Spokane cleaner awarded environmental efforts
Beacon Cleaners in Spokane, WA, was honored with the 2013 Small Business Environmental Stewardship Award last month.
The designation is given annually to a small business by the National Steering Committee for the Small Business Assistance Programs and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The Spokane drycleaning company was singled out for striving to be a leader in its local region and its continual efforts to attempt to reduce its environmental impact.
The company has a long track record of being concerned with the environment; back in 1998, owner Mr. Hi Bum Kim opted to install new equipment for Beacon’s cleaning solvent transition from perc to DF-2000.
The company, which has eight locations including drop-off facilities, also has a history of providing customers with reusable garment bags.
More recently, Beacon Cleaners upgraded to newer Ipura Hybrid Class machines in 2010 that utilize a non-venting system. The change helped cut down on solvent use by 90 percent.
Because the new equipment had eliminated any emissions previously associated with the drycleaning process, the company is no longer required to register with or be inspected by Spokane Clean Air.
That significant investment was a large part of the reason that the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency opted to bestow Beacon Cleaners with the 2012 Clean Air Award to recognize its dedication and commitment to reduce air emissions.
In addition to the two recent awards, Beacon also became the first EnviroStars certified drycleaner in Spokane County in 2011. It currently holds a five-star rating.
“Beacon is a national role model in making the environment a priority at their business,” said Margee Chambers, Compliance Assistance Coordinator for Spokane Clean Air. “Spokane Clean Air is pleased that Beacon's achievement in sustainability and environmental leadership has been recognized at the national level.”
CCA brings Route Pro to northern CA
The California Cleaners Association has enlisted Route Pro James Peuster to headline a seminar on developing successful and growing pickup and delivery routes.
The program will take place from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 27 at Taylor Houseman Laundry Inc., located at 162 Harbor Court in Pittsburg, CA.
The Route Pro provides clients with a complete route consultant program from sales to retention.
Peuster has been an industry consultant for over a decade, having started with was with Al Robson of Biz Builders.
In 2009, he was the recipient of the Drycleaning and Laundry Institute’s Commitment to Professionalism Award. He is also a long-time monthly columnist for National Clothesline.
The July seminar is designed to help cleaners get started with routes as well as helping cleaners take existing routes to a higher level.
The cost for the seminar is $100 per CCA member and $150 per non-member. Lunch is included in the cost.
For more information or to register, contact CCA at (916) 239-4070 or visit them online at www.calcleaners.com.