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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.