Cleaner and Launderer Celebrates 58th Anniversary
Albane and Randy Wente, publishers of Cleaner and Launderer trade publication for the drycleaning and laundering industry, are celebrating the 58th anniversary of the publication.
Cleaner and Launderer was started in October 1960 by Wally Urquhart under the name of California Cleaner and Launderer with more local coverage. It soon expanded to thirteen western states, bringing the first change in the publication’s title to Western Cleaner and Launderer. As boundaries continued to expand, it was renamed Cleaner and Launderer in 2007.
In the early 1980’s Wally hired Joan Reid, Randy Wente’s aunt, who worked for him several years. When Wally retired due to ill health he sold the publication to Joan and in turn she partnered with her sister Dorothy Ballard (Randy Wente’s mother). Together, the dynamic duo ran the business on their own until Joan decided to retire in 1990 and sold her share to Albane Wente. In 1992 Dorothy also retired, selling her share to Randy Wente, who left Hughes Aircraft Co. after twenty years.
Over the years, readership and boundaries continued to expand. Today, Cleaner and Launderer is mailed nationwide to all fifty states. Over the next several years Cleaner and Launderer grew its large reader base even more, not only through print, but via online, mobile and social media. Surviving all of the hurdles throughout the years, Cleaner and Launderer is still going strong and looks forward to many more decades.
Pictured at an industry trade show are Justin Wente, columnist Ellen Tuchman-Rothmann, publisher Albane Wente and Randy Wente.