CHICAGO — The Certified Restoration Drycleaning Network (CRDN) leads the drycleaning businesses named in Entrepreneur magazine’s 35th annual “Franchise 500” list.
This is the seventh straight year CRDN has made the list, receiving an overall ranking of No. 278 for 2014. The list recognizes growth-oriented franchises based on objective, quantifiable measurements, including financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system, according to the company.
“During challenging economic times that have taken a toll on retail dry cleaning, CRDN’s focus on insurance restoration services has enabled our members to realize meaningful business growth from coast to coast,” says 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% of the U.S. as well as major population centers in Canada and the United Kingdom. The company claims that it achieves an average success rate of 98% 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,” says Wudyka. “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.”
Other drycleaning franchises that made this year’s “Franchise 500” list were Martinizing Dry Cleaning (No. 396); Tide Dry Cleaners (No. 432); Dryclean USA (No. 468); and Comet Cleaners (No. 486).