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much, and we believe it is growing.” ENERGY A problem for our industry is the soaring rate of energy charges. Simon is mindful of this, and installed 80 solar panels on the roof, which generate enough electricity on a sunny day to power the plant. The ROI is neutral in three years, and there after should save/earn $600 per month, at current rates. Plus the minimum amount the government gives back which at present is 5 cents per kW goes up on July 1st to 11.2 cents per kilo watt. Another good decision! “We have a 3,000 litre cooling pit, a stainless steel tank, which is available to recycle water. STAFF Unfortunately, with the timing of my visit, I missed The Yarra Linen staff, which is a pity. Simon was in the midst of creating a new Lunchroom for his staff, and he said they are a great crew. The total is comprised of Simon and Paul Cox. With mother and daughter team Rita and Kirsten, mother and son team, Dawn and Scott, plus Jodi, they get through the day in a very happy atmosphere and will often bring in morning tea. Every Friday Simon supplies lunch for all staff allowing for time to talk and laugh. “Without my staff, I wouldn’t have a business. Some days I am tired and don’t want to be here (building a house, what can I tell you) but we laugh, they are chatty, and it’s nice to be here. “They get excited every time we top our ‘biggest month’ and there is a great deal of pride associated with working at YL. “We are fortunate that our staff have worked for Laundries in the past and so we were able to access people who understand how laundry works. SUMMARY Simon put in plenty of research. He travelled over- seas, bought equipment of a high standard, invested in quality linen stocks both locally and overseas, and respects his customers and his staff alike. I am sure you will join me in wishing him well. n 36 THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER MARCH APRIL MAY 2017 Home sweet home ... the build taking shape. Jess the kelpie and Laila the cow relaxing on the farm.