National Associations Share Intel on Continuing COVID Calls


The European Textile Services Association (ETSA) recently hosted its 14th teleconference on COVID-19 with an audience of global linen, uniform and facility services association executives. The most recent call was hosted on June 11, and included Joseph Ricci, the president and CEO of TRSA.

Earthquake, Pandemic Can’t Slow Lavatec Installation


Three months after a pair of life-changing events impacted his business, Rick Taft is nearly ready to turn the switch on new, more efficient Lavatec equipment at Textile Care Services, his healthcare laundry operation in Salt Lake City. Taft, the company’s president and CEO, expects a two-phased installation process to be completed by July 1, according to a news release.

Combating COVID: Girbau Introduces New Module to Monitor Hygiene


TRSA associate member Girbau North America (GNA), Oshkosh, WI, recently developed and released the COVID-19 Disinfection Monitoring Package (DMP), a module that works in concert with Sapphire laundry management software to monitor and verify disinfection of washed textiles. The DMP was developed by Girbau Global Laundry Solutions to address the immediate need for disinfection and hygiene within laundries worldwide, according to a news release.

COVID-19 Aid: Cintas Donates 100,000 Face Masks


Cintas Corp., Mason, OH, recently announced that it has donated 100,000 face masks to Matthew 25 Ministries, an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization headquartered in Cincinnati. The face masks will be distributed to organizations on the front lines of COVID-19 prevention, containment and treatment, according to a news release.

Softrol Adds to Sales Staff


Lanier Bone recently joined the Softrol Systems Inc., Acworth, GA, sales team in the position of technical sales – material handling, according to a news release.

COVID-19 Could Fuel a Comeback for Healthcare Reusables


Amid the widespread shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) reported by hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic, a policy shift that could benefit commercial laundries going forward is an effort to diversify the healthcare supply chain to include more reusable PPE, such as reusable isolation gowns.

Battling a ‘Black Swan’ – TRSA’s Strategic Town Hall


Nearly 100 laundry operators and suppliers recently engaged in a four-hour discussion of the COVID-19 crisis and ideas for moving forward during an online “Industry Strategic Town Hall” session sponsored by TRSA. The June 23 program included separate, simultaneous sessions for all four major market sectors, with an emphasis on operators exchanging views through an electronic “chat” function.

Five Sales Trends to Embrace After COVID-19


Experts tell us that if there is to be a recovery, it’s to be a V-shaped recovery. We are at or near the bottom of the V. That leaves us no place to go but up. Well, let’s start going up. There are certain aspects of our profession that will be changed both in the short term and permanently. These changes are not bad, if we embrace them.

TRSA Announces Schedule for 28th Annual MMI


Gather at the Embassy Suites O’Hare-Rosemont in Rosemont, IL, this Sept. 23-25 to attend the industry’s longest-running and most recognized maintenance management and technology development program: TRSA’s Maintenance Management Institute (MMI).