President's Report

August 18, 2021

If you’ve ever heard “Are we there yet?” from your back seat halfway into a long car trip, you may have a sense for how I’m feeling right now. The big difference, of course, is that we don’t know how long our current car ride is going to last. We’ve been on this trip for over six months now (the earliest US COVID-19 cases were in late January).


Are we half way there yet? With luck, we may see an effective and safe vaccine sometime in the next six months. So sure, let’s call it half way. But this trip has already been brutal. In addition to horrific health impacts, we have lived through economic disruption unprecedented in my lifetime. The textile care industries we serve, and the industries they rely on, have been decimated.


Which brings me to Clean’21. TCATA members attend Clean shows because they historically have found great value there. As an exhibitor, I love them. They have proven to be excellent opportunities for me to promote my products to my channel partners, my end users and to countless prospects. And just think of the networking! But half way through this COVID car trip, is it time to commit to Clean’21? It’s up to each of us to use our best judgement when answering that question. 

Fred Schwarzmann

President, A.L. Wilson Chemical Co.

President, TCATA

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