North Carolina Association of Launderers and Cleaners

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All of these upcoming events are open to NCALC members and friends. Advance registration is usually required for the NCALC events. Mark your calendars and plan to participate. Watch your email and the website (www.ncalc.org) for details.


March 26, 2021 – COVID-19 One Year Check-in

Noon- 2pm -- Virtual via Zoom (in response to COVID-19.)

NCALC 20210326 COVID-19 Check-In Flyer 2021.pdf


DSCA Stakeholders Meeting

10am-Noon

Virtual via Microsoft Teams (in response to COVID-19.)

(Details to be announced.)


April 30, 2021 –

NCALC 2021 Spring Meeting

NCALC 20210430 Spring Meeting Registration Flyer 2021.pdf


Fall 2021—NCALC Annual Convention

(Details to be determined)

(in response to COVID-19, plans delayed until summer.)



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Our Values


Integrity

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.


Leadership

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


Teamwork

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


Learning

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


Passion

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




NC Launderers and Cleaners Invited to COVID-19 One-Year Check-In Event


A major focus of the last year for most of us has been dealing with the health and safety restrictions and the financial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many other businesses, launderers and cleaners have experienced severe impacts. Although we are not completely in the clear of the pandemic, with the increasing availability of vaccines and the improvement in the pandemic statistics, we should be turning more of our attention to planning for what is next. The continuing restrictions imposed by pandemic are still preventing in-person meetings. However, North Carolina Association of Launderers and Cleaners (NCALC) and Drycleaning and Laundry Institute (DLI) are working hard to help the industry work together for a strong recovery.


On March 26, 2021, NCALC is hosting a virtual COVID-19 One-Year Check-In Event via Zoom for all launderers and cleaners of our state to connect with each other and share information and support. This special event will offer a unique educational program featuring owners and managers reflecting on the past year of dealing with COVID-19 and how they plan to move their businesses in a positive direction going forward. They will be discussing lessons learned, opportunities discovered, and strategies for going forward. Participants are invited to share their own experiences. Program content is designed primarily for owners, managers, and other key employees of the Fabricare Industry. You are invited to join your colleagues and friends for this event via Zoom. D


Covid 19  Check-In Details and registration here.





President’s Message

Moving Forward


Happy New Year, and greetings from the beautiful South Brunswick Islands of North Carolina. It has only been a couple of months since my last communication, but so much has happened. Just after the last issue of the Carolina Clean went to print, my daughter, wife, and myself were diagnosed with Covid-19. They both recovered quickly, but it hit me a little harder than I thought it would. Please continue to exercise caution at work as well as when you are around your families. This is a serious virus and must be treated with respect. The vaccine has now been released and is being distributed throughout the world. My hope is that with the vaccine, our economy will rebound and get everyone back to work within the next few months.


2020 was the year of many firsts. In October, NCALC held its first virtual Zoom Convention. We had a good representation from the board, including four new first time board members. They are all relatively new to NCALC and I commend them on stepping up to the task.  I am excited about them joining us because I know they will bring fresh new ideas to our Association that will positively affect our industry, as well as our association.


Also, joining our NCALC Associate Member team for the first time are two companies, Douglas Furs of Charlotte, and Raleigh, along with Kleerwite Chemicals. We were honored to have some excellent speakers for our convention that brought us up to date on the state of the Drycleaning industry. DLI never disappoints in having the most current information about what is going on in Fabricare. Thank you, Mary Scalco, Jon Meijer, and Peter Blake.

I am looking forward to our next Zoom Board Meeting that will be held on Friday January 29, 2021.


As we enter in to 2021, I am excited about what the future holds for us as business leaders in our communities. We are being watched by the public and our customers in how we handle this economic disaster that blindsided everyone.   I reflect on how North Carolina dry cleaners have survived during this past year. Many have had to make drastic changes in how they conduct business and manage their day-to-day operations.


I talk to cleaners every week that are back on the spotting board. They are pressing shirts or pants. They are back on their front counter or filling in for a manager that has had to quarantine due to an exposure with a family member. Some have closed pick-up stores because it was not cost effective to keep it open, or a landlord was not willing to renegotiate a lease, even though that cleaner has been a viable and loyal tenant for 30-40 years. Routes became the new pick-up store.


Yes, it has been tough for everyone, but I continue to be so impressed at how resilient we are as an industry. We are not afraid of a little hard work. We are willing to roll up our sleeves and do whatever it takes to secure a clean and bright future for our families, customers and the drycleaning industry. Until next time.


Allan Cheatham

NCALC President

Shallotte Cleaners, Owner

(m)910-612-5202

(o)910-754-4435