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Girbau North America Names 2021 Distributor of the Year Award Winners

Honors given to on-premises, Canadian, multi-housing distributors for outstanding sales, service performance

OSHKOSH, Wis. — Girbau North America (GNA) recently gave Aadvantage Laundry Systems in Garland, Texas, its second consecutive On-Premise Laundry Distributor of the Year Award for outstanding sales and service performance within the on-premises laundry market.

The company also recognized Lavanett, in St. Laurent, Quebec, with its second consecutive Canadian Distributor of the Year award, and Fowler Laundry Solutions, in Union, New Jersey, with its seventh consecutive Multi-Housing Distributor of the Year award.

Aadvantage, a division of EVI Inc., is led by President Ryan Smith and among the largest volume distributors in the world, according to GNA Vice President of Sales Joel Jorgensen.

“Aadvantage’s outstanding team and service offering sets them apart,” he says. “They serve a multitude of commercial laundry distribution markets very well, which makes them extremely diverse.

“We are proud to work alongside the Aadvantage team and look forward to a successful future together.”

A full-service provider of parts, service and sales, Aadvantage serves the vended, multi-housing, industrial and on-premises laundry markets, providing turnkey solutions, including laundry design, financing, installation, business projections, demographic studies and highly efficient laundry equipment.

As a member of the EVI family, the Aadvantage team has the opportunity to share best practices and expertise with some of the top distributors in the country, according to Smith. 

“This relationship, combined with a team focused on our core values, allows us to deliver an unmatched laundry experience to the markets we serve,” he says. “We are honored to work with a manufacturing partner like the Girbau North America team.

“Their efforts enable us to deliver industry-leading laundry equipment. When you add this to the professional service the AAdvantage team delivers, our customers receive an experience they deserve—one that is second to none.”

Led by Earl Eichen, Lavanett was recognized for exemplary performance in the on-premises and vended laundry markets within the province of Quebec.

“Earl is a longtime GNA business partner and has found ways to sell all of our brands into the Quebec market, including Girbau Industrial, Continental Girbau, LG and Poseidon,” Jorgensen says.

“Lavanett’s expert team does an outstanding job in every service area, including sales, service and parts. This award is GNA’s recognition of that success.”

Established in 1996, Lavanett employs 20 team members and provides laundry and textile care solutions, parts and service to customers throughout Canada. The Lavanett team is comprised of highly motivated and dedicated individuals committed to customer satisfaction and service, according to Eichen.

 “Our partnership with GNA has been built on very strong relationships with so many talented people employed there,” he says. “The trust, respect and understanding shown to us since 2001 is deeply appreciated and has allowed us to firmly establish the GNA brands in our part of Canada. Most importantly, the constant support and encouragement we receive from all levels of GNA is always present and unwavering.

“There is something to be said about a relationship lasting and flourishing for more than 20 years, through thick and thin, that to this day still continues to grow and evolve.”

Fowler Laundry Solutions, led by Doug Fowler, was founded in 1952. It’s a multi-generational company that employs 70 team members focused on unsurpassed customer service. The 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 laundry markets.

“Fowler is an established, well-known name in the route/multi-housing laundry segment,” says Jorgensen. “The company has successfully capitalized on the opportunity to use LG and Continental Girbau laundry products, and then masterfully package them with payment systems, service contracts and ownership/lease options uniquely tailored to each customer.

“We’re proud to work beside Doug, Laney, Danny, Leah and the Fowler team.”