TRSA Unveils Virtual Inspections for Hygienically Clean


The COVID-19 pandemic has presented TRSA and its members with unique challenges, but it’s also created opportunities to gain a competitive edge. The increased public awareness and understanding of textiles as “hygienically clean” has boosted demand for Hygienically Clean Certifications, particularly in the food service and hospitality sectors. Plant inspections are required to achieve certification. However, pandemic-related limitations on travel have made such inspections difficult to perform on-site. In response, TRSA is introducing a virtual inspection program!

NOVO Acknowledged for Barrier Gown Pivot


When COVID-19 struck, starting in March, it set off a scramble among hospitals nationwide that soon exhausted their supplies of disposable personal protective equipment (PPE) – mainly imported from the Far East. NOVO Health Services LLC, a regional laundry group based in Atlanta, responded by converting PPE intended for surgery centers for use as nonsterile reusable barrier gowns by hospitals, according to a recent news report from Chattanooga-based WDEF-TV, a CBS affiliate.

Texcare International Postponed Until November 2021


Texcare International recently was postponed and will now take place in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, from Nov. 27 through Dec. 1, 2021. Due to the economic situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the uncertainty of travel restrictions, Messe Frankfurt decided to postpone the trade show jointly with the German Textile Cleaning Association and the VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies, according to a news release.

Unity Gets Results – Progress on F&B Guidance, PPP Loans


As restaurants reopen, various stakeholders including TRSA, laundry operators and suppliers, restaurant associations and restaurateurs are helping to guide policymakers in ways that can speed a recovery from COVID-19-induced closures. That was a key takeaway from TRSA’s latest Weekly Industry Update on May 28.

Economic Outlook: North America in the Wake of COVID-19


Cailin Birch, a global economist for The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), and EIU Consultant Vaibhav Sahgal recently presented “North America: Economic Implications of COVID-19 and Demand Sector Outlooks,” the first in TRSA’s series of Business Recovery webinars sponsored by Kannegiesser ETECH. As uncertainty about COVID-19 persists, financial markets worldwide have declined and there are signs that the true impact of the virus is moving from the financial markets to the global economy.

From Crisis to Opportunity: TRSA Hosts Virtual Associate Roundtables


On May 19, TRSA hosted a series of virtual Zoom CEO/Executive Roundtable meetings with associate members to facilitate information sharing among supplier partners to the linen, uniform and facilities services industry. Facilitated by TRSA President & CEO Joseph Ricci, participants were invited to engage in one of three sessions, limited to 15 people per session.

U.S. House Passes New PPP Legislation


The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (H.R. 7010) overwhelmingly by a vote of 417-1. The legislation, which was updated late Wednesday, would make a number of changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) as enacted under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.