Our History

What started as Nailco Manicurist Centers, a counter in a health and beauty store, has grown into tng worldwide (TNG), a family-owned business with customers worldwide. The company has changed names many times, but has never changed its dedication to customer success.

1985

Nailco Manicurist Centers is founded. The first 16-page black & white catalog features a complete line of nail products.

1990

Nailco expanded to include tanning products and services. The catalog grew to 96 pages.

1993

Changing its name to Nailco Salon Marketplace, the company now offered spa products. The 244-page catalog included massage and skin care.

1994-1995

Nailco purchases its largest competitor, Beauty Direct, and opens the Hairco division offering hair care products. The first website in the industry, nailco.com, went live.

1997-1998

The catalog division is renamed THE INDUSTRY SOURCE, a Nailco Company, reflecting the growing product mix of nail, spa and hair care products. THE INDUSTRY SOURCE retail stores are launched. The Nailco Company earns a Future 50 Company award for the second year in a row. The website expands to include an online sale catalog, retail branding, a salon and spa design studio and much more. FPO debuts as the manufacturer of select products.

2001–2008

Gaynor is named Michigan’s 2001 Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year,” earning TNG the cover story of the August 2001 edition of Entrepreneur magazine. The Pavilion debuts as the World’s Foremost Showplace for Equipment & Furniture, featuring The Design Center, S.P.A. (Spa Professional Academy) and the Raquel Welch Wig & Styling Showroom. CIE (Center for Industry Excellence) is the first solutions provider in the industry to offer marketing services to spa and salon owners. TNG converts its ERP system to SAP.

2009

The transformation of Nailco to tng worldwide (TNG) reflects the original brand promise and vision of Gaynor, and the company’s position as the world’s largest cataloger of professional beauty products. To celebrate the transformation, TNG introduces Nailco Gold, an exclusive, members-only program for loyal customers.

2010

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, TNG proved in 2010 things really do get better with age.

TNG launched the Hospitality division. Products included TNG’s own Ginger Lily Farms premium spa quality products along with a large selection of customizable products and dispensers for spa, locker room, back bar and in-room amenities. GLF introduced an entire line of customizable retail products including bath and shower gift sets, which were featured in the bebeautiful holiday catalog.

Dreams featuring the Tiffany Hairdresser of the Year Awards was held at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom in Warren, MI. The event raised over $100,000 for ACS. TNG Talent also participated in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks in Detroit and across the country. To date, TNG has raised over $2 million for ACS.

For the third year in a row, TNG was name a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press.

2011

In 2011, TNG continued to be an industry leader in innovation and creativity while embracing change with open arms.

2011 was also a year of many technological updates and changes, which included converting our SAP installation to cloud services. Our first Discovery Center was opened in THE INDUSTRY SOURCE Ann Arbor location, allowing salon owners and licensed professionals to try exclusive products free of charge. And TNG continued its commitment to carrying quality products, adding several brands including NaYo, Neuma and Coverderm.

black 15in1 Miracle Hair Treatment was officially launched through salon distributors and was met with great success. Final results of the product’s clinical testing were revealed, demonstrating its effectiveness, and Louise O’Connor became the brand’s official spokesperson. Black 15in1 was mentioned more than 200 times in media and launched its Facebook page to great avail.

 

2012

2012 kicked off with a major rebranding of THE INDUSTRY SOURCE, which included updating THE INDUSTRY SOURCE’s logo as well as THE INDUSTRY SOURCE magazine and THE BEAUTY BOOK. In the summer of 2012, TNG’s Corporate Headquarters moved from Farmington Hills, Michigan to New Hudson, Michigan. THE INDUSTRY SOURCE Flagship Store and TheAcademy moved to a new, state-of-the-art location in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

TNG continued to give back to the community at Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the company’s final charity program, Beauty Buzz. Held at Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, Beauty Buzz showcased all aspects of the beauty industry and featured a range of special guests, including CND’s Jan Arnold, emcee Jay Towers and singer/songwriter Callaghan Smerek.

tng worldwide was named as a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for the fifth year in a row and ranked in the Top Five Midsize Companies.

2013-2014

TNG Signature brand division launched with focus on several key brands. ForPro Professional Collection expanded to more than 500 products including its best-selling wax accessories, massage sheets, mani and pedi tools and hair foil. Be PRO launches and expands its highly successful airbrush makeup line. Ginger Lily Farms continues its growth through developing private label programs with high-end hospitality resorts.

TNG joins NACDS and becomes active in the retail community. Through its support of NACDS, TNG further enhances its manufacturing progress by expanding its product selection and branding efforts in preparation for a powerful 2015.

TNG named as a top workplace by the Detroit Free Press for seven years running and named #2 Mid-size company 2013 and 2014.

TNG continues to be a flagship sponsor for ACS and raised more than $100,000 for cancer research and community support. Overall, TNG has raised more than $2 million for ACS.

2015

TNG celebrated two huge milestones: TNG’s 30th Anniversary and Larry Gaynor’s 60th Birthday! As part of the 30/60 Celebration, Larry Gaynor surprised the entire company with a company-wide New York City 30/60 Celebration Trip!

TNG, once again, was named as a Top Workplace by The Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years and honored as a top workplaces circle of excellence company for consistently placing as a top winner.

TNG continues to give back by participating yearly with the American Cancer Society to raise nearly $84,000 by 194 TNG participants, donate 60 pints of blood to the American Red Cross Society, providing 600 lunches for the homeless of Detroit through the Noah’s project, provided holiday help to 250 families in Pontiac for the Baldwin Center, and collected more than two pallets of food for the Forgotten Harvest Food Drive.

This year, The Industry Source introduced TIS Select, transitioned the magazine to a Monthly On Sale Now supplement, and revamped THEBEAUTYBOOK to its new oversized state.

The ForPro Professional collection continues to be a success growing by 22% in overall sales this year.

As TNG strives to continuously be an industry leader, TNG introduced 11 new brands this year:
• BAMBOO TOWELETTE WORKS
• BEAUTY MASK WORKS
• GLYBALM
• KONJAC SPONGE WORKS
• LAUGH OUT LOUD WORKS
• PARAFFIN WAX WORKS
• PURE ESSENTIAL OIL WORKS
• PURE HIMALAYAN SALT WORKS
• SONIC TOOL WORKS
• XHI PROFESSIONAL WORKS
• LIVING PROOF

2015 was also the year for some new technological updates where TMS (Transportation Management Software) was implemented, which improved decision making for more cost effective shipping methods, and Smartposte was implemented, which served as a cost effective shipping method for residential deliveries that exceed the first class mail specs.