May 12, 2010
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McCulloch Commemorates 100th Anniversary of Great Falls Business;
Launches Statewide Centennial Project
Secretary McCulloch presents Centennial Award to Fred Simmons, President & General Manager of National Laundry Company in Great Falls.
GREAT FALLS – Secretary of State Linda McCulloch launched her Centennial Project in the Electric City on Wednesday by recognizing a local business for 100 years of service.
McCulloch presented the National Laundry Company of Great Falls with the first Secretary of State’s Centennial Award, which commemorates the momentous anniversary of businesses and organizations that first registered in Montana in 1910.
At the ceremony McCulloch said, “A lot has changed in Montana since 1910, and the National Laundry Company of Great Falls has been in business through it all. It survived different owners, economic ups and downs and a devastating fire. All the while, it remained locally owned and operated.”
Fred Simmons, President and General Manager of the National Laundry Company, accepted the Centennial Award on behalf of his employees and the local Great Falls community.
“We’re humbled by this award, and accept it in honor of the many customers who have supported us over the years,” Simmons said. “Without their loyalty and support, the National Laundry Company would not be what it is today. We thank Linda McCulloch for this honorable recognition.”
The National Laundry Company was first established in Montana on March 17, 1910. At that time, Montana had been a state for only 21 years. William Howard Taft was serving as the 27th President, Edwin Norris was Governor and more than 1/4th of Montana’s population was born outside the country.
Over the past century, the business has evolved from a wash-and-dry by the pound laundry service to a full-service textile company.
More information about the Secretary of State’s Centennial Project, including scanned copies of the original registration forms for all 18 businesses that will be honored, is available on the Secretary of State’s website at sos.mt.gov/Centennial.