NEW ORLEANS — The Drycleaning & Laundry Institute (DLI) kicked off the pre-show educational sessions by welcoming attendees and naming the winners of its 2009 Meritorious Service Awards.
DLI gives out the Meritorious Service Awards every other year in conjunction with Clean. This year, the association gave four awards.
The Legislative-Regulatory Award went to Dale Kaplan, owner of Kaplan’s Careful Cleaners, Camp Hill, Pa. Kaplan has worked on several regulatory initiatives, including his recent work with the Philadelphia Air Control Board and its proposed initiative to ban the use of perchloroethylene drycleaning in Pennsylvania.
The Commitment to Professionalism Award went to James Peuster, “The Route Pro.” He “takes teaching routes to a new level” by showing drycleaners how to sell, read potential customers, and come away with a sale, DLI says.
The Technology Trailblazer Award went to Solvair for its development of what the association calls a “viable drycleaning technology.”
In addition, the Industry Positive Recognition Award went to Anton’s Cleaners.