Part 6: A New Wash-Rite Emerges in 1955
In 1955, John stepped back and appointed his son, Al Bodzioch, to oversee and take charge of the business. Al, an armed forces veteran, had served both in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. Eager to take the lead of the family business, he enrolled and graduated from the American Institute of Laundering and the National Institute of Dry Cleaning.
With his wife Helen’s support, Al was the driving force of Wash-Rite and managed everyday operations. John however, had one final objective that was very important to him before he fully retired. He wanted Wash-Rite to be debt free. He bought out his partner Dr. Perras for $15,000.00 plus interest. Wash-Rite’s total weekly volume at that time was $1,300 per week, less 30% for the commissioned drivers, leaving a grand total of $910 per week to run the entire business.
John Bodzioch had accomplished what he set out to do. He had positioned the company for the future. An entire new generation was about to begin. It was all up to Al Bodzioch.
Major Equipment Upgrades Made…
During Al’s first few months his father put him at the helm. In addition to running day-to-day operations, Al studied the business closely and evaluated what was needed to grow Wash-Rite and make it more efficient. He developed a master plan to improve Wash-Rite.
After John fully retired Al implemented his plan to make his company the most modern of its kind. The first major improvement was to retire all of the original equipment installed in 1920 and replace it with the latest state-of-the-art technology. After completing this part of the plan, Wash-Rite was greatly improved.