

The celebration continued throughout the second day with a group tour of Lambeau Field and the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in Green Bay, Wis., along with a golf outing in Green Lake, Wis. A riverside tailgate party at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel in Oshkosh culminated the event.

Since 1995, Continental has grown quickly – expanding product offerings; serving new niche markets; establishing new brands, divisions and subsidiaries; investing in facility expansions and additions; expanding its professional distributor network; and continuing its commitment to environment, community, service and quality.

In two decades, revenue has grown substantially. Similarly, so has the company’s product offerings. Altogether, Continental provides 90 individual laundry products engineered for a variety of unique laundry systems.

Locally, the company supports organizations in need; partners with and supports Oshkosh area hotels, restaurants, printers, photographers and schools; and owns and runs a local business – the Express Laundry Center, which is a full-service, card- and coin-operated, high-speed laundry.

The company’s success, according to Floyd, is the simple result of committed hard work and the development and nurturing of personal relationships.