NEW YORK, N.Y. — The National Cleaners Association (NCA) reports that its TexCare ’07 trade show, held last weekend at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, N.J., was a big success.
The largest drycleaning and coin-op show in the Northeast, TexCare “gets bigger each time we host the show,” says Ann Hargrove, the association’s special projects director. “This year we expanded the line-up to further meet the needs of coin-op laundry owners and their providers. The result was a success, as we had the largest turnout ever.”
TexCare ’07 attracted more than 3,000 attendees, Hargrove says, including many international visitors. The show sold out of exhibit space, with more than 200 exhibitors showcasing equipment demonstrations and solutions.
Exhibitors were pleased with the turnout. “They were very interested in the latest technology in pressing equipment,” says Bill Odorizzi, Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based Sankosha USA. “I not only sold my equipment directly at TexCare, but I expect many more sales to come in during the next couple of months as a result of the show.”
The show’s free seminar schedule covered marketing and public relations, lease negotiation, and issues related to problem garments and environmental regulations. In addition, about 80 people came to a a preshow delivery and branding seminar featuring Jason Loeb, owner of Florida-based Sudsies. A social night and dinner buffet at the Meadowlands Racetrack was also a sold-out event.
“There are more drycleaners and coin-op laundry operators in the Northeast than in any other place in the world,” says Nora Nealis, NCA’s executive director. “They come to TexCare to do business, network and reconnect with long-time colleagues.”
Following the success of this year’s show, NCA has slated the next TexCare for October 2009. For on-location reports from NCA’s TexCare and Messe Frankfurt’s Texcare Asia in Shanghai, watch your mail for the November edition of American Drycleaner and for more details at AmericanDrycleaner.com.
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