Since May, Alliance Laundry Services has seen a spike in demand for its home laundry products.
As other manufacturers dealt with an array of supply chain issues during that time, Alliance’s ability to produce many components in house allowed it to continue producing.
Even so, Randy Radtke, media relations manager for Alliance Laundry, said the Ripon company still can’t build home laundry products fast enough.
“It’s a good problem to have,” he said. “... We feel that especially within the home laundry realm that there’s a ton of growth to be experienced in the foreseeable future.”
To meet the increased demand, the company is looking to hire 65 new employees to work in manufacturing positions, including assembly, building components, putting machines together and more.
“There’s plenty of companies right now that are super slow and may be cutting positions,” Radtke said. “We’re really blessed to be able to provide great paying jobs, which contributes to the vibrant economy in the Fox Valley.”
Because Alliance has been around for more than 110 years, he believes the new jobs offered are the kind that will enable workers to live stable, comfortable lives.
“We’re a company that has its roots in small town Ripon, Wisconsin, but we are a global leader in this industry,” Radtke said. “Working with a winner and being part of a winning organization is always a great thing.”
He attributes the recent spike in demand for Alliance’s home laundry products to shifting consumer demands, as he believes customers are placing a heavier emphasis on quality and durability.
According to Radtke, Alliance’s products typically last for roughly 10,400 cycles, which is more than 25 years in the average house.
He believes consumers are tired of purchasing large appliances from “big box stores” that only provide “two years of service before it’s in need of repair.”
“People are gravitating to something that’s high quality, that’s going to last them a long time,” Radtke said. “We’re also seeing the decisions we made at the onset of COVID really placed our manufacturing facilities ahead of the game; our folks really did a good job in making sure we had the equipment and tools and supplies to continue to build our product.”
In addition to working out supply kinks, Alliance also is conducting temperature checks of its employees when they come to work in the morning and promoting social distancing throughout the facility.
Beyond taking safety precautions, the company partnered with university researchers to develop a protocol for the decontamination of certain models of N95 masks using the UniMac 75-pound tumble dryers.
Using the method Alliance helped develop could decontaminate an N95 mask up to three times, according to a press release.
As the world leader in the manufacture of commercial laundry equipment, Radtke noted Alliance had a responsibility to try to help.
“We were all concerned about the availability of N95 masks and who knows where this pandemic is leading and [with] how important those masks still are to frontline workers,” he said. “It’s one thing to be a leader in name, it’s another to show it in action.”
Radtke added the tumble dryers would most likely be purchased by either hotels or long-term care facilities, where workers are potentially exposed to vulnerable populations.
“It feels good to be able to give back in a way, to put time and effort into something that is meaningful, that has a global impact,” he said. “We believe that whether or not the pandemic continues, the N95 mask will still be important a year or two from now.”
Overall, he hopes Alliance’s efforts to help the larger global community and increased demand for its products will aid in attracting qualified employees.
“We want to continue to meet this increased demand, so I think that the stability is there,” Radtke said. “We are optimistic about what the future holds for Alliance Laundry Systems.”