Salt Lake City Operator Upgrades Plant with New Lavatec Equipment


Textile Care Services (TCS), a healthcare laundry operation with a longtime presence in Salt Lake City, recently installed new Lavatec equipment that has helped the company process an influx of new business, including a five-year contract from the University of Utah to handle six million pounds of linen annually, according to a news release.

Standard Textile Recognized as a U.S. Best-Managed Company


TRSA supplier partner Standard Textile, Cincinnati, recently was selected as a 2021 U.S. Best-Managed Company. Sponsored by Deloitte Private and The Wall Street Journal, the program recognizes outstanding U.S. private companies and the achievements of their management teams, according to a news release.

UniFirst Earns 2021 OH&S Award for Armorex FR Coveralls


UniFirst Corp., Wilmington, MA, recently received the Occupational Health & Safety’s (OH&S) 2021 Platinum Industrial Hygiene Award in the Protective Clothing category for the company’s Armorex FR® (Flame Resistant) Enhanced Visibility Coveralls, according to a news release.

Former Superior Linen Service GM Passes On


Jimmy B. Owens, 64, Fort Gibson, OK, passed away on April 1. A linen, uniform and facility services industry veteran, Owens retired in 2019 from Superior Linen Service in Muskogee, OK, where he served as the general manager.

Prudential at 89: Growing Stronger in a ‘Challenging Year’


Prudential Overall Supply, Irvine, CA, recently marked its 89th anniversary. The family-owned and operated independent has made remarkable progress since its founding in 1932 by John D. Clark as a one-man operation. Today, Prudential is a nationally branded industrial operator that serves some 28,000 customers from coast to coast.

G.A. Braun … Still Innovating After All these Years


This year marks G.A. Braun Inc.’s 75th anniversary, according to J.B. Werner, CEO and board chairman for this U.S.-based laundry machinery and systems manufacturer. Werner credits the company’s continued expansion – despite COVID-19 and a fiercely competitive market – to its dedication to continuously improving its lineup of wash aisle and finishing machinery.

Baird Gives Industry Economic Update


Using data from the Robert W. Baird & Co. and TRSA First-Quarter 2021 Uniform & Linen Rental Survey as well as the latest key economic indicators, a pair of Baird analysts gave an assessment of the state of the linen, uniform and facility services industry during TRSA’s recent webinar presentation, titled “Textile Services Market Forecast.”

Dempsey Executive, Industry Veteran Passes Away


Thomas D. Mallas, 73, Scranton, PA, recently passed away at home. Mallas worked for 55 years at Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply, Jessup, PA, and served as the company’s vice president of operations, according to a news release.

Next-Generation Execs Share Problems, Solutions During Roundtable


TRSA’s Next-Generation Executives Problem-Sharing Roundtable: Lessons Learned 2020, a two-hour virtual event, focused on a variety of problems that the linen, uniform and facility services industry is currently facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the topics discussed during the roundtable were employee engagement, handling remote work, new services, products and innovation, and customers’ needs and concerns.