December 2018

President’s Report

By now I’m sure you have heard about the sale of the Clean Show to Messe Frankfurt (see article below). It is important to point out a couple of items related to the sale. First, the package plan and the TCATA Plus One booth discounts for exhibitors will remain intact. Secondly, the five associations that had sponsored the Show will continue to remain very involved, including serving on a board to advise on various Show matters, promoting the Show, manning a booth, and in a number of other important ways. I’d like to thank David Cotter for his due diligence during this process. Many hours were spent reading and rereading the contract proposals.

Since the end of the year is approaching, I thought I would take the time to reflect on some TCATA activities during 2018.

The TCATA website is currently being updated. Please visit it soon to see the updated look and make sure you check out the Members Only section
Webinars during the year have covered many topics including Distribution Sales, Digital Marketing and the recent webcast from Beth Z – Secret Tech Weapons
Legislative/Regulatory: we worked to protect members’ business interests regarding possible new energy standards for commercial dryers sold in California and on the NSF 350 water standard issue, something that could cause significant harm to many member companies
Successful annual conference held in Puerto Rico

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for our 2019 annual conference in Ojai, California, July 31- August 3. More information will be sent out at the beginning of the year.

Enjoy the holidays and I wish you and your families a healthy and prosperous 2019.

Leslie Schaeffer



Clean Show Sold to Messe Frankfurt
The Clean Show Executive Committee recently finalized a deal with Messe Frankfurt to purchase the Clean Show. The Show is currently owned by the five major associations in the textile care industry: The Textile Care Allied Trades Association (TCATA), The Coin Laundry Association (CLA), The Dry-Cleaning and Laundry Institute (DLI), The Textile Rental Services Association (TRSA), and The Association for Linen Management (ALM). Riddle and Associates, which has managed the Show for nearly 30 years, will run the Clean Show in June 2019 on behalf of Messe Frankfurt.

As part of the sale, the five current sponsors will remain closely involved with the Show. TCATA anticipates that the transition to a new owner will be seamless, and that both exhibitors and attendees will largely have the same experience they had at past Shows.

Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade show and event organizer with its own exhibition grounds. Many members are familiar with Texcare, an event held in Frankfurt, produced by Messe every four years. Their purchase of the Clean Show will elevate the portfolio of trade shows organized by Messe for the laundry, dry cleaning and textile service businesses. Wolfgang Marzin, President and CEO of Messe Frankfurt, noted that “With the Clean Show, we have purchased America’s biggest trade show for the textile care industry and gained another module for our worldwide network of events for this sector. We now hold trade shows in all major economic regions and offer synergistic effects for both exhibitors and visitors.”

Early Bird Rate for 2019 UID Conference Available Until January 9th

The 2019 University of Innovative Distribution (UID) conference will be held from March 10-13 in Indianapolis, Indiana – once again, it is expected to sell out. This four day meeting, applicable both to distributors and manufacturers, features a wide variety of highly rated presenters and topics. TCATA member companies are entitled to a full 50% off the registration fee. Those who sign up before January 10 are entitled to an additional early bird discount.

UID is conducted in conjunction with the Department of Technology, Leadership and Innovation at Purdue University, and attendees are awarded CEUs toward a professional certificate in distribution. Click here for a brief video from Tim Underhill, one of the speakers at the 2019 program.

Several TCATA members have attended UID in recent years. Contact TCATA CEO David Cotter if you would like to speak with a member who has attended so that you can learn of their experience with this conference.