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.

April Sales Jump in Northeast, West; Payrolls Down

CHICAGO — April sales grew in two regions of the U.S. compared to last...

Small-Business Lending Plan Moves Forward

WASHINGTON — The Small Business Lending Fund Act, a $30 billion proposal...

Update: Operator Reports New Fraud Attempt

EWING, N.J. — In an update to our story on attempted fraud from May 7,...

Toronto Operator Stabbed to Death

TORONTO — A local drycleaner was found dead in her store last week, the...

Fashion vs. Fabricare (Part 2 of 4)

LOOK #2: MILITARY The year’s most structured silhouette pairs olive and...

Drycleaners Working More Than Five Years Ago

CHICAGO — Almost two-thirds (65.7%) of drycleaners are working longer...

Operator Reports Fraudulent Rug-Cleaning Scheme

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. — An unknown party or group is making calls to...

Confidence Improving Among Small-Business Owners, Survey Says

HOUSTON — Confidence is improving among small-business owners, according...

MyDoor And 24/7 to License Brands

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. — MyDoor Dry Cleaning and 24/7 Dry Cleaners...

Extra! Extra!

There’s nothing like a recession to remind good drycleaners that they...

March Sales Show Signs of Turnaround

CHICAGO — March sales may finally be showing signs of a turnaround,...

Whirlpool Sales Jump 20% in First Quarter

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — Whirlpool Corp. announced yesterday that sales...

USDC Campaign-Finance Charges Heat Up

WASHINGTON — Public watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility &...

GreenEarth Launches 'Guide to Living Green'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — GreenEarth Cleaning LLC announced the launch of its...

All AWGS Preservations Now Carbon-Neutral

ORANGE, Conn. — The Association of Wedding Gown Specialists (AWGS), an...

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