TRSA Announces Inaugural Workwear and Facility Services Conference


TRSA is hosting its inaugural Workwear and Facility Services Conference on Sept. 22-23 at the Embassy Suites O’Hare-Rosemont in Rosemont, IL. The in-person event provides opportunities to network, learn and share with executive and management colleagues providing uniforms, workwear, garments and facility services to businesses, manufacturing facilities, food-processing plants and other companies. The conference combines general sessions and interactive panels for sharing best practices, emerging issues and innovations.

TRSA Industry Update – Policy Wins, Proactive Strategies


The latest edition of TRSA’s online Industry Update featured a diverse lineup of news and information that can help laundry operators and suppliers battling a multifront war against the COVID-19 pandemic and what’s shaping up as the worst recession in living memory.

Coming Soon: Clean ’21 Booth Sales


The Clean Show recently announced that booth sales for the June 10-13, 2021, show in Atlanta will officially open on June 23 for all Clean 2019 exhibitors, according to the show’s official website. Booth sales will open to all other exhibitors in fall 2020.

UniFirst Joins Washington State Mask Challenge


UniFirst Corp., Wilmington, MA, in partnership with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Washington state and the city of Seattle, recently announced its participation in the Washington Mask Challenge, a statewide initiative encouraging Washingtonians to make, wear and donate cloth face masks. As an in-kind donation, UniFirst has begun collecting and cleaning donated cloth face masks at the company’s facility in Puyallup, WA, before delivering them to the city of Seattle for distribution, according to a news release.

R.W. Martin Hires New Parts Manager


Judd Lewis recently joined the staff at R.W. Martin Co. as the company’s parts department manager. Lewis’ primary objective is to increase R.W. Martin’s depth of customer support within its existing customer base, as well as grow the company’s presence both within and beyond the commercial laundry markets, according to a news release.

Member Operators Give TRSA its Highest-Ever Rating


Operator members’ Net Promoter Score (NPS) rating of TRSA membership has reached an all-time high, hitting 69, exceeding the previous high (65 in 2018), as respondents to a recent satisfaction survey praised the association’s performance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

TXCA & CLE Show Postponed to October 2020


Due to global travel restrictions and business disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 edition of Texcare Asia and China Laundry Expo (TXCA & CLE), originally scheduled for Aug. 13-15, has been postponed. The trade show will now take place Oct. 14-16 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, according to a news release.

TRSA Wraps Up Business Restart Webinar Series


TRSA recently closed the third and final installment of its Business Restart webinar series sponsored by Six Disciplines Consulting Services, titled “Part III: Roadmap and Practical Tools for Restart.” As organizations have moved through the various phases of the COVID-19 pandemic – React, Reduce and Remain – they are now beginning to look at the key parts of the Restart phase. During this phase, the steps to fully engage your organization are significant.

F&B Will Recover … But Not Quickly


In a TRSA webinar sponsored by Kannegiesser ETECH, food-and-beverage analyst Robert Byrne offered  a guardedly optimistic scenario for the restaurant industry. Paraphrasing the author Mark Twain, Byrne told some 50 online attendees on June 9 that “The rumors of the death of food service have been greatly exaggerated. All of the reasons that we love this industry, they’re all going to be back.” But don’t expect consumers to return overnight, said Byrne, senior manager, consumer insights, for Technomic, a leading F&B data-tracking agency. Battered by COVID-19-related closures, the restaurant industry is unlikely to see a return to 2019-level sales until the second half of 2021.

TRSA’s Efforts Convince Kentucky to Allow Reusable F&B Linens


As a result of TRSA’s advocacy efforts with Kentucky government officials, the linen, uniform and facility services industry scored another victory in the latest release of Kentucky’s Healthy at Work guidance for restaurants. The updated document allows for the use of reusable cloth table linens.