PEWAUKEE, Wis. — The Wisconsin Fabricare Institute (WFI) recently inducted Tom Grimm, retired owner of seven One Hour Martinizing dry cleaning stores, as the newest member of its Hall Fame.
Chairperson Tom McKay explains that the WFI Hall of Fame was formed in 2001 “as a way to publicly honor those men and women who have given of their time, expertise, talent, knowledge and love for the dry cleaning industry, for the betterment of Wisconsin Fabricare Institute and its members and the industry as a whole.”
Grimm has been an active industry supporter, serving with the Milwaukee Drycleaners Guild back in the 1970s and then stepping up to serve on the WFI board of directors later in his career.
“Tom has been a warrior in the trenches, fighting and serving WFI,” McKay says. “Tom has given his time to the association in serving on most all the committees over the years.”
Grimm started in the dry cleaning business in 1969. After five years working as manager for Charlie Cass’ One Hour Martinizing store in Butler, Wis., Grimm bought the business. Eventually, his franchise grew to include seven stores. He and his wife, Margaret, have now retired to their home in Menomonee Falls, Wis.