AFTER spending his lifetime dealing with dirty laundry Keith Wright is looking forward to some quite time in his retirement and is selling the business owned by his family for 70 years.
“I'm looking forward to not having to do other people's laundry for the first time in my life,” the owner of Wright Industries and Twin Towns Laundry in Tweed Heads South said.
“I have basically lived my whole life in the factory, and I can remember spending time at the Murwil- lumbah factory when I was a child, even when I was in nappies, and I started working there as soon as I could.
“Mum and dad found it hard to relax when they retired in their 70s, and I'm 67, so I think the time is right for me to retire.
“My wife Frances has also worked with the family business and she is looking forward to handing the business over so we can enjoy our retirement. We will probably buy a caravan and travel to places like Uluru and Broome, because we haven't got to have a lot of holidays, and very few with the kids, while running the factory.”
While the laundry game has provided work for not only Mr Wright's family but dozens of employees since his parents Edna and Syril Wright started Wrights Dry Cleaning Service and Tweed Steam Laundry in 1937, Mr Wright said his three adult children have other dreams to achieve.
“I wanted to take over part of the business from mum and dad, and I want my kids to follow their dreams as well,” the proud father said. “My daughter Alison used to work at the factory, but now she owns Sports World at Murwillum- bah with her husband Jason Dittmar.
“My son Michael has carved a career for himself in health administration and is involved in drug and alcohol rehabilitation and my daughter Belinda is in her fourth year of studying veterinary science at Brisbane University.
“A lot of my staff have been with us for more than 20 years, and I consider them to be part of my family. My focus now is making sure that whoever takes over the business remains loyal to them like they have been to me.”
Loyalty has been a key to Mr Wright's business success since his laundry literally was reborn from the ashes of a fire that de- stroyed the original Murwillumbah factory in 1986.
“Those were some very hard times, and the whole family and all our staff lived through it together,” Mr Wright said.
“We bought the Twin Towns Laundry, and of the 50 or so staff we have now three have been with us all of that time and are what makes this business work.”
Colliers International is calling for expressions of interest for the sale of the business and factory in Machinery Drive.
Agent Kit Titheradge said the modernised plant, complete with water recycling and solar water heating would suit an existing laundry business. For more information phone 5588 0088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org