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16 THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER AUGUST SEPTEMBER OCTOBER 2015 PRISTINE DRYCLEANERS- BENDIGO This plant, owned by Gareth & Siobhan Tawnton and a more tra- ditional drycleaning plant model, was a great stop. Once again they provided a sumptuous morning tea and warm hospital- ity. Siobhan must have been up all night baking those goodies. And seriously, she was a chef in Ireland and has worked in hospi- tality across the world. Gareth outlined new innovations in equipment, counter design, and shared his logical approach to machine and solvent selection, together with refinements made to the operation of their business, which marks its 10th anniversary in November. http://www.pristinedrycleaners.c om.au/ Siobhan demonstrated the use of the Eazy bagger, a vacuum system for bagging bedding and other big volume items into smaller space, by sucking the air from the thick plastic bag. Customers love it, it gives them much more storage in their linen press between seasons. (Ask Spencer Systems about that one.) It drew a lot of attention. This is retail, over the counter drycleaning, and a small amount of boutique laundry work. The sort of work the larger laundries don’t want, it provides continuity and cash flow. Gareth said to be sure not to get caught up in driving around for small amounts of laundry and not much profit. He recalled Ray Gianoli from Prime Laundry in Perth, W.A. said it best: “Volume Is Vanity, Profit Is Sanity”. Don’t get over awed by your piece count. What are you making for your efforts? You are a business. The plant uses wetcleaning, perc, and hydrocarbon. Gareth spoke about things they have tried which have not worked. This included Piece Counters. He acknowledged they might work for high volume set ups where people do the one job all day. However, at Pristine their employees could be doing three different jobs in an hour and it is unfair to expect a piece counter, which is tied to pressing pieces, to reflect the true picture of their output for the company. “We thought a heat seal label maker might work, for school uniforms and the like. I know Gouge do it very successfully, but for us it didn’t work.” Gareth said when you are buying machinery, buy for efficiency. There are very few ways of reducing your costs of operating your plant. Their Itsumi Shirt machine and Metalprogetti carousel has reduced the wage bill by 6%, which covers the cost of it. “If you are looking at a drycleaning machine it is complicated by the fact that there are several good brands to choose from. If you buy a Firbimatic, Union, Ilsa, or Bowe, these are all good machines. However, service in regional Victoria – most country areas, in fact – is hard to come by. The major suppliers are all in NSW or Qld, or WA, and Victoria is unlucky there. “As I mentioned yesterday, I still think perc is your best cleaning medium. By modifying the wash time ... 2 minutes or Gareth and Siobhan Tawnton of Pristine Drycleaners (and Steamatic!) Double height stacking.
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