Award of Excellence


April 1, 2018

CONTACT: Mary Scalco

800.638.2627, Ext. 1102

Charles Anton




Receives Award of Excellence from International Drycleaning Association


The Drycleaning and Laundry Institute awarded JOHN ANTON'S CLEANERS in ANDOVER, MA, with the 2018 Award of Excellence in Quality Cleaning and Customer Service.

JOHN ANTON'S CLEANERS has received the award 6 times since 2005, when the program began.

The Award of Excellence is the premier recognition program for professional members of The Drycleaning & Laundry Institute. To achieve the award, JOHN ANTON'S CLEANERS must prove it meets rigorous, objective standards in cleaning and service. Most importantly, the company must clean and return a specialized Cleaning Performance Evaluation to prove their cleaning quality is among the best.

In addition, the company must successfully remove 6 common, but difficult, stains on a silk swatch and return it for evaluation. Continuing education for staff and adherence to a set of Customer Service principles round out the requirements for consideration for the Award of Excellence.

"The program helps motivate JOHN ANTON'S CLEANERS' staff, inspire innovation and sustain customer confidence in the drycleaning industry," said Mary Scalco, CEO of The Drycleaning and Laundry Institute, an 111 year-old trade association designed to help drycleaners improve their business.

This prestigious award is given to very few select drycleaning establishments throughout the world that exemplify Community Service, continuing education and leadership within the drycleaning industry.

Drycleaning business operators are not required to earn continuing education credits or achieve certification. Therefore, the Award of Excellence promotes educational and professional development to better serve families and communities.

"Receiving the Award of Excellence shows the level of service and dedication that my family and staff commit to the communities we serve," said CHARLES ANTON, OWNER of JOHN ANTON'S CLEANERS. "It's an honor and a privilege to help our customers look their best. We are humbled by this award, but see it as a byproduct of our service, not an end result."

Founded in 1957, JOHN ANTON'S CLEANERS has 3 locations in the Massachusetts/New Hampshire area and serves Essex County with Pick-Up & Delivery Service in 13 towns. For more information on how they can make you look your best, visit

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