Founder of Fabritec
Al Jordan, founder of Fabritec, passed away peacefully in Naples, FL on May 5.
After serving in the Navy in WWII and returning to earn his BS from Miami
was hired as a Sanitone Junior Engineer in 1951. He had territories servicing
drycleaners in Tennessee and later in Chicago.
He earned the position of sales promotion manager
in the heyday of Sanitone national advertising. Later
he became general manager of the division and finally
vice president of the drycleaning products division.
When business turned down sharply in the 1970s
“polyester depression,” Jordan guided the drycleaning
division through difficult times to be spun off as
He later bought the company in 1980 and
constructed a new headquarters and laboratory
research facility. He believed research was vital to
keep Sanitone innovative and unique.
Jordan loved his industry friends and enjoyed trade
shows and seminars, especially the New England
Sanitone meeting. He was also proud of his Japanese
friends at the Hakuyosha Co.
A great storyteller, he had anecdotes and gave
motivational talks to his employees, especially the
new hires. Stemming from his love of football and coaching, he always had words
encouragement for customers and was a mentor for younger generations.
He was also a leader in defending the industry and promoting the value of
“protecting your wardrobe investment.” He exemplified his belief in dressing well in his
attention to his personal wardrobe and appearance.
A prominent businessman in Cincinnati, he served on the Cincinnati Citizens
Association, Salvation Army Board, Miami University Business School Advisory
Club, and Cincinnati AAA Auto Club. Later in life he supported the Wounded
Jordan is survived by Marcia, his wife of 38 years with whom he enjoyed
attending IDC and other industry events; his children, Carolyn, Deborah and
John, and their
spouses; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A private family service was planned.
A Drycleaning and Laundry Institute scholarship will be established in his name.
Arik “Ott” Kazanjian
Owner of Cleaners Services, 21st Century Leather
Arik “Ott” Kazanjian, owner and president of Cleaners Services and 21st Century Leather in
Philadelphia, PA, died May 13.
A long-time cleaner who specialized in leather and fur care, he was also an
supporter of the Pennsylvania and Delaware Cleaners Association, serving as a
of PDCA and opening his plant to host association seminars.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria, and is survived by sons Jimmy and
and four grandchildren.
In 1961, he started the first Armenian Boy Scout troop, Troop 454 which grew to
scouts over the next ten years.
He also organized Ott’s Ski Club and outfitted, taught and drove children to nearby Doe
Mountain for skiing. If a family couldn’t afford for cost, he paid for them.
Funeral services were May 19 followed by a provate interment.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kirk Azad Vosbikian Memorial
Holy Trinity Armenian Church, 101 Ashmead Rd, Cheltenham, PA 19012.
Founder of American Chillers
Marvin Wheaton, a 35-year industry veteran and founder of American Chillers and
Tower Systems, Inc., died suddenly in Augusta, GA. He was 69 years old.
Born in Muskegon, MI, he grew up in neighboring Fruitport and graduated from
High School in 1962. After high school he served in the Air Force and was
Montana at NORAD and worked on aviation radar systems.
He attended Western Michigan University.
One of his first jobs was for a Speed Queen distributor. He later used his
working as a maintenance supervisor for a large hotel while it was being
supervised the hotel laundry and drycleaning equipment.
Later, he performed service for laundry and drycleaners before working as a
a drycleaning equipment importer.
In 1985, he started building chillers for the drycleaning industry and was still
the chiller business for American Chillers at the time of his passing. He had
planned to work
the American Chillers booth at the Cleaners Showcase in Fort Worth, TX, in April
Wheaton was known and respected by many in the industry for his technical
and willingness to help and for his work ethic. Up until his recent illness, he
was working 70
hours per week.
His hobbies included motorcycles and hydroponics gardening. He had a greenhouse
was in the process of building a large, indoor growing facility at the time of
his passing. He
loved and was proud of his giant tomatoes.
A memorial service was held in Augusta, GA and a second service will be held
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Dianne Wheaton; two daughters, Amy
Laura Jones; one son, Steven Wheaton; and six grandchildren. He was in the
turning American Chillers management over to his nephew, Ken Schaafsma, who will