TRSA Announces 2023 Professional-Development Opportunities 


TRSA’s 2022 professional-development calendar has been published online and registrations will start opening for a range of events. Details can be found at Carefully crafted to appeal to senior executives as well as a broad range of plant management that includes general, maintenance, production, human resources, safety, marketing and sales, the professional-development events highlight TRSA’s commitment to strengthen, grow and promote the linen, uniform and facility services industry through the people who power it.

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.

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. 

Survey Results to be Presented at Healthcare Conference


TRSA recently conducted the Healthcare Laundry Benchmarking Survey with the goal of providing a valuable business planning tool for healthcare laundry operators and to provide a resource to the healthcare sector. Specific operational, financial and strategic questions were developed by the TRSA Healthcare Committee and TRSA staff leadership in conjunction with the Mackay Research Group, a third-party research firm that conducted the benchmarking survey.

Coming in November – Growing Nonacute Healthcare Textiles


As laundry operators – especially those who aren’t healthcare specialists – emerge from the pandemic, many are diversifying into nonacute textile services, including the flatwork and garments from clinics and long-term care centers, as a hedge against future crises similar to COVID-19. This shift toward the processing of nonacute medical textiles is the focus of a cover article in November’s Textile Services.

ALM Announces New Executive Director


The Association for Linen Management (ALM), Richmond, KY, recently announced that it hired Sarah Brobeck to serve as ALM’s new executive director. An experienced leader and industry professional, Brobeck will succeed retiring Executive Director Linda Fairbanks and assume responsibilities on Nov. 1.