Neumann Cleaners Gets Boost from State Agency

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Neumann Cleaners is receiving a boost of nearly $50,000 to replace equipment that uses hazardous dry-cleaning chemicals.

Through its Clean Air Resource Center, the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority has recently closed on more than $41,000 in bond financing to support the project for Nansu Inc., doing business as Neumann Cleaners. In addition, Neumann Cleaners, 5315 Market St., will receive a grant award not to exceed $8,300.

The project replaces an outdated perchloroethylene dry-cleaning machine with a new, modern and environmentally friendly machine and eliminates the use of a known carcinogen often used in dry cleaning.

“This new equipment will ensure better air quality for not only my employees, but also our community,” said Raymond Brocious, owner of Neumann Cleaners. “The funding for this project is greatly appreciated as it helps us make much-needed upgrades to our facility that will help our business continue to grow.”

Committed to serving Ohio businesses, economic growth and communities striving to reduce air emissions, the OAQDA and the center offer financing packages, incentivized with financial benefits using conduit bonds and grants to help cover a portion of the costs.

“Investing in new, innovative equipment allows Neumann Cleaners to comply with federal environmental regulations, eliminate toxic chemicals and create a healthy workplace for their staff and customers,” said state Sen. Michael Rulli, R-Salem. “As a business owner myself, I appreciate the OAQDA helping our small businesses find the necessary funding to comply with government regulations.”

Small businesses like Neumann Cleaners are “the backbone of our state’s economy,” said state Rep. Al Cutrona, R-Canfield. “Thanks to the OAQDA’s small business program, Neumann Cleaners can reduce emissions while preserving jobs.”

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.