An Inside Look at How Speed Queen Washers & Dryers are Made
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Last week, I was fortunate to take a trip to visit Alliance Laundry Systems – the makers of Speed Queen brand laundry washers and dryers. You may or may not be familiar with the brand Speed Queen. If you’ve ever washed your clothes at a laundromat, large apartment complex, jail, or hotel, you’ve probably used a Speed Queen machine. That’s because they supply about 80% of the commercial laundry space. There’s a reason why so many laundromats and commercial businesses that rely on clean linens use Speed Queen... because they are built for reliability!
We got to fly by private company jet to visit the small town of Ripon, Wisconsin which is home to Alliance Laundry Systems. They currently employ roughly 2000 hard working, skilled Americans throughout roughly 900,000 square feet of operations. This is where they build every Speed Queen washer and dryer from scratch. These washers and dryers are proudly made in America!
The shell of the machines start out as a roll of sheet metal. It’s rolled, stamped, and finished into an American-made workhorse of a laundry machine. A machine built to endure years of constant use in a commercial environment. What sets Speed Queen apart from the competition, in my opinion, is the fact that every machine is made the same – from the same components and materials whether for commercial use or home use.
What does that mean for you and I as the consumer? We receive a machine that was designed to be operated over 7 times per day, tested at 10,400 cycles. This equates to about 25 years of use for typical home use. Most other brands only test their machines at 2,500 cycles, which equates to about 6 years of typical home use. I certainly know what my choice would be, but would you rather a washer or dryer designed to last 25 years or 6 years? Yeah, that’s what I thought!
Everyone I met during my tour was absolutely dedicated to the machines they were making. It was American manufacturing at its best. Quality products made and designed by great hard working people who care about the work they’re performing. There was a poster hanging up in one of the engineering labs that really captures the quality and pride of the operations in Ripon, WI. The poster read “They don’t make them like they used to. We do.”. That poster spoke volumes to me. After my tour, I kept thinking about those words – how true they are. Most products we buy nowadays are not made to last. They’re made to be used for a few years then thrown away – that includes washers and dryers. Not Speed Queen though, these machines are made they way they used to be, with quality materials, skilled workers, and AMERICAN PRIDE!
My tour of Alliance Laundry Systems left me as a “Laundry Snob”. I’ll never look at another washer or dryer the same way again. We are going to be receiving a Speed Queen washer and dryer to review in the coming month. I can’t wait to receive them and share with everyone how great Speed Queen is to own.
**Stay tuned for more upcoming posts about our experience with Speed Queen in-home products.