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.Learn More About Tacony
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.Discover What We Do
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.Learn More About Tacony
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.Discover What We Do
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.Discover What We Do
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.Discover How We've Given Back Lately
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
Company Kicks Off Summer of Savings Anniversary Specials
Fort Worth, TX, July 7, 2017– Firmly rooted in tradition, with an eye on the future, Tornado Industries celebrates its golden anniversary with 90 years in business. To celebrate, the company will offer special savings to its network of distributors.
Since its beginnings in 1927, Tornado has developed into a leading innovator of "Best in Class" industrial and commercial cleaning equipment. With nine decades of janitorial/sanitation industry experience, Tornado provides in-house cleaners, contractors and facility managers across a broad-range of market segments with affordable, and innovative cleaning technology to meet the most demanding cleaning challenges.
Originally founded as the “Breuer Electric Mfg. Company,” Tornado began in a small facility in Chicago, Illinois, building and selling portable electric blowers for cleaning electric equipment. The Tornado brand name was launched shortly after, as the company began designing and producing commercial and industrial vacuum cleaners, hot air blowers, electric insecticide sprayers, and dust collectors.
Following the war and conversion to peacetime construction, the company added numerous products and entered the floor maintenance industry by acquiring the Fay Floor Machine Company. In 1977, the company moved to a location on Chicago's Northwest Side, near O'Hare International Airport.
In February 1999 three members of the senior management team, Michael Schaffer, Gary Cirone, and Tom Bogusevic, acquired the business from the Breuer family. The ownership change initiated a major product, dealer, and staff expansion. Tornado now carries a complete line of both hard and soft floor care equipment, including vacuums, carpet extraction equipment, floor machines, sweepers, automatic scrubbers, and critical filtration vacuums.
In 2007 Tornado Industries was acquired by Tacony Corporation and now operates in Fort Worth, TX as a subsidiary in the Commercial Floor Care division.
About Tornado Industries, a Tacony Company
Tornado Industries has been engineering quality cleaning equipment for 90 years. The company has a long history of innovative products and applying the latest technology to increase productivity, reduce costs, and improve safety. Tornado prides itself on always being on the cutting-edge of cleaning solutions. Many of the company’s products are assembled in America, with globally-sourced parts. For more information, visit www.TornadoVac.com. 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 www.Tacony.com.
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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, Tacony.com.
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 www.tacony.com.
Local, state and federal officials gathered at Tacony Manufacturing in St. James on May 25 to celebrate the company's 70th anniversary. The company was honored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Missouri Senate.
Jim Fleming, Tacony plant manager, welcomed a large crowd to the anniversary celebration and introduced all the dignitaries who were in attendance. "Today, we're celebrating and recognizing three things," he said. "The success of Tacony Corporation in the past 70 years. The commitment that the Tacony family has to the domestic production and distribution of the best floor care products for residential and commercial use. And the success that is possible when governmental entities and business work together.
Sometime in late August 2014, Tacony produced its two millionth vacuum. As of May 1, 2016, Tacony has made the following: 2,182,625 upright vacuums, 90,686 commercial floor dryers, repaired 91,891 vacuums, upgraded 159,987 imported vacuums, produced 10,305 zone heaters, produced 15,278 industrial vacuums for Tornado, Powr-Flite and Truvox, made 10,351 premium canisters since bringing back production from Taiwan in 2009.
"The decision to go against the tide and bring manufacturing to the U.S. 18 years ago was a leap of faith," Fleming said.
All of Tacony's competition has moved to low-labor-cost countries and cheapened their products, Fleming noted. Tacony is in a global fight for its markets and through the efforts of its employees and the help of various agencies, it has been able to survive and continue to commit to new products being made here.
"We started with five employees and this morning we have 119," Fleming said. "Our associates have been very active in our community by serving on various boards, volunteering for a plethora of local events and making St. James a destination point with the introduction of the Vacuum Museum.
Among those who came to mark the anniversary was the USDA Rural Development State Director Janie Dunning. Tacony's plant in St. James was helped in its beginning with a $53,600 grant awarded to the city of St. James by the USDA to help renovate an old shoe factory that served as Tacony's first local home.
"We are honored to be here to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Tacony Manufacturing," Dunning said. "Nearly 20 years ago, Rural Development was a partner in the renovation of their facility, and today they are still providing great resources to the area. It's always exciting to see business in a rural area thriving and creating job opportunities to the community. Many congratulations to Tacony Manufacturing.
The Tacony Corporation has been in business since 1946 and what began as a small, family-owned business has now evolved into a large business being a distributor, manufacturer, wholesaler and marketer of a variety of products. The St. James factory builds vacuum cleaners and parts, while the company's headquarters is located in Fenton, MO.
Fleming also introduced staff members representing U.S. Senators Clair McCaskill and Roy Blunt and Congressman Jason Smith, in addition to State Senator Dan Brown, who presented the company with a proclamation from the senate, State Representative Jason Chipman, and county commissioners Randy Verkamp and Larry Stratman. Brief presentations were also made by Tacony Corporation CEO Kristi Tacony Humes, and Senior VP of Home Floor Care John Kaido.
In addition to receiving $53,600 in 1997 to help renovate the building used as Tacony's first manufacturing plant in St. James, the city also received another $27,000 to help get Tacony off the ground. In 2005, the city received another $226,000 to help complete the paving of Industrial Drive to service Tacony's current facility.
Tacony has also worked with various state and federal agencies to take advantage of Enterprise Zone tax credits, job training, veteran employee tax credits, international trade, job applicant testing, youth employee training and more.
by Rob Viehman, The St. James Press
CEO Ken Tacony and his daughter, Executive Vice President Kristi Humes, both transition into new roles, as the company celebrates a hallmark year.
Nov. 30, 2015 – St. Louis, MO – The new year always brings with it the promise of new possibilities. For Tacony Corporation, the upcoming year means a number of significant, exciting changes. As the St. Louis-based company celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2016, it also transitions into a new era of leadership.
Effective Jan. 1, Ken Tacony will step aside as Chief Executive Officer as his daughter, Executive Vice President Kristi Humes, takes the helm. Tacony will scale back day-to-day duties and transition to Executive Chairman of Tacony Corporation. At the same time, Vice President of Marketing-Sewing Division, Craig Meyer, will take on leadership of Tacony Corporation marketing as Senior Vice President of Marketing. Bill Hinderer will continue as President and Chief Operating Officer.
“I am truly blessed and fortunate to have the opportunity to carry on my grandfather’s and my father’s entrepreneurial spirit,” Humes said. “I’m equally fortunate that my dad has the confidence that I am capable of carrying on what he continued to build from his father’s dream.”
Founded in 1946 by Nick Tacony, 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. Among the company’s most successful brands are sewing industry leader Baby Lock; home floor care brands Simplicity, Riccar and Maytag; commercial floor care brands such as Powr-Flite, Tornado and Truvox; and Regency ceiling fans. After Nick Tacony’s passing in 1984, Ken Tacony took over leadership of the business, growing it from $3 million in sales to more than $220 million in 2014. To date, the company employs more than 650 associates in 13 offices around the world.
Humes has 22 years’ experience in the family business, and had served various roles in the company before being named Executive Vice President in 2011. Meyer, a longtime employee of the company, brings decades of business and marketing experience to the position. He will continue Humes’ work in building and strengthening Tacony Corporation’s marketing strategies, focusing on distribution and independent retail businesses in the sewing, home floor care, commercial floor care and ceiling fan industries.
Tacony, 72, will transition into a new position as Executive Chairman, a role that will allow him to spend less time addressing day-to-day company business and more time with family and personal pursuits.
“It’s a role that allows me to still be involved from a consulting perspective rather than a managerial perspective,” Tacony said. “My wife told me that I could never retire, and this change in my role isn’t my retirement but the recognition of Kristi to begin taking a greater leadership role.”
As CEO, Humes plans to continue her father’s moral and ethical business practices, dedication to customer service, and investment in the company’s future and its associates. “We will continue as entrepreneurs, embrace new opportunities to do so in a way that Ken will be proud of,” she said. “And most of all, we will always take care of our customers in ways that are both fair to them and to us, and treat them like family.”
Ken Tacony will serve in a consultant role, providing support at the corporate headquarters during the transition and beyond. When he’s not performing duties at Tacony Corporation, he’ll spend more time in the Florida sun and spoiling grandchildren.
“You don’t always know when it’s the right time to make that change. It’s more of a feeling,” Ken Tacony said. “Sometimes it’s just the realization of what you want the balance of your life to be, to spend more time enjoying the fruits of your labor and setting the stage for the next generation.”
In addition to making leadership changes in 2016, Tacony Corporation will celebrate 70 years in business. The company will mark the occasion with a year of special events and promotions (to be announced) throughout the year.
To learn more about Tacony Corporation, visit the company website, Tacony.com.
About Tacony Corporation:
Founded in 1946 by Nick Tacony, 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 www.tacony.com.
The 2014 Sacred Sewing Room Tour Comes to a Close with Five Completed Makeovers in Five Cities Across the Country
Enchanted Makeovers and Baby Lock Sewing Machines are stitching up a great year of makeovers as the first-ever Sacred Sewing Room Tour comes to a close. The final event, held on October 18 at The Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Crisis Center in Washington, NJ, wraps up this life changing makeover tour. Since 2007 Enchanted Makeovers has been transforming homeless shelters for women and children into places that inspire behavioral and psychological change. The 2014 tour focused on creating “Sacred Sewing” rooms at domestic abuse shelters. The Tour touched the lives of hundreds of women and children and will continue to inspire lasting change and confidence through these sewing room makeovers. Photos of the completed rooms are available here via Flickr.
Enchanted Makeovers worked with Baby Lock Sewing Machines as the presenting sponsor to transform five rooms in shelters in St. Louis, MO; Easton, PA; Kansas City, KS; Lexington, KY; and Washington, NJ. More than 70 other sponsors and financial donors helped to fund the tour which enjoyed 100 percent of volunteer support from the Painters and Carpenters Union in each of the five makeover states. Along the way, over 75 volunteers gave their time to bring these rooms to life. Renowned muralist Anita Roll donated nearly 150 hours of her time to create custom-themed murals at each location.
“I always say it takes a village and the Sacred Sewing Room Tour is no exception,” said Terry Grahl, Enchanted Makeovers founder and CEO. “Having a presenting sponsor like Baby Lock and Tacony Corporation and other donors has helped us to create beautiful “Sacred Sewing” rooms with the supplies necessary to empower women through the life skill of sewing. Everyone involved in this project believes that sewing saves lives and seeing this in action with the women who use these sewing rooms reaffirms our belief time and time again.”
As the tour spun into motion, the CeCe Caldwell’s national retailers transformed 20 antique chairs with a custom-created paint color called “Enchanted Lilac” which was specifically created for the tour with ten percent of future sales benefitting Enchanted Makeovers. In a few short months, CeCe Caldwell has already raised over $5000 for Enchanted Makeovers. Sponsors and supporters donated more than 4,000 yards of fabric as well as all the cutting tables, ceiling fans, vacuums and all of the supplies for each sewing station. The 20 sewing stations were equipped with Baby Lock’s popular Rachel sewing machine. Pattern maker Amy Barickman and her team at Indygo Junction created a custom pattern for this tour as well.
“It is hard to deny the passion behind this program,” said Steve Jeffrey, President of Baby Lock. “We support Enchanted Makeover’s Sacred Sewing Room Tour because we truly believe in the idea that sewing saves lives. Sewers have a shared spirit for helping others and spreading goodwill and the 2014 tour have proven to us that is what this is all about.”
“What is truly amazing is that in each of these locations, the women are most excited to get behind the sewing machine and make something for a loved one,” said Grahl. “Knowing that they have something to give creates a deep confidence for the women and we believe can be one of many positive steps in their journey to a new life. Sewing saved my family when I was young and leaving that legacy of change in each of these sewing rooms is powerful.”
As the Presenting sponsor of the program, Baby Lock believes in what this project represents and its significant potential for improving the lives of women and children. The Enchanted Makeovers team spent hundreds of hours transforming the rooms and is committed to the long term success of this program with Baby Lock local market retailers continuing to support the Sacred Sewing Room project by volunteering to provide maintenance to the machines. They have also offered time to teach Sacred Sewing Room instructors how to use the machines. At each shelter, the residents are encouraged to make something to donate to others as one of their first projects. Some of the projects residents have participated in include making dresses for young girls in Africa and creating bibs for teen moms who are re-building their lives in shelters.
EXPERIENCE the 2014 Sacred Sewing Room Tour: Sacred Sewing Tour Slideshow
DONATE to the Sacred Sewing Room Tour, please visit www.sacredsewingroom.org
About Enchanted Makeovers:
Enchanted Makeovers is a 100% all-volunteer 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization whose mission is to transform homeless shelters for women and children into places that inspire behavioral and psychological change. Through unique projects and programs, a place is created that is supportive and inspirational for the most vulnerable members of our society while rebuilding their lives. For more information, visit www.enchantedmakeovers.org.
About Baby Lock:
Baby Lock has been a leader in the sewing industry for nearly 50 years. The company brought the first home serger to the market in 1964, and since then has introduced patented features to the world of serging. Baby Lock also offers a full line of other products that enhance the love of sewing, including easy to use sewing and quilting machines, embroidery products, exclusive software and industry-leading Gold Standard service and support. For more information, visit www.babylock.com.
How do traditions start? The first time around the event has to be memorable enough to want to do it again. The next time it should be as good if not better than the first. By this logic, it seems that the city of St. James might have a new summer tradition in the works. The Vacuum Museum’s 2014 “Scoops and a Movie” event was an even bigger success than last year’s event with over 250 people in attendance.
The first “Scoops and a Movie” event in 2013 represented an amped up anniversary celebration that was once a simple ice cream social. According to Vacuum Cleaner Museum representatives, this year’s event was a little more than an anniversary party.
“The St. James community has long supported the Vacuum Cleaner Museum. Many people actually work in the factory above the museum, and others bring friends and family to visit, too,” Nancy Montgomery, Human Resource Director at Tacony Manufacturing, said. “Scoops and a Movie is both a celebration of our museum anniversary and a celebration of the people of St. James. We can’t thank them enough for their continuous support.”
The event kicked off with free snacks including Ruby’s ice cream, two bounce houses, balloon animals, and a temporary tattoo station. In the midst of all the snack eating and bouncing, Vacuum Cleaner Museum curator, Tom Gasko, gave tours to new visitors. The museum was full of enthusiastic “vac heads” all night. Additionally, Relay for Life had a booth set up and raised over $200 through hot dog and water sales.
|Once the movie started on the jumbo screen, things calmed down a bit, but as soon as it was over attendees were in for one more special treat. “Scoops and a Movie” concluded with a fireworks show that many attendees said rivaled the local 4th of July shows. Overall, the event was a success, and the Vacuum Cleaner Museum has every intention of making “Scoops and a Movie” a lasting St. James tradition.
The Vacuum Cleaner Museum is free to the public and brings in thousands of visitors a year. It is located at #3 Industrial Drive, St. James, Missouri 65559. Follow the Vacuum Museum on Facebook for future event updates. www.facebook.com/vacuummuseum
About the Vacuum Cleaner Museum and Factory Outlet
The Vacuum Cleaner Museum and Factory Outlet is open and free to the public Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. excluding holidays. The museum is located just off Hwy. 44 at exit 195, at #3 Industrial Drive, St. James, MO 65559. For more information, visit www.vacuummuseum.com or call 1-866-444-9004.