Ken Tacony Receives 2006 Vacuum & Sewing Dealers Trade Association Hall of Fame Honor

January 6, 2006

Ken Tacony, Chairman Tacony Corporation

2006 Vacuum & Sewing Industry Hall of Fame Inductee

Literally growing up in the sewing machine business, Ken Tacony watched his father Nick build and grow Tacony Corporation. After college and serving as an officer in the Air Force, Ken joined the company to work alongside his father. When Nick passed away in 1984, Ken assumed leadership of Tacony Corporation and currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Ken has spent the last 35 years dedicated to the success of independent retailers, realizing that first and foremost, Tacony’s success depends on their success. One of the most significant corporate goals of Tacony Corporation’s mission statement is to “build long-lasting relationships that are based on trust and feel like family.” Ken has certainly incorporated a sense of family into every business venture. By investing in products that allow retailers to profitably sell against mass merchants, by building strong teams to provide exceptional service, and by actively supporting industry activities, Ken has worked hard to ensure a bright future for the industries his company serves.

Ken also realized the positive impact his company can have on local communities. In 1997, he made the decision to move the production of Riccar and Simplicity upright vacuums from Taiwan to the United States, choosing St. James, Missouri, for its central location and available labor talent. Since then, Tacony Manufacturing facility has expanded three times and is now an 88,000 square-foot factory, employing over 80 associates.

By building upon the principles that his father taught him years before, Ken has molded Tacony Corporation into a company that is truly innovative and inspiring. Ken believes that if a company focuses on benefiting its employees, the employees will take care of the customers, who in turn will bring financial success to its shareholders. This is implemented by providing a positive environment, fun activities, community support, and industry-leading benefits for Tacony employees. This extra effort and care has led to a corporate culture that truly embodies Tacony’s corporate motto of tradition, trust and teamwork.

Ken Tacony is a great leader, but more importantly is a true gentleman with unquestioned integrity. We are all very fortunate to have him in our industry.

The Vacuum & Sewing Hall of Fame was created in 1994 to honor the men and women of the past and present that have made significant contributions to our industry.


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Tacony Corporation Receives the Missouri Impact Award

January 2, 2004

St. James, MO - Congresswoman JoAnn Emerson today presented the 2002 Missouri Impact Award to Ken Tacony, President of Tacony Corporation of Fenton, Missouri. The award is sponsored by Missouri Enterprise, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to helping Missouri businesses succeed, and recognized Tacony for its excellence in continuous improvement of manufacturing in the state of Missouri.

Ken accepted the award on behalf of his family and every associate at Tacony Corporation, especially those at Tacony Manufacturing in St. James. He recognized former Mayor Nelson Hart, Mayor Jim Morrison, Bill Marshall and David Connell from Phelps County Bank and Russ Lindenlaub of Missouri Enterprise for helping Tacony become a part of the St. James community. He also thanked Congresswoman Emerson and all others who helped Tacony in many technical and economic ways to be able to move their manufacturing operations from Taiwan to Missouri in 1997.

Ken Tacony stated, "Most of all, my very special thanks to all Tacony associates who participated over the past five years and have worked so hard bringing our dream to reality. Our decision to build world-class vacuum cleaner products in the United States for our Riccar, Simplicity and Powr-Flite customers was the right one. Thank you very much for this very special honor."


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Tacony Captures 2003 Missouri Industry of the Year Award

January 9, 2003

ST. LOUIS ― Tacony Corporation, a leading distributor and manufacturer of sewing 
machines and vacuum cleaners, recently won the 2003 Missouri Industry of the Year 
Award in the small company classification. 

“We are pleased and honored to win this prestigious award,” said Ken Tacony, 
president and chief executive officer at Tacony, whose company received the award at 
the state capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo. “The 2003 Missouri Industry of the Year 
Award is really a tribute to our customer-focused employees, their dedication of 
excellence and their tremendous community spirit. This is a great honor for the whole 
Tacony team.” 

Sponsored by the Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM) and the Mid-Missouri 
Business Journal, the annual award recognizes the best and brightest Missouri 
companies that have become leaders in making the state a better place to live and 
work. AIM is a business and industry association that serves nearly 1,500 state 

In addition to capturing the 2003 Missouri Industry of the Year Award, Tacony also 
received the Missouri Impact Award for continuous improvement in manufacturing 
excellence from the Missouri Enterprise Business Assistance Center. In 2000, Tacony 
opened a new facility in St. James, Mo., where the company manufacturers its two 
lines of vacuum cleaners: Simplicity and Riccar. 

Tacony also manufacturers and develops a variety of other consumer products, 
including sewing machines and software, ceiling fans, floor care parts and equipment, 
commercial carpet care equipment, and commercial floor care equipment. 
Headquartered in St. Louis, Tacony has six distribution centers nationwide, including 
St. James, Mo.; St. Louis, Mo.; Fullerton, Calif.; Carlstadt, N.J.; Fort Worth, Texas; and 
Jacksonville, Fla. 

Tacony has been involved in numerous community programs, including the Boys and 
Girls Town of Missouri, the Nelson Hart Community Center, Missouri National Guard, 
Head Start, the American Red Cross, the St. James Kiwanis Club and Guardian Angels. 
The company also started the Great American Sweeper Swap, a national vacuum 
trade-in program sponsored by Riccar Vacuums and benefiting Habitat for Humanity 
International. The program focuses on refurbishing used vacuum cleaners to give to 
Habitat homeowners. 

Other companies winning awards included SSM Health Care (large classification) in St. 
Louis and Hollister, Inc. (medium classification) in Kirksville, Mo. 


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