Healthcare Conference: Trends, Opportunities and Challenges


More than 150 operator and supplier partner executives serving the healthcare market sector attended TRSA’s 11th Annual Healthcare Conference in Scottsdale, AZ. The two-day conference featured a full day of industry-specific education followed by a tour of Emerald Textiles’ 65,000-square-foot plant in nearby Phoenix.

Unitex Unveils Second Facility in Lawrence, MA


Unitex formally opened its second facility in Lawrence, MA, and 13th regionally. The grand opening celebration included remarks from Unitex President David Potack, local dignitaries, refreshments, a festive ribbon-cutting ceremony and a facility tour.

Building Community: Leaders Applaud Prudential Plant


Nearly 60 state, county and local elected officials, plus community and civic leaders, gathered on Nov. 16 at the future site of an industrial/cleanroom laundry in Tucker, GA, to celebrate Prudential Overall Supply’s $35-million investment and an anticipated 100-plus jobs for residents at a facility that will serve metro Atlanta and beyond.

Congressman Gets Firsthand Look at Importance of Reusable Healthcare Textiles


U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) recently visited Northwest Health Care Linen in Bellingham, WA, to see in-person the importance reusable healthcare textiles play in maintaining the safety of healthcare workers, patients and the public. President of Customer Relations Kelsey Van Miert, along with her brother Evan Hall, president of operations, greeted Larsen and briefed him on the multigenerational business which provides jobs for more than 100 people. 

DHS Adds Nearly 65,000 Additional Visas for FY ’23


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of Labor (DOL), recently announced that it will be issuing a regulation that will make available to employers an additional 64,716 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for fiscal year (FY) 2023, on top of the 66,000 H-2B visas that are normally available each fiscal year.

Fleet Managers Hit Capitol Hill to Lobby Feds on EV Regs


Fleet Management Association members gathered in Washington Sept. 19-21 to discuss the emerging regulatory burdens of vehicle electrification and make their case that the federal government must accelerate plans to support electric-vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

First TRSA-Managed WATS Annual Conf. Held in Madison


TRSA planned and organized the Annual Conference of the Wisconsin Association of Textile Services (WATS) at The Edgewater in Madison, WI, on Sept. 20-21. This was the first event run by TRSA after WATS decided this summer to partner with TRSA for its association management. WATS members commented on the energy and professionalism that TRSA brought to one of the association’s best-attended events in years.

Annual Conf. Features Industry Awards, Education & Events


TRSA hosted a star-studded 109th Annual Conference in Nashville, TN, from Sept. 13-15, featuring keynote addresses from a well-known country singer, songwriter and actor and a former Major League pitcher, in addition to industry-specific education sessions for both operator members and supplier partners.