Armstrong move to larger premises following major investment 02 Jan 2019

Armstrong Commercial Laundry Systems has moved in to new, much larger premises in Newbury involving a £200,000 investment by Hughes Electrical following its acquisition of the company earlier this year. The 30,000 sq ft building provides twice the space of its previous premises where it had been for over 40 years. 

In November, the Mayor of Newbury, Cllr Margo Payne, officially opened the new head office and operational base for Armstrong Commercial Laundry Systems. (Inset) Simon Quinlan in Armstrong’s new head office in Newbury

The Mayor of Newbury, Cllr Margo Payne, was on hand recently to officially open what is now the new head office and operational base for Armstrong Commercial Laundry Systems and its 30 members of staff, housing machinery and spare parts to be distributed to its over 200 dealers throughout the UK. Laundry & Cleaning Today’s Janice Raycroft also attended the launch event. “This is the start of an exciting new chapter in the long and proud history of Armstrong,” said managing director Simon Quinlan. “Since becoming part of Hughes Electrical we have been looking to move. 

Our new building is very secure, gives us considerably more space to enable further growth, while providing staff with a much better working environment. “We now hold considerably more stock, both machines and spare parts, meaning we can offer an even better service to our dealer network. “Since the acquisition we have been reorganising the way we operate our commercial laundry business. 

We have just launched Hughes Pro which takes on all customer facing roles such as sales, installations, repairs and rentals. While Armstrong concentrates on distribution through dealers and their support. “Armstrong’s engineers have received additional training to enable them to look after all the commercial washing machines and associated products we supply.” Speaking of the acquisition, Quinlan said: “There is some irony in the fact that as a family business coming up to 100 years of service, we are somewhat ‘gazumped’ by Armstrong who were founded in 1878. 

But it speaks for the longevity of the two businesses and how much of what we believe in overlaps.” Paul Chisnal l, general manager of Hughes Trade, shares his enthusiasm, believing that the new era will see expansion of the Armstrong business, just as it has in recent years for the parent company. And Tom Lowes, a mainstay of Armstrong Commercial Laundry Systems for many years, remains on the Armstrong board and believes that the opening of the new premises marked the completion of one of the most important years in the business’s history. “I’m absolutely delighted that we all worked so hard on getting this ‘perfect fit’ for staff and customers,” he says.

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