North Carolina Association of Launderers and Cleaners

Upcoming events

    • 2 Feb 2024
    • 4 Feb 2024
    • Durham, NC

    Details under development. Registration will open Soon.

    What: North Carolina Association of Launderers and Cleaners (NCALC) will hold its regular Winter Meeting February 2-4, 2024, in Durham, North Carolina for planned education, professional networking, association business meetings, and social functions.

    Who: All NCALC members, friends, and spouses are encouraged to participate.

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    Where: On Saturday, February 3, the planned education, networking, and the business meetings of the NCALC standing committees and Board of Directors, will be held at the Croasdaile Country Club, located at 3800 Farm gate Ave., Durham, NC 27705. Dinner social outings are being planned for both Friday and Saturday evenings for attendees to enjoy fellowship with other attendees and to experience local restaurants. Specific locations will be shared with participating registrants.

    Accommodations: A small block of hotel rooms has been reserved for our group at the Hilton Garden Inn by Hilton Durham\University Medical Center located at 2102 West Main Street, Durham, NC 27705. Our group rate is $149 per night for reservations made by January 3, 2024. For reservations contact the hotel directly at 919-286-0774.

    Our Tentative Schedule of Activities:

    Friday, February 2

    - Early arrivals for individual fun activities

    - 6:00 pm Gathering in the Hilton Garden Inn lobby to walk over to very nearby local favorite restaurant Parizade to join our group.

    - 6:30 pm Welcome Dinner Social Outing at Parizade

    Saturday, February 3

    - Breakfast on your own 

    - 9:00 am Gathering at the Croasdaile Country Club for networking, coffee, and preparation for the scheduled professional activities.

    - 9:30 am Educational Session

    - 10:30 am Networking Break

    - 11:00 am NCALC Standing Committee Meetings

    - Noon Lunch provided

    - 1:00 pm NCALC Board of Directors Meeting

    - 3:30 pm Meetings Adjourn

    - 6:00 pm Gathering in the Hilton Garden Inn lobby to walk or carpool to meet dinner groups at nearby restaurants

    - 6:30 pm Dine-A-Round Dinner Outings at Local Restaurants

    Sunday, February 4

    - No planned group activities, participants depart

    Educational Session: The NCALC Education and Training Committee Chaired by Larry Hill (Dandy Drycleaners & Laundry) has organized an educational session featuring a panel of experienced cleaners who will share recent initiatives that have made a positive impact on their own businesses.

    Our panel will include Allan Cheatham (Shallotte Cleaners), Brian Harrell (A Cleaner World), and David Makepeace (Medlin-Davis).

    About our Speakers

     Larry Hill

    Hill is owner and operator of Dandy Cleaners and American Dry Cleaners in Charlotte NC. He is a second-generation dry cleaner working in the business since 1978 and owner since 2003. He served as NCALC President for 2012-2014.

    Allan Cheatham

    Cheatham is the owner and operator of Shallotte Cleaners in Shallotte, North Carolina. He has worked in the dry-cleaning industry for over 40 years, as a student and graduate of UNC Wilmington and then early in his career, in Raleigh, NC as a young married man and father, and finally settling back to his coastal roots in 1997 as an owner and operator of Shallotte/Southport Cleaners. He served as NCALC President for 2020-2022.

    Brian Harrell

    Harrell has over 27 years of experience in the dry-cleaning industry and currently serves as the Vice President at A Cleaner World in High Point, NC. He is an alumnus of Wake Forest University, where he earned his bachelor's degree, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he completed his MBA. In his role, Harrell collaborates closely with his mentor, Chris Edwards, the President of A Cleaner World. Together, they lead a dynamic and accomplished leadership team dedicated to enhancing the customer and employee experience.

    David Makepeace

    Makepeace graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1989. He worked as a Commercial Lender for several banks from 1989-1999 in Charlotte, NC, Florence, S.C. and Raleigh, NC. In 2000, Makepeace started working for Medlin-Davis Cleaners in Raleigh. After gaining experience, he purchased a portion of the company in 2010. Makepeace has been involved with NCALC, DLI, and several different cost management groups for over 23 years.  He served as NCALC President for 2018-2020.

    Dinner Social Outings: Our dinner outings are designed to give our Winter Meeting participants opportunities for informal networking and fellowship while enjoying some of Durham's favorite restaurants.

    On Friday evening, our entire group will meet at Parizade for Mediterranean fare.

    For Saturday evening, our participants will select and join their dinner group at one of several fine restaurants at which we have made advance reservations. Confirmed restaurants include: M Tempura (Traditional Japanese), JuJu Durham (Asian Tapas), 3rd choice.

    • 2 May 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Virtual via Microsoft Teams
    DSCA Stakeholders Meeting.
    Hosted by NCDEQ virtually via Microsoft Teams.

    No advance registration is required.

    NC DEQ will be sending out instructions to the stakeholder distribution list for this meeting.

    For more information about the Stakeholder Group, click here. If you have questions, contact Delonda Alexander at .
    • 24 May 2024
    • 27 May 2024
    • DoubleTree by Hilton Atlantic Beach Oceanfront Hotel, 2717 West Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

    Join members and friends of North Carolina Association of Launderers and Cleaners (NCALC) for its Annual Convention being held Memorial Day weekend (May, 24-27, 2024) in Atlantic Beach, NC.Aerial View of Outdoor Pool & Beach

    This event will feature professional networking, educational sessions, vendor exhibits, group dinner social events, the annual membership meeting, business meetings of the NCALC Board of Directors and Committees, and opportunities for everyone to have fellowship with other participants and time for families and friends to enjoy other activities in the Atlantic Beach area.


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    Convention Schedule-at-a-Glance (Subject to changes)

    *** Under Development ***

    Watch this space for the developing details.

    Friday (5/24/24)

    - Early arrivals for fun activities on your own

    - 300 pm – Exhibitor Setup

    - 500 pm – On-Site Convention Registration and Exhibits Open

    - 530 pm – Welcome Reception with Exhibitors

    - 630 pm – Informal welcome dinner for all attendees at hotel (family friendly, outside if weather permits)

    Saturday (5/25/24)

    To be announced.

    Sunday (5/26/24)

    To be announced.

    Monday (5/27/24)

                 No planned group activities

                 Late departures for fun activities on your own

                 Attendees depart on their own schedule

    Convention Speakers

    To be announced.

    Convention Participant Registration

    Advance registration for all participants is required to ensure you can be accommodated. 


    A small block of sleeping rooms has been reserved for our group at the Doubletree by Hilton Atlantic Beach located at 2717 West Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC. Our group rates per night are Oceanview $309, Oceanfront $359, and Oceanfront Suite $409. These rates are subject to state and local taxes (currently 12.75%) in effect at time of check-in. Don’t wait to reserve your room. Our room block and pricing are available until April 29, 2024. Check-in time: 4:00pm /Checkout time: 11:00am. Reservations should be made directly with hotel at 252-240-1155. Rates for extended stay 3 days before and/or after our event will not exceed group rates above, however to minimize difficulty with reservations, requests for these extended stays should be sent to for special handling.

    Daytime View of Hotel Signage, Exterior, and Landscaping

    Plans for this event are still under development. Further details will be shared with Convention registrants as they are available.

North Carolina Association of Launderers and Cleaners (NCALC)

4819 Emperor Blvd Ste 400, Durham, NC 27703-5420 ● 919-313-4542 ●

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