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By Chris Tebbs
IDC Executive Director
Over 80 members of the International Drycleaners Congress from eight countries gathered in Las Vegas on June 8 for the 2017 Conference and dinner. The conference followed attendance at the Clean Show and was an opportunity to hear about practical solutions to new business developments in the textile care industry, as well as discuss with like-minded colleagues some of the innovative products seen at the Show.
Topics covered in the conference were:
Zengeler Cleaners history and business philosophy – an overview of the 160+ year history of Zengeler Cleaners in Illinois, including the importance of staying true to the company's core values while adapting to the changes in industry technology and the ever evolving needs of customers. This was presented by Tom Zengeler, president of the family-owned business.
How 24-hour Lockers and Automation are driving growth and profitability for dry cleaners Chris Moreno of Laundry Locker spoke about how 24-hour lockers, home delivery and automated technologies continue to help dry cleaners and launderers to be more efficient and grow their business. Dave Suber of Perfect Cleaners in Los Angeles, CA shared his experience from an application viewpoint and how it had led to increased customer acquisition and profitability.
The Benefits of Wetcleaning was presented by Dino Kantzavelos of TSC Wetclean, a 100% wet cleaning business based in Toronto, Ontario. While highlighting the many benefits of being able to offer a single process operation, together with the enhanced cleaning properties through using an aqueous system, Dino pointed out that wet cleaning requires considerable skill and technical knowledge to achieve success. He said wet cleaners must have the proper cleaning and drying machines, adhere to certain chemistry, and be equipped with proper tensioning finishing equipment.
Managing Solvent Choice presented by Ali Merani of Our Cleaners in Barrie, Ontario rounded off the formal presentations. This was not intended to compare currently available solvents but to make cleaners aware of the numerous choices available and how some of the more recent legislation is starting to spread and include more solvents. Of course, not all solvents are available in all countries but a great strength of IDC is that it can make its members aware of what might be available in the future and also what problems might be incurred.
Before closing the Conference and moving to the Bali Hai Golf Club for the convention dinner, the incoming president, Marcus Taslim of Jeeves, Indonesia announced that the 2018 convention will be in Jakarta in September 2018 and highlighted some of the cultural activities that could be undertaken in conjunction with the convention.
Dinner opened with the usual recognition of representatives from the various countries in attendance. During the evening IDC president Lynnette Watterson presented plaques to Bill Odorizzi of Sankosha USA Inc. and Aslam Lodhi of Ace Cleaners, Napa CA in recognition of their outstanding service to IDC and, in particular, for their efforts to ensure that the 2017 convention and post tour to California would be a success.