The origin of Appeara‘s parent company, Dudley Laundry, dates back to 1916 when George M. Dudley started a family laundry business. Dudley Laundry had its humble beginnings in a frame building with a handful of hard working Norfolk residents. The original building sat on land that had been used as a transfer station. Darrel Dudley, George’s son, worked in his father’s laundry after school and during his summer vacations and was part of the growth of northeast Nebraska’s most up-to-date cleaning establishments, Dudley’s Dry Cleaners & Launderers.
Appeara, formerly known as Servall Towel & Uniform, had its origins in 1936 when Darrel Dudley recognized a need for linen supply in the food service industry. The textile rental business has changed tremendously over the years and Appeara has evolved to meet those needs. Today, in addition to its linen supply business, the company rents and services over 500 products, including linen products to the hospitality market, uniforms to the industrial market, dust control services and business apparel to all types of commercial businesses.
Appeara remains an independently owned business headed by Bob Dudley, its fourth generation president. Appeara is able to offer competitive pricing through the purchasing power of Central States Network. Central States is an alliance of more than 150 independent launderers from across the nation that are able to get the best pricing available through their cooperative purchasing.