35-year-old pair of washer-extractors wins longevity contest
RIPON, Wisconsin – UniMac reports that Zengeler Cleaners in Chicago won the laundry equipment manufacturer’s competition to find its oldest model still in service with a pair of 35-year-old washer-extractors that run six days a week.
“As expected, our longevity competition delivered a plethora of still-in-service machines from a variety of vintages,” said Steve Bowie, general manager of the on-site laundry segment for Alliance Laundry Systems. “In the end, Zengeler Cleaners was on his own with his pair of UniMac machines with an impressive run.”
The two 65-pound washer-extractors are essential players for the business, which began in 1857, logging in every day at 5 a.m. and until 3 p.m.
For fifth-generation owner Tom Zengeler, the decision to go with UniMac 35 years ago was more than a purchase, it was an investment in the brand as a fundamental part of the business.
“One thing’s for sure: we just can’t bring down a broken machine,” he says. “The UniMac duo has become so important to the success of our business. “
As contest winners, Zengeler Cleaners will receive a new UniMac washer-extractor and matching dryer to help them increase the capacity of their facilities.
However, the 35-year-old models will not be retired.
“No way… it just won’t happen,” Zengeler said. “Our UniMac machines are far too important to the success of our business. “