In 1989, President and Owner Operator Val J. DePerrio founded the Dry Cleaner by Val. After two years in the dry cleaning business, Val saw a growing need for the restoration of textiles due to fire, soot, and water damage.

For over three decades, the company has specialized in clothing restoration, meeting the high demand in the insurance industry for quality service and competitive pricing. Over the years, we have developed a proprietary process of handling losses and a reputation for working efficiently and quickly with adjusters and insurance companies.

We have also built a culture that truly values our restoration professionals and employees. All of our managers have been with the company for at least 6 years.

Whether it’s a flood in a large condominium or fire damage in a single-family home, we bring our expertise to finding the best solutions to getting your clothes, shoes, and furnishings restored to pre-loss condition.

Service Area

Proudly Serving New England Since 1989


Massachusetts (Including the Cape Cod and the Islands)


New Hampshire

Rhode Island


Upstate NY

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Meet Our Team


Val DePerrio

Val DePerrio founded The Dry Cleaner by Val in 1989 as a retail dry cleaning facility in Newton, MA. Two years later, he made the decision to dedicate his company specifically to restoration dry cleaning. Val has grown the business to where it is today, along with Vice President, Richard Swanson. Currently, Val oversees the company’s finances, oversees billings and heads the marketing department. Val resides in North Reading, MA with his two daughters, Stacia and Raquel.

Richard Swanson

Vice President
Rich Swanson joined The Dry Cleaner by Val at the age of 21 and has been with the company since 1992. Due to the nature of the restoration dry cleaning business, Rich, along with Val, has amassed a wealth of knowledge regarding both the dry cleaning and insurance industries. His expertise makes him a strong, influential asset to the company. Rich is active in all sectors of the company and oversees day-to-day operations, as well as the office and production staff. Rich resides in North Reading, MA with his wife Gracielle (also an employee of the Dry Cleaner), son Roy, daughter Sophia, and their dog Chooch.

Gracielle Swanson

Payroll Specialist
Gracielle began working at The Dry Cleaner by Val in 2003 hanging and itemizing clothing. She has also worked on the tagging line and in delivery. Gracielle did not speak any English when she first started; over the years she has learned to speak the language fluently. Through working in various parts of the plant and the office, Gracielle has grasped the functionality of both facets and is currently a plant manager. She also works with the office to ensure operations run smoothly between the two divisions. Gracielle resides in North Reading, MA with her husband Richard, son Roy, daughter Sophia, and their dog Chooch.

Grace Rocheleau

Director of Business Development
Grace Rocheleau began her employment in 2003 at The Dry Cleaner by Val’s Malden plant, where she worked as a clothing itemizer. Like her sister Gracielle, Grace did not speak English when she first started. After itemizing, washing, pressing, folding clothing, and working as a plant manager; Grace began to work alongside Val in the company’s marketing division. Grace now travels throughout New England meeting with the many adjusters and contractors we work with. Grace enjoys spending her time off with her daughter Ava, step-daughter Sophia, her fiance Manoel, and her two dogs Lilly and Oreo.

Derrick Morgan

Production Supervisor
Production Supervisor Derrick Morgan has been a member of the Dry Cleaning by Val team since 1991. He lives in Worcester, MA with his wife and family. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, reading, and anything involving sports.

Kyle DiPanfilo

Operations Manager
Kyle started with the company in July of 2015. He now manages our fleet of loss coordinators and ensures that jobs run smoothly each day. Kyle recently received his Bachelor’s degree in Management and Marketing from UMass Lowell, and works part time as a disc jockey with his father. His drive and ambition will help him learn new aspects of the business as his career develops within the company.

Louis McGrath

Senior Claims Representative
Louis has been a valued member of our staff since 2017, starting off in the field and eventually finding his way to running the day-to-day office operations. His field experience has paved the way for Louis to guide the office and field in this fast-paced industry with a combination of logistical wizardry and organizational awareness. A former musical prodigy having attended Berklee College of Music for piano performance, Louis brings creativity and leadership to help Val’s runs smoothly even in the most challenging of times. Louis is an outdoor enthusiast and spends his free time fishing local lakes, rivers, and ponds.

Dan Laundry

Claims Representative
Bringing with him over 20 years of experience in management, Dan joined The Dry Cleaner by Val in 2019. His exceptional customer service and technical know-how help serve Val's customers during challenging times. A former Northeastern Husky, Dan is continuing his education with a focus on Management & information Sytems. He's also an avid sports fan and enjoys spending free time with good food and good people.

Mary McCarthy

Billing Specialist
After graduating from Framingham State University with a degree in Fashion Design & Retailing, Mary joined our team in 2019. Mary's previous positions include waitressing and retail where she developed the customer service skills needed to assist Val's customers on a daily basis. In her free time, she enjoys barre and yoga, and being with her dogs Bailey and Rory.

Juan Fernandez

Senior Loss Coordinator
Juan started with The Dry Cleaner by Val in 2015 and immediately made an impact. His approach ensures that the job is done smoothly and correctly. Juan loves baseball and spends his free time with his wife and daughter.

Justin McInerney

Loss Coordinator
Justin started with The Dry Cleaner by Val in 2017 as a driver and quickly moved up to a Loss Coordinator. His knowledge and personality help ease homeowners throughout the stressful process. In his free time, he likes to stay active and follow MMA.

Michael Parreira

Senior Loss Coordinator
Mike started with The Dry Cleaner by Val in 2015. As one of our most versatile employees, he is an expert at cleaning and rehanging draperies on-site as well as coordinating pickups. Mike enjoys upgrading his home and spending time with his wife and cats.