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RONDINELLI | Expanding enterprise



Published: Sun, September 1, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Brothers Gino and George Rondinelli have added several new divisions to the dry-cleaning business their father, Frank, began in 1950. Here's a profile:

1950: Frank Rondinelli opens a wholesale tuxedo and dry-cleaning shop on Magnolia Street in Youngstown.

1957: Rondinelli quits his full-time job at a local steel mill to pursue the dry-cleaning and tux businesses, opens a dry-cleaning plant on McGuffey Road.

1960s: The business grows to include three dry-cleaning shops and three tuxedo shops, all in Youngstown.

1972: Gino Rondinelli joins the family business. Later, fire destroys the dry cleaning plant on McGuffey Road.

1973: The founder sells his dry-cleaning stores to concentrate on the tux business.

1983: George Rondinelli joins business, and owners decide to get back into dry cleaning. They open Dutch Girl Cleaners, specializing in dry cleaning by the pound, and open five plants in four years.

1986: The Rondinellis change their dry-cleaning name to Dutchess Cleaners and eliminate the by-the-pound pricing.

1991: Frank retires.

1994: The brothers found Alterations Express after seeing a similar business in Toledo, eventually opening alterations shops in Austintown, Boardman and Niles.

1997: The company buys a wholesale tuxedo business in Boardman and begins wholesale rental of tuxedos to businesses in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New York.

1999: Company gets a contract with Giant Eagle to provide wholesale dry-cleaning services for seven locations, and has since expanded to serve 16 locations in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

2002: Opens new, 7,000-square-foot dry-cleaning plant on Belmont Avenue; opens first Alterations Express in Pittsburgh area; begins wholesale dry-cleaning service for an office- and home-delivery company.

Source: The companies




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