Dry Cleaning Expert: Bill Rothrock

Posted by: John Rothrock, CGCP
Posted: Jan 24, 2018
Bill Rothrock III, CGCP

Yale Cleaners expert Bill Rothrock, III is a third-generation dry cleaner that started learning the business at a young age from his grandpa Jim. Bill would follow his grandpa through the main plant and watch him remove stains from clothes. Watching his grandpa work his magic to remove a tough stain, is what inspired Bill to follow in his footsteps.

In 1992, Bill went to the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute where he studied the science of drycleaning and textiles, graduating first in his class. That same year, he was selected to be a drycleaning exchange student with the International Drycleaning Congress. Bill traveled to Australia and England spending 2 months furthering his studies.

Partnering with his Dad, Bill opened his own drycleaning store in Owasso on January 3, 1993. Over the last 25 years, Bill has built a reputation on being able to remove the most challenging stains from the most delicate fabrics. When asked what his favorite part of the job, Bill said “The people that I’ve met through the years, the customers that still trade with me from the very beginning. I have the best staff, they are like a second family. My staff and I truly care about our customers and their clothing.”

Recently, Bill challenged himself to become a Certified Garment Care Professional (CGCP). To achieve this distinction, Bill had pass three written exams, pass a cleaning performance evaluation, successfully remove six common but challenging stains and meet several other business/community standards. These rigorous requirements are set out by The Drycleaning & Laundry Institute. Bill is a Certified Professional Drycleaner, Certified Professional Wetcleaner and a Certified Environmental Drycleaner. Having all three of these certifications makes him a Certified Garment Care Professional and a Yale Cleaners Expert.

JRothJohn Rothrock, CGCP
John Rothrock is the President and CEO of Yale Cleaners, a local family business focused on providing high quality, same day dry cleaning with exceptional customer service. He earned a degree in Business Administration in 2005 from The University of Oklahoma. John is a graduate of the Drycleaning and Laundry Institute and is a Certified Professional Drycleaner (CPD), Certified Professional Wetcleaner (CPW), and a Certified Environmental Drycleaner (CED). Having all three of these certifications makes him a Certified Garment Care Professional (CGCP), a distinction held by few people in the dry cleaning industry.

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