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LAVATEC Emerges From Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

AUGATUCK, Conn. — Mr. Albert Goudkuil recently announced that Goudkuil Laundry Machinery from Apeldoorn, Holland has acquired all of the assets and business operations of Lavatec, Inc. in Naugatuck, CT.

Mr. Goudkuil will be the President of the company. As a result of this sale, Lavatec, Inc. emerges from bankruptcy.

“The group will continue doing business with the same name and out of the same facilities that Lavatec, Inc. has operated from during the past 24 years,” said Mr. Goudkuil.

Key Lavatec employees that have serviced and sold Lavatec equipment and parts in the past will remain with the new Dutch employers. In addition, a full staff of past employees including parts and service technicians familiar with the Lavatec line of equipment will also remain.

The Goudkuil group has been in the laundry industry for 99 years, manufacturing and re-manufacturing laundry equipment for worldwide distribution. With their longevity and experience in this industry, they provide a substantial capital structure as well as a new approach to the American market.

Lavatec, Inc. has over 42,000 square feet of modern manufacturing space as well as 17,000 square feet of office space and parts storage in the Connecticut facility. They have over 2 million dollars in parts inventory ready to be shipped overnight. An experienced trouble shooting department and service technicians capable of supporting Lavatec equipment will continue as they have for these past 24 years.

In celebrating the new acquisition, the Lavatec, Inc. parts department is extending a special 5% discount on parts ordered until October 31, 2011 through their parts department.

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Textile Services Industry Gets National Spotlight

WILIMGTON, Mass. — Textile service executive Ronald Croatti recently appeared on the CBS-TV show “Undercover Boss.” Croatti is CEO of UniFirst Corp., in Wilmington, Mass. For most Americans watching “Undercover Boss” it was their first view inside a commercial laundry, which typically process between 10 million and 25 million pounds of uniforms, table linens, bed sheets, towels and more every year “The reusable textile services business is the original green industry,” said Ricci. “Commercial laundries reuse linen instead of filing landfills with disposable alternatives and continually discover new, innovative means to reduce energy consumption and recycle water. Our huge economies of scale allow laundries to use about two-thirds less water, energy and detergent than alternatives, such as washing at home, while hygienically cleaning textile products, improving disease control and reducing contamination.”