Martin Young to Take Over 'Spotting Tips' Column

Ian P. Murphy |

CHICAGO — American Drycleaner is pleased to announce that it has added a new columnist, Martin Young Jr., to its stable of industry experts. Young will take over the long-running Spotting Tips column, which has been penned by Norm Oehlke for the last 10 years.
[NP][/NP]Young is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and, as the operator of Young Cleaners in Concord, N.C., a second-generation drycleaner. He has been an industry trainer and consultant since 1990.
In 1994, he was invited to participate in the “Train The Trainers” sessions that helped the International Fabricare Institute (IFI) develop its outreach education programs. He has conducted numerous seminars throughout the Eastern U.S. on behalf of IFI/DLI and several regional associations, as well as performed individual consulting.American Drycleaner called Young one of the “best buys in the industry” as a trainer and consultant in 1997. He recently finished a two-year term as president of the North Carolina Association of Launderers & Cleaners (NCALC).
Young says he takes great pride in continuing the tradition of quality fabricare established by his parents, and his plant was recently named “Best Drycleaner” by the local newspaper for the 10th time. Young Cleaners was also one the first in the nation to earn the Clothing Care Council Award of Excellence in 2005.  
Young represented petroleum cleaners in a 2001 study of alternative processes by the North Carolina Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR), later recognized for its “unbiased and even-handed approach to the alternative drycleaning processes.” He also speaks regularly on the state’s cleanup legislation and other industry topics.
Young's first column will appear in the March issue of American Drycleaner and next Wednesday on We think you'll enjoy his work and benefit from his expertise.

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Ian P. Murphy

Freelance Writer

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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