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The flip of a coin

At 14 years old, life was pretty good for Sassan Rahimzadeh, who grew up in Tehran, Iran. After finishing 8th grade, he and his family went to visit his older brother who was studying engineering at college in San Diego. Sassan’s father stayed behind, running his construction supply company.

Cleaners turn up, catch up at Clean ’22

The Clean Show made its highly-anticipated comeback in Atlanta recently and nearly 10,000 attendees showed up to participate in the four-day event.While that attendance number is less than those tallied in recent years, it was almost on par with the total from the 2009 Clean Show in New Orleans which drew just over 9,900 people.

NEFA plans Profit Fest conference this Fall

While the drycleaning industry has hosted a few virtual “Fests”during the last couple of years, the upcoming Profit Fest offered by the North East Fabricare Association next month will definitely be an “in-person” event. It is set to feature tabletop exhibits and numerous educational sessions geared toward helping cleaners run their businesses more profitably.

The old and new at Clean 2022 — Part 1

by Don Derosiers

Don Derosiers

The Clean Show landed in Atlanta for the third time since 1987, and if you looked hard enough, you saw some rather amazing things. Over the next few months I’ll share them with you, but I will tease you a bit right now.Suppose I told you that there is a new shirt unit that is a true game-changer.

Getting to know about solvent flow

by Bruce Grossman

Bruce Grossman

This month, we will explore solvent flow, valves, and some of the problems associated with them in the drycleaning process. To begin with, what is solvent flow, and what is solvent? In the drycleaning sense, a solvent is a liquid that is moved or flushed through the garments to remove dirt and debris.

Your business needs an exit strategy

by Kermit Engh

Kermit Engh

In the past number of months, we have discussed 8 Drivers of Value and how you can affect each of them. During the upcoming months, I would like to bring 6 Silver Bullets to grow your business. To start, let’s pose an unusual question: 1) Are you in prison?

Evaluating your cleaning quality

by Dan Eisen

Dan Eisen

Drycleaners should be interested in what their customers think of them. Neil Schroeder, wrote an intreating article in National Clothesline on obtaining complimentary customers’ testimonials for your business. I frequently receive phone calls from my clients wanting me to evaluate the quality of their business.


When the law and business sense collide

by Frank Kollman

Frank Kollman

I drafted an agreement recently for a client to review, and the client sent me back a draft that barely resembled mine. I made a few edits and sent his draft back, stating that I was fine with it. The client was slightly taken aback and asked me why I did not push back in favor of my original draft.

Tide tops drycleaning franchise brand list

Recently, Tide Cleaners celebrated being the number one drycleaning franchise brand in America.Tide, after releasing year-end 2021 franchise disclosure documents, sat on the top spot of total drycleaning franchise units. The total franchise figures for the end of 2021 added up to 177. Since then, Tide has continued to expand and now have a total of 188 locations in more than two dozen states.


Clean ’22 shows the industry is all in for the future

It wasn’t that long ago that many believed the drycleaning industry was ready to throw in the towel. During the past couple of years, various headlines have heralded the possible demise of drycleaning, decreeing: “Dry cleaners have been hanging on by a thread” (Charlotte Ledger); “Coronavirus Pandemic Upends The Dry Cleaning Industry” (National Public Radio); “Work-from-home era crushes U.S. dry cleaners” (Messenger Inquirer); “Dry cleaners are beginning to close as the pandemic drags on” (Washington Post); and countless more.

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WSDLA merges with SDA

The Western States Drycleaners and Launderers Association (WSDLA) will join forces and merge with the Southwest Drycleaners Association (SDA).

Greybull Stewardship acquires GreenEarth

Equity firm Greybull Stewardship in Jackson, WY, announced that it had purchased GreenEarth Cleaning, the Kansas City, MO-based company that produces the popular alternative solvent of the same name.

America’s Best Cleaners (ABC) announces staff additions

America’s Best Cleaners (ABC) recently announced the addition of Sarah Guilott-McInnis and Michael Erstad to its team. Guilott-McInnis is a third generation drycleaner who has spent most of her life in a drycleaning shop. Her family owned and operated AAA drive-In Cleaners for decades. It’s been recognized as the Best Cleaner in Lake Charles, LA, for over 20 years.

America’s Best Cleaners (ABC) hosted their first Live Accelerator meeting for 2022

Affiliates gathered for a tour of Helena’s Cleaner’s new state-of-the-art facility designed by ABC’s Chris White and Ed D’Elicio. Will Waterstraat, managing partner for the company, said, “We were honored to have ABC and affiliates tour our new facility. The insight and knowledge provided was invaluable. Chris’s guidance throughout the process was second to none.”

MILD changes name to MCA

In an effort to better represent its expanding professional cleaning industry membership, the Michigan Institute of Laundering and Drycleaning (MILD) announced that it will now be known as the Michigan Cleaners Association (MCA).

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