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70+ Years of Business

Tacony Corporation has demonstrated unwavering stability and consistent growth since its founding in 1946. This long-term success can be attributed to a strong ethical stance, diversification and smart business practices.

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Reaching 100+ Countries

What began in Nick Tacony's basement has grown internationally. At Tacony Corporation, we're continuously exploring new avenues through which to expand our market reach, grow the bottom line and serve more customers, better.

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Family Owned

Tacony Corporation began as a family business and remains a family business, even as its reach expands worldwide. As a third generation of the Tacony family takes the lead, we remain focused on extending that sense of family to retailers, consumers and associates.

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Reliable Service

Our consumers remain the heart and soul of everything we do. That's why we strive to provide superior communication and support to every customer before, during and after the sale‐whether by phone, web, email or social media.

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Operational Excellence

The cornerstone of our business is providing superior products and services to our retailers and consumers in ways that make it easy to do business with us. At the same time, we move forward with smart, conservative choices that ensure long-term fiscal health.

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Diversified Business

Tacony has diversified into four core divisions: sewing, home floor care, commercial floor care, and ceiling fans and lighting. Each division targets a distinct customer base, but all play to the unique strengths of our business model.

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Outstanding Practices

Tacony Corporation demonstrates strong leadership not only in entrepreneurship, but in philanthropy. Over the years, we've supported a number of charitable efforts that have changed countless lives and improved the communities in which we do business.

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"Share the love and success the Tacony team has for our motto: tradition, teamwork and trust."

In 1946, Nick Tacony invested his entire savings in used machines, motors and parts and began a business selling and servicing sewing machines from the basement of his home. Nick Tacony soon became a leader among sewing machine entrepreneurs. By wholesaling sewing machines, accessories and other merchandise to retailers, he established a nationwide network of Tacony distribution centers. Ken Tacony joined his father in the business in 1970, and with a solid foundation in place, Tacony Corporation began to market and sell diversified products inside and outside the sewing industry. Tacony has become the preferred source for independent retailers by offering access to a wider range of products, parts and services that enable business owners to operate more efficiently and profitably in their markets

Ken Tacony
Ken Tacony
Executive Chairman
Kristi Tacony Humes
Chief Executive Officer
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Sold exclusively through Authorized Independent Retailers, Baby Lock offers machines to enhance the “Love of Sewing” in its customers.

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Koala Studios brings beauty and optimal function to any sewing room. This elegant sewing furniture is designed by sewing and craft professionals and then assembled to order by furnishing experts in the USA.

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Tacony is the exclusive North American distributor of Madeira premium home sewing threads. Madeira offers quality threads for all types of sewing including quilting, embroidery and garment sewing.

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Amazing Designs offers high-quality embroidery designs and collections for home sewers.

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Nancy's Notions is the place to find the most up-to-date sewing products on the market for consumers. Nancy's Notions web site and catalogs contain thousands of products including sewing books, notions, videos, fabrics and quilting merchandise.

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Tacony Sewing Central is run by a trained team of sales “specialists” handling over 60,000 items. It is the largest US wholesaler of sewing designs on CD or downloadable.

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Designer's Gallery software is an embroiderer's dream come true for adding organization, creativity and unlimited possibilities to every project. These software platforms, plug-in tool packs, digitizing software and interactive design collections provide home embroiderers with the exact software features they've been looking for.

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Simplicity, a line of household and specialty vacuums and accessories, is available to independent vacuum retailers, national accounts and online through Simplicity Vacuums have been cleaning homes for over 30 years by providing a vacuum to fit every home cleaning need.

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Riccar, a protected line of household and commercial vacuums and accessories, is exclusively available through independent vacuum retailers in the U.S and Canada. Its premier uprights feature the revolutionary Tandem Air System, with a unique dual-motor technology. While the lightweight uprights lead the industry in cleaning performance and ease of use. Most Riccar vacuums are designed for durability with metal in high-wear areas, advanced filtration, lifetime belts, replaceable parts and long warranties.

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Tacony Vac Pros provides retailers an easy way to order all of the products and parts for a variety of vacuum cleaners. It is also the exclusive distributor of Carpet Pro Vacuums.

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Powr-Flite has been a leader in the commercial floor care industry for over 49 years. Powr-Flite is advantageously positioned as “the one source” for commercial floor care equipment parts, accessories and supplies. It is shipping quality commercial equipment worldwide from its headquarters in Ft. Worth, Texas.

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The CleanMax concept is to manufacture true commercial vacuum cleaners based on proven technology, intuitive design and field-tested durability. Using unparalleled research and design technology, and financial strength in the industry to ensure our products are second to none. With more than a million units sold, CleanMax is the choice for professionals.

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Tornado Industries has been a leading developer of floor care equipment since 1927. Tornado specializes in tackling the unique cleaning challenges of hospitals, public transportation, educational facilities and more.

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The Truvox International Ltd. Company in Millbrook, Southampton, U.K., offers a vast range of cleaning and maintenance products for hard and soft floors, including rotary floor polishers, scrubbers, dryers, carpet extractors and vacuum cleaners.

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Established in 1997 Tacony Manufacturing in St. James, Missouri proudly assembles vacuum cleaners for household and commercial use. Our first-hand knowledge of what makes American homes unique helps us design, engineer and assemble world-class vacuums.

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Founded in 1972, Mac Molding takes pride in supplying manufacturers with custom injection molding and related manufacturing services. We exceed customer expectations and are known in the industry for our efficiency of our molding processes, the skill of our team and the refinement of each finished product.

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Low on frills, high on durability, Carpet Pro Vacuums have been meeting both household and commercial cleaning needs at an affordable price since 2003.

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"To profitably grow our leadership position in the industries we serve"
Kristi Tacony Humes
Chief Executive Officer
Kristi has held positions in virtually every business unit and department, learning and growing with the business over 22 years. She's built valuable experience in strategic planning , marketing and management that has helped strengthen the company's position in the marketplace. As CEO, she continues the longstanding commitment to excellence in business and corporate culture.
"Focus on benefiting the employees. The employees will take care of the customers who in turn will bring financial success to the shareholders."
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Simplicity Vacuums Shifts to Mass Market Availability

February, 2019 - Industry News

ST. LOUIS (February 2019) - For the first time in the brand’s 30-year history, Simplicity Vacuums are now available in a variety of mass-market and online retailers.

“We’ve been the best kept secret in clean for three decades,” Tacony Home Floor Care Director of Marketing KC Grun said. “And now that secret is out.”

Grun said the products will begin appearing in a variety of big box retailers and will also include three new products including a bagless upright that is great for pets.

"We've been looking to round out the Simplicity brand to include vacuums customers have been requesting and to fill a gap for products we didn't have," Grun said. "We're launching a cordless wand vacuum. It's long overdue. It's always been about finding simple vacuuming solutions for consumers."

Grun stressed that Simplicity’s high-standards of quality will not change.

“Our engineers and structural designers scrutinize every detail of our vacuums to make sure they’re durable cleaning machines. Each and every part of them is the best it can be.”

For more information or to carry Simplicity Vacuums contact Bill Violand at or 813-309-0897.

About Simplicity Vacuums:
Simplicity Vacuums, a division of Tacony Corporation, is focused on one thing: building exceptional vacuums. Offering a full line of powerful cleaning machines with modern features, Simplicity Vacuums can be found at authorized retailers or

Tacony Corporation Announces New Cto

February, 2019 - New Hires

FEBRUARY, 2019 – FENTON, MO. Tacony Corporation has announced its new Chief Technology Officer: Christine Freed.

In addition to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and leadership, Freed’s diverse strategic and results-oriented experience includes a wide range of technological knowhow that will continue to prepare Tacony Corporation to adapt to a variety of ever-changing digital needs now and into the future.

She comes to Tacony from Duke Manufacturing where she was responsible for the end to end technology for global operations. Tacony Corporation CEO Kristi Tacony Humes said Freed was a natural fit for the company.

“From planning a long-term roadmap, implementing new and maintaining current systems, Christine led a team at Duke for 18 years which included upgrading and implementing Epicor, the same ERP system we use,” Tacony Corporation CEO Kristi Tacony Humes said. “We’re so happy she decided to come aboard. As part of the Executive Team, Christine will be able to take our technology platform to the next level and provide our employees and customers with the best possible experience.”


About Tacony Corporation

Founded in 1946, Tacony Corporation is a privately held manufacturing and distribution company that provides your world with better solutions for sewing, cleaning and home. With more than 550 associates in 12 offices around the world under the leadership of CEO Kristi Tacony Humes, Tacony’s mission is to create long-lasting relationships that are based on trust and feel like family. For more information, visit

Tacony Corporation Promotes Godare to Sr Vice President, Human Resources

February, 2019 - Press Releases

FEBRUARY 2019, FENTON, MO — Tacony Corporation has promoted Nicki Godare to Senior Vice President, Human Resources.

Tacony Corporation CEO Kristi Tacony Humes noted that Godare’s leadership qualities quickly rose to the forefront in her short time with the company.

“As Vice President and as a member of the Tacony executive team, Nicki has demonstrated how much can be accomplished quickly on a roadmap both tactically and strategically to set the company up for both the short and long term,” Humes said. 

Humes pointed to Godare’s numerous contributions to the company’s human resources department, including adopting and implementing the ADP payroll system, a new performance management structure, benefits improvements, streamlining processes and creating management training and on-boarding programs.

“Along with Nicki’s team, our Human Resource department continues to build upon the trust and partnership our company values stand for and desire for our employees with her vision,” Humes said.  


About Tacony Corporation

Founded in 1946, Tacony Corporation is a privately held manufacturing and distribution company that provides your world with better solutions for sewing, cleaning and home. With more than 550 associates in 12 offices around the world under the leadership of CEO Kristi Tacony Humes, Tacony’s mission is to create long-lasting relationships that are based on trust and feel like family. For more information, visit

Tacony Corporation Announces New Technology Leaders

February, 2019 - New Hires


Pam Jordan and Jayme O'Renic

FEBRUARY 2019, FENTON, MO — Tacony Corporation has added two new executives to its technology team: Pam Jordan, Senior Vice President of E-commerce for the Direct to Consumer channel and Jayme O’Renic, Senior Director of E-Commerce and Digital Strategy for Nancy’s Notions located in Beaver Dam, WI.

“Pam has the visionary leadership and excitement to drive digital sales and profitability, experience in managing strategic e-commerce partnerships and the ability to inspire and lead our current and future team members,” said Tacony CEO, Kristi Tacony Humes.

Jordan brings almost 20 years of experience in digital marketing and e-commerce to Tacony from a variety of industries. She has implemented multichannel marketing and e-commerce strategies for companies including Anheuser-Busch Inbev, Nestlé Purina Petcare, Thomasville Furniture and New Balance. She has also consulted with Fortune 100 companies including Pepsi, Crate and Barrel, Nordstrom and Target. 

O’Renic will be responsible for driving the growth of the Nancy’s Notions brand through Direct to Consumer sales channels along with increasing loyalty of the Nancy’s Notions consumers.

“Jayme’s experience in e-commerce and new customer acquisition will be invaluable to the Nancy’s Notions team,” Jordan said.

She comes to Tacony from OneSpace where she served as VP, Client Strategy. Prior to that, she served as Senior Manager of Digital Marketing at Build-A-Bear. 

About Tacony Corporation

Founded in 1946, Tacony Corporation is a privately held manufacturing and distribution company that provides your world with better solutions for sewing, cleaning and home. With more than 550 associates in 12 offices around the world under the leadership of CEO Kristi Tacony Humes, Tacony’s mission is to create long-lasting relationships that are based on trust and feel like family. For more information, visit

About Nancy’s Notions

Founded in 1979 after Nancy Zieman discovered her students shared her struggle to find quality notions and materials, Nancy’s Notions began as a one-woman mail order company that grew into a multi-channel retailer serving sewing, quilting, and embroidery enthusiasts around the world. To learn more, visit

Tacony Announces New Sewing Vp

February, 2019 - New Hires

FEBRUARY 2019, FENTON, MO — Tacony Corporation has added a new executive to its leadership team: Vice President of Retail Sales Rob Wesolich.

Wesolich comes to Tacony from Kent Corporation where he served as Director of Sales for their Nutrition Group and Regional Sales Manager for their Pet Group. In his role at Tacony, he is responsible for driving independent retailer success, managing the Regional Sales Managers and fleshing out product development for Tacony’s sewing division. He will oversee Baby Lock, Koala furniture and other sewing product-related brands.

“We’re excited to have Rob,” said Andy Touchette, Senior Vice President Retail Sales. “Among other things, he will influence and collaborate with marketing, product development and operations that’ll help steer future growth with our retail sales. His experience will be invaluable.”


About Tacony Corporation

Founded in 1946, Tacony Corporation is a privately held manufacturing and distribution company that provides your world with better solutions for sewing, cleaning and home. With more than 550 associates in 12 offices around the world under the leadership of CEO Kristi Tacony Humes, Tacony’s mission is to create long-lasting relationships that are based on trust and feel like family. For more information, visit

Tacony Corporation Restructures Leadership Roles,

September, 2016 - Press Releases

September 2016 – St. Louis, MO – The diversified company Tacony Corporation continues moving forward to meet strategic goals for future growth and expansion. Restructuring of the leadership team is part of the process. A long term succession plan is underway at Tacony, which includes the recent selection of a new Chief Financial Officer.


The company announces the promotion of Brad Overby to CFO. Previously, Overby served as the Tacony Corporation Director of Financial Planning & Analysis.


Hinderer adds that for some time the company has planned to separate the role of CFO from that of Company President. It was a matter of finding the right person for the job.


“In choosing Brad Overby to be our new CFO, we’ve found the right professional to help guide our company as we make decisions and update processes to meet our goals. Brad has already helped structure a new chart of accounts for Epicor, our new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system that will be launched this year.”


As the new Tacony Corporation CFO, Overby brings 20-plus years of diverse financial experience in public and private accounting, including large public and small private enterprises, and in distribution and service industries. His leadership experience encompasses systems implementation, strategy deployment, forecasting, budgeting, global consolidation and overall process improvement.


“Tacony Corporation is a very financially-stable company with a tremendous opportunity to take our business any direction we want to go. We can expand into markets we currently serve, or we can branch out into new ones,” says Overby. “I’m looking forward to using my expertise to help interface our new Epicor ERP system with the current systems in use. Ultimately, we’ll be using a more streamlined and modernized accounting system that will provide more detailed reporting and analysis of our business operations. It will significantly help our leadership team leverage current market knowledge and use it to our best advantage as we expand and grow.”


Under the new leadership structure, Overby will report to Hinderer and join the Tacony Corporate Executive Council. The Accounting, Credit and Customer Service departments will report to Overby.


In addition to working on exciting new business opportunities at Tacony, Overby says the family feel of the company is a bonus. “Everyone likes working with nice people, and Tacony has nice, smart people employed. It’s a great place for me to help build upon the success Tacony has earned for the past 70 years and help facilitate future growth.”


Overby resides in Wildwood, Mo., with his wife, Emily, and has three children, Jack, Nolan and Jarrod.


To learn more about Tacony Corporation, headquartered in Fenton, Mo., visit the company website,


About Tacony Corporation:

Tacony Corporation is a privately held manufacturing and distribution company operating in four strategic business units: sewing, home floor care, commercial floor care, and ceiling fans. With more than 650 associates in 13 offices around the world, Tacony’s mission is to create long-lasting relationships that are based on trust and feel like family. For more information, visit

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