By Jennifer DiDomenico
For the News-Gazette
Osceola County residents and multi-store laundromat owners Donna Wallner and Bob Wallner have been named the winners of Speed Queen laundry manufacture Statewide Laundry Equipment’s nation-wide Art of the Journey contest.
The brother and sister business partners wowed the contest judges with their hand-made art piece: a
collage of the front of their first Laundromat (located in Kissimmee) as business partners created entirely out of dryer lint. The contest prize offers payment of a monetary loan for new equipment, which has been installed in their fourth Laundromat, located in downtown Orlando.
“We are so excited that we’ve been selected as the winners of the Speed Queen Art of the Journey contest,” said Donna Wallner, who spent weeks collecting dryer lint to create this visual. “This portrait represents the beginning of our journey in the laundry business, one which we continue to travel with our partners from Statewide and Speed Queen.”
Donna and Bob accepted the prize at their downtown Orlando Laundromat in January. The prize was presented to the pair by surprise, by Statewide Laundry Equipment representatives including dealer Rusty Parks, Jim Rogers and Brittany Pettineo, and by Speed Queen Commercial North American sales manager Jim Rosenthal and Speed Queen Financial Services brand manager Jeff Harvey.
“Bob and Donna Wallner have been in the industry for many years and understand the importance of reinvesting in their business,” said Harvey. “Over the years, as they have expanded their business to multiple stores, the Wallners have seen the benefits purchasing new equipment provides their laundromats, including attracting new customers, increasing profitability and decreasing utility expenses.”
“The Wallners are passionate about growing their business, serving their customers and community and championing the laundry industry,” said Rosenthal. “There is no one more deserving of this recognition.”
This is the third annual contest Speed Queen laundry manufacturer has held that rewards a store owner for exceptional customer service and for reinvesting in their business. The dryer lint collage will soon be on display at the Kissimmee Laundromat — Coin-A-Magic — located at the corner of John Young Parkway and U.S. Highway 192.
Coin-A-Magic offers washers and dryers for customer use, a wash-dry-fold service and dry cleaning services. Call 407-933-1828 for more information.