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CRDN ranked among top franchises
Entrepreneur magazine’s 35th Annual “Franchise 500” list has the Certified Restoration
Drycleaning Network
ranked #278, the seventh straight year that CRDN has made the
magazine’s list.
Entrepreneur’s annual list recognizes growth-oriented franchises based on objective,
quantifiable measurements. The most important factors used by the magazine’s editorial
panel include financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system.
“During challenging economic times that have taken a toll on retail drycleaning, CRDN’s
focus on insurance restoration services has enabled our members to realize meaningful
business growth from coast to coast,” said Wayne Wudyka, CRDN’s founder and
CEO. “CRDN’s success has resulted from ongoing education of the insurance industry about
the cost-effectiveness of restoring damaged textiles instead of replacing them.”
Launched in 2001, CRDN specializes in restoring garments and other fabric items
damaged by smoke, fire, water, mold or other contaminants. Covering 95 percent of the
U.S. as well as major population centers in Canada and the United Kingdom, CRDN
consistently achieves an average success rate of 98 percent on textiles found in a home,
saving insurance companies millions of dollars each year.
“We are extremely proud of this latest acknowledgement of CRDN’s growth and success,”
Wudyka said. “The recognition by Entrepreneur speaks volumes about the quality of our
franchise partners as well as the need for our services and the increased importance of
garment and textile restoration in the insurance claims process.
“Through continued training and education, both internally among our members and
externally with the insurance industry, we are committed to making a positive impact on
those we serve, specifically insurance adjusters and their customers,” added Wudyka.
Information on CRDN is available on the organization’s websites, www.CRDN.com in the
United States and www.CRDN.ca in Canada.
TCATA announces committee appointments
The Textile Care Allied Trades Association has announced appointments to several of its
Michael Leeming, national sales and marketing manager for the Parker Boiler Co. of Los
Angeles, has been appointed to the Membership Committee.
He has worked for Parker Boiler since 1985. A
strong supporter of associations, he believes in their
power of representing the industry with a single voice.
He chaired the golf tournament at the 2013 TCATA
Annual Conference.
Milton Magnus of M & B Hangers has been appointed
chair of the 2014 Management and Educational
Conference Business Program Committee.
Others serving on this committee are Bill Odorizzi of
Sankosha USA, Randy Schwarzmann of A. L. Wilson
Chemical, Gene Williams of American Laundry
Products, and John Silverman of Tschopp Supply.
Angie Kalayjian, president of Norchem Corp. of Los
Angeles, will serve on TCATA’s Government Affairs
She served on the 2013 TCATA conference Business
Program Committee and has served in various
volunteer positions for both regional and national associations. A strong supporter of
associations she advocates the power of collaborative expertise to expand the textile
services market.
John Silverman, president of Tschopp Supply in Buffalo, NY, a full-line distributor of
supplies and equipment in both the laundry and drycleaning industry, has been appointed
to the Membership Committee. A longtime supporter of TCATA, he continues to spread the
word about its value to non-member companies. He currently serves on the 2014 annual
conference Business Program Committee.
Laundrylux appoints Sabino, Herman
Laundrylux announced the appointment of John Sabino as president and Howard Herman
as senior counselor and director of the company effective January 1.
“John has done a tremendous job the past four years as chief operating officer and
manager of vended laundry sales,” said Laundrylux CEO Neal Milch. “I am delighted to
recognize John’s accomplishments and our confidence by greatly expanding his
responsibilities as president of Laundrylux. John will be involved in every aspect of our
business going forward.”
 Commenting on industry veteran Howard Herman’s new role, Milch said, “Howard is
known and respected throughout the industry. Howard will create opportunities with route
operators, key national OPL accounts, multi-store owners, and other important
constituencies where his extraordinary experience and relationships bring unique value. I
personally rely on Howard for frank advice and his common sense is invaluable to me.”
Elaborating on their new roles, Sabino said, “I have personally witnessed the
transformation of Laundrylux over the last few years and Neal’s commitment to innovation
and investment in the business for long-term success. I am excited by my new role and
dedicated to building on our successful initiatives, working very closely with our distributors
and customers.”
Herman commented, “I’ve been involved in our day-to-day business for decades, but
now I can step back and focus on larger business development opportunities which we
have today in every area of our business. I will help John and his team as needed, but my
principal efforts now are relationship development, industry commitments such as the Coin
Laundry Association, and executing strategic projects with Neal, such as the complete
reconstruction and expansion of our parts, service, quality control and warehouse
operations in 2014 to support our rapid business growth.”
Laundrylux distributes Electrolux professional and Wascomat commercial laundry
products in North America through its distributor network. The company offers PLUS
(Professional Laundry Utility Service) and state-of-the-art commercial laundry and
wetcleaning equipment for the vended and OPL markets, as well as financing and
marketing support.
For more information, call (800) 645-2205 or visit www.laundrylux.com.
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