BERKLEY, MI, DECEMBER 11, 2009 – The Certified Restoration Drycleaning Network (CRDN), an international organization of textile restoration specialists serving the insurance industry, has been named the “#1 Franchise in the Dry Cleaning & Delivery Services” category of Entrepreneur magazine’s 31st Annual Franchise 500.
With an overall ranking of #237 for 2009, up from 319 last year, CRDN has achieved its fourth consecutive award from Entrepreneur, which recognizes growth-oriented franchises each year based on objective, quantifiable measurements. The most important factors used by the magazine’s editorial panel include financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system.
“During a challenging economic time that has taken its toll on retail drycleaning, CRDN’s focus on insurance restoration services has enabled our members to realize meaningful business growth from coast to coast,” said Wayne Wudyka, CRDN’s founder and CEO. “CRDN’s success has resulted from ongoing education of the insurance industry about the cost-effectiveness of restoring damaged textiles instead of replacing them.”
Launched in 2001, CRDN specializes in restoring garments and other fabric items damaged by smoke, fire, water, mold or other contaminants. Covering 94% of the U.S. as well as major population centers in Canada and the United Kingdom, CRDN consistently achieves an average success rate of 98% on textiles found in a home, saving insurance companies millions of dollars each year.
“We are extremely proud of this latest acknowledgement of CRDN’s growth and success,” Wudyka said. “The recognition by Entrepreneur for the fourth year in a row speaks volumes about the need for our services and the increased importance of garment and textile restoration in the insurance claims process, as well as the quality of our franchise partners.
“Through continued training and education, both internally among our members and externally with the insurance industry, we are committed to making a positive impact on those we serve, specifically insurance adjusters and their customers,” added Wudyka.