BERKLEY, Mich. — Andrew Kolar has joined international restoration franchisor The Huntington Company as associate general counsel, notes company CEO Wayne Wudyka.
“With the increased franchise development activity at our organization, for both CRDN and Martinizing,” says Wudyka, “we needed additional resources to efficiently manage the expanding workload of the legal department.
“Andrew’s experience with franchise law and our specific brands will enable us to increase our bandwidth as he plays a key role on our team.”
Kolar spent the past few years at Kostopoulos Rodriguez, a Birmingham, Mich., law firm and outside counsel to Huntington since 2008. His legal experience there was focused on franchising, corporate mergers and acquisitions, and commercial real estate, according to Huntington.
“Andrew’s knowledge of and familiarity with our businesses certainly stands to prove valuable,” notes Jessica McGrath, The Huntington Company’s in-house counsel. “As a previous team of one attorney and one paralegal, the assistance is greatly appreciated.
“In addition to handling the wide range of complex details involved with completing three acquisitions and forming a new brand in the past five years,” says McGrath, “our department also has supported the onboarding of hundreds of franchisees following the acquisitions, and the expansion of our brands as new franchisees have joined our organization.”
Since introducing a new and diversified business model last fall for Martinizing International LLC, the company indicates it has expanded on its U.S.-based franchise drycleaning brand.
“Our service approach is the most comprehensive and customer-focused available,” says Wudyka, “combining retail stores, pickup and delivery route service, locker-based delivery and on-demand service.
“Quality service is a given today,” he adds, “and meeting consumer demands is what really sets us apart.”
The Huntington Company and its affiliates are privately held companies comprised of brands Huntington Cleaners & Shirt Laundry, Huntington Window Fashions and Wesch Cleaners, as well as the 1-800-DryClean, bizziebox, Pressed 4 Time, Martinizing, Dry Cleaning Station and Certified Restoration Drycleaning Network (CRDN) franchises.