Leonard Automatics was founded by Len Frushtick in 1969. At the time, the company was located in Charlotte, North Carolina. His son, Jeff Frushtick, began working with his father during his summers and weekends in 1972 helping to install new tunnel finishers and to rebuild machines.
Jeff joined Leonard Automatics full time two years after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980. Initially starting in sales, he later worked in engineering, creating many of the designs and machines Leonard offers today. In 1994 Jeff became President of Leonard and two years later purchased the company.
Since that time, Leonard Automatics has grown tremendously. We have assembled some of the most experienced people in the industry with over 75 years’ experience in the laundry, garment and heat treatment industries.
Leonard Automatics broke ground on their facility in Denver, NC in 2008. The building is located one mile from their previous location and built upon 6.5 acres of land in a new industrial park. The facility expanded manufacturing and R&D space as well as office space. This new building has allowed the company to explore new markets, improve the manufacturing process, and add more office space.