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Upgraded Equipment and Look at Zengeler Cleaners

Zengeler Cleaners Introduces Updated Look for Company’s 167th Year

Environmentally friendly upgrades, brand refresh in full swing

Zengeler Cleaners has served communities throughout northern Illinois since 1857. While there are many factors that contribute to a company’s success, one thing Zengeler Cleaners has focused on throughout the years is to keep its stores fresh, clean and modern-looking. In that spirit, the Midwest’s oldest and largest family-owned cleaner is wrapping up its most recent round of environmentally friendly equipment upgrades and a modest brand refresh throughout its stores.

“From the time my great-great-great grandfather founded our company, we’ve invested in equipment that uses newly-developed technology and processes to improve the quality of fabric care,” said Tom Zengeler, President of Zengeler Cleaners. “That approach requires continuous reinvestment in the machinery that drives our production facilities. As a result, we’ve been able to deliver the quality our customers have come to expect. Helping us meet those expectations are the outstanding relationships with world-class manufacturers such as Sankosha USA.”

Since the beginning of this year, that reinvestment has translated into new dry cleaning and laundry equipment at the company’s production plant on Park Avenue in Libertyville. Zengeler Cleaners worked closely with Sankosha to overcome a number of obstacles, such as supply-chain delays and labor challenges, all with the goal of providing the best quality while utilizing the most environmentally sensitive equipment and cleaning techniques currently available. All new equipment is now online and in use, providing world-class processes that protect customers’ fabrics, as well as the environment.

Another important part of keeping its stores up to date is to periodically remodel and refresh the brand. In the last two years, Zengeler Cleaners has completely updated the physical appearance and branding in its Northbrook and Peterson Road stores and is scheduled to complete the process in Deerfield and Long Grove by the end of September. These improvements are in addition to opening a sparkling new facility in Northfield that features a myriad of modern conveniences. The remaining two stores – Tower Road in Hubbard Woods and Park Avenue in Libertyville – will be updated and rebranded in early 2024.

A picture of (left to right) Wesley Nelson, President of Sankosha USA, Mike Zengeler, Vice-President of Zengeler Cleaners and Fernanda Estella, Zengeler’s General Manager – Operations, set to put the newly installed Sankosha production equipment to work. For more information about the recent upgrades, contact Tom Zengeler at (847) 272-6550, ext. 14), or visit Zengeler Cleaners is America's First Family of Dry Cleaning™, with locations in Northbrook, Deerfield, Northfield, Hubbard Woods, Long Grove and two stores in Libertyville.

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