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Goudkuil Acquires Bankrupt Lavatec Inc.

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Albert Goudkuil is now president of Lavatec Inc. after his Dutch company, Goudkuil Laundry Machinery, purchased the bankrupt U.S. company. (Photo: Goudkuil Laundry Machinery)

Bruce Beggs |

NAUGATUCK, Conn. — Goudkuil Laundry Machinery, Apeldoorn, Holland, has acquired the assets and business operations of Lavatec Inc., President Albert Goudkuil announced via press release. He says the acquisition brings the U.S. company out of bankruptcy.

“The group will continue doing business with the same name and out of the same facilities that Lavatec Inc. has operated from during the past 24 years,” says Goudkuil, who will serve as company president.

When asked to elaborate on the acquisition, Bruce Burmann, vice president of sales and marketing for Lavatec Inc., replied, “The purchase was for assets sold free and clear of debt without assumption of liabilities, approved by the bankruptcy court of New Haven, Conn.”

For clarification, it should be noted that the company is not related in any way to Lavatec Laundry Technology GmbH or its U.S. affiliate, Lavatec Laundry Technology Inc.

The Lavatec Inc. facility in Naugatuck includes more than 42,000 square feet of manufacturing space and 17,000 square feet of office space and parts storage, according to Goudkuil. More than $2 million in parts inventory is ready to be shipped overnight, he adds.

Key Lavatec employees that have sold and serviced Lavatec equipment and parts in the past will remain with the new Dutch employer.

Goudkuil Laundry Machinery—formed in 1910—is best known for rebuilding a broad range of used laundry equipment for worldwide distribution, but the company also offers new washer-extractors and dryers under the Goudkuil name.

“In the near future, we will be able to supply to the American market complete ironing lines and remanufactured tunnel systems of European quality,” Albert Goudkuil says.

Lavatec Inc. originally filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July 2009.

About the author

Bruce Beggs

American Trade Magazines LLC

Editorial Director, American Trade Magazines LLC

Bruce Beggs is editorial director of American Trade Magazines LLC, including American Coin-Op, American Drycleaner and American Laundry News. He was the editor of American Laundry News from November 1999 to May 2011. Beggs has worked as a newspaper reporter/editor and magazine editor since graduating from Kansas State University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications. He and his wife, Sandy, have two children.

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