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PDCA Elects New Officers

 

President - George “Steve” Stevenson of Stevenson’s Cleaners in Altoona

 

 


Treasurer/President Elect - Barry Gordon of Quality Cleaners in Lemoyne.

 

 


Secretary - Tim Blain of Metro Drycleaners in Cranberry

 

 


Vice President for Government Activities - Dale Kaplan of Kaplan’s Careful Cleaners in Camp Hill

 

 

 


Immediate Past President - Mark Pollock of Signature Cleaners in Doylestown

 



Expo Moves to Baltimore

PDCA’s Drycleaning and Laundry Expo 2018 will beat the Baltimore Convention Center on November 9-11. The new location will provide easier access for attendees coming from central and western Pennsylvania and Delaware, as well as other areas. In addition, the proximity to BWI airport (about 8 miles away) will make transportation more convenient for people coming from greater distances The Inner Harbor location will give attendees new options for entertainment, sightseeing and restaurants.


Winning Stain Removal Seminar

The September stain removal seminar in Kennett Square was another huge success. Jane Zellers of JCZ Training and Consulting, and Bob Edwards, of A.L. Wilson, showed the attendees how to recognize stains, followed by basic proper procedures. Those attending also learned advanced techniques and how to use bleaches. Our thanks go to FM Supply for use of their facility.


May Stain Removal Seminar

The May stain removal seminar in Cranberry was a huge success. Jane Zellers of JCZ Training and Consulting, and Bob Edwards, along with Chris Patten, both from A.L. Wilson, showed the attendees how to recognize stains, followed by basic proper procedures. They learned advanced techniques and how to use bleaches.
“Very instructive for both the beginner and the veteran, interesting and interactive” commented one attendee.
Look for the next Stain Removal Clinic in eastern Pennsylvania in the fall.

 


Scholarships Available

There are several scholarships available to owners and employees PDCA member plants. Our Lucky Amatore Memorial Scholarship pays $1000 toward the tuition of any DLI School of Technology program. The applicant must have worked at the member cleaning plant for at least six months. To apply, contact PDCA.
There are nine scholarships available each year from R.R. Street Co. The awarding of the scholarships is solely at the discretion of DLI's Directors, and applicants should submit a written explanation of the reason for the request to our district director, Martin Young.
For details on the scholarships, call the PDCA office.


EPA Moves to Ban Tricloroethylene as the First Major Regulatory Action Under Chemical Reform Law

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to ban certain uses of trichloroethylene (TCE) due to health risks when used as a degreaser and a spot removal agent in dry cleaning
Most manufacturers no longer use TCE in their stain removers. To see if you have products containing it, check the material safety data sheet.
Specifically, EPA is proposing to prohibit manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution in commerce of TCE for use in aerosol degreasing and for use in spot cleaning in dry cleaning facilities.  EPA is also proposing to require manufacturers, processors, and distributors to notify retailers and others in their supply chains of the prohibitions.
EPA’s assessment also found risks associated with TCE use in vapor degreasing. The agency is developing a separate proposed regulatory action to address those risks. Recently, EPA announced the inclusion of TCE on the list of the first ten chemicals to be evaluated for risk under TSCA. That action will allow EPA will evaluate the other remaining uses of the chemical. The current action only proposes to ban certain uses of the chemical.


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.