PAGE 8 / NATIONAL CLOTHESLINE / JULY, 2019 SHIRTTALES BY DONDESROSIERS The things we have seen at Clean T he Clean Show has be- come so much a part of my life that as you read this, I am already thinking about the next one. Next month, I will have my usual in-depth coverage of this month’s show in New Orleans. I have been to every show since 1989. If you’ve been around for a while, you’ll re- member that it was 18 degrees in Dallas at the start of that show, but it was over 80 before I was homeward. It was the most memorable for me be- cause it was my first. Two years later, the show moved to Las Vegas for the first time. I didn’t think I would like Vegas (but I do) and I didn’t expect to go to that show. I had just built a shirt wholesaling mega-facility in April of the previous year. Back then, I had adopted the all too familiar “I don’t need” anything excuse for not going to a Clean Show. I vehe- mently disagree with that rea- soning now. In fact, you should go more urgently if you don’t need anything. As I have said, the Clean Show isn’t a mall, it’s a university. Anyhow, my then-partner and I had recently designed a truck body specifically for de- livering shirts. Supreme Truck Bodies built it for us and they were so impressed with our design and their build out that they got a booth at the Clean Show to show it off. Our col- lective ego flew us to Vegas to see it. Writing for this publication was still just a gleam in my eye in 1990 and for some reason, in 2001 I did not write a col- umn about the show, specifi- cally. I’ve long since made my coverage of the show very thorough and hosting a bunch of movies and pictures on my website. Nonetheless, it was fun to look back at previous Clean Shows. My first Clean Show column was in 2003. 2003 In Las Vegas, Ajax intro- duced its Legacy shirt unit. It was just like the Classic except that they finally addressed and fixed the quirks in the Classic. Quirks that, among other things, made it a mechanic’s nightmare. They also added a back hold-down on their CBS sleevers. I might be wrong about this, but I think that they used or modified a product invented by a drycleaner/inventor in Grand Rapids. FujiCar (yeah, it was called FujiCar back then) presented a single-buck unit that they claimed could do 100 shirts per hour with one oper- ator. Hoffman/New Yorker took sleeve presses to the next level (which turned out to be the sleever’s last level). It had all sorts of clamps and holds to hold the sleeve taunt while it was pressed. Also, it had a tiny press head to press the sleeve pleats. In retrospect, it was a last-ditch effort to save the sleever. Sankosha introduced an amazing concept — actively stretching the collar a split-sec- ond before the steam head squeezes it. If I had a nickel for every collar that I have “snapped” to ensure a proper press job, I’d have about 100 million nickels. Two years before, Unipress introduced their rotary double bucks. This model was called the CRD. In 2003, they modi- fied the way the cuff is held with their new model the CRD-c. 2005 Orlando hosted the Clean Show for the second time. I ex- panded my coverage to in- clude mention of new products for shirt launderers, as well as new equipment. I know that there are some of you that don’t even know what “Ajax” is but they tweaked the shape of their steam chests for improved quality. Forenta introduced their Magna Shirt Unit which had some super-cool features, not the least of which was an LCD panel. Unipress combined the best features of Sankosha shirt units, the best of Ajax and com- bined it with their decades of experience to come up with a completely revamped shirt unit that they called the Uni- press NT. FujiStar (yeah, they called it FujiStar by this time) found a way to stretch a collar passively on their collar cuff machines. Cleaner’s Supply intro- duced a whole bunch of new products that year. They are all mainstream now, Among them is the “BOX” buttonhole tags and their popular Productivity Monitor invented by yours truly. 2007 Back in Nevada, this show, 12 years ago presented a host of new equipment and prod- ucts. Forenta introduced a new shape and size collar cone, available as a single and triple- head configuration. Cleaner’s Supply introduced a full-line of those thick buttons that we all hate, so now you could break them in all colors! They also offered replacement can- vas for laundry carts, some with a built-in divider. Wesvic PieceCounter, now pretty much a household word, was first introduced this year. And I was especially proud to announce that SPOT, CompassMAX and DCCS had all become Tailwind Systems compatible. As for equipment… a ban- ner year. Unipress introduced the Thunder which replaced their old DAYV unit. This be- came just about the last choice for someone that still wanted to press sleeves on a sleever press. The Thunder was a body press only. Forenta finally fixed the short sleeve pressing issue by introducing a shirt unit that had a short sleeve bag that ef- fectively addressed pressing short sleeves on a blown sleeve unit. Sankosha featured their new LP170u shirt unit. They tweaked a few key things on this unit that now facilitated maximum productivity. You could now enjoy the features of a Sankosha shirt unit with- out sacrificing productivity! And speaking of productiv- ity, Hoffman pioneered shirts per hour productivity meas- urement on their new unit. Hi- Steam displayed their auto-un- loader, while Veit came up with a shirt unit that did the whole shirt, cuffs, collars and all, in one step, on one ma- chine. 2009 In ‘Nawlins for the intro- duction of (get this) three new shirt units by Forenta. Uni- press added a much-needed feature to its NT line and re- named it the “AP” (for auto- matic pleater). This moved the sleeve pleating task from the collar/cuff machine, which was a pain, to the body press, where it all happened auto- matically. Sankosha showed off some machines for folding shirts. It was great to learn that this could be done with a very slick machine! Covers Etc. rebranded themselves, YAC introduced a bagging machine and became a reality. Spare collar stays, built Continued on page 12 To learn more, see the Index of Advertisers on page 38 or visit As I have said,the Clean Show isn’t a mall,it’s a university and it is fun to look back at previous Clean Shows.My first Clean Show column was in 2003.