Plant Construction, Renovations Minimal This Year, Survey Results Show

Bruce Beggs |

CHICAGO — American Drycleaner is in the final month of accepting nominations for its 55th Annual Plant Design Awards, and it seems only a small share of respondents to this month’s Your Views survey will be eligible to enter.

The Plant Design Awards is a recognition of the best new plants and renovation projects completed in 2015. Only slightly more than 15% of respondents have built or restored their store (or are planning to do so) this year.

Projects have ranged from cosmetic improvements or operational renovations to newly built plants or stores. One-third of respondents said they were undecided on their project’s scope.

Roughly 22% of projects cited feature new equipment or fixtures, 67% do not, and 11.1% of respondents are undecided about this.

Regarding project budgets among respondents, 20% were up to $1,000, 20% were between $10,001 and $50,000, and 40% were more than $100,000. The remaining 20% of respondents declined to provide this information.

“It was a pretty easy process after we got through the design process,” reports one respondent. “We learned to build bigger than what we intended [and to] run additional wires and plumbing for new equipment. [It’s] much cheaper to do during the time of construction.”

The Your Views survey presents a snapshot of readers’ viewpoints at a particular moment and should not be considered scientific. Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding.

Subscribers to American Drycleaner e-mails are invited each month to take a brief industry survey they can complete anonymously. The entire trade audience is encouraged to participate, as a greater number of responses will help to better define owner/operator opinions and industry trends.

About the author

Bruce Beggs

American Trade Magazines LLC

Editorial Director, American Trade Magazines LLC

Bruce Beggs is editorial director of American Trade Magazines LLC, including American Coin-Op, American Drycleaner and American Laundry News. He was the editor of American Laundry News from November 1999 to May 2011. Beggs has worked as a newspaper reporter/editor and magazine editor since graduating from Kansas State University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications. He and his wife, Sandy, have two children.

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