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70+ Years of Business

Tacony Corporation has demonstrated unwavering stability and consistent growth since its founding in 1946. This long-term success can be attributed to a strong ethical stance, diversification and smart business practices.

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Reaching 100+ Countries

What began in Nick Tacony's basement has grown internationally. At Tacony Corporation, we're continuously exploring new avenues through which to expand our market reach, grow the bottom line and serve more customers, better.

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Family Owned

Tacony Corporation began as a family business and remains a family business, even as its reach expands worldwide. As a third generation of the Tacony family takes the lead, we remain focused on extending that sense of family to retailers, consumers and associates.

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Reliable Service

Our consumers remain the heart and soul of everything we do. That's why we strive to provide superior communication and support to every customer before, during and after the sale‐whether by phone, web, email or social media.

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Operational Excellence

The cornerstone of our business is providing superior products and services to our retailers and consumers in ways that make it easy to do business with us. At the same time, we move forward with smart, conservative choices that ensure long-term fiscal health.

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Diversified Business

Tacony has diversified into four core divisions: sewing, home floor care, commercial floor care, and ceiling fans and lighting. Each division targets a distinct customer base, but all play to the unique strengths of our business model.

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Outstanding Practices

Tacony Corporation demonstrates strong leadership not only in entrepreneurship, but in philanthropy. Over the years, we've supported a number of charitable efforts that have changed countless lives and improved the communities in which we do business.

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American Made

Tacony Corporation proudly produces its home and some commercial vacuums right in the heart of the U.S.A. in St. James, Missouri, commercial floor care equipment in Fort Worth, and Koala Sewing Studios outside Chicago. We're also a sponsor of the American Made Matters initiative, which promotes American-made goods.

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"Share the love and success the Tacony team has for our motto: tradition, teamwork and trust."

In 1946, Nick Tacony invested his entire savings in used machines, motors and parts and began a business selling and servicing sewing machines from the basement of his home. Nick Tacony soon became a leader among sewing machine entrepreneurs. By wholesaling sewing machines, accessories and other merchandise to retailers, he established a nationwide network of Tacony distribution centers. Ken Tacony joined his father in the business in 1970, and with a solid foundation in place, Tacony Corporation began to market and sell diversified products inside and outside the sewing industry. Tacony has become the preferred source for independent retailers by offering access to a wider range of products, parts and services that enable business owners to operate more efficiently and profitably in their markets

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Bill Hinderer
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Kristi Tacony Humes
Chief Executive Officer
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Sold exclusively through Authorized Independent Retailers, Baby Lock offers machines to enhance the “Love of Sewing” in its customers.

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Koala Studios brings beauty and optimal space to any sewing room. This fine sewing furniture is designed by sewing and craft professionals. Once designed, the studios are made to order by furnishing experts in the United States.

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Tacony is the exclusive North American distributor of Madeira premium home sewing threads. Madeira offers quality threads for all types of sewing including quilting, embroidery and garment sewing.

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Amazing Designs offers high-quality embroidery designs and collections for home sewers.

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Nancy's Notions is the place to find the most up-to-date sewing products on the market for consumers. Nancy's Notions web site and catalogs contain thousands of products including sewing books, notions, videos, fabrics and quilting merchandise.

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The focus of the Tacony Sewing Central sales division is to have a staff of trained “specialists” to handle over 60,000 items. Tacony Sewing Central is the largest wholesaler in the country of designs available on CD or downloadable.

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Tacony Industrial Sewing is a primary importer and distributor for most popular brands of industrial sewing equipment. Customers use Tacony as a convenient one-stop shop for all of their industrial sewing needs. Tacony carries everything from commercial sewing and quilting machines and stands to industrial irons and cutting equipment.

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Regency is a major distributor and designer of ceiling fans, ceiling fan lighting, and accessories. The Regency fan line is marketed through premium lighting retailers and electrical supply distribution. Regency has positioned itself firmly on the leading edge of today's ceiling fan suppliers by being value based, offering cutting edge features and consistent quality that revolve around style and taste.
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Simplicity is saving good people from bad vacuums with American-made products, patented Tandem Air Technology, and metal parts where they matter most.

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Riccar vacuums represent the highest standards in design, material, and durability. They offer exceptional filtration and cleaning ability, plus unique specialty features.

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Maytag vacuums are designed for dependability and performance. They're made in America with metal in high-wear areas and a poof-proof bag system.

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Vac Pros provides retailers an easy way to order all of the products and parts for a variety of vacuum cleaners. It is also the exclusive distributor of Fuller Brush vacuums and CleanMax commercial vacuums.

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Powr-Flite has been a leader in the commercial floor care industry for over 35 years, manufacturing and distributing a full line of equipment, parts, chemicals, accessories and supplies...everything for the commercial cleaner all in one convenient location.

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CFR designs and manufactures a complete range of carpet cleaning systems and high performance specialty tools with innovative patented technology radically different from other cleaning systems. Continuous Flow Recycling technology provides superior cleaning, faster dry times and higher productivity.

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Tornado Industries, located in West Chicago, Illinois, has been a leading developer of floor care equipment since 1927. Tornado specializes in tackling the unique cleaning challenges of hospitals, public transportation, educational facilities and more.

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The Truvox International Ltd. Company in Millbrook, Southampton, U.K., offers a vast range of cleaning and maintenance products for hard and soft floors, including rotary floor polishers, scrubbers, dryers, carpet extractors and vacuum cleaners.

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Established in 1997 Tacony Manufacturing in St. James, Missouri proudly manufactures vacuum cleaners for household and commercial use. Our first-hand knowledge of what makes American homes unique helps us design, engineer and assemble world-class vacuums perfectly suited for cleaning homes right here in the good old U.S. of A.
Founded in 1972, Mac Molding takes pride in supplying manufacturers with custom injection molding and related manufacturing services that exceed expectations. Our customer testimonials indicate they are consistently impressed with the efficiency of our molding processes, the skill of our team, and the refinement of each finished product.

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"To profitably grow our leadership position in the industries we serve"
Kristi Tacony Humes
Chief Executive Officer
Kristi has held positions in virtually every business unit and department, learning and growing with the business over 22 years. She's built valuable experience in strategic planning , marketing and management that has helped strengthen the company's position in the marketplace. As CEO, she continues the longstanding commitment to excellence in business and corporate culture.
"Focus on benefiting the employees. The employees will take care of the customers who in turn will bring financial success to the shareholders."
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Tacony Corporation Enters Its 70th Year Under a New Generation of Leadership

December, 2015 - Press Releases

CEO Ken Tacony and his daughter, Executive Vice President Kristi Humes, both transition into new roles, as the company celebrates a hallmark year.


Nov. 30, 2015 – St. Louis, MO – The new year always brings with it the promise of new possibilities. For Tacony Corporation, the upcoming year means a number of significant, exciting changes. As the St. Louis-based company celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2016, it also transitions into a new era of leadership.


Effective Jan. 1, Ken Tacony will step aside as Chief Executive Officer as his daughter, Executive Vice President Kristi Humes, takes the helm. Tacony will scale back day-to-day duties and transition to Executive Chairman of Tacony Corporation. At the same time, Vice President of Marketing-Sewing Division, Craig Meyer, will take on leadership of Tacony Corporation marketing as Senior Vice President of Marketing. Bill Hinderer will continue as President and Chief Operating Officer.


“I am truly blessed and fortunate to have the opportunity to carry on my grandfather’s and my father’s entrepreneurial spirit,” Humes said. “I’m equally fortunate that my dad has the confidence that I am capable of carrying on what he continued to build from his father’s dream.”


Founded in 1946 by Nick Tacony, Tacony Corporation is a privately held manufacturing and distribution company operating in four strategic business units: sewing, home floor care, commercial floor care, and ceiling fans. Among the company’s most successful brands are sewing industry leader Baby Lock; home floor care brands Simplicity, Riccar and Maytag; commercial floor care brands such as Powr-Flite, Tornado and Truvox; and Regency ceiling fans. After Nick Tacony’s passing in 1984, Ken Tacony took over leadership of the business, growing it from $3 million in sales to more than $220 million in 2014. To date, the company employs more than 650 associates in 13 offices around the world.


Humes has 22 years’ experience in the family business, and had served various roles in the company before being named Executive Vice President in 2011. Meyer, a longtime employee of the company, brings decades of business and marketing experience to the position. He will continue Humes’ work in building and strengthening Tacony Corporation’s marketing strategies, focusing on distribution and independent retail businesses in the sewing, home floor care, commercial floor care and ceiling fan industries.


Tacony, 72, will transition into a new position as Executive Chairman, a role that will allow him to spend less time addressing day-to-day company business and more time with family and personal pursuits.


“It’s a role that allows me to still be involved from a consulting perspective rather than a managerial perspective,” Tacony said. “My wife told me that I could never retire, and this change in my role isn’t my retirement but the recognition of Kristi to begin taking a greater leadership role.”


As CEO, Humes plans to continue her father’s moral and ethical business practices, dedication to customer service, and investment in the company’s future and its associates. “We will continue as entrepreneurs, embrace new opportunities to do so in a way that Ken will be proud of,” she said. “And most of all, we will always take care of our customers in ways that are both fair to them and to us, and treat them like family.”


Ken Tacony will serve in a consultant role, providing support at the corporate headquarters during the transition and beyond. When he’s not performing duties at Tacony Corporation, he’ll spend more time in the Florida sun and spoiling grandchildren.


“You don’t always know when it’s the right time to make that change. It’s more of a feeling,” Ken Tacony said. “Sometimes it’s just the realization of what you want the balance of your life to be, to spend more time enjoying the fruits of your labor and setting the stage for the next generation.”


In addition to making leadership changes in 2016, Tacony Corporation will celebrate 70 years in business. The company will mark the occasion with a year of special events and promotions (to be announced) throughout the year.


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About Tacony Corporation:

Founded in 1946 by Nick Tacony, Tacony Corporation is a privately held manufacturing and distribution company operating in four strategic business units: sewing, home floor care, commercial floor care, and ceiling fans. With more than 650 associates in 13 offices around the world, Tacony’s mission is to create long-lasting relationships that are based on trust and feel like family. For more information, visit

Enchanted Makeovers and Baby Lock Impact Hundreds of Lives Nationwide

October, 2014 - Philanthropy

The 2014 Sacred Sewing Room Tour Comes to a Close with Five Completed Makeovers in Five Cities Across the Country

Enchanted Makeovers and Baby Lock Sewing Machines are stitching up a great year of makeovers as the first-ever Sacred Sewing Room Tour comes to a close. The final event, held on October 18 at The Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Crisis Center in Washington, NJ, wraps up this life changing makeover tour.  Since 2007 Enchanted Makeovers has been transforming homeless shelters for women and children into places that inspire behavioral and psychological change.  The 2014 tour focused on creating “Sacred Sewing” rooms at domestic abuse shelters.  The Tour touched the lives of hundreds of women and children and will continue to inspire lasting change and confidence through these sewing room makeovers.  Photos of the completed rooms are available here via Flickr.

Enchanted Makeovers worked with Baby Lock Sewing Machines as the presenting sponsor to transform five rooms in shelters in St. Louis, MO; Easton, PA; Kansas City, KS; Lexington, KY; and Washington, NJ.  More than 70 other sponsors and financial donors helped to fund the tour which enjoyed 100 percent of volunteer support from the Painters and Carpenters Union in each of the five makeover states. Along the way, over 75 volunteers gave their time to bring these rooms to life. Renowned muralist Anita Roll donated nearly 150 hours of her time to create custom-themed murals at each location.

“I always say it takes a village and the Sacred Sewing Room Tour is no exception,” said Terry Grahl, Enchanted Makeovers founder and CEO.   “Having a presenting sponsor like Baby Lock and Tacony Corporation and other donors has helped us to create beautiful “Sacred Sewing” rooms with the supplies necessary to empower women through the life skill of sewing. Everyone involved in this project believes that sewing saves lives and seeing this in action with the women who use these sewing rooms reaffirms our belief time and time again.”

As the tour spun into motion, the CeCe Caldwell’s national retailers transformed 20 antique chairs with a custom-created paint color called “Enchanted Lilac” which was specifically created for the tour with ten percent of future sales benefitting Enchanted Makeovers.  In a few short months, CeCe Caldwell has already raised over $5000 for Enchanted Makeovers. Sponsors and supporters donated more than 4,000 yards of fabric as well as all the cutting tables, ceiling fans, vacuums and all of the supplies for each sewing station. The 20 sewing stations were equipped with Baby Lock’s popular Rachel sewing machine. Pattern maker Amy Barickman and her team at Indygo Junction created a custom pattern for this tour as well.

“It is hard to deny the passion behind this program,” said Steve Jeffrey, President of Baby Lock. “We support Enchanted Makeover’s Sacred Sewing Room Tour because we truly believe in the idea that sewing saves lives. Sewers have a shared spirit for helping others and spreading goodwill and the 2014 tour have proven to us that is what this is all about.”

“What is truly amazing is that in each of these locations, the women are most excited to get behind the sewing machine and make something for a loved one,” said Grahl. “Knowing that they have something to give creates a deep confidence for the women and we believe can be one of many positive steps in their journey to a new life. Sewing saved my family when I was young and leaving that legacy of change in each of these sewing rooms is powerful.”

As the Presenting sponsor of the program, Baby Lock believes in what this project represents and its significant potential for improving the lives of women and children.  The Enchanted Makeovers team spent hundreds of hours transforming the rooms and is committed to the long term success of this program with Baby Lock local market retailers continuing to support the Sacred Sewing Room project by volunteering to provide maintenance to the machines. They have also offered time to teach Sacred Sewing Room instructors how to use the machines. At each shelter, the residents are encouraged to make something to donate to others as one of their first projects. Some of the projects residents have participated in include making dresses for young girls in Africa and creating bibs for teen moms who are re-building their lives in shelters. 


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About Enchanted Makeovers:

Enchanted Makeovers is a 100% all-volunteer 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization whose mission is to transform homeless shelters for women and children into places that inspire behavioral and psychological change. Through unique projects and programs, a place is created that is supportive and inspirational for the most vulnerable members of our society while rebuilding their lives. For more information, visit


About Baby Lock:

Baby Lock has been a leader in the sewing industry for nearly 50 years. The company brought the first home serger to the market in 1964, and since then has introduced patented features to the world of serging. Baby Lock also offers a full line of other products that enhance the love of sewing, including easy to use sewing and quilting machines, embroidery products, exclusive software and industry-leading Gold Standard service and support.  For more information, visit


Over 250 People Attend 2nd Annual Scoops and a Movie Event at Vacuum Museum

September, 2014 - Sponsorships/events

How do traditions start? The first time around the event has to be memorable enough to want to do it again. The next time it should be as good if not better than the first. By this logic, it seems that the city of St. James might have a new summer tradition in the works. The Vacuum Museum’s 2014 “Scoops and a Movie” event was an even bigger success than last year’s event with over 250 people in attendance. 

The first “Scoops and a Movie” event in 2013 represented an amped up anniversary celebration that was once a simple ice cream social. According to Vacuum Cleaner Museum representatives, this year’s event was a little more than an anniversary party. 

“The St. James community has long supported the Vacuum Cleaner Museum. Many people actually work in the factory above the museum, and others bring friends and family to visit, too,” Nancy Montgomery, Human Resource Director at Tacony Manufacturing, said. “Scoops and a Movie is both a celebration of our museum anniversary and a celebration of the people of St. James. We can’t thank them enough for their continuous support.” 

The event kicked off with free snacks including Ruby’s ice cream, two bounce houses, balloon animals, and a temporary tattoo station. In the midst of all the snack eating and bouncing, Vacuum Cleaner Museum curator, Tom Gasko, gave tours to new visitors. The museum was full of enthusiastic “vac heads” all night. Additionally, Relay for Life had a booth set up and raised over $200 through hot dog and water sales. 

|Once the movie started on the jumbo screen, things calmed down a bit, but as soon as it was over attendees were in for one more special treat. “Scoops and a Movie” concluded with a fireworks show that many attendees said rivaled the local 4th of July shows. Overall, the event was a success, and the Vacuum Cleaner Museum has every intention of making “Scoops and a Movie” a lasting St. James tradition. 

The Vacuum Cleaner Museum is free to the public and brings in thousands of visitors a year. It is located at #3 Industrial Drive, St. James, Missouri 65559. Follow the Vacuum Museum on Facebook for future event updates. 

About the Vacuum Cleaner Museum and Factory Outlet 

The Vacuum Cleaner Museum and Factory Outlet is open and free to the public Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. excluding holidays. The museum is located just off Hwy. 44 at exit 195, at #3 Industrial Drive, St. James, MO 65559. For more information, visit or call 1-866-444-9004.


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Tacony Corporation Builds for the Future, Will Welcome New Erp System and Hires New Chief Information Officer

April, 2014 - New Hires

The multi-faceted company Tacony Corporation has recently made strides to ensure its success in the future. To keep up with growth and increased sales efforts, Tacony has implemented a search for a new ERP system. Additionally, Mike McLean has joined the company as Chief Information Officer to support the initiative. 

Over the past few years, Tacony Corporation has seen growth in many areas of its business. The company has increased its manufacturing enterprises with the new Maytag line of vacuums and new products from Koala Studios sewing furniture. It has also continued to extend its reach overseas by updating its facilities in China and the United Kingdom. Plus, a new online ordering system is in the final stages to help streamline the process for Tacony customers. To maintain growth within the company, a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system will be introduced next year, and the new Chief Information Officer, Mike McLean, will help ensure the new system’s success. 

“We’ve been very successful with the basic, very customized software package we have in place, but we are no longer just an importer/distributor. We have added manufacturing, retail, direct marketing, online catalog, and more channels over the years,” Executive Vice President of Tacony Corporation, Kristi Tacony Humes, said. “It’s time to bring our technology up to date with the tools needed to manage a multi-faceted and complex business model today and for years to come. We are happy to welcome Mike and his experience to lead us there.” 

McLean comes to Tacony with years of technology experience. From the time he took his first computer class at St. John Vianney High School in St. Louis, he knew he wanted to continue studying information systems. He went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree of Science and a Master’s Degree in Information Management from Washington University and then started his career in the tech world. McLean’s experiences include the development of an international telephony billing system, integrating a billing solution with call center applications, and leading the development of a fully functional ERP. All seemed a perfect fit for Tacony Corporation’s business plan. 

“After a couple discussions with members of the Management Team, it was evident that Tacony was a good fit for me,” McLean said. “I have 10 plus years in the manufacturing/distribution industry. In addition, I have recently led a like company through a very similar transition. I approach every problem from a business perspective and utilize my experience to leverage technology for the purpose of delivering a solution.” 

McLean will lead the rollout of new technologies brought into Tacony such as the ERP system, but his executive role will also cover many aspects of the company. “I truly enjoy being involved in delivering solutions/information/reports to employees (internal customers) that assist them with managing their area of the business,” McLean said. He will play a key part in developing a standard approach for supporting all Tacony web applications including any e-commerce and content management. 

So far, McLean has a positive outlook at Tacony’s upcoming implementation of the new ERP and other technological advancements. “The Management Team has whole heartedly accepted and is completely supportive of the challenge of transitioning to a state of the art ERP System. In addition, they have involved members of every business entity to be actively involved and committed to the effort,” he explained. 

Along with his expertise in technology, McLean has a strong family relationship—making Tacony even more of a fit for him. Just as McLean supports Tacony’s new technology efforts, his family supports his new career path. His wife, children and parents have encouraged him throughout his career, and that’s something the Tacony family definitely understands. Tacony Corporation has been family owned and operated for 68 years. The company strives to build long-lasting relationships with its employees and customers and love welcoming new people to its family. 


About Tacony Corporation: 

Founded in 1946 by Nick Tacony, Tacony Corporation is a privately held manufacturing and distribution company operating in four strategic business units: sewing, home floor care, commercial floor care, and ceiling fans. With more than 650 associates in 13 offices around the world, Tacony’s mission is to create long-lasting relationships that are based on trust and feel like family. 


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Tacony Street Packed During 2014 Vdta Convention Retailers Delighted in New Vacuums & Sewing Products

March, 2014 - Sponsorships/events

Each year at the VDTA Convention, Tacony Corporation is represented by an array of home floor care and sewing brands. This year, Tacony had an entire “street” that was packed with enthusiastic retailers. All in all the show was a success, and we couldn’t have done it without the support of the many retailers who stopped by the Tacony booths. “We had a tremendous show,” John Kaido, Tacony Senior Vice President of Home Floor Care Sales, said. “It was great to see so many of our dealers, hear first-hand what they think of our new products, and thank them for their great support.” Thank you to everyone who made it out to Las Vegas for the convention. If you couldn’t make the show this year, keep reading to see what you missed. 


Congratulations, Ray Queen 

For 18 years, Ray Queen worked for the Tacony sewing team and in 2013 he retired as Vice President and Chief Sales Officer of the Baby Lock Sewing Division. After 44 years in the business, he was one of this year’s VDTA Hall of Fame inductees. We sure are proud to call him part of the Tacony family. 

Strengthen Your Sales with Riccar 

The Riccar booth art was reminiscent of fitness posters encouraging retailers to strengthen their sales with Riccar vacuums. In the booth, Riccar featured its new lightweight vacuum models as well as a sneak peek of the Riccar Prima a la carte canister vacuum. This canister will give customers the freedom to build their own vacuum and will be available in the summer of 2014. Another new item that thrilled attendees was the Fur-Get-It pet tool, which will soon be packaged with the Riccar Retriever pet vacuum. 

Special congratulations go out to Al Allstadt of Al’s Vacuum in Minnesota for his induction to the VDTA Hall of Fame. Al has been a Riccar Retailer for 22 years and we couldn’t be happier for him. Way to go! 

Brighten Up with Simplicity 

Retailers looking for Bright Ideas stopped in the Simplicity booth for demo advice and a look at new products. The bright booth featured a special section for the new Simplicity Wonder display wall. The Wonder is an a la carte canister set to debut this summer. Other new Simplicity items included the new lineup of clean air and tandem air vacuums and the new Pet Hair Beware! pet tool. 

Vac Pros Invited Retailers to Go Back to the Good Ol’ Days 

The Vac Pros booth touted a good ol’ 1950s look in black and white with red accents to highlight the Fuller Brush vacuum line. Vac Pros products, such as Fuller Brush vacuums, are built like vacuums used to be—with metal in the high wear places so they last for years. And a Vac Pros representative is just a phone call away. It’s the type of personal, friendly service the Fuller Brush man would be proud of. Visitors to the Vac Pros booth got a look at the new Home Maid power team canister as well as a sneak peek at the Got It Made portable canister. 

Maytag Vacuums Made an Appearance 

During the show, visitors to the Tacony vacuum booths found Maytag vacuums to demo, too. These new vacuums are now available through Simplicity and Riccar Independent Vacuum Retailers and Independent Appliance Stores across the country. 


Sneak Peek: Tacony Online 

In the midst of product demos, Tacony presented a new online order management platform: Tacony Online. This new system makes it easier for Tacony retailers to browse Tacony products, place orders and manage billing. It’s available all day every day, so if inventory is low on the weekends or retailers remember to order a product in the middle of the night, Tacony Online can help. 

New Baby Lock Momentum Quilt Frame “Moved” Attendees 

Baby Lock introduced a new quilt frame unlike any other—the Momentum. This frame moves in sync with the user to give up to six inches of additional quilting space. The updated Crown Jewel II and Tiara II longarm machines also premiered at the show joining the rest of the Baby Lock lineup in product demos. 

Meanwhile, the Designer’s Gallery team gave demos of the new FontWorks embroidery software. This easy software features over 100 built-in fonts and allows for endless conversion of TrueType fonts to embroidery, too. It’s ideal for anyone looking for user-friendly lettering software at an exceptional value. 



New Madeira Aeroquilt Longarm Thread 

To complement the new longarm products in the Baby Lock booth, Madeira presented a new longarm thread. Aeroquilt is a premium 100% core-spun polyester quilting thread. It’s strong enough to withstand the speed of longarm machines, but has a soft cotton-like finish that feels familiar to quilters. This rounds out the Madeira portfolio, which provides the broadest line of thread products to quilters and embroiderers. 

Other new products from Tacony Sewing Central caught the eyes of retailers including the new Appliqué It! software from Amazing Designs and many accessories from Creative Notions. 


About Tacony Corporation: 

Founded in 1946 by Nick Tacony, Tacony Corporation is a privately held manufacturing and distribution company operating in four strategic business units: sewing, home floor care, commercial floor care, and ceiling fans. With more than 650 associates in 13 offices around the world, Tacony’s mission is to create long-lasting relationships that are based on trust and feel like family. 


Check out the full press release here.


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Baby Lock Welcomes New Vice President of Sales

May, 2013 - New Hires

With the announcement that Ray Queen, former Baby Lock Vice President & Chief of Sales, was retiring the search to find his replacement began. As Queen transitioned out, Andy Touchette was training to take his place. 

The search was not easy, as Steve Jeffery, President of Baby Lock said, “Ray had big shoes to fill.” However, Touchette’s experience in sales convinced the Baby Lock team he was the right person for the job. Touchette comes to Tacony with decades of sales experience. Most recently, he owned and ran a multi-unit home interior store. Before starting that business, Touchette headed a national sales team for a software company, and prior still he headed regional sales teams in the medical industry. 

“Considering my last nine years of experience owning and running my own retail business, I believe I understand the independent retailer’s needs,” Touchette said. “I have lived that life. I know how hard it is to compete every day and what retailers need from a trusted partner.” 

Additionally, with advances in machine features and software, Baby Lock is essentially offering an entity that Touchette has worked with in the past. “My software and medical sales background make me comfortable selling new technology. With the introduction of touch screens, cameras and lasers in our machines, we are selling technology.” 

According to Touchette, the best way to sell technology is through education. In his short time with Baby Lock, Touchette has seen the energy dedicated to educational events for retailers and consumers alike. Touchette’s experience as an independent retailer helps him understand the importance of knowing the ins and outs of products you sell. It also helps him better connect with Baby Lock retailers. 

Understanding how to build trusted relationships is a key part of Tacony Corporation and Baby Lock. As the Tacony mission statement says, the company strives to “build long-lasting relationships that are based on trust and feel like family”. This family atmosphere is one reason Touchette was drawn to Tacony Corporation and Baby Lock. 

“You feel it all across the entire organization. Egos are checked at the door and the philosophy from Ken Tacony (CEO of Tacony Corporation) on down is ‘How can I help get the job done?’” Touchette said. 

This practice of building relationships is one thing that keeps many employees at Tacony Corporation for decades. As the new person in the building, Touchette will bring a fresh perspective to help grow the Baby Lock business even more in the future. 

“An organization should always be willing to learn new things and stretch itself. This goes for me as well. If you are not moving forward, you are going backward,” Touchette said. “The velocity that you move forward is going to be determined by the team’s enthusiasm and desire to be the best. I believe this attitude is contagious and I hope to bring that every day…. I look forward to helping our retailers become the best and most profitable retailers in the business.” 

About Tacony Corporation: 

Founded in 1946 by Nick Tacony, Tacony Corporation is a privately held manufacturing and distribution company operating in four strategic business units: sewing, home floor care, commercial floor care, and ceiling fans. With more than 650 associates in 13 offices around the world, Tacony’s mission is to create long-lasting relationships that are based on trust and feel like family. For more information, visit 

About Baby Lock: 

Baby Lock has been a leader in the sewing industry for over 40 years. Today, the company offers a full line of products that enhances the love of sewing, including technically advanced sewing, quilting and embroidery machines, sergers, accessories and industry-leading Gold Standard service and support. Baby Lock products are sold exclusively through independent retailers. 

Numerous celebrities in the sewing industry prefer Baby Lock machines, like Nancy Zieman, host of the PBS television show “Sewing With Nancy”. Similarly, Quilters Hall of Fame inductee, Eleanor Burns, represents Baby Lock’s quilting line of machines. Additionally, Baby Lock machines are on set of Fons & Porter’s “Love of Quilting” hosted by Marianne and Mary Fons. 

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