Ned Hazard, President
Ned has been President of Freitas Equipment (Leading Edge's predecessor company) since 2007. He entered the industrial laundry business in 2004 when he, and two partners, purchased Bird Bath Commercial Laundry in Manchester, NH. Bird Bath was a small, owner operated, laundry focused on the hospitality sector. The business was rebranded as Sterling Linen Services, and after three rounds of capital expansion between 2004 and 2007 – the business had grown from processing 2 million pounds of linen with 20 employees to processing over 12 million pounds with 100+ employees. During these expansions, Ned became a customer of Freitas Equipment where he got to know Dan Freitas. Ned's experiences with used equipment procurement, during this process, was similar to most – win some / lose some. Ned and his partners saw the opportunity to expand the Freitas business, and pursued an acquisition of the business in 2007. Freitas Equipment ran as an independent division from 2007 to 2019. In November of 2019, Ned arranged to purchase the assets of Freitas Equipment and has re-focused on building the business to provide outstanding support to laundries in the North East, and refurbished equipment nationwide.