Patti Kinabrew Mehling bought two Comet Cleaners in Tyler in 1999. As the business grew, she created her own brand, The Cleaning Co., in 2003. Her vision was to provide the best quality dry cleaning and a high level of customer service that would serve East Texas. Patti's goal would involve not only building a larger production facility with state-of-the-art equipment, but also training personnel on the best procedures in the industry. Her background as an interior designer provided the exposure and expertise with various textiles, materials, and fabric. She also consulted with many of the best dry cleaners in the nation as she established expectations for quality, service, and technique. During this time, The Cleaning Co. expanded to six flourishing locations and also added a complimentary bi-weekly delivery and pick up service.
In 2009, Darryl Flynn joined The Cleaning Co. as the General Manager of the organization. Darryl's previous experience of 27 years in corporate management has greatly enhanced his role at The Cleaning Co. He has upheld and reinforced the quality, customer service, and attention to detail that has been the foundation for The Cleaning Co since inception. In 2010, Darryl and Beverly, his wife of twenty-six years, purchased the business. Darryl says, "It has been a very rewarding experience and I am pleased with our continued quality finished product and great service. Our staff has done a phenomenal job in meeting our customers many needs and requests. It has been very much a family commitment, as three of our college aged kids work at The Cleaning Co." Beverly is currently the Assistant Director of Development at Breckenridge Village of Tyler and appreciates the support that The Cleaning Co. has extended to BVT. From the time our customers drop off garments, each article is processed by our staff and "Handled with Care" as it progresses through our facility.