Nation’s Leading Drycleaners Launch New Alliance

February 21, 2003

More than 25 of the nation’s leading drycleaning operators, with combined annual revenues of nearly $100 million, have joined to form the Alliance of Professional Restoration Drycleaners (APRD).

The nonprofit organization, which continues to recruit qualified members, will provide insurance carriers, claims managers and disaster restoration specialists a single, soon-to-be nationwide source for high-quality, reliable restoration drycleaning needs.

“APRD ( was formed to respond to a critical demand in the marketplace,” Eddie Mannis, owner of Prestige Cleaners (Knoxville, Tenn.) and chairman of APRD board of directors, commented. “Individuals and companies who manage the claims process stressed to us a need for a single organization of experienced restoration drycleaners to whom they can turn for technologically advanced, guaranteed cleaning with predictable and consistent results.

“In December 2002, we invited many of the most well respected restoration drycleaners from around U.S. and Canada to discuss forming an alliance of businesses that would work together to address this need. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive, and thus APRD was born.”

Restoration drycleaning involves the cleaning of clothing, household fabrics and other items after a disaster in a home or business, i.e., fire, flood, etc.

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