Tacony Corporation Unveils New Baby Lock Sewing Products

August 24, 2021

ST. LOUIS (Aug. 24, 2021) – Tacony Corporation has introduced a new Baby Lock product lineup from its Tacony Sewing Division. The new product line showcases the revolutionary and cutting-edge technology that sewing enthusiasts have come to expect from Baby Lock sewing products.

“Our new lineup of sewing machines and accessories currently available to our retailers and consumers make sewing, quilting and embroidering simple, fast and efficient,” said Susanne Voss, director of brand marketing, Tacony Sewing Division. “The new Baby Lock products are packed with features take allow sewers, quilters and embroiders to focus on their craft instead of tinkering with a machine.”

Key new products include:

 

Chorus Quilting and Sewing Machine

  • With 771 built-in stitches, users have many creative options. From numerous utility stitches to decorative ones, users can find something for every project.
  • The Sensor Pen tells the machine exactly where you want your needle and stitches positioned. You can use the pen to designate stitch width, placement, and a stopping point on your fabric.
  • A built-in Guide Beam also makes continuous stitching easy to keep straight.

 

Ballad Quilting and Sewing Machine

  • With 771 built-in stitches, users have many creative options. From numerous utility stitches to decorative ones, users can find something for every project.
  • Comfortably quilt with the Ballad’s large throat space. 11.25 inches to the right of the needle leaves room for thick projects and bigger quilts.
  • With the new Compact Digital Dual-Feed System you will have 7.0 mm clearance for stitching on multiple layers or high loft fabrics. A total of 36 utility and decorative stitches can now be used with this foot.

 

Array Multi-needle Embroidery Machine

  • With six needles, users will love how quickly they can embroider large, multi-colored designs; projects can be finished without excessive thread changes between jobs.
  • Use the crosshair positioning laser to preview the position of the embroidery design. Then adjust the position and angle for precise alignment. Embroidery will be perfectly placed every time.
  • Keep track of a project’s progress with this convenient feature that alerts a user’s phone when the bobbin needs to be changed, if a thread breaks, if a thread needs to be changed and when stitching is done.

 

Vesta Embroidery and Sewing Machine

  • With 301 built-in stitches, users have many creative options. From numerous utility stitches to decorative ones, users can find something for every project.
  • With 293 built-in embroidery designs, users will always find inspiration in the Vesta.
  • Stitch bigger embroidery designs and enjoy less re-hooping with a large embroidery field - 6-1/4 inches x 10-1/4 inches.

 

Flare Embroidery Machine

  • With 293 built-in embroidery designs, users will always find inspiration in the Flare.
  • Stitch bigger embroidery designs and enjoy less re-hooping with a large embroidery field - 6-1/4 inches x 10-1/4 inches.
  • By using Design Database Transfer, users can easily send their designs from their computers to the machine. Also, when WLAN connection is enabled, users will receive notifications when new updates are available for your machine.

In addition to the new machines, several new Baby Lock accessories are available exclusively at Baby Lock retailers, including easy-to-use magnetic embroidery hoops, quilting soles and more.

To learn more about the new Baby Lock products, visit www.babylock.com.

 

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 350 associates in eight 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 www.tacony.com.

Simplicity S65 Vacuum Featured on Designing Spaces

July 29, 2021

June 29, 2021, St. Louis, MO – We always knew the Simplicity® S65 vacuum was a star, and now it truly is! On July 30 and August 5 at 7:30 a.m. EDT, the S65 Cordless Multi-Use Vacuum is making its national television debut on the home improvement show Designing Spaces airing on Lifetime TV.

When the Carvajal family in Florida needed a simpler and more convenient way to clean up after their triplets and two dogs with a single vacuum, they looked to the pros at Simplicity and selected the S65 vacuum.

Kristi Tacony Humes, CEO of Tacony Corporation, maker of Simplicity Vacuums, and Director of Business Development Josh May visited the Carvajals in their Florida home to talk about how to keep a healthy home and to demonstrate why the Simplicity S65 is the perfect solution. Not only does it filter at high efficiency with its HEPA media filter, but also its versatility - converting from a stick vacuum to a handheld vacuum. Plus, it’s perfect for cleaning small apartments to large multi-level homes. Cordless and lightweight, the Simplicity S65 has three models available with just the right tools to customize cleaning.


Step inside the Carvajal’s home and meet the family along with Kristi and Josh on Designing Spaces airing on Lifetime.

Learn more about the Simplicity S65 models by visiting Simplicityvac.com.

 

About Simplicity Vacuums:

Simplicity Vacuums, a division of Tacony Corporation, is focused on one thing: making clean simple. Offering a full line of powerful cleaning machines with modern features, Simplicity Vacuums can be found at authorized retailers nationwide or on SimplicityVac.com.

 

Tacony Corporation Announces New Chief Financial Officer

March 26, 2021

FENTON, Mo. - March 2021 — Tacony Corporation, a privately held manufacturer and distributor that provides the world with better solutions for sewing, cleaning and home, announced today that Shannon Wilson has been named chief financial officer.

Wilson comes to Tacony with more than 20 years of financial experience in both public and private sectors. Most recently, she served as CFO for Jim’s Formal Wear, a national wholesaler and distributor in the men’s formal wear industry. Prior to that she held CFO positions in the software development and marketing services industries.

“Shannon brings a burst of energy, a curious and strategic mindset, and vast experience from previous roles similar to what we do at Tacony – family business, multi-channel distribution, and international and ecommerce sales,” said Kristi Tacony Humes, CEO, Tacony Corp. “Her collaborative nature, strong leadership and mentorship expertise are a great fit for Tacony.”

Wilson joins Tacony beginning in March 2021.

“Tacony has such a strong history and tradition of providing quality products and services, and taking care of its customers and employees,” said Wilson. “At the same time, there’s excitement and passion for the future with a focus on growth, exceeding expectations, and finding better ways in all they do. I can’t imagine a more exciting time to be joining the Tacony family.”

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Wilson earned her undergraduate degree from St. Louis University and has remained rooted in the St. Louis area.

 

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 350 associates in eight offices around the world under the leadership of CEO Kristi Tacony Humes, Tacony prides itself on building long-lasting business relationships that are based on trust and feel like family. For more information, visit www.tacony.com.

Tacony Corporation Announces New Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing

January 22, 2021

FENTON, MO. - January 2021 — Tacony Corporation, a privately held manufacturer and distributor that provides the world with better solutions for sewing, cleaning and home, announced today that Ryan Wesselschmidt has been named senior vice president of sales and marketing.

Previously based in Stockholm, Sweden, Wesselschmidt comes to Tacony after 20 years with Husqvarna Group, the world’s largest supplier of outdoor power equipment, where he was global vice president of sales and service. In addition to developing sales territories and managing direct sales channels in the U.S., Wesselschmidt built a first-in-class sales force, expanded markets throughout the emerging markets, and gained extensive market share across Europe.

“Ryan’s leadership principles – personal accountability, collaboration, and customers first always – align closely with Tacony’s core values,” said Kristi Tacony Humes, CEO, Tacony Corp. “As we approach 75 years in business, we are building a team to help us fulfill our mission to exceed our customers’ needs; Ryan’s addition to our team is a giant step in that direction.”

Wesselschmidt was born and raised in the Midwest and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He calls Missouri home and has relocated to St. Louis to join the Tacony Family beginning in January 2021.

 

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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 350 associates in eight offices around the world under the leadership of CEO Kristi Tacony Humes, Tacony prides itself on building long-lasting business relationships that are based on trust and feel like family. For more information, visit www.tacony.com.

Sewing Interests and Sales 'serge' With New Makers

August 12, 2020

The sewing industry has seen a “serge” (pun intended) in sales during the pandemic. Tacony’s own Jeff Fuller, VP of Retail Marketing, and Baby Lock USA customer George Moore of Moore’s Sewing Centers spoke with CNN Business to share our experience and excitement for new makers entering the sewing world. Read the full article here: https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/13/business/sewing-machines-demand/index.html

Learn more about sewing brands and products brought to you by Tacony on our Brands & Innovation page.

To join our exciting world of sewing, check out the Tacony Careers page.

Tacony Announces New Commercial Floor Care Executive

March 25, 2019

MARCH 2019, FENTON, MO – Tacony Corporation has announced the promotion of Don Mullen to Senior Director of National Accounts in the Commercial Floor Care Sales Division.

“When you think of hard work, Don Mullen comes to mind,” said Tacony Vice President of Sales for Commercial Floor Care Tim Schaumburg. “Don’s consistent energy and ability to get the job done is refreshing; he is a motivating person to be around and his promotion is well deserved and earned.”

Schaumburg added that in Mullen’s three years with the company, he has demonstrated an ability to lead a team, manage multiple lines of business and be a company advocate both with customers and with his peers.

Mullen will work from Tacony’s corporate headquarters in Fenton, Mo.

 

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 www.tacony.com.

Tacony Sells Regency Ceiling Fans Division

March 5, 2019

MARCH 2019, FENTON, MO — Tacony Corporation, a leading distributor and manufacturer of consumer and commercial goods, announced its sale of Regency Ceiling Fans and related assets to Hinkley Lighting effective February 28, 2019. The announcement was made by Tacony CEO, Kristi Tacony Humes.

The sale allows Tacony to focus on its core business markets while providing a suitable home for Regency Ceiling Fans which has been part of Tacony for over 40 years.

“We had been looking for a strategic partner with the necessary resources and expertise to help take Regency to the next level,” Humes said. “We believe Hinkley Lighting provides Regency with a unique opportunity for growth because of its applicable experience in lighting and its reputation for trend-setting, high-quality, fashionable designs.”

Hinkley is a well-recognized and respected brand in the lighting industry used by homeowners, designers, contractors and light commercial specifiers. Its brand portfolio consists of Hinkley Lighting and Fredrick Raymond. Regency Ceiling Fans will join Hinkley Lighting at its Global Headquarters in Avon Lake, Ohio.

“We are excited to add the Regency brand to the Hinkley family of products,” said Eric Wiedemer, Vice President of Hinkley Lighting. “By widening our indoor and outdoor product offering through the fan category, we create a more connected and cohesive brand experience for our showrooms and the consumer.”

The Regency divestiture comes on the heels of Tacony’s recent announcement regarding its warehouse facilities.  In order to accommodate anticipated future growth, Tacony is building a new 75,000 square foot distribution center in Las Vegas, Nevada.  This will serve as its West Coast hub, replacing the current facility in Fullerton, California.

“Our core businesses remain strong and these changes will help us focus on the customer experience across all our brands as we move forward,” said Craig Meyer, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Tacony. “The customer experience is our top priority and Tacony continues to challenge status quo to ensure we stay true to the values that have made us successful for over 72 years.”

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 www.tacony.com.

Simplicity Vacuums Shifts to Mass Market Availability

February 22, 2019

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 b.violand@tacony.com 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 SimplicityVac.com.

Tacony Corporation Announces New Cto

February 18, 2019

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 www.tacony.com.

Tacony Announces New Commercial Floor Care Executive

February 1, 2019

FEBRUARY 2019, FENTON, MO — Tacony Corporation has added a new executive to its leadership team: Vice President of Sales for Commercial Floor Care, Tim Schaumburg.

Schaumburg’s position puts him in charge of developing sales strategy and driving profitability at Tacony within the Commercial Floor Care group. He is also responsible for the inside and outside sales teams along with OEM and sales support headquartered in Tacony’s Fort Worth, TX, facility.

“Tim’s experience in sales will be invaluable in helping our Commercial Floor Care channel meet its goals and objectives,” said Tacony CEO, Kristi Tacony Humes. “We’re excited to see how he’ll contribute.”

Schaumburg is formerly of ADP where he served as Business Consultant for Major Accounts and then Regional Vice President at Enterprise Holdings. He also serves as a Corporate Advisor and Mentor at L.E.A.D (Launch, Expose, Advise, Direct) with a mission to empower an at-risk generation to lead and transform their city.

 

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 www.tacony.com.

 

Tacony Corporation Promotes Godare to Sr Vice President, Human Resources

February 1, 2019

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 www.tacony.com.

Sewing Industry Mourns Loss of Icon Nancy Zieman

November 14, 2017

ST. LOUIS (November 14, 2017) – Nancy’s Notions and parent company Tacony Corporation join the sewing industry and fans around the world in mourning the passing of sewing icon and Nancy’s Notions founder Nancy Zieman. Staff and leadership at Tacony are remembering Nancy as a dear friend and colleague, beloved throughout the industry.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Nancy Zieman,” said Craig Meyer, senior vice president of marketing at Tacony Corporation. “Nancy is especially revered and respected here at Tacony where we enjoyed so much more than just a business relationship. Nancy was truly a friend, and we will miss her.”

Nancy served as an icon, a leader and a visionary in the sewing world. She paved the way for many other women to become entrepreneurs and business owners. In 1979, she founded Nancy’s Notions, based in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. St. Louis’ Tacony Corporation purchased the company in 2003, and Nancy stayed on as the company’s chief spokesperson, teacher, and creative voice.

Nancy also founded the Public Television show Sewing with Nancy in 1982 – now the longest-running sewing and quilting program on North American television. She authored multiple sewing how-to books and inspired countless sewing enthusiasts across the U.S. and throughout the world.

After a long battle with cancer, Nancy passed away at home surrounded by family on November 14,2017. A private service is planned with family and close friends.

The 2017-2018 season of Sewing with Nancy will run in its entirety, showcasing a mix of new programming that was taped prior to Nancy’s retirement this fall and encore presentations of some of the most popular topics from past seasons. In August, Nancy expressed her hope that Sewing with Nancy will continue for years to come.

In lieu of cards and flowers, donations may be made in Nancy’s name to Wisconsin Public Television or to a local hospice organization.

ABOUT NANCY’S NOTIONS

Founded in 1979 by inspirational sewing educator Nancy Zieman, Nancy’s Notions began as a small, mail-order company operating from Nancy’s kitchen table and grew into a multi-channel retailer serving sewing and quilting enthusiasts around the world.

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 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 www.tacony.com.