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PDCA Wins Sales Tax Expansion Battle

After vigorous opposition and a coordinated effort, PDCA was successful in removing the sales tax on drycleaning from the proposed PA budget. Governor Wolf has declined to sign or veto the last version sent to him, so it is now in effect. There is no sales tax expansion in it.

A new budget will be proposed in a few months, and PDCA will continue to protect members by keeping up to date with what is happening and maintaining our position with legislators.

PDCA vice president Dale Kaplan recently hosted a group of legislators in his drycleaning plant to voice opposition to any increase in taxes that would affect small businesses.

The meeting was reported on March 3 on Harrisburg TV station ABC27.

We received regular briefings letting us know any activities concerning the status of the sales tax, so that we could respond immediately.

There is strength in numbers, and we will provide you with sample letters and talking points, if needed.

Expo 16 Plans Shaping Up

PDCA’s Drycleaning and Laundry Expo 2016 will have some new FREE educational features. A wide variety of seminars will take place on the exhibit floor, allowing visitors to improve the business and technical skills, while being close to the action in the hall. Look for details coming soon.

Early booth sales booth sales for Expo 16 are pointing to a large and varied exhibit. Attendees will have the opportunity to see what is new, to meet their current or future needs.

Potential exhibitors should click in the Expo button at the top of the page for details.

PDCA Visits Balfurd Laundry

PDCA members had the opportunity to visit one of the largest and most innovative laundry facilities in Pennsylvania. Balfurd Laundry is located in Tipton, PA, outside of State College.

Owner Bob Fogelsanger gave a brief introduction about the development of the plant. He took the group into the plant and explained the inner workings of the facility. He detailed how the work is separated for processing and what they have to do to meet state health standards. He described the many innovations they have which have speeded production while reducing injuries.

PDCA thanks him for this interesting and informative experience.

Meet the New PDCA Officers

New officers have been elected to head PDCA in 2016-17.

Mark Pollock of Signature Cleaners in Doylestown assumes the office of president. Years of experience and training have made him a specialist in stain removal and wedding gown cleaning and preservation. He previously served as treasurer of the association and has chaired our Expo trade show for many conventions. To read his first President’s Column for PDCA, go HERE.

 

George “Steve” Stevenson of Stevenson’s Cleaners in Altoona, is the new treasurer and president-elect, which means he’ll be assuming the presidential duties for the association during the 2018-19 term.

 

Taking over as secretary is Barry Gordon of Quality Cleaners in Lemoyne. The company is now in its third generation of ownership after having been originally incorporated in 1958.

 

Dale Kaplan will remain in the position of vice president for government activities. He is the owner of Kaplan’s Careful Cleaners located on Market St. in Camp Hill, PA. He originated the idea behind the grant program and coordinated our sales tax opposition.

 

Finally, outgoing president Bill Nicolais becomes Immediate Past President after serving as president for the past two years. Nicolais is the owner of Spotless Cleaners located in Dunmore, PA.

 

Welcome New Members
Roy Wall • Got Laundry?, Lansdown, PA
Ansuya Patel • Dry Cleaning Factory, Levittown, PA

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DLI Update

Some people are confused about the revised DLI membership categories. They don’t know why the change happened, or how to respond to it.

DLI CEO Mary Scalco opened the Expo seminars and explained the reasoning behind it. First, the DLI board felt it was fairer to base membership on the amount and type of services a company uses, not on their size. Secondly, they felt that the world has changed, and paying bills on line, in monthly increments, is a common and often preferred way of doing business. The third consideration was that, over many years, the number of dues categories, on a national scale, had expanded, with different rates for different areas, so that accounting had become a confusing nightmare.

The new system is simple, with basic standards. A cleaner chooses the category that contains the services he wants, then decides if he wants to pay monthly, quarterly, semiannually or annually. Because the system is automated, after a member signs up, he no longer gets those annoying invoices months before payments are due.

If you have any questions about the program, you can call PDCA at 800/822-7352 or DLI at 800/638-2627.

Free Preparedness and Prevention Contingency Plan

Regulations state that all cleaners who use perc must have a Preparedness and Contingency Plan, for use in case of a spill or accident with the solvent. These plans, when written by a consultant or an attorney, can cost anywhere from $250 to $500. PDCA contracted to have a plan drawn up. It is available to members at no cost. To comply with the regulation, all you need to do is fill in your company information, following the instruction sheet that is included. Keep the form on file and be sure that your key employees read it and know where it is. Remember that missing paperwork is often cited in violation reports by inspectors. Members received the plan previously. But if you don’t know where yours is, or would like to have a new copy, contact the office and we will send one out to you.

From the Board...
Losses...
We note with sadness the passing of Al DiPasquale, founder of Al’s Cleaners in Easton, at the age of 103. Al continued to work at the counter of his store until about 10 years ago. Our sympathies to his son Gary and the rest of the family. Sympathies go also to our president, Mark Pollock, on the passing of his mother, Irene. She served as first lady of our association when her husband, Phil, was president.
In the News...
Congratulations to the Lacarte family of Model Cleaners in Charleroi. They were featured in a recent issue of National Clothesline. The story related the history of Model Cleaners, and how it developed into the successful operation it is today.
A Friend in High Places
Congratulations to our past president Dave Beatty, of Murrysville Cleaners, who is now treasurer of DLI and will become its next president. He did a great job for PDCA, and we are sure he will accomplish a lot in his upcoming position.