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OUR LOCAL INDUSTRIES.

NELSON LAUNDUY, LIMITED.

(From "The Colonist," July 20.)

Following on the lire which destroyed tlie premises and plant of the Nelson Steam Laundry, in Waimea street, on the seventh of April last, a limited company of local shareholders known as the Nelson Laundry, Limited, was formed, with the result that a new and up-to-date building, with tho latest in the way of machinery and plant, has been erected directly opposite the old site. A start has already been made, nnd tho works will be practically in full swing by Saturday next, when the public are invited to inspect tho premises between tho hours notified by advertisement in another column. Yesterday afternoon a representative of "Tho Colonist" was shown over the works by Mr F. O. Helliwell tho manager, who explained the process of washing and ironing, which is almost entirely carried out by machinery. Starting at the receiving room, tho soiled linen is sorted out and placed n three largo rotary washing machines, which wasii the clothes rapidly and well, giving each load two boils and four rinses. Having been thoroughly washed the clothes arc conveyed to a hydro-extractor, which as its name signifies, is a machine for extracting the water. 'Phis somewhat resemhlos a boiler, inside of which is a revolving cage, and the clothes pressing against the sides, squeeze the water out. The smaller articles are then taken to the drying room, 14ft by Bft 6in, containing 14 drawers, where they aro dried. Sheets, table-cloths, etc., arc put through a steam culendar and are ironed and died in one passage through tho machine. This steam eulendar has a two speed gear, and is the first of its kind in the Dominion with a reverse motion, which enables the operators in the event of creases in tho articles, to turn them back and smooth them out before finally passing them right through. The 'machine, which is worked by four girls, is fitted with finger guards, and this makes it impossible for the operators to get their fingers squeezed in the heavy ro'lers. Articles to bo starched, such as shirts and collars, are taken to a barrel starcher, and thence to.a roller machine known as a collar and ruff ironer, where they are blocked out. 'hey are then put through a similar machine nnd glazed. The collars aro then put through a curling machine, which rounds them to the shape of the neck. All fancy work is ironed by gas irons, but at the present time each operator has to use two irons alternately instead of one, owing to the poor heating quality of the gas. The washing and ironing being completed, the articles aro thoroughly aired in the airing room, and then parcelled up and distributed to tho customers. Some of tho plant, including goffering machines, has not yet arrived from England, but is expected shortly.' The washing and ironing machinery was imported from the Cherry Tree Engineerinc; Co., Ltd., Cherry Tree, neai Blackburn, Enirl.ind. A 20-horse power boiler, supplied by Messrs S. Luke and Sons, Ltd., Wellington, and an 8 horse-power steam engine, provide the power. Tanks have been placed on the roof of the building to receive the exhaust steam and the hot water thus obtained is used for supplying the washing machines, and for feeding the boiler. In addition to laundry work, the Company are dyers and cleanerß. The floor space of the building is 7fl ft by 40ft, and tho building is well while there are four large vents in tho roof to provide ventilation. Alongside the building is n tenfoot right of way. a portion of which is covered in to en.iblo.th": delivery cart in wet weather, +o rc^<iivo the parcels without getting them damn. Asa nrecaution against firo p ( hose is fitted nnd ready for us? '*n the building n+. a moment's notice. Thejrremises rare fitted with evoi'v convpriieuqe, nnd at .the rear nrf st*»W?<s.. ThKMcbitect" was R. Gr^n/'frnri the."'lntract'or Mr. S. M .Pn'i, rr ,;+.h. Wh«n Hie. wnrVs ?ip ii full-wing ("riploympnt Till bo found fortbout a dofteh girls.

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OUR LOCAL INDUSTRIES., Colonist, Volume LIII, Issue 13168, 26 July 1911, Supplement

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OUR LOCAL INDUSTRIES. Colonist, Volume LIII, Issue 13168, 26 July 1911, Supplement

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