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NCALC, MfM management group to meet this month
Another installment of the joint management group venture between the North Carolina Association of Launders and Cleaners and Methods for Management is slated to take place from Dec. 13 to 14 in Fayetteville, NC.
The idea behind the group is for non-competing cleaners to network and tour a member drycleaning plant while offering a critical analysis of its operation, including factors such as efficiency, quality, profitability and service.
The group has met on several occasions already; the upcoming plant visit will be held at John Kim’s Glamorama/Perfect Image/Kim’s Alterations business.
The goal to help members improve the sales and profits of their plants. Diane Vollmer of Methods for Management will serve as the facilitator for the group.
In addition to touring the plant and offering constructive criticism, there will be a chance for members to examine their operating benchmarks and averages, as well as offer support and feedback to each other.
During the two days, there will also be presentations on “Key Initiatives for 2014,” “Achieving Manager Cohesion” and “Building Government Sales.”
Time will also be set aside for discussing various issues and challenges cleaners face and to seek coaching and consultation.
To find out if there are still spaces available for non-competing NCALC members to join the group, contact the association’s executive director, Fred Miller, at (704) 689-1301 or email
Information can also be obtained by contacting Diane Vollmer at Methods for Management, (415) 577-6544.
The next group meeting after the one in December will be held during the first quarter of 2014 at Dixie Cleaners located in Kannapolis, NC.
TCATA, SEFA plan Florida events in 2014
The year is not over quite yet, but the South Eastern Fabricare Association and the Textile Care Allied Trades Association are planning industry events in 2014.
TCATA will host its annual Management and Educational Conference from April 30 to May 3 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, FL.
The program is in the planning stages under the guidance of Conference Chair Henry Padron of Industrial Equipment and Supplies, as well as TCATA’s Business Program Committee: Milton Magnus III, M & B Hangers; Bill Odorizzi, Sankosha USA; Randy Schwarzmann, A. L. Wilson Chemical; Gene Williams, American Laundry Products; John Silverman, Tschopp Supply; and Spouse Chair Lee Lawson of Tri-State Laundry Equipment Company.
Updates on the status of TCATA’s conference can be found at
Also next year, SEFA will host its Southern Drycleaners and Launderers Show from June 20-22 under the theme “Your Ticket for Success.”
The show will be at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center in Jacksonville, FL. The convention center is in an old railway station and many of the components have been adapted to the current setting, complete with a locomotive in the parking area.
The Hyatt Regency Riverfront will be the host hotel for the show.
For more information, call Leslie Schaeffer, the show manager, (215) 830-8467, or visit