Ability to Hire and Retain Employees Hurting Industry Recovery


A consistent theme at TRSA’s recent Town Hall discussions, Market-Specific Roundtables, and other visits with members has focused on both the positive momentum of the reopening economy and the struggle to find and retain employees. This was even more evident as TRSA staff members visited with more than 20 members during the association’s recent seven state, 2,600-mile Reopening Tour. Regardless of geography, market sector or size, and whether an operator or supplier partner, the labor shortage presents a real challenge and risk to recovery.

VF Promotes Puckett to CFO


VF Corp., Denver, recently announced that it promoted Matt Puckett to executive vice president and CFO. Puckett will report to VF CEO Steve Rendle and serve on the company’s executive leadership team, 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.”

Congress Reaches Agreement on COVID Relief Package


The House and Senate recently passed a $900-billion pandemic relief package aimed at boosting the U.S. economy into the early spring, which is combined with $1.4 trillion to fund regular government operations for the rest of the fiscal year. President Donald J. Trump (R) signed the bill into law on Dec. 27.

Rays of Hope: Uniform/Linen Survey Shows 3Q Improvements


A new survey of linen, uniform and facility services companies by Robert W. Baird & Co. shows the uniform rental industry bouncing back in the third quarter, following a dismal second quarter that reflected the brunt of a COVID-19-related downturn. The linen rental side also showed unexpected 3Q20 growth, despite the pandemic’s ongoing impact on hospitality businesses.