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.

Longtime Distributor E.J. Thomas Changes Hands

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The E.J. Thomas Co., a leading regional distributor of...

Midwest Shows Sales Growth; Profits Down

CHICAGO — Sales grew a slight 0.6% in August 2010 from the year prior,...

Hangers Appears on ‘Cool Runnings’ Webzine

KANSAS CITY — Hangers Cleaners of Kansas City was featured recently in...

Obama Set to Sign Small-Business Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Small Business Jobs Act cleared the U.S. House...

Small-Business Bill Passes Senate

WASHINGTON — The Senate passed a package of small-business tax...

Hotel Registration Opens for 2011 Clean Show

ATLANTA — Hotel registration is now open for the 2011 Clean Show, set...

Industry Continues Fight for Perc in Philadelphia

PHILADEPHIA — Nearly 100 people including officials from the Drycleaning...

Survey: Most See Little Economic Improvement Ahead

CHICAGO — More than half (53.7%) of drycleaners expect U.S. economic...

Obama Floats Small-Biz Tax Break; Lending Bill Wins Support

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Obama outlined a new economic plan last...

P&G’s Push Draws Veteran Franchisee

CINCINNATI - Procter & Gamble Co.’s push behind its Tide-branded...

Online Drycleaning Service Hopes to Clean Up

CHICAGO — Will an online service that connects people who need a...

1-800-DryClean Cuts Franchise Fees for Vets

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — 1-800-DryClean announced last week that it has...

Inc. Names CRDN to Fastest-Growing List Again

BERKLEY, Mich. — For the fourth year in a row, Inc. magazine named the...

July Sales Down Nationwide; Operating Costs Vary

CHICAGO — Sales declined throughout the country in July 2010, according...

U.S. Market for Coin-Ops & Drycleaners to Reach $3.5 Billion by 2015, Report Says

SAN JOSE, Calif. — In spite of the recession, a new report from Global...

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