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.


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 3, 2021 – NCALC 2021 Spring Meeting

Blockade Runner Beach Resort

275 Waynick Blvd.

Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480



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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.



President’s Message

We Are All In This Together


COVID-19 is having a major impact on our lives and our profession and forcing us to make very hard decisions. The good news is that you are not alone. Our State and Federal governments are doing what they can for us by providing access to capital, providing unemployment insurance for our employees and delaying tax payment requirements. They are also trying to re-open the economy safely which, unfortunately, is fraught with delays and uncertainty. 


What will the future hold for us and our businesses?  I do not have a crystal ball but what I can tell you is that the time could not be better to engage with other dry cleaners through NCALC or DLI.  We truly are in this together and what I am finding is that the trends are remarkably similar throughout the country no matter the location of the State, size of the city or the size of the business. 


DLI has been proactive in putting together a host of webinars and Zoom conference calls to keep its members current with the CARES Act, the paycheck protection program (PPP), business trends, and Department of Labor guidance. 


If you have not participated yet I highly encourage you to do so.  Also, contact other members in NCALC to see how they are negotiating with their landlords, staffing their business, communicating with their customers, making their stores safe for employees and customers, setting their store hours, and opening up other lines of revenue. 


If I have not said it before, we are all in this together and are experiencing the exact same headwinds.  Reach out, stay informed so you can make the best decisions for your business.


At present, NCALC is not able to meet in person and the Fall Convention has been cancelled.  We will keep all our members apprised of when we will have the Convention rescheduled. 


We have to hold on to the belief that this will get behind us and, hopefully, in the short term.  Until then, work to position your business for the future lifting of NC State government restrictions so you can be prepared for the return of some normalcy in our economy.     


David Makepeace

NCALC President


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. 


 

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