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MAC/MfM group plans August meeting
The Midatlantic Association of Cleaners Methods for Management group will meet in Richmond, VA, on Saturday, Aug 3.
MAC has developed a strategic alliance with MfM to offer MAC/DLI members a way to improve their businesses for better operations and profitability. The group first met in April in Williamsburg, VA, where they toured the Americlean plant, discussed the MfM critiquing process works, had shared their “Best Ideas,” and discussed marketing. MfM’s Diana Vollmer also discussed the practices of the most successful drycleaners in a cutback economy.
On the following day, Sunday, August 4, the MAC board will meet.
The location for the meetings is yet to be determined. Call (800) 235-8360 for meeting details or information on how to join the group.
Richard Ehrenreich, who has served as MAC executive director for six years, is retiring from that position. He will continue to work with his cleaner appraisals, brokerage and coaching/consulting business.
As of July 1, the Drycleaning and Laundry Institute (DLI) is taking over management of the association. For more than a year, DLI has provided association management for the South East Fabricare Association and more recently was hired by the North East Fabricare Association to manage that association. 
Peter Blake will serve as MAC’s executive director. He has held that position with NEFA for many years and also is responsible for managing the South East Fabricare Association.
MAC’s toll-free telephone number, (800) 235-8360, will be transferred to Blake’s office. 
Gardner golf benefit set for Sept. 19
The 22nd annual Carl Gardner Golf Benefit for the Special Olympics of York County will be held Thursday, September 19 at the Briarwood Golf Club in York, PA.
Named for the tournament’s founder, the late Carl Gardner, the event has been an annual highlight in central Pennsylvania since its inception. Gardener established the tournament as a way for drycleaners and their friends and associates to enjoy a day of golf while raising money for a deserving cause.
Funds are raised by selling sponsorships of individual holes, scoreboard signage and banners and carts. There is also a helicopter ball drop in which a $10 ticket provides two chances to win. Balls are dropped from the helicopter and the one that lands closest to the hole wins a prize for its sponsor.
Participation in the tournament costs $95 per individual or $380 for a foursome. The package includes free range balls, lunch, soda, water and beer and a barbecue dinner.
For information, call Paula Kostick, (717) 554-5250.
LOM advises cleaners of workers’ comp changes
At its 97th annual meeting, Laundry Owners Mutual announced that the Pennsylvania Compensation Bureau has reduced the loss cost multiplier for Pennsylvania Cleaners.
The multiplier is a factor that goes into premium rates for workers’ compensation. As a result, the cleaning industry may see a reduction in workers’ compensation rates.
Laundry Owners Mutual, which has been writing exclusively workers’ compensation insurance and has specialized in the cleaning industry since 1916, encourages cleaners to look at their renewal policies to see if they are receiving a lower rate consistent with a reduction by the PCRB.
The company is the oldest employers’ mutual insurance company in Pennsylvania that writes exclusively workers compensation. It is owned by the policyholders as that is the structure of a mutual company. The entire board of Laundry Owners Mutual has either been or are owners and operators of drycleaning and laundry facilities in Pennsylvania, and understands the trials and tribulations of the cleaning industry.
The company reminds all business with one or more employees that it is mandatory in Pennsylvania to carry workers’ compensation for employees.
For information, call LOM, (412) 825-5425 or visit