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49th Annual Plant Design Awards: Merit Awards (Part 1 of 2)

Ian P. Murphy |

Aladdin Cleaners, Amherst, N.Y.
Celebrating its 70th year in business, Aladdin Cleaners launched a renovation of its call office and spruced up its production capabilities, too. Staying up-to-date is not unusual for Aladdin’s operators, the Schneider family — ongoing improvements to their single location have taken Plant Design Awards in the past.
This year’s renovation includes an all-new call office that emphasizes the 5,000-square-foot plant’s premium positioning with custom cherry cabinets, new Formica countertops, and HP’s latest front-end computers. Aladdin also added a Unipress Lightning shirt unit, new Böwe and Union drycleaning machines, and a new van.
Known as Western New York’s most meticulous drycleaner, Aladdin pays meticulous attention to the customer experience and production quality.Central Cleaners, Baton Rouge, La.
Faced with the choice of strip center or new build, Central Cleaners operator Colleen Owens picked new. Constructed with visibility in mind, the 4,000-square-foot building has a dedicated entry drive and parking, as well as a double drive-thru.
Tasteful columns and exterior landscaping reinforce the brand as a purveyor of upscale fabricare services and formalwear rentals. Inside, the call office features soothing tones and live plants.
The plant features all-new equipment including a 60-pound Union drycleaning machine running DF-2000 and Unipress shirt equipment. CompassMax computers assist with assembly and help Central keep its loyal customers with a frequent-user program.Dublin Cleaners, Columbus, Ohio
Dublin Cleaners’ single, 12,000-square-foot plant recently upgraded its equipment to handle a large and growing base of retail and route customers.
The plant added four automatic extraction arms (plus two manual arms for sensitive items) to its MetalProgetti system and integrated it with a PolyPak bagging unit to enhance efficiency. Dublin further computerized tracking by installing CompassMax PPOH stations in pressing, spotting, inspection and alterations areas.
The call office is designed to reinforce the company’s “Irish” brand, showcase its couture capabilities and “generally demonstrate that we are bigger and better than anything else in town,” says vice president Brian  Butler. Equipped to handle every garment-care eventuality, the plant does more than $50,000 weekly.Come back next week for more Merit Award winners!
 

About the author

Ian P. Murphy

American Drycleaner

Ian P. Murphy is a freelance writer based in Chicago, and was the editor of American Drycleaner from 1999 to 2011.

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