MLA News

Thank you for attending!
2022 Spring Conference

The Cloister, Sea Island

Thank you all for attending our spring conference! It was wonderful to have so many members join us at Sea Island as MLA met in person again.

Just last Friday afternoon you were learning how to assess, manage and develop your Emotional Intelligence skills with Bob Anderson of Leading Challenges. We hope you enjoyed his presentation and interpreting your individual EQ test assessments.

 On Saturday morning, Ross Bernstein presented on The Champion's Code and related building relationships in the sports world to building relationships in the business world. His mission is to inspire get people thinking differently about raising your game to the next level. We believe his goal was achieved!

Thank you to Rod Goldberg for hosting a group on the Sea Island Explorer last Friday morning!  The group aboard visited with an owl and some attendees even held a hawk! The owl and hawk made a return appearance for dinner Friday evening.  The group also learned about the waterways of Georgia, nature and wildlife on the rivers and in the estuaries surrounding Sea Island.

Sea Island Historian, Wheeler Bryan, joined the group on Saturday night in the Spanish Lounge to talk about the history of the island, from the original name of the first hotel, "Friendly Little Hotel", to how the island gained national attention and hosted distinguished guests, to how US Presidents and other dignitaries planted Oak trees on the property, to the story of how the new hotel that you stayed in for our conference was designed and built as well as the artwork the adorns the walls.

Thank you to Alliance Laundry Systems and Ross Van Horne for sponsoring the Saturday breakfast!

The State of the Coin

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted normal circulation patterns of U.S. coin and has posed significant challenges for the U.S. coin supply chain. A number of factors contributed to these challenges, including changes in consumer payment behavior, stay-at-home orders by state and local governments resulting in many business and bank closures, as well as the slowdown of the ability to obtain raw materials for manufacturing new coins, the availability of labor across the coin supply chain, and changes to the coin-supply-chain-servicing infrastructure.  View the US Coin Task Force report here.  For more visit,


All of these factors contribute to hurdles for the American consumers and businesses to get the coin that they need to support cash transactions. Yet, like never before, the pandemic has emphasized the importance of cash for consumers. Millions of Americans rely on currency and coin as their only or preferred form of payment, and businesses rely on cash and coin to make change for those transactions.

Automatic Laundry Names Scott Scarpato, Jr. as Chief Operating Officer

Automatic Laundry is proud to announce the promotion of Scott Scarpato, Jr. to the position of Chief Operating Officer, providing company leadership and team management to all operating aspects of the company including sales, service and customer service. For the last six years, Scott Jr. has worked in numerous roles in the company including field service, logistics and finance.

Since joining the company fulltime in 2016, Scarpato has improved the overall efficiency of the logistics operation, helped to double the capacity of the company's distribution capabilities and professionalized the lease administrative function between the sales and finance organizations.
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MLA Mourns Loss of Long-time Member

It is with deep personal regret to share the news of the passing of a dear friend and valued colleague.  Longtime MLA member, Ron Feinstein, passed away from cancer on September 13.  Ron was an institution in the laundry industry and friendly influence in all our lives.  Ron is a past president and board member of MLA and All Valley Laundry was a charter member of NACLEO, which became MLA.   I know we all feel as if we have lost a special friend.  Ron was a regular attendee of MLA conferences and I know you all have special memories of Ron to share.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.  Obituary click here. 

MLA COVID-19 Response

The Multi-housing Laundry Association (MLA) is the North American trade association of operator and supplier companies providing professional laundry services for the multi-housing industry. 

MLA is closely monitoring COVID-19 and recommendations following the latest guidelines from the World Health Organization and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

As multi-housing laundry providers for common laundry rooms, our members provide laundry services for the homes of residents in the multi-housing sector, including public housing authorities and subsidized housing.  All laundry service providers remain critical to the basic needs and hygiene needs of the general public.  Access to these services is particularly important for multi-family housing residents who are often among low-income families with few alternatives for clothes washing.

MLA recommends distributing hand sanitizers across the facility and to employees and consistently reminding all employees to wash their hands regularly and to stay home when feeling ill or running a fever.

Upon entering and exiting laundry facilities, please wipe down the touch pad, door handles and other commonly touched surfaces on the equipment before and after you use the equipment.

Maintain 6-feet of social distance between others in the laundry facility, visit the facility at off-peak hours and wait outside for your laundry cycle to complete.


CDC Recommendations on Laundry:

For clothing, towels, linens and other items

  • Wash hands with soap and water as soon before and after handling laundry.
  • Do not shake dirty laundry.
  • Launder items according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.
  • Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.
  • Clean and disinfect clothes hampers according to guidance above for surfaces.

Learn more on how to prevent the spread.

For more information on what MLA members are doing for their customers, visit the links below.