[Audio/Gallery] Lake Superior Laundry Impresses National and State Visitors
Lake Superior Laundry is getting an A-plus grade from Donna Gambrell. Gambrell is the Director of the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund with the United States Department of Treasury. She along with her staff, Pine City leaders, and Frank Altman, President of Community Reinvestment Fund, USA toured the Pine City Laundromat, Tuesday.
Lake Superior Laundry received two loans worth $1.45 million for construction of the $4-million facility from the Community Reinvestment Fund and Minnesota Community Capital Fund. Gambrell says she now knows first hand that the money went to good use.
Ganbrell said she is impressed by the energy efficiency of the facility. Lake Superior Landry is able to reuse over 80-percent of water, which reduces both sewer and water costs. They also heat their water in a submersible water system that allows for 95-percent efficiency outcome. However, Gambrell says what she is most impressed with, is Lake Superior’s role in the community.
Lake Superior Laundry, which opened in 2007, employs 42 people. Owner Max Blaufuss and Customer Service Representative Bill Nelson lead Tuesday’s tour. They presented Gambrell and Altman plaques to remember the facility and tour. Blaufuss says a tour like Tuesday’s can help attract more business.
Gambrell said shes has never toured a facility like Lake Superior Laundry. Altman says the goal of giving the two loans was to spark local community business and he says Lake Superior Laundry is doing so and then some.
Lake Superior Laundry is one of just four Minnesota facilities accredited by the Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council. There are only sixty laundries in the country to earn the honor.