AKRON, Ohio—Advantage Equipment Inc. (Advantage), will commemorate its 20th anniversary this fall with laundry equipment discounts through the end of 2016. The full-service laundry equipment provider, established by President Scott Vlahos in September of 1996, caters to on-premise, industry laundry and vended customers throughout West Virginia and large portions of Ohio and Pennsylvania.
“We’re slashing equipment prices in an effort to let our customers know how much we appreciate their business,” Vlahos says. “We are doubling our 20 years for a 40 percent discount through year-end.”
In 1996, Advantage opened for business with its flagship Continental Girbau line. “Continental became our first secured line of equipment and has spurred strong and even growth in both the vended and on-premise laundry segments,” says Vlahos.
Today, Advantage offers multiple equipment lines, including Continental Girbau, Hamilton, ADC, Ram Air, LG and Sports Laundry Systems®. Additionally, the company supplies chemical products and ancillary laundry items.
“We started off in a small warehouse in Kent, Ohio, with one employee and my mom doing the books and answering the phone,” said Vlahos. “Today we operate out of a large facility in Akron with four factory-trained technicians and four office personnel.”
During the past 20 years, Advantage has helped develop numerous successful vended laundries, according to Vlahos. On-premise laundry analysis and development is another of Advantage Equipment’s strengths. The company caters to veterinary facilities, hotels, nursing homes, salons and spas, large corporations, major universities, and major league baseball stadiums, among others. “If there is a need for commercial laundry equipment, we help provide the right solution,” says Vlahos.