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AmeriPride purchases Wood City Laundry

Instead of folding in the wake of a Feb. 21 fire, Cloquet’s Wood City Laundry turned to a competitor in Duluth for help. And now that competitor, AmeriPride Linen & Apparel Service, has purchased the commercial laundry, making its owner, Gary Tyman, part of its own team.

“We’re really happy to have Gary on board so he can continue to nurture the customer relations he has worked so long to build,” said Ben Saukko, AmeriPride’s director of communications.

Tyman has been hired on a contract basis for the remainder of the year, and Saukko said it is the company’s hope that he chooses to remain with AmeriPride permanently.

Saukko declined to disclose the financial details of the deal, which closed at the end of March, marking the end of Wood City Laundry after 27 years of business.

Tyman said he found that he was underinsured after the fire, which destroyed his facility including all his laundering equipment and much of his inventory. He lacked sufficient coverage to rebuild. But Tyman said AmeriPride did not seek to exploit the situation.