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.

Tornado Industries Celebrates 90th Anniversary

August 10, 2017

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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Tacony Issa Trade Show Chicago Il

November 14, 2016

Pictured are Tacony National Sales Manager trio Jeff Pease, Bill Violand and Saul Esparza.

 

ISSA Interclean October 26 – 28, 2016 Trade Show Chicago, IL:   Tacony National Sales Manager trio Jeff Pease, Bill Violand and Saul Esparza benefited from State of Missouri Department of Economic Development G-MAP program offering partial funding to defray costs associated with trade show expenses in the amount of $4,500.   Attending expo events broadens the opportunity of the Tacony sales force to demonstrate our high-end product line and discover/develop customer leads ¾ which in-turn fronts product orders.   The obvious trickle-down results are product requisitions at Tacony Manufacturing in St. James, therefore, stabilizing Tacony’s workforce.   ISSA Interclean remains the leading worldwide association for the cleaning industry by representing all the professions it encompasses and by allying with other trade organizations that share common goals.   The association leverages the strength of its global cleaning community to change the way the world views cleaning – increasing the appreciation for cleaning as an investment in human health and the environment.   International sales… Absolutely Tacony Manufacturing  is interested.    

  

For the past year HR Manager and grant writer Nancy Montgomery in St. James coordinated international event funding thru the State of Missouri G-MAP and MO STEP=UP programs with Tacony’s International Sales Manager Tornado Division Glenn Cederberg as he traveled to Bolivia, Dubai and Cartagena Colombia.     Reimbursement for the three trips will exceed $18,000.00.

 

Missouri International Trade and Investment Office Trade Specialist Paola Coronel recently contacted Nancy with an offer to attend the EXPO MANUFACTURA in Monterrey, Mexico.   Nancy forwarded the invitation to Bill Violand who suspected the possibility of grants for this trip.  Sure enough!  Tacony National Sales Manager duo Bill and Saul will travel to Monterrey, Mexico in February 2017 ¾  an expected $5,800 reimbursement from G-MAP.   Bill’s two travel/event reimbursements are set to exceed $10,000. 

 

EXPO MANUFACTURA has been the leading platform for the manufacturing sector in Mexico and around the world for the past 20 years.   This trade fair connects manufacturers to suppliers for entire product lines.    Tacony's family of floor care brands—CFR, Powr-Flite, Tornado and Truvox—provide innovative floor care products backed by cleaning industry know-how, extensive engineering and product development resources, and a large portfolio of patents. From hard floors to carpet, the warehouse to the boardroom, and hotels and schools to janitorial services our equipment and support will meet customers' unique cleaning needs while keeping the bottom line in mind.   Tacony Corporation is a distributor, manufacturer, wholesaler, and marketer for a variety of products. People around the world know Tacony for its quality products and customer service. That’s because Tacony thrives on its family-like atmosphere. Tacony executives believe that the key to success is building meaningful relationships with customers and employees alike.

 

For information regarding State of Missouri Department of Economic Development G-MAP and MO STEP=UP programs contact Melanie Bax at 573-751-4855.   For specific information concerning the EXPO MANUFACTURA in Mexico give Paola Coronel a call at:  573-751-5098.

Tacony Corporation Restructures Leadership Roles,

September 7, 2016

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.

Tacony Corporation Enters Its 70th Year Under a New Generation of Leadership

December 28, 2015

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.

Tacony Opens Tacony Achievement Center

November 1, 2012

FENTON, MO— For over 66 years, a private, family-owned company has thrived by supporting independent retailers. Tacony Corporation prides itself in building lasting relationships with its customers, and one way to do this is through exclusive retailer training. Now, as part of this continual customer support, Tacony will celebrate the opening of the Tacony Achievement Center, a state-of-the-art training facility. The ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by refreshments and tours, will take place on November 28 at 5:00 p.m.

The new building is nearly 12,000 square feet, and Tacony has already spent over $1 million on the building purchase and renovations including new carpeting, walls, paint, furniture, lighting, sound systems, wireless capabilities and other technology additions.  A computer lab, with 12 work stations and video conferencing capabilities, and an audio/video recording and photography room was also added to the building.

"The building will be a great place to showcase our products while providing a comfortable environment for trainees,” Kristin Tacony Humes, Executive Vice President of Tacony Corporation, said.  

Tacony Corporation focuses on retailer and consumer education as a key part of its sales and marketing programs. Sales and product training is essential in today’s market and is just one example of how Tacony provides its retailers with the tools for success.  Similarly, many retailers recognize the benefits of hosting consumer events. Future consumer training is planned for the Tacony Achievement Center (TAC) as an extension of these retailer programs.

Currently, Tacony holds training and retailer seminars about three weeks out of every month. With the acquisition of the new building, Tacony Corporation saw an opportunity to increase the number of trainings and provide additional space. The TAC will host training for employees, independent retailers, and consumers.

“We have needed a larger training area for our Tacony Baby Lock [sewing machine] dealers for quite some time, and this new facility will also give us some office expansion space,” Ken Tacony, CEO of Tacony Corporation, said. “In the future, we would also like to be able to bring in our Simplicity and Riccar [vacuum cleaner] dealers for enhanced product demonstration and technical training.”

The center of the TAC consists of one expansive room that can be broken into two smaller rooms with a collapsible wall. Each room is equipped with large projection screens and audio for easy demonstrations to large audiences. Plus, to make trainees more comfortable while visiting, the new building also has a lounge with a fireplace, television, internet and a kitchen area. This provides an opportunity for trainees to stay on site and mingle during break times.

“It’s like a fantasy island for our customers,” Linda Rainwater, Baby Lock National Training Manager, said. “Who wouldn’t want to get hands-on experience using the best equipment available?”

Rainwater is referring to the innovative Baby Lock sewing, quilting, embroidery and serging machines that are used during Baby Lock trainings. Additionally, in Baby Lock retailer and consumer trainings, each trainee will be stationed at their own Koala Studio. 

“It gives us an opportunity to utilize a beautiful, dedicated training space with incredible audio visual capabilities,” Rainwater said. “It will also inspire our customers to recreate the experience in their stores or homes.”

When used for either Baby Lock retailer or consumer training, the large room can fit up to 40 sewing stations. When used for corporate training events or floor care seminars, the room can fit up to 100 people. There is also an oversized storage/warehouse to house the products used for training and alleviate some of the work for warehouse employees.

The Tacony Achievement Center will not only benefit Tacony Corporation, but the city of Fenton, too. With the new facility, Tacony plans to expand its retailer training schedule which will bring more people to Fenton each year. 

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.

Tacony Recognized As Manufacturer of the Week

May 3, 2012

ST. JAMES, MO—Out of more than 7,000 Missouri manufacturers, Tacony Corporation was recognized as the Make it in America Manufacturer of the Week on May 3, 2012. 

“We’re honored to be a Make it in America Manufacturer of the Week. We couldn’t be more proud of our associates who put everything they have into building world-class vacuums each day,” Joy Petty, Director of Marketing for Tacony Corporation’s Home Floor Care Division, said.

The Manufacturer of the Week initiative was launched in late 2011 by the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).

“The primary goal of the Make it in America initiative is to educate MEP stakeholders, partners and the general public on the companies that create jobs and grow the U.S. Economy... American manufacturers,” Jaclyn Gardner, MEP Communications Manager, said. “The program is putting a ‘face and name’ to the industry that is so often talked about as the key to American growth. We are also leveraging this initiative to educate Americans on the outstanding work of the MEP system and the clients they serve.” 

“Missouri Enterprise is a not for profit organization that operates the MEP program in Missouri,” Harold Zinn, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications at Missouri Enterprise, said. “We have worked with Tacony for more than 10 years in areas such as product development, product design, and continuous improvement.”

Designation as the Manufacturer of the Week is a great honor, since there will be only 52 selected across the entire country each year.

“First, the manufacturer must make a product in the United States,” Zinn said. “The other criteria are a bit more subjective. We like to choose companies that have been expanding and make good examples of how to do it right.”

In 1997, Tacony Corporation brought production of many Riccar and Simplicity vacuum cleaners from Taiwan to St. James, Missouri. At the time, Tacony had five employees at the factory; today, over 150 people are dedicated to the production of these quality vacuum cleaners.  “I think Tacony is committed to a culture that promotes growth and innovation,” Zinn said. “It is a company that always looks for new and better ways to do things.”

About Missouri Enterprise:
Missouri Enterprise is an organization that helps small- and medium-size manufacturers transform themselves to realize profitable growth today and prepare for success in the next generation and beyond. Its services fall into five major categories: Continuous Improvement, Business Growth, Supplier Development, Workforce and Sustainability. 

Missouri Enterprise delivers a unique combination of “hands‐on implementation” assistance and coaching and mentoring that turns good ideas into bottom‐line profits. The organization works side‐by‐side with clients to create innovative new processes and products and the corporate culture that will become a hallmark of their long term operational success.

Missouri Enterprise is part of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the nation’s largest consulting organization focused on small- and medium-size manufacturers and Missouri’s only program that provides direct assistance to manufacturing. 

About Tacony Manufacturing:
Tacony Manufacturing, located in St. James, Missouri, is the manufacturing facility for all Simplicity and Riccar upright vacuum cleaners and premier canister vacuums. The factory opened in 1997 when Tacony Corporation moved production from Taiwan to the United States. Within the first decade of US production, the one millionth vacuum rolled off the line.  Tacony Manufacturing is a vertically integrated operation. Component pieces are injected molded on one of the seven presses, then many components receive an automotive-quality paint finish in the paint department before being brought out to the production lines for assembly. In addition to building Simplicity and Riccar vacuums, Tacony Manufacturing also serves as the production facility for some Fuller Brush brand vacuum cleaners as well as some CleanMax commercial grade vacuum cleaners. 

Tacony Celebrates 65 Years

January 1, 2011

This year, Tacony Corporation is proud to celebrate its 65th Anniversary.  Tacony has spent decades offering independent retailers popular brands such as Baby Lock sewing machines, Riccar and Simplicity vacuums and Koala Studios. Tacony knows that its success is dependant on the success of its customers and has maintained the culture of customer service introduced by its founder. 

In 1946, after returning from the War, Nick started a small business selling and servicing sewing machines from the basement of his home. He invested his savings in used machines, motors and parts, and worked diligently in an industry that had been ignored during the country’s industrial support for the War. Over the next two decades, his business grew to become a Tacony distribution network supporting independent retailers throughout the U.S. 

Nick’s success was in large part due to his development of a family rapport with customers. He made sure that every employee and customer felt like they were a part of his family.

In 1970, Ken Tacony joined his father in the business. When Nick Tacony passed away in 1984, Ken assumed the leadership of Tacony Corporation. Under Ken’s guidance, Tacony has grown far beyond being a large distributor of sewing machine parts. Today, Tacony Corporation imports, distributes, and manufactures a full range of products for independent retailers to market to homes and businesses. Tacony has become a truly diversified worldwide consumer products company with over 645 dedicated associates maintaining twelve offices and showrooms. Ken Tacony’s three children, Kristin Tacony Humes, Kennon Tacony and Korbin Tacony, also play significant roles in the Company. In each of their roles, the Tacony family emphasizes the importance of setting Tacony Corporation apart from the competition by providing exceptional customer service to the independent retailer. 

In the past decade, Tacony has experienced incredible growth with the acquisition of several brands, including Koala Studios custom-built furniture, the Tornado, CleanMax and Truvox floor care brands, and Mac Molding injection molding. Tacony has also opened the first Vacuum Cleaner Museum with one of the most rare and extensive collections in the world. This collection is a valuable resource for the product development team. 

Existing brands have also experienced vast growth. Thanks to an impressive selection of innovative machines, Baby Lock is now proud to count famed “sewlebrities” such as Nancy Zieman, Eleanor Burns, Martha Pullen and Kay M. Capps Cross among their spokespersons. These popular women participate in events around the country, promoting Baby Lock and, as a result, participating retailers’ stores. Baby Lock is also the underwriter of the popular programs Sewing with Nancy, Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting and Quilt in a Day, giving a national presence to further drive traffic to independent retailer locations. 

1997, Ken Tacony made the landmark decision to move the production of Riccar and Simplicity upright vacuum cleaners from Taiwan to St. James, Missouri. Since the initial move, the Tacony Manufacturing facility has expanded four times and has created over 150 jobs, making it one of the largest employers in St. James. Today, the 190,000 sq. ft. facility is home to state-of-the-art equipment for high tech painting, injection molding, solid modeling design, prototyping and detailed testing using ASTM standards. This facility is also home to the Vacuum Cleaner Museum.

Tacony’s manufacturing (and the amount of jobs) continues to grow each year. In the past 2 years, Tacony has begun manufacturing Simplicity and Riccar premier canisters and heaters in St. James. Tacony also owns three other manufacturing facilities. Koala Studios are custom-built in Chicago, Illinois; Truvox products are manufactured in Southampton, England; and Tornado and Powr-Flite products are manufactured at the Fort Worth, Texas facility. Today, retailers of Tacony products can proudly tell customers that many products are made in the USA.

Tacony’s sense of innovation has stretched beyond the products it sells and manufactures to the products it actually develops. For 15 years, Tacony’s Research and Development Team has developed product concepts from the original idea to production. Tacony’s engineers create the design and mechanical tooling, as well as develop their own testing equipment for research and quality control. 

Tacony’s team of 12 engineers confidently competes with larger companies by creating exclusive, sought-after features that give retailers a clear advantage in today’s market. To date, the Research and Development Team has developed several dozen patents, including upright and canister vacuum technology like the revolutionary Tandem Air motor system. Tacony’s engineering staff works primarily at the headquarters in Fenton, Missouri, with additional engineers at the St. James, Fort Worth, Southampton and Suzhou facilities. 


The Research and Development Team works closely alongside the Manufacturing, Technical, and Marketing Teams. Together, they can identify potential problems, react to new industry trends and perfect products before they are mass-produced. In doing so, Tacony has the rare gift of bringing products to retailers with speed and the ability to quickly react to market fluctuations.


Tacony Corporation also maintains an “open door policy” that allows every employee, no matter what position, to feel comfortable sharing concerns and ideas with anyone in management or directly with Ken himself. Ken and the rest of the leaders of Tacony remain as accessible as possible to employees, retailers, and consumers. This extra effort and care has lead to a corporate culture that truly embodies Tacony’s corporate motto: Tradition. Trust. Teamwork.

In every step of the way, Ken Tacony has incorporated a sense of family into the corporation built by his father. One of the most significant corporate goals of Tacony Corporation’s mission statement is to “build long-lasting relationships that are based on trust and feel like family.” Tacony’s primary objective is to ensure that the retailer will always be served with quality products, prompt delivery and the best customer service in the industry. Ken Tacony understands that Tacony’s success is based on the success of its retailers, making independent retailers the #1 priority of Tacony Corporation. 

Vacuum Cleaner Museum Opens

August 17, 2009

ST. JAMES, MO — Historic Route 66 is the perfect location for its newest roadside attraction — a vacuum cleaner museum. This Mother Road is known for entertaining and educational venues and the new museum will deliver both in great fashion. The Vacuum Cleaner Museum will celebrate its grand opening on Thursday, August 27th with a ribbon cutting ceremony and ice cream social. The celebration begins at 1:30 pm. The museum is located at Tacony Manufacturing, home of Riccar and Simplicity vacuum production. 

This extensive collection includes 500 vacuums spanning a century of progress. The museum displays vacuums from the 1910’s to modern times in decade-themed vignettes complete with period furniture and memorabilia from that era. Visitors will discover a glimpse of Americana through the evolution of the vacuum and accompanying newspaper and magazine advertising displayed in each decade. 


Tom Gasko, Museum Curator and National Authority on Vacuums, donated his collection to museum, which includes many from Stan Kann, legendary organist for the Fox Theater, St. Louis, MO. A collector since childhood, Gasko’s passion has allowed the former Festus vacuum retailer to appear in USA Today, the HBO’s documentary This Is America, and other national media. He has also served as president of the National Vacuum Cleaners Club. 

“Tom is perfect at blending entertainment with education”, says Joy Petty, Director of Marketing for Tacony Corporation’s Floor Care division. “He has such an extensive knowledge of about how the vacuum cleaner has evolved, and how each was directly related to changes in America. You have no idea how exciting vacuums can be until you visit Tom at the museum”. 

There are also a few “celebrity” vacuums on display including the official vacuum cleaner of Air Force One and the childhood vacuum of Emmy nominated actor, James Earl Jones. 

The Vacuum Cleaner Museum and factory outlet are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free admission. The museum is located just off of Hwy. 44 at exit 195, at #3 Industrial Drive, St. James, MO. For more information, visit www.vacuummuseum.com.

Tacony Corporation brought production of Simplicity and Riccar upright vacuums to the United States in 1997. At the time Tacony Manufacturing opened its doors, the entire vacuum factory consisted of only five employees. Almost a decade later, in 2006, the 120 employees of Tacony Manufacturing proudly watched as the first 1 millionth vacuum rolled off the production line. 

Headquartered in St. Louis and found in 1946 by Nick Tacony, Tacony Corp. is a privately held manufacturing and distribution company operating in four strategic business units: household vacuum cleaners, commercial floor care products, home sewing products and ceiling fans. With more than 650 associates in 12 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 http://www.tacony.com. 

Editor’s Notes: Electronic copy of this press release plus relating images can be found on http://madeintheusavacuums.com/media-kit 

Tacony Corporation Acquires Sewing Center Supply Company, Inc.

September 30, 2008

ST. LOUIS, MO -  Tacony Corporation of St. Louis, Missouri and SCS, Sewing Center Supply Co., Inc. of Portland, Oregon have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding for Tacony to acquire the assets of SCS on September 30, 2008. 

 

Under the agreement, Tacony will become the exclusive importer in North America and direct all the distribution of the varied SCS brands and products, including Madeira Thread, Klasse needles, Hemline luggage and notions, and Suzy’s bags and baskets. Tacony will also control and direct the design, manufacturing and worldwide distribution of the premier line of Koala Sewing and Craft furniture and studios.

 

Tacony and SCS are working together towards meeting the exceptionally large demand for American manufactured Koala cabinets and are in the process of expanding manufacturing for the Koala cabinet line. 

 

For years, Tacony and SCS have served the sewing industry by bringing new and innovative products to market. Customers should expect a seamless transition of operations between SCS and Tacony. As part of this acquisition, the Portland facility will be closed and the inventory will be moved to Tacony’s facilities in Fenton, Missouri, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin and Fullerton, California. Tacony will continue to provide fast and cost effective shipping with its coast-to-coast distribution network.

 

Ed Moore, Chief Executive Offices of SCS, will join Tacony Corporation and relocate to the St. Louis, Missouri are in the immediate future. "It is an exciting time and opportunity for those that have supported SCS. We have always been committed to providing our customers with products and ideas to help their businesses grow," said Moore. "The Tacony family and their commitment to excellence in serving their customer and associates will improve the ideas and services that SCS has provided. I am excited to join this team and to continue to partner with you in the future as a Tacony associate. 

 

Included in this acquisition are the Sewing and Crafting web site. Hundreds of sponsoring dealers from all over the country have joined this innovative site. Through education and demonstration of thousands of products, the Club has rewarded participating dealers with positive revenue both in store and on line.

 

“I’m pleased to have Ed Moore join the Tacony family,” said Ken Tacony. “His years of experience in the sewing industry will be an asset to our company and we welcome all of the SCS customers.” 

 

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Tacony Corporation Acquires Mac Molding Company, Inc.

September 25, 2008

St. Louis, MO — Ken Tacony, CEO, announced today that Tacony Corporation 
has acquired the assets of Mac Molding Company and that Lance Loeffelman, 
the owner of Mac Molding Company, Inc., has signed a long-term employment 
agreement to continue running Mac Molding’s operations. “We have used many 
injection molding companies over the years, but none has been better able to 
consistently deliver the high-quality, highly-finished parts required for our 
vacuums than Mac Molding. We are very excited to have Lance and his staff join 
our Company”, Tacony said. 

Mac Molding was founded in 1972 by Robert McDorman who sold the company 
to the Loeffelman’s in 1997. Located in Sunset Hills, Mac Molding has 24 
employees, with over half having at least 30 years of service. 
For over eight years, Mac Molding has been molding parts for Tacony’s vacuum 
cleaner plant in St. James, Missouri. In recent years, Tacony has accounted for 
the majority of Mac Molding’s business. Earlier this year, Tacony completed a 
substantial expansion of its St. James facility with the intention of eventually 
bringing its injection molding requirements “in house”. “This presented an 
opportunity to grow Mac Molding’s capacity to be able to keep up with the growth 
of Tacony’s business and to continue to service our other customers and to seek 
new ones”, Loeffelman said. 

In addition to Tacony, Mac Molding’s customers include companies in the 
electronics and consumer products industries. “We are proud of our long-term 
relationships with our customers and look forward to continuing to serve them. 
As the St. James operations grow, we will be able to handle more new business 
in Sunset Hills”, Loeffelman said. 

 

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Tacony Corporation Celebrates Six Decades

January 1, 2006

Tacony Corporation Celebrates Six Decades
A Family Tradition for Sixty Years...

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Tacony Corporation Receives Governor's Small Business of the Year Award

May 18, 1999

ST. LOUIS, MO; May 18,1999 - This year's Economic Development Conference recognizes Missouri's "Most Valuable Players" with nine awards in various categories honoring individuals or organizations that positively changed the face of Missouri's economy. Tacony Corporation is the recipient of the 1999 Governor's Small Business of the Year Award. The award was presented on Tuesday, May 18th at the Governor's Economic Development Conference at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Some of the qualifications for The Small Business of the Year Award include, businesses that have experienced significant growth, improved internal processes.and/or developed a business plan or marketing plan to improve its business. Tacony Corporation met this criteria by bringing jobs to Missouri, economic growth to the community and job skills to individuals.

Tacony Corporation, a privately held company that employs 170 people locally and 330 people nationally, is an international importer, distributor and manufacturer of household and industrial sewing machines, vacuum cleaners and ceiling fans. Currently, the company distributes sewing machines in North America under the

Baby Lock, Elna, Simplicity, Riccar and Tacsew brands. They also distribute vacuum cleaners branded Riccar and Simplicity and manufacture the Powr-Flite line of janitorial equipment. Regency ceiling fans are also product brands of Tacony Corporation. In 1998, Tacony and Zeng Hsing Industrial Co. LTD, opened a new joint venture known as USA Vacuum Industries. In an innovative move, Tacony relocated their vacuum cleaner production from Taiwan to St. James, Missouri. The decision was especially timely for St. James, which had suffered the closure of another manufacturing plant.

"We are very pleased to bring jobs to Missouri," said Bill Hinderer, Executive Vice-President of Tacony Corporation. "We appreciate the assistance of MAMTC and the State of Missouri in helping us create new jobs."

"Tacony Corporation has generated over 60 new jobs in the St. James area," said Tom White, Regional Director of MAMTC-Missouri's St. Louis office (Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center). "The company has also developed a new line of lower cost, high-value vacuums designed to complement their existing line of high-end residential and institutional models. All of these models are now made in St. James." (more) Small Business Award pg 2

"Our office assisted Tacony with site selection and product design," White said, "Now, we are especially pleased that Tacony is receiving this well-deserved recognition from the Governor and the Department of Economic Development."

"Tacony Corporation displayed impressive vision and determination with the decision to bring production of their vacuum cleaners to the United States," said Russ Lindenlaub, Director of the MAMTC-Missouri Rolla Center.

"We are currently helping USA Vacuum Industries to increase their production capacity by implementing 'lean manufacturing' techniques," Lindenlaub said. "This effort results in increased productivity, efficiency, and quality."

U.S. Secretary of Commerce William Daley proclaimed 1999 as "The Year of the Small Manufacturer" in recognition of the vital impact of small manufacturers on our nation's economy. "Small manufacturers are critical to the competitiveness of the entire manufacturing sector and are vital to the U.S. economy," Daley said.

 

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