North Carolina Association of Launderers and Cleaners

The Source of Official Information for NCALC. 4819 Emperor Blvd., Suite 400, Durham, NC 27703. • 919-313-4542 E-mail: NCALC


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

Come Join Us

Simply said, the purpose of NCALC, in my mind, is to make all the practitioners of our trade the best at what they do.  In turn, that makes our members more successful and lifts our industries’ statewide reputation as professional garment care specialist.  Whether you are an owner, manager, customer service representative, dry cleaner, route driver or presser, there are offerings from either DLI or NCALC that can assist you in improving your quality, building your sales, becoming more efficient, providing other services, staying in compliance or lowering your cost of production just to name a few. 

During the course of NCALC’s  year, there are three dedicated events;  two Board Meetings and our Fall Convention. 

Of our 59 NCALC members, 25 serve on the Board in various capacities and 31 are serving on the Committees that help guide NCALC.  As you can see, our members are engaged as over 50% are contributing to NCALC’s direction as a Committee Member.   If you are not already involved, we invite you to our next Board meeting in Asheville NC on May 17-18th.  While there, you will get a chance to meet other members, learn how the association works, find out if and/or what committee work appeals to you and take advantage of our roundtable discussion on social media and marketing.

As a board, it is our responsibility to make you aware of all DLI’s and NCALC’s offerings and assist you in becoming engaged and taking advantage of what is available.  To advance that responsibility, we have added a roundtable discussion on an industry specific topic that will be held prior to each Board Meeting.  It will be led by an expert in that field followed by input and ideas on the subject from other NCALC members in a relaxed environment.  We are also starting an annual e-mail campaign that will remind each member of all the services offered by NCALC and DLI and how best to take advantage of them.

You will find information in this newsletter about the Spring Board Meeting in Asheville.  We hope that you plan to attend to learn about all the things NCALC and DLI are doing to support our practitioners, enjoy fellowship with cleaners from around the State, learn a little about what’s new in social marketing and media and how other cleaners are taking advantage of it and partake in everything that Asheville has to offer!  See you there!

David Makepeace

President, NCALC

NCALC to Convene in Asheville

The NCALC 2019 Spring Meeting will be held May 17-19, 2019 at the Cambria Hotel Downtown Asheville, in Asheville, North Carolina. As the cornerstone of this event, the NCALC Board of Directors will be holding its regular Spring Board Meeting and associated committee meetings on Saturday morning, May 18, 2019. In addition to these regular business meetings, several other activities of interest are planned for all members and friends, regardless of whether they serve on the Board or committees.

On Friday afternoon, a facilitated roundtable discussion will focus on SEO and Social Media Marketing. Our facilitator, George Self, is CEO of Apple Advertising in Asheville. Through his business, he regularly helps clients with the conversion from traditional marketing to the power of digital communications. He will guide the roundtable discussion as participants discover what’s new in the world of corporate social media marketing and SEO, why it is important, how it works, who is using it, and how to use it effectively in the Fabricare Industry. Participating cleaners will share what they feel works best for their organizations and, ideally, come up with ideas to take home and try in their own company.

On Saturday afternoon, meeting participants are invited to learn first-hand about craft brewing from pioneers in the industry during a guided tour at the Highland Brewery.

Informal dinner socials are planned for both Friday and Saturday evenings to provide all NCALC members and friends with opportunities for networking and fellowship, while sampling some of Asheville’s wonderful restaurant offerings. The Friday evening dinner event will be held in the Cambria Hotel with the meal prepared in the kitchen of Hemingway’s Cuba, and the Saturday evening event will be a dinner outing to the nearby Isa’s Bistro. In addition to the planned NCALC activities, the Asheville area offers many other attractions for Spring Meeting participants. All Spring Meeting activities are open to all NCALC members and friends (including spouses and significant others) with advance registration.

Form for

NCALC 2019 Spring Meeting.pdf

October 25-27, 2019

NCALC Annual Convention

Venue Has Changed

Embassy Suites by Hilton Raleigh Durham Airport Brier Creek

8001 Arco Corporate Drive

Raleigh, NC 27617

  1. Annual membership meeting

  2. Table-top exhibits

  3. Friday evening Reception with Exhibitors and Dinner with featured speaker

  4. Saturday educational seminar program

  5. Saturday evening President’s Reception and Recognition Dinner