Legendary Chicago Cleaners Win New UniMac Laundry Equipment

UniMac’s quest to find the oldest model still in service has ended at Zengeler Cleaners in Chicago. The legendary cleaner won the contest with a pair of 35-year-old washer-extractors that run six days a week.

“As expected, our Longevity Contest delivered a plethora of machines still in service from a variety of vintages,” said Steve Bowie, General Manager of the On-Premises Laundry Segment for Alliance Laundry Systems. “In the end, Zengeler Cleaners stood alone with their pair of UniMac machines boasting an impressive run.”

Zengeler Cleaners has a rich history of its own dating back to 1857, having survived and thrived through two World Wars and the Great Chicago Fire. The two 65-pound washer-extractors are critical players for the business, coming online each day at 5 am and running through 3 pm.

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 foundational part of the business.

“One thing is certain: we simply can’t have a machine go down,” Tom said. “The UniMac duo has become that important to the success of our business.”

As winners of the contest, Zengeler Cleaners will receive a new UniMac washer-extractor and matching tumble dryer to help them increase capacity at their facilities.

With new machines on the way, does that mean the 35-year-old models will get a well-deserved retirement?

“No way … that’s just not going to happen,” Tom said. “Our UniMac machines are way too important to the success of our business.”

To learn more about the UniMac Longevity Contest and read a story about Zengeler Cleaners, visit unimac.com/zengeler. For more on Zengeler Cleaners, visit their website at zengelercleaners.com.