Tacony Captures 2003 Missouri Industry of the Year Award

January 9, 2003

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 
Tacony team.” 

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 
Jacksonville, Fla. 

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 
Habitat homeowners. 

Other companies winning awards included SSM Health Care (large classification) in St. 
Louis and Hollister, Inc. (medium classification) in Kirksville, Mo. 


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