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America’s Best Completes SolvonK4 Conversions

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Left to right, Kreussler’s Richard Fitzpatrick, Kona’s Dave Troemel, and ABC’s Chris White complete the first installation of SystemK4 in California outside its beta test sites.

Ian P. Murphy |

SAN FRANCISCO — America’s Best Cleaners (ABC) announced last week that some affiliates have completed conversions to Kreussler’s SystemK4, and will now begin to process consumer clothing using the new solvent system.
The system centers around SolvonK4, a solvent new to the drycleaning industry. Kreussler has been testing SolvonK4 with ABC affiliates throughout the country for the past year.
Limited amounts of solvent and are now available for purchase in the United States, alongside dedicated machinery from the FMB Group of companies, sold under the Firbimatic, Realstar and Union brands in North America. The solvent can also run in retrofitted Class III-A machinery at a reasonable cost, Kreussler adds.
ABC affiliates and current Kreussler clients will be given exclusives on SolvonK4 until distribution expands later in the year. “There is a very limited supply of solvent,” says Richard Fitzpatrick, vice president of Kreussler USA. “We expect to be fully able to satisfy all market demand by the third quarter of 2011.”
Exceptions may be made in markets where no ABC affiliates or Kreussler users currently operate. The products have been certified by the Green Business Bureau (GBB), and users of SystemK4 will receive credit toward GBB certification.
“This development fits well within the philosophy of ABC,” says Christopher White, ABC’s executive director. “The business climate is changing rapidly, and this technology can deliver immediate rewards.”
“By working first-hand and through our affiliates that are using this solvent, I am very impressed with the cleaning capabilities as well as the flexibility and mileage of this new solvent,” he adds. “It has the potential to be a real, affordable game-changer for our industry into the foreseeable future.”
While Kreussler has kept the chemical composition of SolvonK4 and its supporting products confidential pending issuance of international patents, the company says it is nontoxic, nonhazardous and effective in drycleaning. For more information, visit www.kreussler.com. For more information about ABC, visit www.americasbestcleaners.com.

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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