Mark Pollock

President's Message

by George (Steve) Stevenson

I am sure glad to be off of the frigid and snowy weather roller coaster. Having temperatures in the 50’s and daylight into the evening hours is a positive mood booster. By my observation and informal discussions with others in the dry cleaning industry business is picking up. It appears that customers took a little longer this year to embrace a change of season. But now it is Spring and opportunity  awaits with proms, graduations and Spring weddings.

PDCA and its board members have also been busy. Here are some of the recent highlights:

*  On Saturday April 21, 2018, PDCA sponsored an outstanding alterations seminar  hosted and presented by Board Member Dale Kaplan. A special thanks to Dale for all his hard work

*  Board Member Mark Pollock has also been serving as a District Committee Member at DLI and is now running for DLI District Director. Having an insider on the DLI Board would definitely be a benefit to PDCA.

*  Board Members Ryan Aguglia and Tim Blane are organizing an upcoming maintenance seminar in the Pittsburgh area.  Stay tuned for date, location and time  --- you won’t want to miss this one.

*  The Expo Committee is hard at work putting all the pieces in place for a great show in Baltimore  November 9 -- 11.

By the time this edition of the PDCA Press reaches you Expo will only be 6 months away.

George (Steve) Stevenson

...from the Board

Pollock to Serve on DLI Board -
Congratulations to PDCA President Mark Pollock who has been named District Committee Representative for our area. This position gives an added voice from our area. The person holding it cannot vote, but can voice opinions and ideas.

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Member in the News
Congratulations to Monika Manter and the folks at Balfurd Dry Cleaners in State College. They were featured in DLI’s Fabricare Magazine, which detailed their success in following up on the results of their Mystery Shopper.
You Are Invited
PDCA is Your association. We want to provide seminars that meet your needs and your interests. Your are invited to make suggestions and requests for seminars and meetings in your area. Let us know, and we will do our best to meet your needs.

Tech Talk

Differential shrinkage

Differential shrinkage occurs when only certain sets of yarns shrink on a garment creating a puckered appearance. Differential shrinkage can exist in fabrics constructed of yarns different in tension, twist, or fiber type. Very often, the differential shrinkage is severe enough to create a ripples or puckered appearance on the entire fabric. The drycleaning process is a total immersion process and cannot create shrinkage in only certain sets of yarns. Differential shrinkage can be controlled only by better stabilization processes during manufacturing. Shrinkage of this type occurs when the yarn has not been properly stabilized or preshrunk before the fabric is woven. Such shrinkage is often progressive and may not be noticeable until after several cleanings. However, in some instances, shrinkage will occur during the initial cleaning.
Reprinted with permission of DLI