Alliance Laundry Systems, the world’s largest and leading manufacturer of commercial laundry equipment, announced today that it will dedicate one of its new expanded manufacturing facilities to its long-time employee, Melvin Blank.

“Melvin has seen firsthand the evolution of Alliance Laundry over the past decades,” said Todd Kaull, Alliance Laundry’s Plant Manager. “He embodies the history and culture of the company and we want to celebrate his contributions, dedication and commitment to the industry. As a company we would like to congratulate and thank him for all his years of service.”

Blank started his career with Alliance Laundry on Sept. 23, 1952 and today celebrates his 60th anniversary with the company. He became an Alliance Laundry employee when he was 19 years old, and since then has held a variety of positions including warehouse driver and top load washer assembly. Blank currently works in the plastics injection molding department where he is a machine operator and responsible for the management of plastic parts after molding.

“I am humbled that Alliance Laundry has honored me with this recognition,” Blank said. “Alliance is my home and I’m so grateful for the opportunities, experience, friendship and support this company has shown me over the years. I’m happy to be able to continue my amazing journey with this great company.”

Blank’s positive outlook on Alliance Laundry has also fueled other family members to join the organization. His son Mike Blank currently works for Alliance Laundry as a leadman in the tub cell welding department.

Alliance Laundry’s $23 million expansion will add more than 20,000 square feet to the existing plastic injection molding, assembly, metal stamping and press shop facilities. More than 250 skilled jobs will also be added to the company’s current 1,300 member Ripon workforce.

“We have some of the area’s best employees and can only hope to attract many more with the loyalty and professionalism Melvin has demonstrated over the past six decades,” said Doug Jorgensen, Alliance Laundry’s Director of Human Resources. “We encourage interested job-seekers to apply through our company website at We are actively recruiting now for some positions.”