|Throughout the years, Tacony has demonstrated an expertise in marketing and product development. Tacony was the first in the country to identify the great potential of the household serger sewing machine.
Through its efforts, the Baby Lock serger has become the premier machine in its class and has been rated number one by independent consumer groups. The same attention to quality and technological advances can be found in the entire line of Baby Lock sewing machines. Baby Locks challenge is to stay at the forefront of an ever-evolving sewing industry. To accomplish this, Tacony has identified these important goals: develop top quality sewing equipment that meets the ever-changing needs of the home sewer; develop programs to entice new sewers; provide support and leadership for retailers, the vital link for success.
Tacony is also a major importer 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 todays ceiling fan suppliers. The Regency line is value based, offering cutting edge features and consistent quality. The line includes a wide selection of traditionally styled ceiling fans as well as designs and finishes that echo current trends in the lighting industry.
In 1988, Tacony Corporation acquired the Riccar America Company with headquarters in Fullerton, California and a branch in Atlanta, Georgia. Riccar offers a unique line of vacuum and sewing cleaner products sold through an exclusive dealer network.
The superior line of Riccar vacuums represents the highest standards in design, material, and durability, offering exceptional filtration and cleaning ability, plus unique specialty features. Riccar sewing machines are also built with quality in mind using precision parts coupled with excellent craftsmanship, making them exceptional values.
Riccar America is dedicated to serving the independent retailer, selling strictly through a select group of dealers who are committed to supplying their customers with the product that best fits their needs.
Then in 1989, Tacony introduced the Simplicity line of quality vacuum cleaners as another premier profit line for the independent dealer. Simplicity's superior performance, durability, and convenience features, along with restricted distribution, offer Simplicity dealers the products and programs needed to compete with mass merchant vacuum cleaner lines.
Tacony Sewing Central sales division started in 1989. The focus was to have a staff of trained "specialists" to handle over 60,000 items. Tacony Sewing Central supplies household and industrial parts plus a large variety of notions and accessories for most sewing machine brands. Many new products have been added to keep pace with the exploding embroidery, quilting, and heirloom sewing machine markets. These include specialty threads such as Madeira, stabilizers, Koala Cabinets, and Amazing Designs® software and embroidery designs. Tacony Sewing Central distributes products developed under their own brand names such as Sewing with Nancy and Creative Notions.
Proprietary products gained Tacony entry into foreign markets for additional distribution opportunities. Dealers across the country are invited to make Tacony Sewing Central their source for up-to-date innovative sewing software and accessories.
In 1991, with the acquisition of Blakeman's, now known as Vac Pros, a wholesale floor care parts and equipment company, the product support for floor care retailers was complete.
Vac Pros' success depends on the dealer's success. The dealers count on Vac Pros to be a partner, providing them with the products, the parts, the know-how, the price, and the service that will make their businesses the best they can be. Vac Pros distributes value lines of vacuum cleaners including Fuller Brush and Carpet Pro.
Also in 1996, Tacony Corporation acquired Powr-Flite, a leading manufacturer and distributor of commercial janitorial equipment including floor machines, extractors, carpet dryers, vacuums, and more. Powr-Flite strives to bring innovative and technologically progressive products to the commercial floor care industry at the best value.
CFR was then acquired in 2000, another manufacturer of high quality commercial cleaning equipment.
In January of 2003, Nancy's Notions® became part of the Tacony family of companies, lead by the Nations #1 PBS television show host, Nancy Zieman from Sewing with Nancy®. With over 25 years on televison and catalogs sent to over a half million sewers nationwide, sewers are dedicated to watching and buying form Nancy's Notions® online or by catalog.
To better serve our customers around the globe through quality control and product development, Tacony also manufactures cleaning equipment in 4 of these facilities, with additional engineering and quality control services in Suzhou, China.
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. They also acquired Cimex, a brand of specialist cleaning machines, in 2003. The Truvox and Cimex brands have a strong reputation in the USA, Europe, Mid-East, Africa and Asia-Pacific for quality products and unrivaled customer service.
Tornado Industries, headquartered in 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. Tornado has maintained its “Best in Class” reputation by providing in-house cleaners, contractors and facility managers with innovative equipment and reliable solutions at a competitive price. Tornado proudly supports the standards of the U.S. Green Building Council, and is committed to conserving the environment through water conservation, less use of harsh chemicals, recyclable components and more.
Each Tacony major product group has its own Web site. These sites are reliable resources for consumers and their current network of dealers and to find any and all information for each product's features and brand. Product lines like Baby Lock include free projects. Amazing Designs® has a shopping cart for online purchasing.
Mac Molding, Sunset Hills, MO had been molding parts for Tacony’s vacuum cleaner plant in St. James, Missouri. Earlier this year, Tacony completed a substantial expansion of their St. James facility with the intention of eventually bringing its injection molding requirements “in house”. Tacony acquired Mac Molding in August 2008 to retain this expertise and to grow the injection molding business both in their own vacuum manufacturing and in other industries.
Most recently in September 2008, Sewing Center Supply Co, Inc. of Portland, Oregon became a part of Tacony’s sewing businesses. Tacony became the exclusive importer in North America. The company directs all the distribution of the varied brands and products, including Madeira Thread, Klasse needles, Hemline luggage and notions, and Suzy’s bags and baskets. Tacony also controls and directs the design, manufacturing and worldwide distribution of the premier line of Koala Sewing and Craft furniture and studios.