John J. LaCarte, President of Model Cleaners, Uniform and Apparel was one of nine Entrepreneurs named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young at the 2013 awards banquet on Friday at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Hotel, Downtown. http://www.ey.com/US/en/About-us/Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneur-Of-The-Year/WPA_WV_Article_Overview_Page_Main
The regional winners collectively increased their employment by 120 percent and revenue by 355 percent between 2010 and 2012. They will compete at the national level on Nov. 16 in Palm Springs, Calif.
The LaCarte Family, that is run by five brothers (John, Mike, Dave, Joe and Dan) have owned and operated Model Cleaners (www.modelcleaners.com) since 1986: has grown thier retail dry-cleaning operation from one small store in Charleroi, Pa to over twenty-six dry-cleaning locations across Western Pennsylvania and Northeast Ohio as well as operating 18 Home delivery Routes in both the Pittsburgh and Cleveland markets (www.fussycleaner.com) .
In addition, Model operates other divisions within the company such as Model Uniforms (www.modeluniforms.com) which offers rental services to industrial companies that are looking to enhance thier company image through uniform options for their employees and Model Apparel (www.modelapparel.com) which specializes on direct sales of customized garments via web based corporate fulfillment sites.