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NEW YORK, N.Y. — New York’s Upper Westside residents can now say, ‘Life’s Good’ when doing laundry thanks to LG Electronics’ new Coinmach Laundry Lounge.
The LG Laundry Lounge is a joint effort with Coinmach Service Corporation, a provider of equipment and solutions to the commercial and multifamily industries.
The new LG Laundry Lounge, hosts a new approach to the traditional utilitarian laundry – offering customers modern amenities such as three LG LED HDTV’s and free Internet access creating a more home-like experience. There is also plush seating and ample space to for customers’ sorting and folding needs throughout the lounge.
“With LG’s new Laundry Lounge concept, we’re offering patrons a fresh experience by integrating key components of the home in public laundry venues, confirming the notion that life doesn’t have to stop because you have to do laundry,” said Sam Kim, Appliance President, LG Electronics USA. “The new LG Laundry Lounge offers a dual cost benefit to the business owner and customer with its ENERGY STAR® rated machines, delivering powerful cleaning capabilities along with savings on water usage and energy costs.”
The New York LG Laundry Lounge features 26 commercial clothes washers and 32 counterpart dryers. All are front loading and meeting ADA-Compliance requirements, providing a better ease of use for people with disabilities. The machines will use ESD Card systems, eliminating the need to lug around heavy coins, adding even more convenience to the process. ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENCY LG’s commercial washers incorporate energy and water efficiency features that helped them achieve ENERGY STAR qualifications. At the heart of LG’s energy efficiency is the exclusive inverter control system, allowing the drum to run at a constant speed, reducing wasted energy from continuous speed fluctuation. This system also allows the washer’s drum to reach high spinning speeds, 1150 revolutions per minute. Clothes are dryer when removed from the washer and require less time in the actual dryer, saving on energy usage and costs. The drum in LG’s washers is tilted at a 10 degree angle, requiring less water to fill the back cavity where clothes are being cleaned. Additionally, LG’s machines can be programmed by facility owners to use anywhere from 11 to 16 gallons of water per load, depending on installation type and needs.
With these features, LG’s commercial washers meet the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) Tier 3 requirements, which recognize the most energy efficient commercial laundry machines in the market. CEE specifications are determined using a combination of the Modified Energy Factor (MEF), energy consumption based on how many cubic feet of laundry can be washed and dried with one kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity, and Water Factor (WF), the number of gallons needed for each cubic foot of laundry. LG’s machines go beyond set specifications for both metrics, which are 2.4 MEF and 4.0 WF, respectively.
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Ecolab Acquires Dober Chemical’S Textile Care Business
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Ecolab Inc. a leader in cleaning, sanitizing, food safety and infection prevention products and services announced it has purchased the commercial laundry division of Dober Chemical Corporation. The acquisition includes Dober’s laundry chemical and waste water treatment and Ultrax dispensing businesses as well as an exclusive partnership to market and provide key components of its Spindle monitoring software.
“Dober is respected throughout the industry for its innovative monitoring technology, product chemistry and commitment to service – qualities that complement our own strengths at Ecolab,” said Brian Henke, vice president and general manager, Ecolab Textile Care North America. “As we expand our North American commercial laundry business, innovation and service excellence will continue to be our top priority as we partner with our customers to deliver unsurpassed value to run their operations more efficiently, sustainably and cost effectively.”
“Ecolab and Dober share the same customercentric approach to service and innovative technology,” said John Dobrez, president Dober Chemical Corp. “This is an exciting development because it builds on the strengths of both companies to move the industry forward.”
Through this agreement, Spindle Technologies,a division of Dober, is forming a strategic alliance with Ecolab Textile Care in an exclusive licensing agreement for its ChemWatch Software technology and the OPTRAX Utility Module.
“There will be no movement of people as they currently all operate remotely,” said Henke. “The Dober leadership team is very skilled and respected in the industry. We plan to have them as part of the team moving forward. During the transition, both businesses will operate as usual and we do not expect there to be any changes in the service the customers are used to receiving.”