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“You do what you have to do”

January 20, 2020 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

One month, 28 pounds: in the first 30 days of operating the dry-cleaning business that would become Fashion Cleaners, Kermit Engh lost a small pitbull’s-worth of weight.

“I would take four shirts with me every morning so I could change,” Engh explained.

In those days, Engh worked an average of 14 hours—from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“You do what you have to do,” Engh said; apparently, that’s what he did. His robust work ethic, combined with the steady application of knowledge (Engh earned an MBA from Creighton), resulted in great success. Fashion Cleaners reported a 30% growth rate for five years within the first 10 years of Engh’s ownership.

Engh attributes his growth success to luck, as some smaller cleaners were going out of business at the time he started, allowing him to purchase the businesses at the right time. He pays constant attention to his industry. Fashion Cleaners has been certified by the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists and his company was one of the first to use eco-friendly dry cleaning that replaces petroleum-based products with products based off of silica, or sand.

He manages by using best practices, and one of those best practices is putting together a great team.

“Kermit as an acute business sense,” said Courtney Wolf, a former director of marketing at Fashion Cleaners. “He puts ownership and accountability into the hands of the people he trusts. He allows any of us that work for him to shine and bring our talents and gifts to the table.”

 Engh has grown two additional cleaning companies. One is FRSTeam, a company that specializes in fire and water damage cleanup. The other is Midwest Ultrasonic, which specializes in ultrasonic cleaning, and tackles everything from window treatments to sporting gear. His daughter, Audra Gude, runs the daily operations of those businesses.

After decades of hard work developing multiple new businesses, what else could an entrepreneur possibly grow?

He grows other entrepreneurs. Engh believes in supporting his peers in the business community by offering them guidance on their own growth. To this end, Engh serves as a managing partner of Methods for Management, an organization that brings cleaners together in order to support them with information and mentoring. Members from as far away as Toronto and Mexico City are organized into bureaus, and Engh is responsible for quarterly meetings that provide information and mentorship opportunities. It’s a way for business owners in the industry to share best practices, and more.

“He’s regarded as an industry expert. He’s the person people go to when they want advice.” said Wolf, who serves as director of marketing and events at Methods For Management Inc.

“We provide the ability to measure financials for productivity,” Engh explained. “We’ve redeveloped a platform that allows us to compare member against member to calculate averages in a group and benchmarks for performance. If someone is showing great advancement in lowering their cost of production, we are going to have a discussion about how they’re doing that.

It’s a labor intensive industry, so we are looking for ways to help people automate what they do without reducing/negatively effecting work they do.”

Engh gets a lot of pleasure working with members. “I have a lot of fun working with them,” Engh explained. “I had a phone call last night for an hour with a client in Toronto. We’re working out a path to get them on a road of growth. I enjoy that kind of thing.”

Despite all of his successes, Engh doesn’t take much credit. “I’m just lucky,” he said. “I try to surround myself with people who know what’s going on.  My job’s just to guide them towards the goal. I’ve just got a great staff.”

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This article was printed in the February/March 2020 edition of B2B. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Kermit Engh of Fashion Cleaners

Faces of Omaha 2018

April 19, 2018 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Faces of Omaha is an annual sponsored publication that introduces a variety of “faces,” local industry leaders and experts, to the community. This exclusive publication was carefully cultivated​,​ so only one person and company per business category is invited to participate.

In the publishing industry, this sort of publication is known as “native advertising.” Native advertising is a unique form of sponsored content produced by editorial staff in conjunction with advertisers. The end result is an enjoyable book that has value to both the readers and advertisers.

Everyone featured in the book is truly the “face” of their field. Our sales team spent considerable time cultivating this list.

The following pages introduce more than 100 people and companies, the leaders in their respective areas of expertise, who stand ready to serve their community.  

Todd Lemke, publisher Omaha Publications

This sponsored content was printed in a special annual. To view, click here: Faces of Omaha 2018

Kermit Engh

April 6, 2018 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Fashion Cleaners Owner Kermit Engh has been known to say, “We strive to be on the leading edge, not the bleeding edge of technology.” His company is Omaha’s first 100 percent eco-friendly cleaner—from using the most eco-friendly cleaning agents (GreenEarth and System K4) available in the industry to driving a fleet of more energy-efficient diesel-fueled trucks. Fashion Cleaners also recently received international industry best practices recognition for its high standard of quality, new business models, innovation, and sustainability.

But ask local customers why they’ve voted Fashion Cleaners Best of Omaha for the last dozen years and they’ll probably talk about the company’s convenient, complimentary pick-up and delivery services, the mydrycleaner smartphone app that makes checking on the status of their orders incredibly easy, the company’s support for local nonprofits’ projects like Nebraska Humane Society’s Fetch with Fashion and Women’s Center for Advancement’s career closet…or simply the friendly service at six locations across the city. 

“We love making a personal connection with our customers, and we love making sure you look your best,” Engh says.  

Fashion Cleaners
Six Convenient Locations

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Fashion Cleaners

April 1, 2017 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Trust an award-winning dry cleaner to treat a customer’s clothes as they would treat their own. Trust the same dry cleaner used by the Omaha Community Playhouse, the Orpheum Theater, and the Omaha Symphony—a dry cleaner awarded the Sustainability Award for Textile Cleaning at the Global Best Practices Awards for the Professional Textile Care Industry, along with a Best Dry Cleaner in Omaha distinction for nearly 11 years in a row.

With these credentials, it’s no wonder Fashion Cleaners leads the pack among dry cleaners in Omaha. Fashion Cleaners’ professionals use the latest trends and best practices in the industry. As members of the Dry Cleaning and Laundry Institute, the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists, and Leading Cleaners Internationale, Fashion Cleaners knows about the latest dry cleaning technology from around the globe.

Pick-up and delivery services are complimentary for customers and the MyDryCleaner smartphone app makes checking on clothes’ cleaning progress incredibly easy. As Omaha’s first 100 percent eco-friendly cleaner, Fashion Cleaners uses cleaning methods their customers can feel good about. 

Six convenient locations

402.342.3491 • fashioncleaners.com

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