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Girbau NA Names 2020 Distributors of the Year

Sunshine Sales in Arizona earns on-premises laundry distributor of the year award

OSHKOSH, Wis. — Girbau North America recently recognized several distributors for outstanding sales and service in 2020.

Sunshine Sales in Glendale, Arizona, earned the On-Premise Laundry Distributor of the Year award; Lavanett in St. Laurent, Quebec, received the Canadian Distributor of the Year award; Laundry Systems of Tennessee in Sevierville earned the Girbau Industrial Distributor of the Year Award; and Fowler Laundry Solutions in Union, New Jersey, received the Vended Laundry and Multi-Housing Distributor of the Year awards.

Owned and operated by Bob Ropp since 1972, Sunshine Sales is a full-service on-premises and vended laundry equipment distributor serving Arizona and New Mexico. The company works to design and equip on-premises laundries for greater productivity and lower labor and utility costs, regularly serving everything from hotels and resorts to vet clinics, fire departments, colleges, healthcare facilities, commercial laundries and correctional facilities.

“Sunshine Sales is one of our longest-standing distributors, having represented GNA brands since 1995,” says Joel Jorgensen, GNA vice president of sales. “That partnership has always resulted in amazing results, especially in the difficult year of 2020. We thank the Sunshine Sales team for their customer-first approach and outstanding efforts.”

Established in 1996 and led by Earl Eichen, Lavanett employs 20 team members and provides laundry and textile care solutions, parts, and service to customers throughout Canada.

“Earl and the Lavanett team are well known for their expertise in both laundry and textile care,” says Jorgensen. “They delivered outstanding sales in 2020, which is a reflection of their team approach and customer care within these industries. GNA greatly appreciates their efforts.”

Laundry Systems, led by President Jeff Large, received its third Girbau Industrial Distributor of the Year award and specializes in outfitting laundries within the hospitality market of cabin rentals and hotel/motels.

“We began representing the GI brand 11 years ago, which allowed us to enter new markets and transfer from small on-premise laundries to the next level of automation," Large says. "It was a perfect fit.”

Since then, the Laundry Systems team has not only worked to understand and capitalize on the GI brand, according to Jorgensen, but also offered unmatched customer service along the way.

“Because of that effort, they’ve capitalized on an amazing volume of opportunities with industrial market with GI automated laundry solutions,” he says. “We are very thankful for their partnership.”

Fowler, a full-service company, is among the largest laundry equipment distributors in the Mid-Atlantic region and serves the vended, multi-housing, on-premises and industrial markets. Led by Doug Fowler and founded in 1952, the multi-generational company employs 70 team members focused on unsurpassed customer service.

“GNA enjoys a longstanding and historical relationship with Fowler,” says Jorgensen. “During the challenging year of 2020, the Fowler team exhibited their dominance as an outstanding vended and multi-housing partner. We thank them for their years of excellent representation of GNA products.”