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Archive for June, 2017

Martin-Ray Wins Speed Queen Distributor of Year

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017



Martin-Ray Wins Speed Queen Distributor of Year
Business reinvestment, staff additions drive sales growth

Speed Queen laundry equipment manufacturer awarded its highest distributor honor – 2016 Distributor of the Year – to Martin-Ray Laundry Systems in a ceremony held June 5 at Top Golf in Las Vegas during the 2017 Clean Show.

Denver-based Martin-Ray has produced significant and steady growth since 2011 in the vended laundry segment of its business. In 2016 alone, the company increased vended laundry sales 155 percent compared to 2015.

“(Co-owners) Jim Hohnstein and Bill Mann are constantly dissecting their company to see what is needed to grow their market share,” said Jim Rosenthal, North American sales manager for Speed Queen. “Martin-Ray is a shining example of how reinvesting in your business and building a knowledgeable team pays dividends.”

Rosenthal added that Martin-Ray has reconfigured its warehouse with new racking, relocated the New Mexico facility, and upgraded its showroom, which is set up to look like a real laundromat, complete with signage, furniture, laundry carts, detergent vending machines and change machines.

With locations in Denver, Colo. and Albuquerque, NM, Martin-Ray has been providing laundry equipment sales and service throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, west Texas and western Nebraska since 1988.

“Bill, myself  and the whole Martin-Ray team are so proud to win this honor,” Hohnstein said, adding that “each of us believes fully that the Speed Queen products we sell to the vended laundry industry truly are the best on the market. Bar none.”

Mann echoed Hohnstein’s comments saying, “2016 was a monumental year for our Speed Queen sales, and a reflection of investments made, quality of the products, and the dedication of the Martin-Ray staff.”



About Martin-Ray:

Martin-Ray Laundry Systems is headquartered in Denver, Colo. and maintains a branch office in Albuquerque, NM. They pride themselves on providing high quality commercial laundry solutions for the vended, multi-housing and on-premises laundry markets. Martin-Ray’s service area includes Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, west Texas, and western Nebraska.  In addition, they have an extensive parts department and a full staff of factory-trained service personnel. To learn more, visit or call 800-279-6622.
 About Speed Queen:
Speed Queen provides coin laundry owners with a variety of innovative and reliable commercial washers, dryers and laundromat equipment. As an industry leader, Speed Queen is dedicated to providing its market expertise to help grow the self-serve laundry industry. To accomplish this, 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

Laundry Machinery Distributor of the Year

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Laundry Machinery Distributor of the Year
Huebsch presented Metropolitan Laundry Machinery Sales Inc. with its highest Huebsch Names Metropolitan honor – the 2016 Distributor of the Year – at a ceremony held June 5 at the Foundation Room inside the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. This is the 13th time the company has won the award.

“Huebsch distributors consistently lead our industry in quality of service to customers,” said Kathryn Rowen, North American sales manager for Huebsch. “So in winning this honor for the 13th time, Metropolitan truly stands out as the best of the best.”

That “best of the best” position showed in the company also winning awards for:

  • Top Sales Achievement
  • Top Regional Sales Growth (Northeast)
  • Million Dollar Distributor

“Marc (Katzman) and the entire team at Metropolitan embody the level of professionalism that exemplifies who a Huebsch distributor is,” Rowen said. “They go above and beyond to partner with their customers every day, and it shows in their performance year after year.”

Metropolitan last won the Huebsch Distributor of the Year Award in 2012.

“This award is an incredible honor, and one that is earned by every member of the staff at Metropolitan,” said Marc Katzman, president and chief operating office of the distributorship. “We pride ourselves on representing the Huebsch brand with the highest level of integrity. Each day, we work to earn the trust and respect of our customers with every interaction, whether it’s in sales, service, parts, or answering questions over the phone.”


Based in Richmond Hill, NY, and serving the Northeast since 1968, Metropolitan Laundry Machinery is the largest Huebsch distributor in North America. The company also has a branch office in Union, NJ.


For more information on Huebsch and its distributors – a network that earned the highest Overall Distributor Quality Score*– visit or call 1-800-553-5120.


To learn more about Metropolitan Laundry Machinery Sales Inc., visit or call 718-441-4000.


*In a 2014 Leede Research Customer Value Analysis



Media contact: Randy F. Radtke, 920-749-4309, or

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