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Peuster to discuss routes for SEFA in Jacksonville
For cleaners who currently have pickup and delivery routes but want to take them to the next level, the South Eastern Fabricare Association will team up with James “The Route Pro” Peuster for a seminar this summer.
The session, titled “Core Strategies for Route Development,” will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Hyatt Regency, located at 225 E. Coastline Dr. in Jacksonville, FL.
It will begin about 2 p.m. and run until 5 p.m.
A nationally recognized expert on the topic of delivery routes, Peuster will demonstrate tried-and-proven methods for growing routes and making them more efficient.
In addition to being a regular contributing columnist for National Clothesline, Peuster formerly worked with Al Robson and Biz Builders and is now in his 11th year of drycleaning consulting.
He has visited over 170 plants and is a past winner of the Drycleaning and Laundry Institute’s Commitment to Professionalism award in 2009.
The workshop will focus on a variety of route-related topics, including: the importance of face-to-face contact and building relationships; separating yourself from the competition; and keeping customers, not recycling them.
The cost for the event is $49 for SEFA/DLI members; non-members must pay $79 each, though $30 of that may be applied toward an association membership if the non-member decides to sign up.
For more information on the upcoming event, contact SEFA at (877) 707-7332 or visit them online at www.sefa.org.
To download a registration form for the event, click on the “Events and Seminars” column on the top of the page, then scroll down to the link at the bottom of the page.
Prestige adds Tenn. formal wear firm
Prestige Cleaners of Knoxville, TN, has purchased majority shares of Meridian USA, the managing company of Meridian LLC, a formal wear company with four retail stores, three in Knoxville and one in Jackson.
 The company, which specializes in men’s formal wear rentals, including tuxedos, shoes and accessories, also has a wholesale business that spans 17 states in the southeast.
The formal wear business is estimated to be a billion dollars nationwide and Prestige Cleaners owner Ed Mannis seeks to tap deeper into those reserves.
“Our focus will be on delivering a high quality product with the best customer service possible,” he explained. “We look forward to completing additional acquisitions that we can consolidate into our operations in Knoxville and further advance the positive economic impact on our community.”
Prestige was originally started by Mannis in 1985 with only one store and three employees. Since then, it has grown to include ten stores in Knoxville with over 145 employees in all, as well as delivery routes in five counties and its own state-of-the-art processing facility. Additionally, the company has fire restoration divisions located in Knoxville and Nashville.
The newly purchased retail locations will be rebranded from Meridian to Prestige Formal Wear.

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