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Annual Conf.: Honoring the Industry's Top Performers

Several industry honors will be awarded at TRSA’s upcoming Annual Conference in Miami on Sept. 12-14. The awards will be presented at TRSA’s Annual Membership Meeting on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 14.

The following companies will receive awards at the ceremony:

Above and Beyond Service Award

Up to Date Laundry Inc., Baltimore

In January 2016, Baltimore was hit with a 29.2-inch blizzard that lasted nearly three days and effectively shut down the entire region. This called on Up to Date Laundry to execute its snow-emergency plan. A plow driver was brought in for the duration of the storm to plow and salt the company’s parking lot and sidewalks to keep its employees safe. Additionally, the Up to Date maintenance department shoveled constantly throughout the storm. The company also had plenty of emergency supplies on hand by the time the storm started. More than 70 employees took advantage of this and were given food, snacks, water, hotel rooms, as well as transportation to and from the hotel (less than a mile away) each morning and evening from several managers with four-wheel drive vehicles. Shifts were combined down to one (from three) for the three days the storm lasted. Shifts started at 6 a.m. daily with transportation starting at 5 a.m. from the hotel back to Up to Date and ending at approximately 6 p.m. each evening. Up to Date’s healthcare customers were grateful for the continued service and communications Up to Date provided because of the preparation, planning, on-site backup generators, and, most importantly, employees ready and willing to pitch in and get the job done in incredibly trying circumstances.

Clean Green Innovation Award

Huebsch Services, Eau Claire, WI

In November 2016, Huebsch Services installed a 100kw solar energy system to provide more than a third of the energy needs for the company’s Eau Claire, WI, facility. This allows Huebsch to co-generate energy and contribute to overall sustainability. To date, more than 40,000 kWh has been produced. This was a large investment for the company. In July 2013, Huebsch Services was certified through TRSA’s Clean Green program for its sustainability practices to protect the environment. To get the certification, Huebsch Services had to meet TRSA’s requirements for achieving efficiencies in water and energy conservation, and adopting best management practices for reusing, reclaiming and recycling resources. Huebsch serves more than 6,000 customers in the West Central Wisconsin and metropolitan area of Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN, with facilities in Eau Claire, WI, and Eagan, MN. The company specializes in sales and service of floor matting, work uniforms and hygiene products.

Company Community Service

AmeriPride Services Inc., Minnetonka, MN

For the past three years, AmeriPride has organized and executed an annual “Day of Service” in which employees at all branches and other locations across the company are encouraged to identify service opportunities, and spend all or part of their workday volunteering or making product or service donations to organizations and programs in their local communities. Although each branch chooses what cause they wish to support, the corporate office provides support and guidance on planning and implementation, project checklists, templated communications materials, media relations support, and other resources. The response from AmeriPride branches and employees has been overwhelming. Since the community outreach program began, more than 3,100 employees have donated nearly 15,000 volunteer hours and the company has made more than $1.7 million in monetary and product donations. Employees have done everything from harvesting vegetables at a community garden to building a home for Habitat for Humanity to feeding the hungry at homeless shelters and food banks. To learn more about some of AmeriPride’s most recent service efforts, visit www.ameripride.com/about-us/our-values-work.

Ecolab Inc., St. Paul, MN

Ecolab employees and retirees understand that they are part of a community that is much larger than their local facilities. Their efforts as volunteers make communities stronger and more vibrant places to live. Through the Ecolab Community Relations Department, Ecolab employees past and present have become involved in programs that focus on education and community partnerships, such as:

  • Serving on teacher and community grant committees
  • Being e-mentors to local high school students
  • Participating in collection drives
  • Volunteering to plant gardens and trees, and build homes
  • Facilitating science education programs in classrooms
     

In 2016, Ecolab contributed more than $11 million to U.S. communities through grants, corporate giving, in-kind donations and volunteerism. The company’s Community Champions program reaches out to communities where Ecolab operates in western Canada, helping to make them vibrant, interesting, healthy and safe places where children have opportunities to learn about science and sustainability through innovative and imaginative programs. Since the start of the Community Champions program in May 2012, employees participating have logged more than 4,445 volunteer hours, and have submitted more than 390 applications, which has resulted in grants of more than $356,000 in 79 communities.

Wildman Business Group, Warsaw, IN

The mission of Wildman Uniform and Linen, a division of Wildman Business Group, is to give back to its employees, customers, and community at home and abroad. Wildman has committed to giving back in its communities by empowering employees to participate in many community related functions such as being a court-appointed special advocate for CASA, serving meals at the local homeless shelter, helping rebuild communities after devastating tornadoes, delivering meals to shut ins, and providing food and supplies to the local women’s shelter. In addition, Wildman is heavily involved in supporting missions worldwide. Wildman has funded more than 100 employees, employee’s families, customers and community members to visit one of several missions it supports. Employees have been to Honduras, Spain, Papua New Guinea and the Dominican Republic. The company pays all expenses for any employee and one family member to go on a mission trip. Not only are the employee expenses paid, but they are given paid time off from work to participate. One of the main organizations that Wildman is supporting is called 2nd Mile Missions. With the support of Wildman Business Group, this mission pioneered and operates an education center that serves pre-K through grade 12 in the Dominican Republic. Teachers are licensed through the Department of Education in the Dominican Republic and many are bilingual. This school serves as many as 800 students each year with hopes of ending the poverty and hopelessness that many of these youths would experience. 2nd Mile recently has opened a House of Hope that provides a loving home, and a sense of security to young girls who have been abused and/or abandoned.

For more information on TRSA awards, visit www.trsa.org/awards. To register for TRSA’s Annual Conference, visit www.trsa.org/annualconference