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.