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Important Dates

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.


January 29, 2021 – NCALC 2021 Winter Meeting

(Includes Board and Committee Meetings, other details to follow.)

Virtual via Zoom (in response to COVID-19)


April 30- May 2, 2021 – NCALC 2021 Spring Meeting

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275 Waynick Blvd.

Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480



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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.



NCALC 2020 Convention Highlights


North Carolina Association of Launderers and Cleaners (NCALC) conducted its Annual Convention virtually on October 30, 2020. Members gathered virtually for professional networking, the annual membership meeting, and a thought-provoking educational session.


This annual event was restructured from the traditional in-person multi-day event to an abbreviated virtual event due to health and financial uncertainties imposed by the still expanding COVID-19 pandemic. Members and guests met virtually for several hours on a Friday afternoon via Zoom. Although the event had to be conducted virtually, it did incorporate many of the familiar elements of the traditional Convention.


The annual meeting provided opportunities for participants to hear reports about the health and work of the association and issues affecting the industry. Speakers included key leaders of NCALC, Drycleaning and Laundry Institute (DLI) CEO Mary Scalco, and Delonda Alexander, Superfund Special Remediation Branch Head within the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. Delegates from NCALC member companies elected new officers and directors for 2020-2022. DLI District 2 Director Mark Pollock conducted the installation of the new leadership. Newly installed NCALC 2020-2022 President Allan Cheatham shared his committee appointments and his plans for the organization.


Industry executives Jon Meijer and Peter Blake presented an educational session examining the effects of COVID-19 and strategies for the professional cleaners moving forward. The speakers emphasized the importance of making sure customers feel safe when visiting the cleaners’ establishments and using their services. They also expressed the need to enhance marketing to highlight services provided that customers want and the unique capability of professional cleaners to perform quality cleaning of all kinds, despite possible COVID-19 exposure. Cleaners were encouraged to innovate and consider both new and repackaged services to better meet customer needs.


Two facilitated professional networking sessions offered participants an opportunity to meet their colleagues and share their experiences. Participants observed that several younger members were participating. Five first-time convention participants were introduced. Participants discussed strategies and best practices they are utilizing in their own businesses.




President’s Message

Moving Forward


Greetings from the beautiful coastal town of Shallotte, North Carolina. My name is Allan Cheatham and I own and operate Shallotte Cleaners and Southport Cleaners in Brunswick County, NC. I will be serving as your NCALC President for the next two years. It is a privilege for me to serve with such a great organization and alongside my fellow NCALC members. I would like to first thank my predecessor, David Makepeace, for his service as President over the past two years. David has worked tirelessly and has always been there whenever I, or anyone, had a question concerning our association. He has helped me and guided me in preparation for my role as President and we have forged a friendship that will last a lifetime.


I hope this letter finds everyone safe and well and you are all continuing to see a steady increase in business as people slowly return to work. I am confident that we will be turning a corner soon and shifting into a higher gear to help move our industry and economy forward. One thing that COVID has proven even further is that we are a resilient industry and society. We are fighters and survivors. When times get tough, dry cleaners figure out how to diversify, retool, pivot, and implement new strategies.   We are so fortunate to have affiliate associations like DLI, NCALC, and Allied Trades groups that have hosted webinars and educational sessions to help us migrate and embrace changes  needed to move forward, especially during these unprecedented times. And let us not forget our fellow dry cleaners who continue to give of their time, talents, and expertise to help cleaners nationwide.

 

Historically, dry cleaners have looked to one another for support and guidance. I became involved with NCALC as a young nineteen-year-old manager of a large family owned dry cleaning business. All my employers throughout my early cleaning career encouraged me to attend meetings and conventions. It opened my eyes to a wealth of knowledge and nurtured friendships that have lasted throughout my career. I still talk monthly with a 3rd generation cleaner that I met at Wrightsville Beach in 1983. He is a great sounding board when I need a second opinion. Speaking of generations, I am very encouraged about the next generation of dry cleaners that are taking over their family businesses as well as the first-time dry cleaners that are purchasing existing stores. These young entrepreneurs have smart and fresh ideas about the direction of our industry and bring energy and passion for the laundry world. I am really looking forward to working with them. I still believe you can teach an old dog new tricks.

 

Over the next two years, my plan is to reach out to as many member and non-member cleaners across our state as possible. I want everyone to witness firsthand the camaraderie and fellowship that this organization has to offer. I also know that there are many cleaners with knowledge, skills, and proficiency that we need to help us grow and thrive even more. Remember, we are a single state association, and in my humble opinion, we are the epitome of a 5 Star dry-cleaning association.   NCALC is a well-respected association throughout the US footprint of cleaners. 

 

I invite you to contact me if you have any questions about NCALC. If I do not have the answer, I will do my best to get you to the right person that does. Thank you, and I look forward to serving you and moving our businesses and industry in an upward and profitable path.

 

Sincerely,

Allan Cheatham

NCALC President

(m)910-612-5202

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Maintaining Compliance for Closure or Ownership Changes of Dry-Cleaning Facilities


The Dry-Cleaning Solvent Cleanup Act (DSCA) Program is aware of the potentially negative impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has had on dry-cleaning businesses in North Carolina.  During this time of uncertainty, the DSCA Program is available to assist you with any operational compliance issues or environmental regulatory questions. Unfortunately, some dry-cleaning facilities may close permanently or change ownership.  As a reminder, there are several environmental compliance steps you should take in the event you are permanently closing your full service dry cleaning plant to ensure environmental compliance. 


  1. Notify DSCA Compliance that you have or are planning to permanently close your dry- cleaning plant.

  2. Fill out and mail the DSCA_facility_Postcard.pdf post card form.  This form can be found in your DSCA compliance calendars.

  3. Review and follow steps of Dry-Cleaning-Machine-Decommissioning-Best-Practices-20170601.pdf.  Contact a dry-cleaner mechanic or vendor who has competent experience working on dry-cleaning machines (maintenance, repairs and understands the NC environmental requirements).

  4. Contact your hazardous waste hauler and request extra waste containers to be delivered onsite prior to decommissioning (there seems to always be more, solvent, contact water, wastes in the machine than anticipated).

  5. If your solvent is Perc, review and follow the “DSCA Rule Interpretation regarding transport of used perchloroethylene (perc)”.  MMPRuleInterpretation_UsedSolventTransport_20190403.pdf.

  6. Determine the location where your dry-cleaning machine(s) will be removed to and provide that information to DSCA Compliance prior to initiating the decommissioning of the  machine(s).  If the machine(s) is going to a salvage yard or if you intend to sell or relocate the machine to another address, provide this information to DSCA Compliance.     PLEASE NOTE:  3rd generation machines can no longer be installed in NC. 

  7. There should be adequate spill cleanup materials onsite in the event that there is an unforeseen event leading to a release of solvent, waste or water containing solvent (contact water).   

  8. Follow the decommissioning practices for any ancillary equipment such as clothes press vacuum pumps, spotting tables, dip tanks, water proofing tanks, or waste water treatment units that contain or came in contact with solvent or water containing solvent or waste.  All waste must be properly removed and containerized in labeled waste drums.

  9. Any residual solvent, water containing solvent, wastes or spill bottoms (muck) that may be found in the DC machine spill containment must be recovered and drummed as waste.

  10. All wastes, water containing solvent (separator/contact water) and remaining solvent must be containerized and properly labeled and stored with in adequate spill containment until removed by a licensed transporter for disposal at a Treatment Storage and Disposal (TSD) facility. 

  11. Retain all Hazardous Waste Manifests, receipts and other documentation pertaining to the decommissioning.  You must maintain the Hazardous Waste manifest provided to you at the time of pickup.  You will also need to maintain the signed and dated copy of the manifest signed when the TSD takes responsibility for the waste generated by your facility.


Please contact Eric Swope, DSCA Compliance, at 919-218-2683, 919-803-7951 or eric.swope@ncenr.gov with any questions or requests for assistance.