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8 THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER JANUARY FEBRUARY 2017 CHALLENGES I asked Ian and Vicki about the particular challenges of operating a drycleaning business eight hours from Sydney and three and a half hours from Melbourne. “Freight!” was Ian’s booming response. “It can add $100 to a bill to have goods sent up from Melbourne. “We are across our ordering, and like to back- load with a local depot. We also have friends in Melbourne who very kindly let us use their home as the drop off point for our consumables orders. We pick them up when we visit.” Likewise, service for machinery can be a problem, though Ian is fortunate that he is very handy himself around the plant and understands his machinery, and he speaks very highly of Dan Hays from Spencer Systems. “Down here breakdowns are a nightmare! The main reason I choose Dan is for his broad knowledge of drycleaning equipment operation. John Hays is legendary for his knowledge, which is great, but also Dan has been an active drycleaner. “We use an English soap “SULTRA SOFT” which we get from Brett at SteveTex . It is an amazing mix of cationic and non-ionic detergents. You need to adjust your water, but it gets everything out. They supply most of our chemicals and plastic. “UDS are as close as the phone, Spare parts we can generally get overnight. “We consider ourselves well serviced. Ian recalled that Noel Huttley took him to several plants when he was designing their current one. Ian Peers with a regular visitor, Dan Hays of Spencer Systems. Those who have seen Dan recently will know he is half the man he used to be. And happy! Renee Beehag, was “Mother of the Bride” at her daughters wedding and dressed to the nines. Weddings are often large as friendships extend back to school days.
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