ST. LOUIS ― Tacony Corporation, a leading distributor and manufacturer of sewing
machines and vacuum cleaners, recently won the 2003 Missouri Industry of the Year
Award in the small company classification.
“We are pleased and honored to win this prestigious award,” said Ken Tacony,
president and chief executive officer at Tacony, whose company received the award at
the state capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo. “The 2003 Missouri Industry of the Year
Award is really a tribute to our customer-focused employees, their dedication of
excellence and their tremendous community spirit. This is a great honor for the whole
Sponsored by the Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM) and the Mid-Missouri
Business Journal, the annual award recognizes the best and brightest Missouri
companies that have become leaders in making the state a better place to live and
work. AIM is a business and industry association that serves nearly 1,500 state
In addition to capturing the 2003 Missouri Industry of the Year Award, Tacony also
received the Missouri Impact Award for continuous improvement in manufacturing
excellence from the Missouri Enterprise Business Assistance Center. In 2000, Tacony
opened a new facility in St. James, Mo., where the company manufacturers its two
lines of vacuum cleaners: Simplicity and Riccar.
Tacony also manufacturers and develops a variety of other consumer products,
including sewing machines and software, ceiling fans, floor care parts and equipment,
commercial carpet care equipment, and commercial floor care equipment.
Headquartered in St. Louis, Tacony has six distribution centers nationwide, including
St. James, Mo.; St. Louis, Mo.; Fullerton, Calif.; Carlstadt, N.J.; Fort Worth, Texas; and
Tacony has been involved in numerous community programs, including the Boys and
Girls Town of Missouri, the Nelson Hart Community Center, Missouri National Guard,
Head Start, the American Red Cross, the St. James Kiwanis Club and Guardian Angels.
The company also started the Great American Sweeper Swap, a national vacuum
trade-in program sponsored by Riccar Vacuums and benefiting Habitat for Humanity
International. The program focuses on refurbishing used vacuum cleaners to give to
Other companies winning awards included SSM Health Care (large classification) in St.
Louis and Hollister, Inc. (medium classification) in Kirksville, Mo.
Check out the full press release here.