TRSA Webinar Highlights Industry Internship Program


TRSA kicked off its 2022 webinar offerings with a Jan. 18 presentation titled “Interns & the Industry,” providing an overview of the association’s internship program and how it has benefited several TRSA operator and supplier partner members.

MIP VP Passes Away


Mark Mann, 58, the vice president of MIP’s U.S. business unit, passed away on Jan. 14, according to a news release.

R.W. Martin Announces a Pair of New Hires


R.W. Martin Co., Kent, OH, recently added Colin Garner and Tamara McBride to its staff. Garner joins the R.W. Martin team as an industrial machinery technician, while McBride will serve as an accounts receivable specialist.

Emerald Textiles Hires CFO


Emerald Textiles, a portfolio company of Los Angeles-based private-investment firm Pacific Avenue Capital Partners LLC, recently announced that Christopher Lake joined the company’s executive management team as its CFO, according to a news release.

New CFO Announced at Ecolab


TRSA supplier partner Ecolab Inc., St. Paul, MN, recently announced that Dan Schmechel has decided to step down as its CFO, effective Dec. 31. Schmechel has served in the role since 2012. Scott Kirkland will become the company’s CFO on Jan. 1, 2022. Schmechel will remain with Ecolab through a transition period and retire in mid-year 2022, according to a news release.

‘Culturally Sensitive’ – Diversity and Staff Retention


Many laundry operators across North America today rely on a significant number of immigrants who retain strong ties to their countries of origin. A strategy of even-handed tolerance – coupled with a sensitivity to the cultural identities of these employees – can build staff loyalty and retention, according to a healthcare laundry operator who recently published a book on this and related topics associated with immigration and diversity.

Industry Veteran Retires from JENSEN


Norbert Gittard, the vice president of sales and marketing for JENSEN USA Inc., Panama City, FL, recently announced his retirement after a 35-year career in the linen, uniform and facility services industry, according to a news release.

Welsh Promoted at G.A. Braun


G.A. Braun Inc. CEO and Chairman of the Board J.B. Werner recently announced the promotion of David Welsh from director of operations to president. Welsh succeeds Rick Rudmann, who will remain with the Syracuse, NY-based equipment manufacturer as a strategic adviser.

UHS Announces a Pair of Promotions


Edward McCauley, president and CEO of United Hospital Services (UHS), Indianapolis, recently announced the promotions of longtime employees Jason Hartsell to vice president of operations and Lifang Zhu to vice president of finance.