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NCALC/MfM plan trio of management meetings
To help its members focus on improving profits and reducing costs, the North Carolina Association of Launderers and Cleaners teamed up with Methods for Management earlier this year to form a new peer management group.
The idea is for non-competing cleaners to gather and tour a plant and offer constructive criticism of the operation analyzing factors such as efficiency, quality, service and profitability.
At the same time, those who provide the criticism also have the opportunity to gain new ideas from others and possibly rethink some of their own business strategies.
So far, the group has met twice: once at Medlin-Davis Cleaners in Raleigh in March and once in June at Williamston Cleaners in Williamston.
According to participant Alan Hargis, it is a wise endeavor. “One suggestion at the first meet paid for my fees many times over,” he said.
Currently, three more meetings are planned for this year and the early part of 2014.
The next management bureau will be hosted by Alan Hargis of A Cleaner Tomorrow in Angier from Sept. 13 to 14. Also bringing her years of industry expertise will be MfM’s Managing Director Diana Vollmer.
Some items on the agenda will include highlights and a review of this year’s Clean Show and presentations on “How to Increase Profits By 10 Percentage Points in the 12 Months” and “What’s Working to Increase Profitable Sales.”
There will also be plenty of time for group interaction, peer support and feedback, coaching and consulting and cleaners can offer some of their best ideas and marketing samples.
In addition to the September meeting, the group has two more planned in the forseeable future. One will be on Dec. 13 and 14 at John Kim’s Glamorama/Perfect Image/Kim’s Alterations business in Fayetteville.
Then, in the first quarter of next year, Jeremy Tutt will host one at his Dixie Cleaner’s plant in Kannapolis. That date will be from March 14 to 15.
Non-competing NCALC members can join the group. For information, contact MSchaffer
@MfMI.com or (253) 851-6327 or FredMiller@NCALC.org or (704) 689-1301.
First Tide plant opens in Florida
Consolidated Cleaners, Inc. in conjnction with with Procter & Gamble has opened a Tide drycleaning store in Naples, FL, the first location for the franchise in the state of Florida.
The new store held a grand opening ceremony on Saturday, July 20.
“We are proud to bring the great quality, service and convenience of Tide Dry Cleaners to the Naples community and the state of Florida,” said Robert Lyons of Consolidated Cleaners.
The entrepreneurs behind the venture — Lyons, John Kassolis and an undisclosed silent partner — have already worked to acquire the rights to build Tide stores in Collier, Hardee, Lee and Palm Beach counties.
The location in north Naples was the first to open; each store is expected to employ between 10 and 15 people.
The first Tide test location originally opened up about five years ago in the Kansas City area. For more information, visit www.tidedrycleaners.com.

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