Lechner History

The Lechner Story

“I would rather undercharge the customer $1.00 than overcharge by 10 cents, because you have to treat each customer with fairness and honesty.”
Larry Lechner, Past President

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Now in its third generation, as a family-owned business, Lechner Services continues its tradition of excellence in service and a customer-first mindset.

“The whole idea was always to get the customer better service and supporting your local community,” Brian Lechner, the president of Lechner Services, said. “You are supporting Chicago; you are supporting Illinois, and you are supporting your neighbors.  We are your local family company supporting our community and our customers.”

Lechner Services prides itself on its historical connection to the Chicago area. Brian’s grandfather joined a fellow dry-cleaning business A.W. Zengeler in the 1920s and continued to work there his whole career. After graduating college, Larry Lechner stepped into his father’s footsteps and partnered with the Zengeler family, starting the uniform rental division in 1971 and establishing the Lechner brand. Larry Lechner operated his business out of the back of a Zengeler’s dry cleaning store with the next-door car dealership as his first customer. Lechner Services' business continued to grow, purchasing Northside Cleaners in 1988, moving the uniform plant to the northside of Chicago, and servicing the greater metropolitan region's uniform rental needs. Current Lechner president, Brian Lechner, joined the company after graduating from U of I in 1996.  Together with his brother Eric, Brian Lechner built on his father’s success in the business. In 2000, he separated the uniform division from the dry cleaner, to incorporate what is today known as Lechner Services.

Throughout the 2000s, Lechner Services established itself as the laundry business's premier option throughout Illinois, Northwest Indiana, and Southeast Wisconsin. Their state-of-the-art Mount Prospect plant broke ground in 2002 and opened for operation in 2004.  Brian Lechner became president in 2010 and the majority owner in 2011.

Today, Lechner’s historic success story continues. From 2011 to 2018, the company doubled in size by introducing revolutionary technology in the laundry business to continue to serve its customers for decades to come.

“We are very much a David and Goliath story, we feel that we bring something to the table by just being honest and straightforward. We want to be good people, and that’s how we have always operated as a company.”

Brian Lechner, President

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