EM NEWS 2010


Richard LaMaina Recognized as One of the "50 Who Made A Difference" by Coin Laundry Association

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Illinois (December 14, 2010) — As the Coin Laundry Association closes out its 50th year of serving the needs of the self-service laundry industry, we felt the best way to cap this milestone was with a very special anniversary feature article, saluting the men and women whose creative thinking, leadership and dedication have guided the laundry business from its early days to the $5 billion industry it has become.

Having purchased Equipment Marketers in 1977, Dick LaMaina, along with his wife Susan, has developed the New Jersey-based distributorship into a large and stable business, which supports and strengthens the laundry products it provides. Realizing the potential for growth early on, LaMaina immediately developed a route division alongside his company’s coin laundry division – which, along with an OPL division started later, created a powerful three-fold business model. Providing Maytag equipment exclusively, LaMaina has led his sales team to multiple awards, including the Fred Maytag Award, which his company has won four times, and the first-ever Maytag OPL Award. Twice a year, LaMaina hosts impressive and very popular open house events at the company’s headquarters in Cherry Hill, N.J., for which his customers turn out in droves. Currently, he is serving on the CLA’s Board of Directors.

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About Equipment Marketers: Equipment Marketers provides laundry solutions and Red Carpet Service® for route (lease) operations and multi-housing sales to New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. Equipment Marketers holds the distinction of being the only exclusive Maytag® distributor that offers full-service laundry solutions, including sales, service and parts, to all three commercial markets - on-premises, multi-housing and coin. 

Equipment Marketers' service technicians are professional, insured and factory-trained. The company's award-winning Red Carpet Service®, fully-stocked warehouse of Maytag® Commercial Laundry authorized parts, and experience in the commercial laundry industry are just a few reasons why people have continued to patronize the company for over half a century. 

For more information on Equipment Marketers' products and services, call 800.223.1376 or visit www.equipmentmarketers.net.

About Coin Laundry Association: Established in 1960, the Coin Laundry Association (CLA) is a not-for-profit trade organization. From store owners to washer and dryer manufacturers and distributors, CLA boasts membership in all segments of the coin laundry business. Its mission is to provide education and service to the industry’s entrepreneurs, protect their business interests and promote public awareness of the industry’s exemplary services.

For more information on Coin Laundry Association, visit coinlaundry.org.