America has a new President and a new administration that will be operating the federal government for at least the next four years. From early indications, there will be many significant changes in both foreign and domestic policies. While it is difficult to predict the impact these changes will have on the businesses and organizations that comprise the textile care industry, it behooves us to remain vigilant and adaptive as the changes come because we will surely be affected by some or many of them. Reforming the tax code, repealing regulations, and fixing the broken health insurance system are considered the top three concerns for small businesses according to the National Federation of Independent Business, and all of those are very relevant to those of us in the textile care industry.
While there is much uncertainty from the political viewpoint, there are other things that remain consistent: Spring will arrive shortly, baseball season starts soon, the Clean show is the beginning of June in Las Vegas, and the annual TCATA conference is the end of July in Colorado Springs. There may be preparation required for the Spring season, maybe also for baseball; but preparing for the Clean show and making plans to attend the TCATA conference are a must. I look forward to seeing many of you at these events and hope 2017 will be a prosperous year for all of us.
Gerald Henke, TCATA President
University of Innovative Distribution Wrap-Up
(March 2017) CEO David Cotter joined six TCATA members at the recent University of Innovative Distribution Conference (UID) in Indianapolis, Indiana. This intense, four-day conference features multiple concurrent sessions on topics such as sales, value-added selling, pricing strategies, warehouse management, technology and apps, profitability and how mergers and acquisitions affect the competitive landscape. (Pictured left (from l to r) are Trevor Hericks and Orville Johnson of FabriClean Supply and TCATA CEO David Cotter.)
They report that this meeting was very informative and a worthwhile investment of time and dollars. Here are a few comments by TCATA members who attended:
"UID was fantastic! I got a lot out of the classes that I'm going to be able to take back to the office and implement right away. The biggest benefit however was the networking that I did there. Even if I hadn't attended a single class, the networking with other people in similar industries with comparable issues would have been worth the price of admission alone!"
Matt Lamons, Loomis Brothers Equipment Company
"The value that I received from the 2017 University of Innovative Distribution Conference far exceeded any time or monetary costs that I incurred to attend. The education and related tools that I received from the faculty are game changing, and are relevant not only in my professional and personal life, but can easily be applied to each of my distributors' businesses and personnel. I would highly recommend this conference to anyone that works with, or works for, a commercial distributor that is looking to improve the efficiency and profitability of their business."
Josh Steinhardt, Alliance Laundry Systems-Unimac
"I would recommend the University of Innovative Distribution to everyone. The amount of information packed into four days is unbelievable. It was a valuable opportunity for me and our company."
Orville Johnson, FabriClean Supply
The UID program - of which TCATA is a sponsor - first began in 1992 and is conducted in conjunction with Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation at Purdue University. Each attendee receives 3 Continuing Education Units (CEU) for completion of the program, which may be applied toward a Professional Certificate in Innovative Distribution. This popular program sold out for the third year in a row. In spite of the program's name, this conference is valuable for manufacturers as well.
Pictured at right are (l to r) Josh Steinhardt, Thomas Bell and Derek Husboe of Alliance Laundry Systems-Unimac and TCATA CEO David Cotter.
TCATA, NAM Meet to Discuss Manufacturing Issues
TCATA CEO David Cotter recently met with Tonya Muse, Director of the National Association of Manufacturers’ Council of Manufacturing Association (CMA) to discuss a wide variety of issues related to manufacturing. They spoke about ways for the two organizations to work more closely together to promote manufacturing in the U.S. It was a valuable opportunity for both Mr. Cotter to learn more about opportunities and benefits available to TCATA and its members through NAM, as well as for Ms. Muse to learn about specific concerns of manufacturers in the textile care industry. The CMA is comprised of over 260 trade associations that represent manufacturers.
TCATA Honors 2017 Anniversary Members
TCATA congratulates four companies who are celebrating milestone anniversaries of membership in the Association. Featured below are three companies who are celebrating their 50th and one who is celebrating their 25th consecutive year of membership in 2017. All of us at TCATA thank them for their long-standing commitment to the Association and we wish them many more years of success!
United Wire Hanger/UWH Industries
United Wire Hanger/UWH Industries of Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, was founded in 1962 by three brothers - Larry, Joel and Bert Goldman - to manufacture and distribute wire hangers for the dry cleaning, laundry and apparel industries. In 1970, they expanded to service the uniform rental industry. Uniplast Industries, an affiliate company, was founded in 1973 to manufacture and distribute plastic hangers to the apparel and retail industries, servicing the largest retailers and apparel manufacturers worldwide.
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Pictured left is is Joel Goldman, CEO.
Loomis Brothers Equipment Company
Loomis Brothers Equipment Company is a full-service distributor of laundry equipment offering turnkey capabilities for industrial, commercial, institutional, and vended laundries. Headquartered in Fenton, Missouri (a suburb of St. Louis), the company provides sales and service to customers in Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana and Oklahoma. Their fleet of factory-trained resident field technicians located strategically throughout their area of service is a key part of their strategy for servicing customers better and faster. The company’s dedication to serving their customers earned them Congressional Recognition from the U.S. House and Senate for customer service excellence after winning the 1998 St. Louis Small Business Award for Customer Service Excellence.
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Faultless Laundry Products Group
In 1886, Major Thomas G. Beaham came to Kansas City and bought into a company selling coffee, tea, and spices. A year later he acquired a formula for household laundry starch and The Faultless Starch Company was born. In 1974 the Bon Ami Company was purchased and the company name changed to Faultless Starch Bon Ami Company. (Major Thomas G. Beaham is pictured at left.)
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Headquartered in Ripon, Wisconsin, Alliance Laundry Systems, a major manufacturer of commercial laundry equipment, traces its history back more than 100 years to 1908, when a pair of local hardware merchants established Barlow and Seelig Manufacturing Company to introduce a hand-operated washer. Eventually the company was renamed Speed Queen, before adopting the name Alliance Laundry Systems in 1998 to better reflect the company’s collection of laundry brands. (Photo at left of assembly department in the early days.)
Over the years, Alliance has brought a number of innovations to market, including industry-leading warranties. Today, the company stays at the forefront of the industry in developing cutting-edge products for the vended, on-premises, and multi-housing laundry markets, as well as units for the home.
From that modest, two-employee beginning more than a century ago, the company has grown to include more than 3,000 dedicated employees. As a world leader in commercial laundry equipment manufacturing, Alliance also has 1.4 million square feet of global manufacturing facility space in Ripon, Wisconsin; Pribor, Czech Republic; and Guangzhou, China.
Alliance boasts more than 800 partners worldwide for an unparalleled global presence, providing solutions for virtually every market and segment of the laundry business. While the company manufactures some the world’s best laundry equipment, it also prides itself on a commitment to service predicated on delighting each customer in every interaction that they have with the company.