A 130 year old Terre Haute business will soon close its doors.
Ermisch Cleaners was founded in 1883 at 16th and Poplar.
A poor economy and changes in the market are to blame according to the family.
Ermisch’s last day will be Saturday, May 4.
The final day for dry cleaning, or laundry, drop-off will be Saturday, April 27.
Keith Ermisch currently runs the operation that is owned by his parents John and Roslyn Ermisch.
They are currently retired and living in Florida.
They will return to close down the operation in its final days.
Here is a brief history of Ermisch Cleaners from http://brisray.com/th/tpcards108.htm
Ermisch Cleaners and the Terre Haute Historical Society
Already an experienced dyer Julius F. Ermisch, a German native, arrived in America in 1879. In 1885, he arrived in Terre Haute and started working for John H. Nelgen business. a year later, in 1886, he bought that business for $1,000. Ermisch's fancy dyeing, scouring, and chemical-cleaning establishment was located at 656 Wabash Avenue. Over the years, dry cleaning became the predominant element of the company's business. Ermisch was active in it prefessionally and was instrumental in establishing the National Institute of Dry Cleaners in Milwaukee in August 1907.
In August 1906 the Ermisch Dyeing Company moved to 106 North SeventhStreet. Within the next six years, Ermisch built new plants, first at 635 Chestnut Street and then at 206-208 North Third Street (although the company continued to operate out of the Seventh Street address until at least 1922). Between 1910 and 1914, George A. Schaal was a partner in the cleaning business, which became known as the Ermisch Dyeing & Cleaning Company.
When he died in 1922, Julius He left the business to his two sons: Robert, who succeeded him as president, and Herman J., who became vice president. By the 1930s the company had incorporatedas Ermisch Brothers and, at some point in that decade, became known as Ermisch My Cleaner. Robert sold his interest in Ermisch Brothers and moved to California. Herman disposed of his interests in the firm but continued in dry cleaning, building a new cleaning plant at 1528 Poplar Street in 1941 and establishing Herm Ermisch Cleaners. Robert's ex-wife, Zora J. Ermisch, however, continued to operate Ermisch Brothers, or Ermisch My Cleaner, through the 1950s as a separate company.
By 1945 Herm Ermisch Cleaners employed fifty workers. After Herman died in 1954, his widow, Mildred, and son, John B. Ermisch, assumed control of the firm, which operated five branch locations in addition to its main plant. They operated it as Ermisch Cleaners. By the early 1990s the company managed coin-operated facilities and began computerizing its financial operations.