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MAC/MfM group to meet in Williamsburg
The MidAtlantic Association of Cleaners’ gathering in Williamsburg, VA, will feature a meeting of the association’s Methods for Management group, a plant tour and a board meeting.
A strategic alliance between MAC and MfM offers the consulting group’s services to members to give interested companies a chance to move their businesses to a higher level of operation and profitability.
Diane Vollmer, president of MfM, will give a talk, “Emerge From This Economy More Profitable Than Ever,” from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6.
The program is free to management bureau members. For MAC members who are not members of MfM, the cost will be $39. For members of neither group, the cost is $59.
MfM is an independent consulting business for privately held companies that provides practical and in-depth drycleaning industry-specific applications through assistance in designing incentive pay plans; profit improvement and strategic planning; plant processing efficiency and engineering designs; financial and cash flow improvements; branding, and growth strategies through private consulting, seminars, peer-oriented meetings, and hands-on training.
Prior to Vollmer’s presentation, there will be a tour of Americlean’s newly opened laundromat and drycleaning pick-up store. The Williamsburg-based Americlean is owned by MAC President Ben Johnson and his wife, MAC Director Tammy Johnson. They are among the initial members of the MAC/MfM Management Bureau. 
Cocktails and dinner are on the schedule for Saturday evening. All MfM attendees, board and committee members and other drycleaners are invited to come to the Holiday Inn Dining Room from 7 to 9 p.m. for an evening of cheer and goodwill.
All MAC Members are invited to attend the Sunday board meeting from 9 a.m. to noon.
The Saturday management bureau meeting and all other Saturday and Sunday morning events will be held at the Holiday Inn Patriot Conference Center, 3032 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA. All meetings will be in “The Board Room” on the lobby floor of the hotel.
Hotel rooms for Friday and Saturday nights can be reserved at the MAC Group rate of $79, which includes a guest breakfast buffet, by calling the hotel directly, (800) 446-6001.
For more information on the event, call Richard Ehrenreich, MAC executive director, (301) 570-3000.
Wetcleaning course next up at DLI school
A two-day wetcleaning course will be offered June 3-4 at the Drycleaning and Laundry Institute’s School of Drycleaning Technology in Silver Spring, MD.
With both classroom instruction and hands-on training, the course covers sorting wetcleaning loads; operating wetcleaning machines and dryers; identifying fiber and fabric construction; understanding how water affects fabrics; wetcleaning wool, silk and satins; stain removal techniques for wetcleaning; using bleaches without damaging color; wetcleaning finishing procedures; using tensioning equipment to improve finishing; and wetcleaning beaded, sequined and other specialty items.
The cost is $349 for DLI members ($249 for two or more from the same plant) and $449 for non-members. DLI Premier Club members are eligible for free tuition.
The next round of DLI’s complete drycleaning course will be offered in July. The course is offered in two parts: a one-week Introduction to Drycleaning followed by the two-week Advanced Drycleaning course. The courses can be taken separately or consecutively.
The introductory course, which begins July 15, is for those new to the industry or with less than two years of production experience; the advanced course is suitable for graduates of the introductory class or those with a several years of cleaning experience. That session begins July 22.
Tuition for the introductory course is $795 for DLI members or $659 each for two or more members from the same plant. Non-members must pay $1,149 each.
The advanced course costs $1,249 for DLI members, or $1,049 each for two or more students from the same member plant.
DLI Premier Club Members may attend or send one student to the courses for free.
A third and final offering of the drycleaning courses for 2013 will come in October. DLI will also offer a five-day Cleaning and Stain Removal course September 9-13.
Scholarships from industry service providers and several foundations are available to help students with the cost of attending.
Details about the courses, including the scholarships, are available on the DLI web site, www.dlionline.org, or by calling (800) 638-2627.

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