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Plant Design Awards — Special Honors, Outstanding Renovation: Kite’s Custom Cleaners

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Kite’s Custom Cleaners
Kite’s remodeled lobby invites interaction. (Photo: Kite’s Custom Cleaners)

Bruce Beggs |

FORT WORTH, Texas — Kite’s opened the stand-alone plant in 2003 after moving from a retail-shopping strip. The lobby was recently remodeled into a more open design for easier and quicker customer interaction. A separate wedding-gown lobby showcases specialized services. A drive-up window and a 24-hour drop box serve hurried clients.

The 24,000-square-foot plant also consists of offices, tailoring shop, production area, break area, and warehouse. Relocating to such a large building gives production staff a more comfortable work area and enables easier maintenance access to equipment.

Kite’s utilizes two Realstar DF-2000 drycleaning machines, Marvel washer-extractor, Wascomat wetcleaning system, and UniMac washer-extractors. Finishing is accomplished with equipment from Unipress, Forenta, Sankosha, Hi-Steam, Fima and Cissell, with an emphasis on newer tensioning methods.

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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