Burton's Laundry and Drycleaning has a rare and unique story that defies the statistics of most family-run companies. According to statistics, only 15 percent of these companies survive into the third generation. Today, Burton's is not only surviving, but thriving in its fourth generation of being family owned and operated.
Burton's story dates back to September of 1961when Burton and Lottie Cebulski opened the original Burton's Laundromat. It was located on the corner of Bendix and Lincolnway, and had eight dryers and 10 washers. Later in 1971, Burton and Lottie's son Don purchased the laundromat, along with his wife Louise. They continued to acquire other laundromats, as did Don and Louise's son Dave. In addition to the laundromats Dave purchased, he also bought two large complexes that featured both a laundromat and a carwash. The carwash became known as Parkwood Auto Spa which is also owned and operated by the family.
Fast forward to present day, there are now 10 Burton's locations spread throughout South Bend, Mishawaka and Elkhart. The management and operation of the locations as well as the Parkwood Auto Spas has been handed down to Dave's children Joe, Nicole and Katie.
Under Burton's current management, customer service and affordability are the key focus. Burton's also makes a conscious effort to use eco-friendly practices in their day-to-day procedures. Their dry cleaning process uses environmentally safe solvents and most of the laundromats have high-efficiency washers that use less water. Re-usable laundry bags are sold at the laundromats and customers are encouraged to bring back and use the same wire hangers.
Showing appreciation for the community is another important aspect of Burton's business. Each Veteran's Day, each Burton's location holds a “Suits for Vets” event to serve veterans who are in need of a suit.