Clean ’17 Show Guide (Part 1)


Lamp sculpture decked in lights at the Neon Museum, Las Vegas, host city for Clean ’17. (Image licensed by Las Vegas News Bureau)


Mary Scalco, Clean ’17 chairman and CEO of the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute (DLI). (Photo: DLI)


Little needs to be said: It’s the famous Las Vegas Strip! (Image licensed by Las Vegas News Bureau)

Tim Burke |

Wish granted: Vegasland, here we come!

LAS VEGAS — Here comes Clean ’17.

Are you ready?

Bags packed? Vegas hotel room booked?

Got your airplane seat? Is your Clean ’17 registration all set?

You are no doubt excited about all the people you’ll meet, new things you’ll see at the booths, ideas you’ll hear at the sessions, and, of course, you expect to win big at the tables, right?

The Clean Show is back in Las Vegas (where it’s been five times before). If you’ve been to Vegas, then you probably have some ideas about what you want to see and do after the show floor closes. If this is your first time, congratulations—you are in for experiencing a true wonderland of fun.

In either case, you might have taken some ideas from our Clean ’17 GO Guide:

Hmmm, those retro neon signs at Neon Museum attract me, so ’50s kitsch, here I come.” 

That Mob Museum is worth a drive-by. I’ll just leave my gat at home this time.”

Might give the Pinball Hall of Fame a tilt. I’m a pinball wizard, but nobody knows, yet.”

Plus, if you need other ideas, there’s the Bellagio fountain display at night, restaurants galore, shows aplenty, a drive to beautiful Red Rock Canyon, and Container Park downtown on Fremont. There’s so very much to do in Vegasland! But that’s all after the Clean Show closes each day.

OK then, no more fooling around. It’s about time we got on with the big show.

Clean ’17 celebrates its 40th anniversary in Las Vegas, June 5-8.

Clean Show management company Riddle & Associates describes it as a place “Where the industry comes together” to see the working equipment and products of exhibitors.

“I think the entire Clean Show floor becomes the industry’s largest classroom,” says company owner John Riddle, who’s worked in some capacity with Clean Show operations since 1981. “We also want this to be the place the industry can see and touch equipment and see it work and operate.”

Clean ’17 showcases everything the industry has to offer, including 30 hours of education, and networking opportunities with industry colleagues.

“This is a true milestone for the Clean Show,” says Mary Scalco, Clean ’17 chairman and CEO of the Drycleaning and Laundry Institute (DLI), one of the show’s five sponsors. “The show has grown over the years to become one of the country’s top 100 trade shows. Clean ’17 exhibit sales already are ahead of each of the last four shows, and registration also is up for the same time period as previous shows. Las Vegas is always a fun place to visit. too.”

More than 470 companies have reserved booth space at the Las Vegas Convention Center next month, filling more than 200,000 net square feet.

Anyone planning to attend Clean ’17, says Riddle, can register online by May 31 at Members of any of the five sponsoring associations can register for $119 per person; the non-member rate is $149.

It’s important to note that after May 31, all registration must be done on-site at the Convention Center at a cost of $169 per person.

Five associations sponsor the Clean Show: Association for Linen Management, Coin Laundry Association, DLI, Textile Care Allied Trades Association and the Textile Rental Services Association of America.

One of the most recognized contributions of the sponsors is the educational sessions they present at Clean, Riddle notes. Four of the associations provide education based on new and innovative industry topics, technologies, and research.

“People come to the show to learn and that learning comes in a thousand ways,” he says. “We want the Clean Show to be the place they can have a great experience and take home new ideas.”

Attendees include store owners, plant operators, technicians, institutional laundry managers, distributors, consultants, and buyers.

“The largest share (94%) of attendees are business owners, executives or managers, according to a past Clean Show survey,” Riddle says. “The Clean Show brings those business owners and executives face to face with hundreds of industry exhibitors.”

The show starts Monday, June 5, when attendees will be able to explore the exhibits following a 10 a.m. opening ceremony. Distributors have exclusive access to the show floor 8-10 that day.

The floor opens at 9 a.m. daily Tuesday through Thursday and closes at 5 p.m. daily Monday through Wednesday, and at 3 p.m. on Thursday.

On show days, the Clean Show will provide complimentary shuttles running between most official hotels and the Convention Center, according to Riddle. The shuttles will run approximately every 15 to 20 minutes. On opening day, the shuttles will start at 7 a.m.—7:30 a.m. on the other show days—and run to 11:30 a.m. In the afternoon, they will run from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday.

After the show closes for the day on Tuesday, June 6, DLI and TCATA are co-sponsoring a members-only cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. at the Westgate Hotel (connected by walkway to the Convention Center).

Parking at the Convention Center at 3150 Paradise Road is available in the Silver 1 lot immediately in front of the main entrance. There is a $10-per-day charge, which includes in/out privileges.

Check back Thursday for Part 2.

About the author

Tim Burke

American Drycleaner


Tim Burke is the editor of American Drycleaner. He can be reached at 312-361-1684 or [email protected]


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