Just how popular is owning a Chem-Dry cleaning franchise? Plenty popular in the United States, based on the highest growth numbers for new franchises in over a decade. Overseas, Chem-Dry has a sterling reputation as well, and that’s why Harris Research Inc., its parent company, has just received a major presidential award.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presents Chem-Dry corporate parent Harris Research Inc. with the President’s “E” Award for Exports.
The President’s “E” Award for Exports is the highest recognition any U.S. company can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. U.S. companies are nominated for the honor through the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service office network, located within the department’s International Trade Administration, with offices in 108 U.S. cities and more than 70 countries. Chem-Dry made the cut based on its year-over-year successful export growth in terms of new franchises opened overseas, as well as its innovative international marketing plan.
Chem-Dry’s global commitment is obvious
“Harris Research Inc. has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion,” says U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. “The ‘E’ Awards Committee was very impressed with HRI’s adaptation of its product line for export markets. HRI’s achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs.”
Chem-Dry cleaning franchises can now be found in 51 countries. With more than 40 green-certified cleaning solutions and a proprietary Hot Carbonated Extraction cleaning process, it meets or exceeds environmental standards all around the world. Those reasons, along with a simple business model and proven track record of success, continue to help the brand expand worldwide.
In the past year, Chem-Dry has opened in Turkey, Egypt, Bahrain, the Philippines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados, with Panama, Colombia and other South American countries in the pipeline. It also has been ranked No. 1 in its category in Entrepreneur magazine’s 2016 Franchise 500 listing, and is among Franchise Direct’s Top 100 Global Franchises.
Proud to help the United States export great ideas
“We first began exporting in 1987, and our export sales have grown to become a significant part of our business as we’ve found outstanding master franchise partners who share our vision and see the opportunity for the brand,” says Dan Tarantin, President and Chief Executive Officer. “The fact that Chem-Dry is in 51 countries around the world today is testament to our superior processes and the strength of the environmentally friendly home services market.”
“This adds a great deal of credibility to our distribution network,” adds John Howard, Vice President of International Development. “When we are talking to people in new countries, pointing to this kind of recognition from the U.S. government shows that we literally mean business. They have a lot of franchise opportunities coming their way, and an honor like this shows our longevity, our company’s strength and commitment, and most of all our success in the countries where we have opened Chem-Dry cleaning franchise operations.”