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.

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.”

COVID-19, Year II: Laundries Confront Staffing Woes


Among the roughly 215 linen, uniform and facility services operator and supplier partners who attended five, 90-minute online TRSA Regional Town Hall sessions on March 30, 31 and April 1, pretty much everyone could agree on two things. First, they’re relieved that the economy in most parts of the U.S. has begun to emerge from last year’s COVID-19-related shutdowns. However, there also were widespread concerns expressed that a severe labor shortage could stymie the recovery.

In Other News this Week


Additional recent headlines from consumer media of interest to linen, uniform and facility services operators, and especially readers of Textile Services Weekly.

Schneider to Succeed Farmer as Cintas CEO


Cintas Corp., Mason, OH, today announced that Scott Farmer, Cintas’ chairman & CEO, will retire as CEO on May 31. Farmer will remain with the company as its executive chairman, a role he has held since 2016. The company also announced that it selected Todd Schneider as CEO & president and a member of the company’s board of directors, effective June 1.

TRSA Hosts Committee Meetings at Legislative Conference


TRSA kicked off its 11th Annual Legislative Conference & Industry Awards Dinner on March 24 with a full slate of committee meetings. The meetings were held both in-person at The Westin Old Town Alexandria as well as virtually through Zoom video conference.

Roscoe Recertifies for OSHA SHARP Program


Two years ago when Roscoe Co., Chicago, became one of only 34 employers in Illinois to have met all of the qualifications for certification under OSHA’s Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP), it placed the company in an elite group of businesses for exemplary workplace safety and health. The company recently recertified for the SHARP program, according to a company blog post.

Baird Issues Upbeat Facility Services Update


R.W. Baird & Co. released its Facility Services update today, noting that February payroll data was relatively strong, including in the leisure/hospitality industry, a bright note after months of negative news.