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PMI Adds Clean Show to 2015 Curriculum

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TRSA’s Production Management Institute (PMI) again will take place in April but in a different location: Atlanta. This shift enables individuals to participate in this professional development program and the 2015 Clean Show in a single trip, thus reducing the time needed and cost incurred to attend both events.

PMI, usually held in Dallas, is set for Sunday, April 12, to Thursday, April 16, at the Embassy Suites Atlanta Airport. The Clean Show will take place Thursday, April 16, to Sunday, April 19, at the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta.

The PMI agenda includes participation in the TRSA Clean Show Kickoff Tailgate at Atlanta’s College Football Hall of Fame on the evening before the show (Wednesday, April 15) as well as admission to the Clean Show on Thursday, where participants can walk the show floor and attend education sessions.

Examining the show’s exhibits and meeting industry professionals there adds a new dimension to participants’ experience at PMI, the textile services industry’s premier program for maximizing understanding of industry best practices in all aspects of production management. The show, held every other year, is the world’s largest exhibition of textile care products featuring working equipment. Attendance exceeds 10,000 and exhibits comprise nearly 200,000 square feet.

PMI’s core consists of four days of classroom instruction but not just lectures. Included is a tour of a local laundry facility that compels participants to share observations of production tactics viewed in light of their own experience. Thus, attendees learn from each other as well as industry experts who instruct. Group exercises take advantage of this collective talent as well, requiring participants to devise solutions collectively to real-world scenarios presented as case studies.

Attendees graduate PMI by attending two sessions of the program one year apart. First-timers take the PMI Production curriculum, which emphasizes fundamentals of laundry production and operations, emphasizing key principles of:

  • Productivity
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Sustainability
     

During the next 12 months, students participate in a series of self-paced, online modules on topics such as human resources, communications, finance, time/project management and business ethics. Students then meet again in person to take PMI Management, another four days of interactive sessions that further refine their production and laundry-specific management skills.

Commenting on the 2014 PMI Production curriculum, Andy Spence, production analyst, Faultless Healthcare Linen, Kansas City, MO, said, “All of the instructors were great. They did a fantastic job teaching and making their subjects easy to understand and implement in our daily lives. I’m looking forward to coming back.”

Tim Radtke, plant manager, Morgan Services, Chicago, echoed Spence, calling PMI Production “a very well-run training session. It was easy to stay involved in every presentation, because they all meant something to our daily operations.”

Attendees emerge from PMI with advanced tactics for:

  • Personally impacting total business performance
  • Relating to colleagues in all company departments
  • Managing all players in plant workforce
     

As part of the PMI Management curriculum, students are tested and can earn TRSA’s Certified Professional Laundry Manager (CPLM) designation, the foundation for continuous learning and improvement through ongoing professional development activities. Individuals maintain their CPLMs after PMI by fulfilling options such as participating in continuing education (TRSA events and webinars, college/university courses, internet classes, trade shows), association/professional society membership, teaching and volunteer service/leadership.