Tacony Corporation

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Tacony Corporation
Founded 1946
Founder Nick Tacony
Headquarters St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Products Home appliances and commercial floor care
Revenue $200m (2007)
Number of employees
650 (2007)
Website tacony.com

Tacony Corporation is a manufacturer and wholesale distributor of vacuum cleaners, sewing machines, ceiling fans, and commercial floor care equipment based in St. Louis, Missouri. The family-owned and operated business, whose products are sold through a vast network of independent dealers,[1] employs over 650 people in twelve offices worldwide.


In 1946, mechanic Nick Tacony began selling and servicing sewing machines from the basement of his home. In the 1950s, he expanded his business by wholesaling sewing parts, accessories and other merchandise to retailers in the Midwest.

Over the next two decades, the business grew with the acquisition of two important competitors on the East Coast. Each added to the Tacony network of distribution centers and increased the organization’s customer base.[2]

After completing his college degree in business administration and four years in the United States Air Force, Ken Tacony joined his father's business in 1970. He became CEO in 1984 and has overseen the company's growth into one of the largest American distributors of sewing machines, ceiling fans, vacuum cleaners, and commercial floor care products.

In 1997, Tacony Corporation transferred vacuum cleaner production from Taiwan to St. James, Missouri. Over one million upright vacuums for home and commercial use have been produced at the Tacony Manufacturing factory in St. James.

In 2003, Tacony Corporation acquired Nancy's Notions, a sewing accessories company founded by TV Host Nancy Zieman.

Divisions and brands[edit]

Tacony Corporation's brands are divided into 4 strategic business units: Sewing, Home Floor Care, Commercial Floor Care, and Ceiling Fans & Lighting.


Amazing Designs, Baby Lock, Designer's Gallery, Nancy's Notions, Riccar Tacony Sewing Central, Tacony Industrial Sewing,

Home Floor Care

Riccar, Simplicity, Tacony Vac Pros, Fuller Brush Company

Commercial Floor Care

CFR, Powr-Flite, Truvox, Tornado

Ceiling Fans & Lighting



  • St. Louis Entrepreneur of the Year, Ken Tacony (1997) [3]
  • Missouri Governor's Small Business of the Year (1999)
  • Missouri Impact Award (2002)
  • Missouri Industry of the Year (2003)[4]


  1. ^ "Tacony Corporation". Vdta.com. Retrieved 2016-06-02. 
  2. ^ "Tacony Corporation. Tradition - Trust - Teamwork". Tacony.com. Retrieved 2016-06-02. 
  3. ^ "Tacony Corporation. Tradition - Trust - Teamwork". Tacony.com. Retrieved 2016-06-02. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]

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