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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 ( for details.

October 30- November 1, 2020 – October 30- November 1, 2020 – NCALC Annual Convention

Charlotte Marriott City Center

CANCELLED (in response to COVID-19)

October 30, 2020 -- NCALC 2020 Annual Meeting

Virtual via Zoom (in response to COVID-19)

January 2021 – NCALC 2021 Winter Board Meeting

(Plans deferred until Fall 2020 in response to COVID-19)

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

Blockade Runner Beach Resort

275 Waynick Blvd.

Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Carolina Clean



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.

NCALC Convention Goes Virtual

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced all of us to make major changes in our businesses and our personal lives. The North Carolina Association of Launderers and Cleaners (NCALC) is making changes too. Our traditional Annual Convention will go on this year, but it will be conducted by the unconventional means of an online gathering. The NCALC 2020 Annual Convention will be held 1:30-4:30 pm, Friday afternoon, October 30, 2020. The Convention will include our annual membership meeting and provide opportunities for education and professional networking.

All NCALC members and friends (including your spouses and guests) are encouraged to participate. Since our Convention is abbreviated in length and physical travel time is not required, the time away from work will be minimal. Member companies are encouraged to take advantage of this shorter time commitment to have multiple employees participate in the Convention.

  NCALC President David Makepeace will preside over the 114th annual membership meeting which will feature key leaders of the association and invited guests reporting on work to safeguard and promote the Fabricare Industry. An educational session will feature two experienced industry executives sharing their perspective on the state of the industry.

The Zoom platform will be utilized to facilitate Convention participation via the internet or telephone. Our virtual event will just not support some of the traditional activities of an in-person event. However, participants are encouraged to utilize both video and audio connection and to interact with each other as much as possible. In addition to the planned presentations, we will have facilitated networking activities at the beginning and end of the convention to help long-term participants reconnect and help new participants get acquainted with our group. We will also have a few surprises to generate a little fun.

Advance registration is required of all participants to facilitate advance distribution of Convention information.

To register, use this

NCALC 2020 Annual Convention Registration Flyer

Convention Speakers Announced

The NCALC 2020 Annual Convention will feature an educational session with two experienced industry executives sharing their insights about the state of the industry today and explore how we can prosper going forward, despite COVID-19.

Our speakers are Jon Meijer, Membership Director of Drycleaning and Laundry Institute (DLI) in Maryland, and Peter Blake, executive director of four regional drycleaning associations (NEFA, SEFA, MAC and CCA).

Meijer and Blake will each draw on over 30 years of experience working in the Fabricare Industry, to give us an update on the industry and share insights about navigating the challenges imposed by COVID-19 and gaining advantage from the opportunities ahead.

In addition to the featured educational session, Convention participants will hear from key leaders of our association and several other invited speakers. During the membership meeting, we will receive updates from key NCALC leadership. Mary Scalco, CEO of the Drycleaning and Laundry Institute (DLI) in Maryland will share the latest happenings at DLI.  Delonda Alexander, Superfund Special Remediation Branch Head, Division of Waste Management, from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) in Raleigh, will give an update on the Dry-Cleaning Solvent Cleanup Act (DSCA) and other activities of the Department.

The NCALC 2018-2020 leadership will be recognized and voting delegates from the member companies will elect new leadership for 2020-2022. The new leadership team will be installed by Mark Pollock, a recent past president of Pennsylvania and Delaware Cleaners Association (PDCA) and DLI Director: District 2 (Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina). In-coming NCALC 2020-2022 President Allan Cheatham will briefly discuss plans for the association.

Convention Speakers Flyer.pdf

President’s Message

It Has Been a Pleasure

It has been a pleasure to have served as your President over the last two years.  It has been truly an honor to lead this prestigious organization, which is celebrating 113 years of service to our industry.  I was so looking forward to another in-person Annual Convention to formally celebrate and acknowledge the accomplishments of our Board, Directors, Committee Chairs, and members and to introduce the new leadership.  We will lose a little of the pomp and circumstance, but NCALC will continue to fulfill its mission albeit virtual!

The Fall Board meeting and Annual Convention are scheduled to take place virtually on Friday October 30.  It will be held in the afternoon and will include existing and new leadership recognition and a webinar presented by two experienced industry executives.  Please take the time, tune in and see who your leaders will be for the next two years, what our goals are in this new economic and social environment and take away very relevant information from DLI.

If you have not been involved with NCALC in the past, you could not pick a better time to lend your talents to our organization.  We welcome everyone in our industry to participate, to enjoy the fellowship, to absorb the knowledge and benefits offered by DLI, and be instrumental in the future of NCALC.  

David Makepeace

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 with any questions or requests for assistance. 


NCALC Embraces Life with COVID-19

As we greet the Summer of 2020, life is vastly different than just a few months ago. Members of the North Carolina Association of Launderers and Cleaners (NCALC) are embracing the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic that seems destined to be with us indefinitely. The most innovative are finding ways to survive despite the virus. Members of NCALC and the Drycleaning and Laundry Institute (DLI) are sharing ideas and helping each other deal with this new normal operating environment.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper designated launderers and cleaners as essential businesses, allowing them to continue operations. Many other businesses were forced to close or encouraged to have their employees work from home to help reduce the spread of the virus. While our members have been allowed to continue operations, most of them have been forced to reduce their customer service and production in the wake of a substantial drop in demand for their services. Most have been challenged with taking the painful steps to reduce staff, reduce other expenses, and seek financial aid just to maintain minimal operations of their businesses. NCALC and DLI have been working to facilitate communications and cooperation among our members and to provide access to expert support for dealing the financial, employment, safety, and operational issues being encountered.

Essentially everyone has adjusted their routine operations to ensure safety and health of customers and employees, to account for changes in demands for service, and to ensure the financial viability of their business. However, coping with the virus has prompted many other actions. Some of our members have found that changes in the focus of their business (e.g. offering more pickup and delivery service, promoting wash-dry-fold, marketing to different types of customers) has helped preserve current customers and even attract new business. Some members have taken this opportunity to optimize their operations. We are also aware of a few mergers and acquisitions to create stronger and more viable successor businesses.

As of this writing, the level of COVID-19 infections is still growing. Some businesses that were once closed have been allowed to reopen, but many of them have continued to encourage their employees to work from home. In-person group gatherings are still very restricted. As a result, many people are just not dressing up to go to work, church, social gatherings, or other public activities. Many are also laundering their more casual work-at-home wardrobe themselves. With some businesses reopening, NCALC members are seeing some slow increase in demand.

We do not know how long COVID-19 will impose restrictions on our businesses and our lives. In the meantime, we must continue to look for new ways to operate and carry out our activities, which protect the health and safety of our families, our employees, and our customers. We must look for new ways to innovate and make lemonade from the lemons whenever we can. We must look for new ways to encourage and help each other.

As we continue to work and live with COVID-19, I hope you will look for ways to offer some encouragement and support to others. As you need help, I encourage you to reach out to your fellow association members. We will get through this pandemic crisis, and hopefully be stronger from the struggle.

Paul Goodson

Executive Director