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Restoration group gathers in Boston
The full membership of the North American Restoration Dry Cleaners (NARD) convened for an all-day meeting during the national Property Loss Research Bureau conference recently held in Boston, MA.
While the group had a full agenda, one of the priority items included discussion of the importance of properly vetting prospective members, ensuring that only the most qualified and experienced candidates continue to be considered for membership.
“Now that NARD is closing in on having national coverage, we have been receiving a higher volume of applications, many from operators located in some of the less populated regions of the country,” said NARD President Mark Folzenlogen, owner of A-1 Cleaners in Cincinnati, OH.
“There was a consensus at the meeting that we remain true to the rigorous vetting process that has really set us apart and been instrumental in our ascendance as a key player in the textile restoration industry nationally,” Folzenlogen said. “Our membership consists of industry leaders and folks that have been taking care of families in crisis for many, many years, and we're just not willing to jeopardize our reputation by allowing lesser skilled and inexperienced operators into the network. It's that simple.”
NARD is an organization of skilled, independently-owned restoration drycleaners specializing in the remediation of clothes that have been damaged by fire, smoke, water, or exposure to mold or other contaminants. NARD members offer a cost-effective, service-driven solution for insurance professionals seeking to control costs and close claims quickly.
The organizations web site is www.NARD.com. Claim assignments can be made across the the U.S. by calling (877) 630-NARD.

Sudsies named best in South Florida
Sudsies Dry Cleaners & Laundry has been acclaimed South Florida’s top drycleaner as the category winner in the 2013 WPLG Local 10 Top 10. The television station bestowed the ranking following voting conducted through its website and social media outlets.
Sudsies offers a full range of clothing and specialty item services across Miami-Dade and Broward counties, including complimentary pick-up and delivery to its clienteles’ location of choice.
“This is such a great honor,” said Jason Loeb, founder and president of Sudsies. “We’ve developed a great team that is truly dedicated to quality work and above-and-beyond service. It’s wonderful to see that our customers are responding enthusiastically to our efforts.”
Sudsies was founded in 1996 and has been a pioneer in becoming South Florida’s first fully-mobile drycleaner. The company has expanded its services over the years to meet customer needs, including environmentally-friendly drycleaning, laundry, alterations, restoration and preservation, as well as care of couture garments, wedding gowns and other specialty items.
Most recently, Sudsies opened a second processing facility in North Miami and began offering Sudsies Express Mail services across the United States. Sudsies locations incorporate “green cleaning” initiatives, including wetcleaning processes, gentle detergents, water-conserving machinery and recyclable hangers and packaging.
The company’s web site is www.sudsies.com.

PONY entering U.S. market
PONY Equipment, a European finishing equipment manufacturer, has reached an agreement to distribute its equipment in the United States.
For the first time in its history, PONY will make its entire line of finishing and pressing equipment available to American businesses with complete domestic, parts and technical support. PONY USA will be the national master distributor and a network of local dealers will be established across the country.
PONY USA hopes to become an important new force in the American industry and will offer a complete and flexible line that meets the varied and specific expectations of the customers. As a result of vertical production process in the Inzago, Italy, factory and the use of the high quality raw materials, PONY guarantees its equipment to be of the highest quality. PONY offers a level of flexibility that allows customization of machines according to customers’ requests.
PONY has been manufacturing pressing and finishing systems for 55 years, using innovative technology to become a leading manufacturer and gaining the trust and loyalty of worldwide business operators. PONY USA will bring the PONY standards to the United States where it expects to win the trust and esteem of American businesses.
The official unveiling of PONY USA will take place at the Clean Show in New Orleans, LA, June 20-22. The Pony USA web site will be www.pony-usa.com. The email contact is sales@pony-usa.com.
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