Unfortunately, for many of us on the East coast, Hurricane Sandy has dampened our end-of-year joy. Here at Laundry Today, our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who was affected by the recent super storm.
Although Sandy brought little rain, the high tide, full moon and storm surge flooded my hometown with close to 5 feet of water. Cars floated, alarms rang, fires sparked, boats from the canals found their way onto boulevards and people’s homes flooded.
It has been three weeks since Sandy slammed the East coast, but remnants of the storm are everywhere. Many of us did not have electric, heat, phone or Internet service for close to two weeks. Some of us still do not have those services.
Many areas are still littered with contents of people’s homes, trees are still being cut up and removed from streets and everywhere you look – someone’s car is being towed. However, slowly but surely as the affected areas are beginning to rebuild – people are regaining a sense of hope.
Since Sandy struck, my children and I have spent our time working in a local Disaster Distribution Center. Hearing what others have endured has made the waterlogged ground floor of my home seem like a gift. The damage caused by Sandy is staggering. But if there is a silver lining to this storm, it has been seeing people join together to help put the pain and devastation of Sandy behind us.
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Lapauw Acquired By Private Investor
BELGIUM — Lapauw and its affiliate Lapauw France have been acquired by Mr. Philippe D’heygere for an undisclosed amount. The Belgian based manufacturer of industrial laundry equipment officially announced that it has recently sold its rights to Mr. Philippe D’heygere, a successful international entrepreneur with special interests in global expansion.
“I have worked with the Lapauw family for 46 years. Following my first meeting with the new owner, I feel very confident that this agreement will provide the experience and resources needed to expand into new markets and bolster support to our existing distributors and customers,” said Andre Henrard, Export Manager for the countries outside Europe. The current management will remain active and no personnel change is expected.
In a joint statement to their distributors, the Lapauw family announced “Mr. D’heygere has international expertise and will reinforce the position of the Lapauw Group as a successful worldwide leader of premier laundry equipment.”