The Textile Care Allied Trades Association (TCATA) traces its history to 1920, when a small group of companies formed the Dyers and Cleaners Allied Trades Association. After some mergers and name changes in the early years, the Association became known as The Laundry and Cleaners Allied Trades Association, changing to TCATA in the early 1980’s.

In the 1920’s and 1930’s, the Association helped its members develop markets for their products and served to speak with a single voice before government officials. As the textile industry grew, so did the problems confronting the allied trades. The Association became their representative for national legislative and regulatory issues and with standards–writing organizations. TCATA also began to assist its members in obtaining management skills through training courses and an annual convention.

Today, although the industry’s issues and challenges have largely changed, TCATA’s mission remains as vital and as strong as ever – channeling the voice of many companies into a single, powerful voice for the betterment of the allied trades.


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