Long-Time SoCal Laundry Operator Passes Away


Nelson Shrager, 78, a co-owner/operator of Budget Uniform, a third-generation industrial uniform and facility services company in Gardena, CA, recently passed away following an illness, according to an e-mail from his son, Stephen P. “Steve” Shrager, the current president and CEO of Budget Uniform.

Community Service Awards Celebrate TRSA Members’ Altruism


Six member companies whose staffs have been generous with their time and talents, demonstrating their sense of caring and responsibility for others, have been honored with 2020 TRSA Company Community Service Awards. Part of the TRSA Leadership Awards series, this accolade recognizes the importance to the industry of companies that contribute significantly to individuals and their communities by volunteering time, actions, talents and dedication outside their workplaces.

Food & Fashion – Societal Shifts Focus of F&B Roundtable


The trends driving the food-and-beverage (F&B) business – casualization, the need to differentiate one’s décor to compete, while at the same time containing costs – aren’t making things easy for restaurateurs, or for the F&B laundries that supply them with tablecloths, mats, chef wear and more.

TRSA Event Wrap Up: 2nd Annual Hospitality Conference Looks at Market Change, Innovation


Attendees of TRSA’s Second Annual Hospitality Conference received a detailed overview of shifts in the hotel trade from keynote speaker John Burns on Feb. 4 at the Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas. Burns, president of Hospitality Technology Consulting, shared with the approximately 100 attendees how hotel chains and independents, like the rest of the economy have grown steadily over the 11-year expansion that followed the Great Recession of 2008-’09. Of course, hotels, like all businesses that require massive amounts of manpower to provide expected services for guests and other aspects of their operations, are finding labor pools elusive. Whether this issue will encourage hotels to move toward outsourcing their laundry needs or whether hotels will simply expect their vendors/partners to do more with less remains to be seen.

Fighting Unfair Taxes – TRSA’s Indiana Legislative Push


TRSA members recently gathered in Indianapolis for TRSA’s inaugural Indiana Legislative Conference. The conference was developed to support TRSA’s efforts to oppose an unjust tax increase due to the misclassification of linens, uniforms and facility service products, such as soap and towel dispensers. These misclassifications could cost the industry upwards of $30,000-$50,000 annually per plant.

Paris Uniform Services Promotes Baer to District Manager


Paris Uniform Services, DuBois, PA, recently announced the promotion of John Baer from route service representative (RSR) to district manager. In his new role, Baer will supervise a number of RSRs, as well as develop and implement account management strategies in his assigned territory, according to a news release.

Aramark Honored for Diversity and Inclusion Efforts


Aramark recently was named a Top 50 Employer by CAREERS & the disABLED Magazine for the sixth consecutive year, for providing a positive working environment for people with disabilities. Aramark employs 280,000 team members across the globe, according to a news release.

R.W. Martin and Western State Design Collaborate on Steamless Laundry


Dedication ceremonies were recently held for the renovated textile care processing facility at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Los Angeles, now considered one of the most automated facilities in the VA system. The facility, which was originally built in 1999, was modernized by government-selected contractors and TRSA members Western State Design Inc., Hayward, CA, and R.W. Martin Co., Kent, OH, according to a news release.

ImageFIRST Acquires Chicago South Franchisee


ImageFIRST recently announced the acquisition of its largest remaining franchisee, ImageFIRST Chicago South, which provides medical laundry services across southern Illinois, most of Indiana and a large part of Kentucky. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, according to a news release.