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New Fred Butler franchise system aims to create thousands of jobs

The Linde Group has launched the Europe-wide roll-out of its new Fred Butler franchise system. The company has announced that two outlets are to open in Munich and a central cleaning plant in Feldkirchen now that the test phase has been successfully completed. Nine further business are to be set up – in so-called areas – in the main German cities this year, six of which should be run by franchisees.

Furthermore, the company is planning to set up 33 further areas across Europe in 2008 and then around 50 new businesses a year between 2009 and 2011. According to information provided by Fred Butler, it is looking to create several thousand new jobs. “Fred Butler is a prime example of the many applications for industrial gases,” said Professor Wolfgang Reitzle, who chairs the board at Linde AG. “Through Fred Butler, we will make a sustainable contribution to protecting the earth's climate and to creating new jobs."

The Fred Butler franchise company has also been awarded the Blue Angel environmental certification. The special dry-cleaning method implemented by Fred Butler, which uses recycled CO2, is said to be not only safer for the environment but is also gentler on the clothes than conventional dry-cleaning methods. During the dry-cleaning process with CO2, neither toxic chemicals nor high-speed spin cycles are needed. This prevents skin irritations and makes clothes last much longer. The dry-cleaning outlets are also to offer other services such as its office service: collection points are to be set up at companies where employees can hand over their clothes which need cleaning – the clothes are then returned to the collection point within 48 hours.

Fred Butler is a brand belonging to Cleaning Enterprises GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Linde Group. Cleaning Enterprises has its head office in Pullach and currently employs around 100 people.

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