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Our Values


We will do the right thing, be honest and fair in our dealings with each other and the public, and deserving of the trust of others.


We will be examples and encourage others to strive for excellence and advocate for and serve the greater good in our actions.


We gain strength, momentum and support in our business, families, and our association by the collective deliberation of all participants.


We understand that learning (gaining knowledge) is a life-long, every day requirement for continuous improvement in each of our local businesses.


We approach our industry which is our livelihood, with contagious enthusiasm, excitement, and devotion to our membership, our employees, customers, and communities.

President’s Message

Sailing with the Changing Winds

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails”

This quote, by William Arthur West, speaks to me about the times, our industry, our businesses and our association.  In order to succeed in this continually changing world, we have to adjust our sails, and move with the wind. We have seen too many years of the Casual trend to think that wearing Suits and Dresses on a daily basis is going to magically come back into style. We have to be in tune with the winds of change in society, politics, styles and fashion. The reality is that we cannot chart these waters as a lone sailor. Our involvement with a group of NCALC professionals and our membership with DLI, which provides boatloads of information for us, is invaluable during these quickly changing winds.

NCALC adjusted the sails this past spring.  We moved our annual convention, which had been held for many years on Memorial Day, to October for 2018. Instead, we held a board meeting at Carolina Beach in May. We had a good crowd of drycleaners, allied trades and their families. The food was great, the fellowship was fantastic and we developed many new ideas at the roundtable discussion during the meeting. 

With our Spring Board meeting at the beach behind us, we are on board for the convention to be held in Raleigh this year. Mark your calendar for October 19-21. We have adjusted our sails for this convention as well. We will have a fantastic speaker at the Friday evening dinner, an exciting panel of speakers for the Saturday morning seminar session, and a new slate of officers awaiting our Association at the Presidents banquet Saturday evening. Consolidated Equipment will be having their Open House Equipment Show on Friday and Saturday. The NC State Fair will be going on as well, so a good time can be had by all of the family. Bring your key management with you and let them experience this great industry and all it has to offer.

Sail On! See you in October!

Rita Foley

President, NCALC

Convention Program and Keynote Announced

The North Carolina Association of Launderers and Cleaners (NCALC) is making some exciting changes with the 2018 Annual Convention. After many years of holding the Convention at the North Carolina coast during the springtime, NCALC is moving its Convention to Raleigh in the Fall. The 2018 NCALC Annual Convention is being held October 19-21, 2018 at the StateView Hotel, located on the NCSU Centennial Campus, in Raleigh. The program offers significant value for owners, managers, and key staff of laundry and cleaning operations, and the social events and nearby attractions offer provide lots of interesting activities for everyone, including spouses and significant others.

As a part of the newly formatted Convention program, the Friday evening dinner event will feature a keynote presentation by professional speaker Denise Ryan. Ryan is described as a motivational pyromaniac and she will be speaking about “Dealing with Change without Going Up in Flames” Ryan’s infectious energy, humor, and enthusiasm are expected to make this evening both informational and entertaining for all members and guests in attendance.

The educational program on Saturday will focus on budgeting and planning for more profitable business, best practices in laundering and cleaning, and an update on the cleanup progress and how to take advantage of the Dry-Cleaning Solvent Clean-up Act (DSCA) program.

The convention will also include lots of opportunity for professional networking and fellowship with friends, table top vendor exhibits, the annual fundraising raffle, and the annual NCALC membership meeting. The program culminates with the President’s Reception and Recognition Banquet on Saturday evening,Note that the Convention has been planned in coordination with the dates of the North Carolina State Fair and the Consolidated Laundry and Equipment Show. The State Farmers Market and downtown Raleigh are also located near the Convention Hotel.

So plan now to attend the convention and make time to enjoy the many other area events and activities.

Watch for full program details and registration info soon.

Kenneth William Hill

Kenneth William Hill passed away peacefully on Monday, June 25. He was born March 1, 1932, to Walter and Mary Hill in El Paso, Texas.

He proudly served his country flying 87 missions as a radio operator in the Korean conflict. During his 14-year career with the United States Air Force, he also served in the prestigious 12th Strategic Aerospace Division.

After his military career, he settled in Charlotte, NC eventually becoming a successful business owner. For over 30 years Ken owned and operated Dandy Cleaners and Laundry and later purchased American Drycleaners, where he forged long lasting friendships with his employees and customers. He played an active role in the community of West Charlotte as a member of the Freedom Drive Development Association, providing employment and counsel to all levels of society.

He is also a 32nd degree Mason at West Gate Lodge 738. Ken had his pilot’s license and enjoyed taking trips around the southeast. He loved the beach and taking his extended family on their annual vacation to Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Ken was an avid reader, always curious to learn more about the world around him. Above all else, he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who will be dearly missed.

Ken is survived by his wife of 40-years Esthela Hill, sons Benjamin Hill (Pamela), Larry Hill (Sabrina), Kenneth Hill Jr. (Kendra) and daughters Deborah Lee Hill and Brandy Evans (Sidney). He also leaves grandchildren Danelle Hill, Jessica Wayne (Daniel), Jennifer Myers (Raleigh), Christi Hill, Natalie Wensil (Michael), Samantha Evans, Seth Evans and Alexander Hill as well as eight great grandchildren.

The funeral service was held June 30 at the Forest Lawn West Funeral Home in Charlotte.