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Our Story

The origin of Monarch Cleaners started in Altoona, Pennsylvania. The year was 1917 and the business operated as a residential carpet cleaner. 

Bob Menchey and Edward Hancock purchased the company in 1943 to expand the business into cleaning clothes. Sons David and Ed Hancock took over the business sometime in the mid 1950's.

Shortly after, in 1969, Monarch Cleaners opened its first dry cleaning operation. Bill McNelis then joined the Hancock brothers in 1973 to expand their services to the greater York area. By 1989, the dry cleaning plant of Monarch Cleaners found its current residency location on Valley View Boulevard. Monarch Cleaners still remains locally operated and owned by Bill McNelis, Sally Hancock, and Don Saccol. 

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Our Mission

Since our founding, Monarch Cleaners has been calling the Central PA region home since 1917. We have continued to provide various services within a 75 mile radius of the Altoona area. We offer many services including Free Pickup/Delivery, Dry cleaning, Carpet cleaning, Alterations, Linen cleaning, and many more! We guarantee quality services, exceptional efficiency, and the highest level of professionalism. No matter what service you’re looking for, we guarantee to not only meet, but exceed your expectations and ensure your full satisfaction.


Our team is up for every job, managing projects with the skill and experience our clients have come to expect. Please get in touch to learn more about our team, our company or for details about the services we provide.

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