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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.

President’s Message

Don’t Sneeze!

It Could Cost You More!

I’m not sure where the summer is going, but schools are starting up, traffic is picking up and lines are getting longer at the grocery stores.  The world around us is quickly changing and I want to keep up.  The morning headlines are a reality check.  As a business owner in 2018, I see it as an opportunity to stay ahead of the changing world and make sure that I keep in line with the rising costs and trends of today. 

Unemployment:  we are at a near 18 year low.  There are more open jobs than there are unemployed workers, according to government data, for the first time since records began in 2000.  The last time the unemployment rate was this low, (in 2000), hourly rate gains were rising at roughly 3.5-4% annually.  Where do we as drycleaners stand as far as our hourly wages?  In order to gain and maintain quality staff, we must stay in balance with the rates being offered around us in other service industries.

The price of a can of Coca cola is going up.  Starbucks and McDonalds have both raised their prices in recent months.                      

Large industries like Proctor & Gamble, one of the biggest makers of consumer products, is increasing Pampers by 4%.   Bounty, Charmin and Puffs could see a 5% increase.  The quicker picker upper and common cold are going to cost you more!

Gas prices are up 24% in the past year.  Rent, housing costs and auto insurance are up 4-7%.  Interest rates have increased and are expected to go higher.  The tariffs on steel and aluminum have caused hanger prices and sheet metal to increase.

In order to maintain a quality product, employ reliable, qualified and educated staff, and turn a profit, businesses have to look at their margins and maintain a fair and reasonable price for their services.  This is not always easy in an industry that has been reluctant to move forward on pricing.  I’m in this industry for the long run! How about you?

“Dealing with Change without Going Up in Flames” is the keynote presentation on Friday, October 19th at the NCALC Annual Convention.  Denise Ryan is described as a motivational pyromaniac who will share her infectious energy, humor and enthusiasm with us while helping us manage change.  I am excited about this addition to our program, and greatly look forward to connecting with my NCALC friends, checking out the latest equipment at Consolidated Equipment’s Open House and learning even more at the educational programs Saturday morning.  We will close the convention with the President’s Banquet Saturday evening. 

Until October…..See You Out There!

Rita Foley

President, NCALC

NCALC Brings Annual Convention to Raleigh

The North Carolina Association of Launderers and Cleaners (NCALC) is bringing its 2018 Annual Convention to Raleigh. The NCALC 2018 Annual Convention is being held October 19-21, 2018 at the StateView, an Autograph Collection Hotel, located on the NCSU Centennial Campus, in Raleigh. The program offers significant value through education and professional networking for owners, managers, and key staff of laundry and cleaning operations and their allied trades partners, and the social events and nearby attractions provide lots of interesting activities for everyone, including spouses and significant others.

As a part of the Convention program, the Friday evening dinner event will feature a keynote presentation by professional speaker Denise Ryan. Ryan will be speaking about “Dealing with Change without Going Up in Flames” Ryan’s infectious energy, humor, and enthusiasm are expected to make this evening both informational and entertaining for all members and guests in attendance.

The educational program on Saturday will focus on budgeting and planning for more profitable business, best practices in laundering and cleaning, and an update on the cleanup progress and how to take advantage of the Dry-Cleaning Solvent Clean-up Act (DSCA) program.

The convention will also include lots of opportunity for professional networking and fellowship with friends, table top vendor exhibits, the annual fundraising raffle, and the annual NCALC membership meeting. The program culminates with the President’s Reception and Recognition Banquet on Saturday evening, Saturday evening attendees will be entertained with a unique musical performance.

Note that the Convention has been planned in coordination with the dates of the North Carolina State Fair and the Consolidated Laundry Equipment Show. The Convention Hotel is located near the State Farmers Market and downtown Raleigh. So plan now to attend the convention and make time to enjoy the many other Raleigh area events and activities.

NCALC 2018 Annual Convention Information and  Registration Form

N.S. Farrington LLC Presents Seminar: Facing Your Future

NCALC Member Company N.S. Farrington LLC, in partnership with NCALC, is presenting an educational seminar entitled: Facing Your Future on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the North American headquarters of Electrolux, in Charlotte, NC.

The program will begin at 9:00 am with a presentation: It’s a New Day by Martin Young on improving leadership skills, employee relations, and protection of facilities. The afternoon will continue with a focus on Truly Wetcleaning, a revolutionary concept of cleaning in water that permits garments to be completely finished in less than an hour. Attendees will participate in a hands-on demonstration of the lagoon® Advanced Care System by Electrolux.

Space is limited and advance reservations are required. Lunch is provided. In lieu of registration fee, attendees are encouraged to make a donation to NCALC. Reservations and other inquiries should be sent to Tom Little at .