2015 Maglin/Biggie Award Winner
HIGH SUPPLIER HONOR TO LEADING LAUNDRY MACHINERY EXPERT
Laundry processing equipment manufacturing veteran Blaine Jackson took home the TRSA Maglin/Biggie Associate Lifetime Achievement Award, the textile services industry’s highest honor for its suppliers, from the association’s 2015 Annual Conference in Isle of Palms, South Carolina.
Jackson, of River Ridge, Louisiana, now a consultant, has worked for nearly 45 years with independent, regional and national launderers to improve operations and has supported industry professionalism through his contributions to association education and training programs. His sales and marketing leadership contributed to the growth of several of the industry’s largest machinery manufacturers including Kannegiesser, Pellerin Milnor and Jensen, after beginning his career with American Laundry Machinery. He also served briefly as the general manager for a Cincinnati laundry facility.
His service to TRSA has included creating and delivering content of TRSA professional development programs through membership on the Education and Healthcare committees. Most recently, Jackson has been a driving force behind the re-emergence of the twice-yearly TRSA Production Summit, serving as the plant tour facilitator. He is a frequent author for Textile Services magazine and is contributing to the new Operations Guide for Textile Laundering online text.
An instructor at TRSA’s Production Management Institute (PMI) for more than a decade, he was also an instructor and facilitator of the American Laundry and Linen College. “His knowledge and experience have helped laundries become more productive and efficient while his personal mentoring and guidance have led to the professional development of many of you and your staff,” Joseph Ricci, TRSA president and CEO, told Annual Conference attendees Sept. 11, 2015 in presenting the honor to Jackson.
“His contributions through his employers and TRSA have impacted nearly every textile services operator in North America, either directly or indirectly, based on his career-long efforts to improve the professionalism and productivity of laundries and laundry management,” Ricci added.
The award is named for Rudy Maglin and James Biggie, two pioneers who dedicated their lives to improving textile services performance and leadership in the industry. Candidates for the honor are vetted for exceptional personal service to industry operators and TRSA, nominated by their Associate Member peers and selected by the TRSA Associate Committee. Past honorees present at the conference included Mark Brim, Brim Laundry Machinery; Jeff Frushtick, Leonard Automatics; and John Schultz, Ecolab Textile Care.
TRSA (www.trsa.org) represents the $16-billion U.S. textile services industry that employs 200,000+ people at 1,500+ facilities nationwide by advocating for fair regulatory and legislative policy affecting the industry and promoting the environmental benefits of reusable textiles. TRSA increases productivity, sustainability, safety and professionalism of textile services worldwide through education, certification, research, benchmarking and information sharing. Most consumers benefit at least once per week from the cleanliness and safety of laundered, reusable linens, uniforms, towels, mats and other products provided to the service, industrial/manufacturing, hospitality, restaurant and healthcare sectors. TRSA quantifies our industry’s commitment to cleanliness and sustainability through our Clean Green and Hygienically Clean Certification programs.