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Denver summit will showcase alternatives for drycleaners
There is no perfect drycleaning solvent, but there are several excellent options available on the open market that might be perfect for the right drycleaning plant.
Cleaners who are considering switching to an alternative solvent will want to head to Denver in early March so they can learn more about all of the options available and be able to make a more informed decision on which is the best cleaning solvent for their business.
With so much public and government concern over the effects of solvents on the environment, the Rocky Mountain Fabricare Association and the Drycleaning Laundry Institute have teamed up with the Small Business Assistance Program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), GreenEarth Cleaning and CDPHE’s Hazardous Materials Waste Management Division to host the Safer Alternative Drycleaning Summit on Saturday, March 9.
The event will be held at the Denver Marriott Tech Center located at 4900 S. Syracuse St. and admission is free.
It will run all day and include several presentations and panel discussions from a variety of experts in the industry, along with representatives from CDPHE and  owners and operators of cleaning plants who are using various alternative solvents.
Also featured will be an Exhibitor Trade Fair that will offer a multitude of resources in drycleaning, laundry and wetcleaning equipment and supplies.
So far, the list of exhibitors includes: GreenEarth Cleaning, Katzson Brothers, R.R. Street & Co., Seitz Chemical, A.L. Wilson, Adco/Laidlaw, Caled Industries, Multimatic, Columbia/Ilsa, Union, Wascomat, Spot Business Systems, Rocky Mountain Hangar Company, Green Garmento, the Route Pro and more.
Registration on-site will begin at 8:30 a.m.
The first program will begin at 9 a.m. with the Colorado Department of Health and the Environment discussing “The Perc Problem” and “Transitioning to Alternatives.”
There will be a break at 10:30 a.m. At that time, the exhibitor booths will open and attendees will have a half hour to visit them before a panel discussion on “Understanding Professional Wetcleaning: Skills and Tools to Be Successful” begins at 11 a.m. It will be headed by Liz Davies.
At noon, lunch will be served and the exhibitor booths will reopen for another hour.
Next up, will be a program at 1 p.m. on “Alternative Solvents: How Do I Choose?”
A panel discussion on “Alternative Solvents” will be led by DLI’s Jon Meijer and will include Richard Fitzpatrick for Kruessler’s K4, Tim Maxwell for GreenEarth Cleaning, Robert Blacker of R.R. Streets for DF2000/Hydrocarbon, Jack Belluscio of Caled for GenX and Rynex and the variants by Dr. Jim Schreiner and Yalda Harris of Adco/Laidlaw.
At 4:30 p.m. refreshments will be served as the exhibitor booths open until 5:30 p.m.
Those planning on attending can pre-register online at: sites.google.com/site/codrycleaningtradefair/registration.
Those seeking hotel accommodations at the Denver Marriott Tech Center should call (877) 303-0104 and mention their affiliation with the Summit.
For more information on the event, contact Joni Canterbury of SBAP at (303) 692-3175 or send email correspondence to: joni.canterbury@state.co.us.
Attendees can also find more information and view the summit’s full-day schedule at  RMFA’s web site located at www.rmfa.org.
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