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Dry Cleaners struggling with hanger prices...may affect customers

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 10:26pm

Travis Yackel is the owner of Wilsons -- a dry cleaning company in Jacksonville that's been in his family since 1968.

Yackel says price problems with wire hangers is not new...

Now, the U.S. has imposed new trade penalties on hangers from Vietnam -- where many wholesalers get their hangers from

Vietnam has become the top exporter for hangers ever since our government put tariffs on Chinese-made hangers back in 2008.

So now, the same thing is happening to the Vietnamese ones.

"By extension, that's gonna go to us and then unfortunately, it's just the way this world works, it just funnels down to the customer," Yackel said.

Mr. Yackel tells KETK the solution is simple.  It's something we've been learning since elementary school...recycle.

Bonnie Hamblet with Tex Weld in J'ville takes their company uniforms to Wilsons...she's a frequent hanger recycler.

"I think it's the greatest thing in the world is to give something back that's already been, you know, used.  And it's still in good shape," Hamblet said.

Mr. Yackel tells KETK recycling your old hangers is the best way customers can keep their dry cleaning costs down. 

He says eventually the prices may come up for the customers but they're going to hold it off as long as they possibly can.


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