Six Seats Filled on TRSA’s Board of Directors


TRSA’s Annual Membership Meeting on Sept. 20 at the association’s 106th Annual Conference in Boston featured elections of new Board of Directors members, and honored current board members for their hard work and commitment to the linen, uniform and facility services industry.

Penn Promotes Joseph to Digital Marketing Manager


Penn Emblem Co. Inc., Trevose, PA, recently announced that the company promoted Tyler Joseph to digital marketing manager, a brand-new position at the company. In this role, Joseph will develop and manage a wide variety of internal/external digital marketing and communication strategies for the company to drive growth and promote the Penn brand of products and services by using the latest technologies and social media tools, according to a news release.

Diamond Expands West Coast Business


Diamond Chemical Co. Inc., East Rutherford, NJ, recently announced the acquisition of Luseaux Laboratories Inc., a West Coast manufacturer that has specialized in providing institutional cleaning products, detergents and sanitizers for more than 60 years, according to a news release. 

AdStudy Shows Mag Readers Rely on Textile Services


TRSA recently received results from its latest AdStudy® survey of Textile Services magazine, and the findings confirmed that readers rely on this 103-year-old industry publication to keep them abreast of industry developments and innovations highlighted in both articles and display advertising.

Natural Gas – Disinvestment, Exports Could Spur Higher Prices


In recent months, most laundry operators probably haven’t worried too much about energy costs, since natural gas prices have hovered for much of the year at or near all-time lows, bottoming out last month at $2.10 per MMBtu (1 million British thermal units). However, a combination of factors, including disinvestment in well infrastructure due to limited ROI, brisk demand and growing exports could draw down surpluses. That, in turn, could lead to dramatically higher prices in the near term, according an article published by TRSA associate member APPI Energy.

In Other News this Week


Additional recent headlines from consumer media of interest to linen, uniform and facility services operators, and especially readers of Textile Services Weekly.

Labor Department Publishes Final Overtime Regulation


The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) today announced a final overtime rule to exempt executive, administrative and professional employees from the FLSA’s (Fair Labor Standards Act) minimum wage and overtime requirements. This rule fully replaces the 2016 Overtime Rule, which TRSA fought in court with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and several other business groups, with more workable thresholds that better reflect the modern economy.

TRSA Elects New Directors


TRSA, the association for linen, uniform and facility services, elected five new Operator member company directors to its Board for three-year terms Sept. 20 during its 106th Annual Conference in Boston.

Associate Achievement: Milton Magnus ‘I Love What I Do’


Milton Magnus III, president and CEO of M&B Hangers, Leeds, AL, received TRSA’s Maglin/Biggie Associate Lifetime Achievement Award at TRSA’s Sept. 19 Awards Dinner at the association’s 106th Annual Conference in Boston amid a heartfelt show of thanks to customers and colleagues, as well as family members who’ve backed this company for four generations.

Lifetime Achievement: Watts Emphasizes Industry Solidarity


Tom Watts, president of Prudential Overall Supply, Irvine, CA, told a crowd of nearly 200 people at TRSA’s Sept. 19 Awards Dinner during the 106th Annual Conference that he felt like the entire industry should receive recognition for its work. However, he graciously accepted the laundry industry’s highest honor, the Operator Lifetime Achievement Award, thanking his wife, Marcy, and Prudential Chairman Dan Clark for their many years of personal and professional support.