Convention, seminars on MWDLA slate
Offering four seminars and a convention this August, the Midwest Drycleaners and Launderers Association has plans to keep cleaners occupied during the hottest segment of summer.
The annual convention is scheduled for Aug. 9 and 10 at the French Lick Resort in Indiana.
Educational seminars will highlight the event, including one on “It Can’t Be Ignored. Address Employee Benefits Now!” by George Evans, director of association development for OPOC.us (One Point of Contact).
Evans will draw from over 25 years as an insurance broker and his experience as president and CEO of AOPHA Service Corporation for 15 years.
Another guest speaker during the weekend will be Jan Barlow, past president of the Drycleaning and Laundry Institute and owner of Jan’s Professional Drycleaners in Clio, MI.
As the chairperson of the Technical Committee on Textile Garment Care Processes, a division of the National Fire Protection Association International, NFPA32, she will share her thoughts on “NFPA and Guidelines for the Drycleaning Industry.”
Prior to the educational sessions, MWDLA will host a golf outing at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 9 at the Donald Ross Course. The cost to take part is $125 per person, which includes the cost of cart, lunch and greens fees.
Also planned during the weekend will be an allied trades reception and a luau-themed dinner featuring a live DJ for music afterwards.
Those planning on attending are advised to make reservations with the French Lick Resort soon. Call (888) 936-9360 and mention the MWDLA convention.
Individual event registration packages are available, as are full registrations packages that include both educational sessions and social events.
For more information about prices or to register, contact MWDLA at (765) 939-6630.
Less than two weeks after the convention, MWDLA will team up with the E.J. Thomas Company to offer the first of four seminars in August.
They will be headed by industry consultant Martin Young who has made a career of gathering and sharing knowledge on the proper care of textiles.
Young was among the first drycleaners to receive DLI’s Award of Excellence certification. He is also a columnist for American Drycleaner.
He will offer a pair of “Customer Service Representative Training” sessions from 7 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 20 and 21.
The first will be at Highland Cleaners located at 2455 Bardstown Rd. in Louisville, KY; the second will be hosted at E.J. Thomas Company at 300 Distribution Circle Suite A in Fairfield, OH.
He will present two more sessions on Aug. 22. Another installment of the “CSR Training” will run from 7 to 9 p.m. at the E.J. Thomas Company at 1240 Brookville Way Suite J in Indianapolis, IN.
Earlier in the day, he will speak at the same location on the topic of “Conflict Free Management” from 4 to 6 p.m.
Each of the sessions will cost $30 per member and $20 for each additional plant member for those who sign up prior to Aug. 1.
For non-members, the registration cost is $45 each plus $35 for each additional plant member for those who sign up prior to that date.
For more information on any of MWDLA’s upcoming events, visit the association’s web site at www.mwdla.com or call (765) 939-6630.
WFI plans Spot Right in October
The Wisconsin Fabricare Institute has enlisted Dennis Schmitt and Tom Swink of Lindeman’s Cleaning to headline a Spot Right seminar set for Saturday, Oct. 26.
The session will be held at the Herb Fitzgerald Co. located at 13150 W. Glendale Ave. in Butler, WI.
Schmitt and Swink have more than 60 years of combined industry experience.
The duo will examine spotting board techniques and maintenance, covering topics such as fabric identification, acid and alkali pH tests, burn testing and chemicals, as well as fabrics, buttons and garment construction.
The program will run from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
The cost for the seminar will be $149 per person for members and $349 per person for non-members.
Attendees in need of overnight accommodations on the night of Friday, Oct. 25, can stay at the nearby La Quinta Inn at 5442 North Lover’s Lane from $75 per night. Call (414) 535-1300 for reservations.
For more information on the event or to register, contact WFI at (414) 529-4707.