Business Profile: Automated Laundry Systems & Supply
Location: 621 W. 54th Ave., Anchorage
Web site: www.autolaundrysystems.com
Major focus of services: Automated Laundry Systems & Supply sells and services commercial and industrial equipment and supplies to care for different fabrics. The company also designs, installs, trains and provides consulting services for industrial, on-site and coin-operated customers.
History of the company: Its origins date back to the 1950s when the company was called Alaska Boiler but was later renamed Dubois Chemical Co. In 1979 Dick Wells and Glen Miller purchased the equipment and service division from Dubois Chemical, renaming it Automated Laundry Systems.
The company purchased its current building in 1985 and later added a warehouse, office and shop space. Miller left the company in 1987. In 1995 the company took on a new moniker: Automated Laundry Systems & Supply.
Automated Laundry became a general contractor in 1997 to expand services. In 1998 company officials started the Cointronics Division to provide equipment rentals and shared revenue leasing.
Clients include the health care, hospitality, mining, fishing and oil industries as well as dry cleaners, coin-operated laundries, health clubs, correctional facilities and federal, state and local governments.
Automated Laundry employs 15 Alaskans.
Top accomplishment of the company: Automated Laundry officials cite projects in Alaska including the new Anchorage jail and downtown fire station; a new laundry for BP (Exploration) Alaska Inc. at Prudhoe Bay; equipment and air handling upgrades for Phillips Alaska Inc. at Kuparuk; upgrades at Providence Alaska Medical Center, Central Peninsula Hospital and Fairbanks Memorial Hospital; a new laundry at Johnson Youth Center in Juneau and fire service laundry equipment for North Slope Borough villages. Other laundry projects included a joint venture in the former Soviet republic of Kazakstan during oil field development there and supplying equipment to clean workers’ suits during cleanup of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
Major players: Dick Wells, president, and Kim Aho, general manager and president of Cointronics, Automated Laundry Systems & Supply.
Wells came to Alaska in 1976 to work at RCA Alascom, then started with Automated Laundry a few years later. In 1982 Aho was hired as an administrative assistant and has learned the business through the years. She is a partner in the company.
- Nancy Pounds