Dexter Laundry, Inc. has been a leader in the commercial and on-premise laundry industries since the company was founded more than a century ago. Today, our employee owned company offers a complete line of front loading washers, dryers and laundry management systems helping commercial laundry owners and on-premise laundry managers experience greater success. Headquartered in Fairfield, Iowa U.S.A. nearly 600 Dexter employees work to engineer, manufacture, sell and support our best in class commercial and On-Premise Laundry (OPL) laundry products around the world.
Dexter Laundry began in the late 1800’s and acquired its name from Dexter, a world champion race horse. The horse was the model for weather vanes seen on top of barns across the country and the subject for a famous Currier and Ives painting of Dexter driven by President Grant. As washing machines began to gain popularity, Dexter’s founder decided that he could improve on the existing designs and capabilities and Dexter began building several hand-powered washer wringer models. Dexter’s earliest hand and foot powered washers were made of wood slats bound together with metal bands. They had names such as the “Monarch” and the “Billy Twister”, and sold for as little as $15.
Today, Dexter Laundry Equipment offers a complete line of coin, debit card and industrial/on-premise front-load washers and dryers. Our company reinvests millions into the laundry division every year to continuously refine quality while becoming more efficient and environmentally friendly and to lead the commercial laundry industry in incorporating new technologies into our products.