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TCATA Hosts Meeting to Chart Association Future

Seeks to continue offering value in changing industry

TAMPA, Fla. — Fourteen members of the Textile Care Allied Trades Association (TCATA) gathered here in late February for a strategy meeting to discuss plans for the Association’s future direction, TCATA reports.

Continued industry consolidation and other factors have “changed the textile care industry in significant ways,” the Association says, and leadership recognizes that now is the time to examine TCATA’s role and how it can best serve the industry.

At present, TCATA is an international trade association representing manufacturers and distributors of drycleaning and laundry equipment and supplies, as well as the related trades. Its mission is to increase professionalism through business operations and sales improvement education; provide forums where business challenges are discussed and solved; generate and apply business intelligence; and create a favorable business climate by seeking fair regulation and legislation.

The members attending the strategy meeting represented a cross-section of the industry: manufacturers and distributors from both laundry and dry cleaning.

“Those who attended expressed an enthusiasm for TCATA’s important role as the exclusive representative of manufacturers and distributors in the textile care industry,” says TCATA President Leslie Schaeffer. “Many interesting ideas were put forth on ways that TCATA can offer value in a changed, consolidated industry.”

The results of the meeting, after further discussion with the TCATA Board of Directors, will be announced later, the Association says.