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Non-Profit Founder Honored as Huebsch Store Owner of the Quarter Memphis laundromat

much more than a place to wash and dry clothes

September 15th, 2014


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Non-Profit Founder Honored as Huebsch Store Owner of the Quarter

Memphis laundromat much more than a place to wash and dry clothes

 

RIPON, Wis. – (Sept. 15, 2014) – Huebsch®, the expert in commercial laundry efficiency, has recognized Reginald Milton as the Huebsch Store Owner of the Quarter for his South Memphis Alliance (SMA) Laundromat and Resource Center (1046 South Bellevue Blvd.).

Milton, executive director of non-profit organization SMA, is the second recipient Huebsch_SMA_Laundromat-coinwashof the recently introduced award. Store Owner of the Quarter recognizes Huebsch store owners from across the country that have excelled in entrepreneurism, technology adoption, innovation and superior customer and community service, etc.

Founded in 2000 by Milton, SMA’s mission is to improve the health, knowledge and stability of young people, families and communities through social services, advocacy and mentoring. When the laundromat adjacent to the organization’s headquarters became available, the Memphis native took advantage of the opportunity to serve a community need while also generating funding for SMA.

“We noticed that many of the people who needed our support were also customers of the laundromat,” Milton noted. “Although the facility was very run-down, I could see the value in taking ownership and making it into a place where community members could do more than just laundry.”

Milton worked with authorized distributor L&M Laundry Services to replace the old equipment. Today, 20 washer-extractors with eBoost technology and four 20-pound top load washers provide SMA customers with a quality wash, while a combination of 12 30- and 45-pound stack tumble dryers and two 75-pound tumble dryers produce consistent drying results. Washer-extractors and tumble dryers equipped with intuitive Galaxy 600 controls make for easy customer—and store owner—operation.

In the space not occupied by laundry equipment, community and professional organizations provide customers with free social services—literacy training, job search support, eye exams and HIV testing—in between washing and drying.

“Reginald’s store is evidence of how a laundromat can empower a community and better the lives of its customers beyond clean clothes,” Kathryn Q. Rowen, Huebsch North American sales manager, said. “Huebsch is honored to be part of the SMA success story and we are proud to recognize Reginald as Store Owner of the Quarter.”

In just the first year of operation SMA Laundromat and Resource Center has made a bigger splash in the community than originally expected. When it opened, SMA forecasted the laundromat would generate $50,000 annually for the organization after deducting operating costs such as utilities and labor. More traffic than expected means the laundromat is on course to generate $100,000 this year.

“The staffs of L&M Laundry Services and Huebsch are so knowledgeable and I do not think the success of this project could have happened without them both,” Milton added.

 

To read more about Milton’s story, and the stories of previous Huebsch Store Owner of the Quarter recipients, visit Huebsch.com/StoreProfiles.

 

Media contact:
Marit Harm, 414.292.0217 or mharm@n-s.com

 

About Huebsch:

Since 1907, Huebsch has manufactured durable commercial laundry equipment engineered for efficiency, reliability and optimal performance. Commercial laundry is our only focus and we back our equipment with an industry-leading warranty. Throughout our decades in the commercial laundry business we have continually innovated. We now produce some of the most efficient and cost-effective washers and tumble dryers in the world. Our equipment is supported by a network of knowledgeable distributors and service professionals. Our customers further benefit from an extensive set of financing options provided by Huebsch Financial. Huebsch is part of the Alliance Laundry Systems LLC family of brands. Alliance is the leading global manufacturer of commercial laundry equipment and provider of services to laundromats, multi-housing laundries and on-premises laundries. To learn more about Huebsch, visit Huebsch.com.

 

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Photo Caption: Huebsch has recognized Memphis non-profit founder Reginald Milton as Store Owner of the Quarter for his SMA Laundromat and Resource Center. [Pictured: Milton (L) and Greg Rogers (R) of L&M Laundry Services]
 Photo Credit: Dale Anderson

 

Speed Queen® Announces Winner of Inaugural “My Success Story” Essay Contest

September 9th, 2014

 

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Speed Queen® Announces Winner of Inaugural “My Success Story” Essay Contest
Lexington, Kentucky store owner receives $100,000 grand prize

 

RIPON, Wis. – (Sept. 9, 2014) – Speed Queen®, a leading provider of commercial laundry equipment, has named Joe Dan Reed, owner of Splash ‘Em Out laundromats based out of Lexington, Kentucky winner of the “My Success Story” essay contest.EssayContestWinner1_090414 Representatives from the commercial laundry manufacturer surprised Reed with the $100,000 grand prize last Thursday.

 

“We are proud to be part of Joe Dan’s success story and pleased to recognize his accomplishments in such a significant way,” says Matt Westphal, relationship manager, Speed Queen Financial Services (SQFS).

“When Joe Dan was new to the coin laundry industry he was determined to make his business a success. His winning essay demonstrated that with a sound business plan and some creativity, success will come—and it has, in the form of eight stores.”

 

Reed owns Splash ‘Em Out laundromats, located across Lexington, Nicholasville and Richmond. For his winning essay, Speed Queen has contributed $100,000 towards Reed’s recent loan for new equipment provided through SQFS.

“We are truly honored to have been chosen as the winners of this phenomenal prize. We attribute our success to always putting the customer first—whether that’s providing a relaxing and clean environment, offering daily specials, or assisting customers to their cars,” said Reed. “Splash ‘Em Out would not have grown from one to eight stores without the support of dedicated employees, a knowledgeable distributor and a manufacturer that understands our unique equipment and financial needs.”

 

Westphal was joined by Speed Queen national sales manager Dan Bowe, regional sales manager Tom Weisheipl, and Reed’s equipment distributor Michael Davis of Nashville-based Star Distributing, to surprise Reed and his wife,
Kelli, with the grand prize at his newest store in Lexington.

This was the first year Speed Queen has held such a contest. Between March 1 and June 15, 2014, Speed Queen store 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 50 essays were submitted from across the nation and judged based on the most compelling story relative to theme, creativity and clarity of expression. All eligible entrants received a $100 gift card to be redeemed at an authorized Speed Queen distributor.

For more information regarding Speed Queen call 1.800.590.8872 or visit  www.speedqueen.com.

 

Media contact:
Marit Harm, 414.292.0217 or
mharm@n-s.com

More about Speed Queen:

Speed Queen offers laundry managers a full-line of reliable and durable commercial laundry equipment. As an industry leader, Speed Queen is dedicated to providing its market expertise to help increase efficiencies in on-premises laundries. The company offers Speed Queen Financial Services, which provides a continuum of stable, long-term capital solutions specifically for the laundry industry. The brand is an entity of Ripon, Wis.-based Alliance Laundry Systems LLC, a leading global manufacturer of commercial laundry products and provider of services for laundromats, multi-housing laundries and on-premises laundries. To learn more, visit http://www.speedqueen.com.

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Photo caption: Representatives from Speed Queen, Speed Queen Financial Services and Star Distributing surprised Joe Dan and Kelli Reed with the $100,000 grand prize for their winning entry in the “My Success Story” essay contest last week.

 

Laundrylux hires Jon Gershman for PLUS Business Development

August 29th, 2014

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For Immediate Release
Laundrylux Contact:  Dawn Nagle
VP Creative Services, Marketing Director
(800)645-2205 / dnagle@laundrylux.com

 

Laundrylux hires Jon Gershman for PLUS Business Development

 

August 21, 2014 –Laundrylux is pleased to announce that Jon Gershman has been hired for PLUS National Business Development. PLUS – the Professional Laundry Utility Service – by Pluslux, is the revolutionary program that creates cloud-based laundry solutions for the healthcare and hospitality industries, seasonal businesses, drycleaners, and other institutional laundry customers.  It is available currently for the on-premises market and will be introduced to the coin-op business in 2015. Jon_ Gershman-2014With PLUS, customers receive brand new Electrolux Professional laundry equipment with no capital expense, a lifetime parts & labor warranty, and industry-leading Smart Dosing System which eliminates over-consumption of water and laundry chemical resources. PLUS customers only pay for what they use, so it functions like other utilities such as water, gas, and electricity.

Jon’s main tasks are to drive growth through PLUS distributors nationwide, develop new National Accounts for PLUS in addition to prestigious PLUS National Accounts such as Hilton.

“Jon comes to us with a proven track record of building best-in-class brands as well as sales organizations,” shared Neal Milch, Laundrylux CEO and founder of Pluslux. “His entrepreneurial experience and innate sales professionalism make Jon the perfect fit for creating new strategic partnerships and driving the PLUS business to new heights.”

Cody Milch, Vice President for OPL and PLUS, notes, “We have already seen the impact with Jon on-board, and his base in Los Angeles allows us to cover a national geography effectively. We have already added two additional dedicated professionals to the PLUS inside sales team so that Jon, our Regional Business Development Managers, and myself can rapidly scale PLUS and our OPL opportunities.”

After graduating from the University of Arizona in 1998, earning a Bachelor’s degree and a spot on the water polo team, Jon began his sales career in commercial real estate, first for Insignia/ESG based in Connecticut, and then Cushman & Wakefield in New York City. While there, he also established the philanthropic Caring and Warmth Foundation, providing resources for Manhattan’s inner city public schools.

In 2002, Jon launched his first entrepreneurial endeavor – EATS.com. Serving as president, Jon helped grow EATS.com into a leading restaurant informational portal and social networking site for food enthusiasts.  After being acquired by Delivery.com in 2009, Jon continued his career at the online ordering website as the vice president of sales until 2012, when he decided it was time for something new.

Staying on as a Delivery.com shareholder, Jon launched Lights In The Business, a consulting service providing high-level sales and marketing strategies for a wide range of businesses, from hospitality to consumer products. However, when he heard about PLUS, Jon couldn’t imagine a better career move.

“When I first learned about PLUS, I immediately realized that Neal Milch and I shared a philosophical vision on the future of the industry,” said Jon. “PLUS is a game-changer, offering amazing solutions and financial advantages for a wide array of businesses from hospitals to hair salons. I had to be a part of it and make a contribution. I’m excited about getting the word out and furthering its expansion.”

“I am honored to be a part of an innovative company that is expanding its product offering, merging modern technology with the needs of the customer,” shared Jon.

Jon currently lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife Andrea and his English Bulldog Carmine.

About Laundrylux and Pluslux
Laundrylux distributes Electrolux professional and Wascomat commercial laundry products in North America through its extensive distributor network.  The company offers state-of-the-art commercial laundry and wetcleaning equipment for the vended and OPL markets, as well as marketing, financing, and business planning support. Pluslux is responsible for PLUS and manages all sales and technology support for PLUS. To learn more, call (800)645-2205 or visit www.laundrylux.com.

 

 




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