Speed Queen® Laundry Manufacturer Announces Launch of Art of the Journey Contest for a Chance to Win $100,000


Speed Queen® laundry manufacturer, the world's leading provider of commercial laundry equipment, is now accepting entries for its third annual contest which will pay off one deserving store owner's replacement loan through Speed Queen Financial Services (SQFS), up to $100,000.

July 1st through October 31st, owners who reinvest in their laundromat with new, state-of-the-art Speed Queen equipment financed through SQFS will be eligible to enter the 2016 Speed Queen Art of the Journey contest. Once they have financed at least $2,500 in new Speed Queen equipment through SQFS, store owners can enter the contest by uploading an original piece of art - photo collage/montage, video, poem, drawing or painting - that showcases their unique laundry journey to the contest website.

"Our laundromat owners come from diverse walks of life and each have an interesting and valuable story to tell about their laundry journey," said Jim Rosenthal, Speed Queen North American sales manager. "Upgrading outdated equipment with new, efficient machines featuring industry-leading technology will not only help reduce utilities, improve a store owner's business operation and increase overall profitability, but owners will also have the opportunity to enter to win $100,000 through the Speed Queen Art of the Journey contest."

The original piece of art should highlight the steps the laundromat owner has taken in their journey such as what they did before entering the industry, why they invested in laundry, how they have reinvested in their business, what role their business plays in the community and how the business has grown since opening.

In addition to awarding one grand prize winner, all qualifying entrants will receive a $100 gift certificate that can be used towards new equipment or parts purchases at an authorized Speed Queen distributor.

The 2016 Speed Queen Art of the Journey contest marks the third year the iconic brand has set out to reward its customers for seeing the value reinvesting can bring to their businesses.

Tyesha Offiong and her husband Emmanuel, who own A&Q Laundry Room in South River, New Jersey, won the $100,000 grand prize in 2015. When the Offiong's purchased their laundromat the store was rundown and they knew they needed to replace the equipment in order to run a successful business, as well as provide the quality service to their community they desired. Shortly after replacing the equipment, they learned about the annual Speed Queen contest. To their surprise, the Offiong's won the grand prize and it has helped their business in many ways, including accelerating their timeline for investing in their next laundromat.

Tyesha Offiong's advice to owners considering entering this year's contest is simple, "Just do it. We all have a unique journey and you'll never know the value of yours unless you share it."

For official rules and to enter the 2016 Speed Queen Art of the Journey contest, or to learn more about the Offiong's journey, owners can visit SpeedQueenCommercial.com/2016contest.

For more information regarding Speed Queen call 1.800.590.8872 or visit www.SpeedQueenCommercial.com.

Media contact: Meghan Campbell, 414.292.0217 or mcampbell@n-s.com

About Speed Queen:

Speed Queen provides coin laundry owners with a variety of innovative and reliable commercial washers, dryers and laundromat equipment. As an industry leader, Speed Queen is dedicated to providing its market expertise to help grow the self-serve laundry industry. To accomplish this, the company offers Speed Queen Financial Services, which provides a continuum of stable, long-term capital solutions specifically for the laundry industry. The brand is an entity of Ripon, Wis.-based Alliance Laundry Systems LLC, a leading global manufacturer of commercial laundry products and provider of services for laundromats, multi-housing laundries and on-premises laundries. To learn more, visit www.SpeedQueenCommercial.com.

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