New Era: UniFirst Unveils Redesigned Uniforms, Fleet


After a nearly two-year process that included input from staff and suppliers, plus ideas from corporate leadership and outside design experts, UniFirst Corp., Wilmington, MA, recently ushered in a new era for the industrial uniform sector with its introduction of redesigned and rebranded company vehicles and uniforms for route service representatives (RSRs)

Alliant Systems Announces Annual Conference Dates


Alliant Systems, Irving, TX, recently released the dates for the next two editions of its Annual Customer Conference. The conference features educational breakout sessions and a review of new route-accounting features and related technologies, according to a news release.

Webinar Gives Tips for Boosting Route Efficiency & Sales


TRSA continued its series of webinars for the linen, uniform and facility services industry with a June 23 presentation on improving route stop performance. The hour-long webinar was presented by TRSA’s Industrial, Uniform & Workwear Committee, and is the first of a three-part series.

Webinar – Enhance Your Stockroom Performance


TRSA recently kicked off a three-part webinar series on “Workwear and Facility Services.” The first presentation featured Michael Dodge, an independent process consultant; and Dave Graham, senior consultant for Performance Matters. Their online discussion offered a range of ideas for improving stockroom organization, along with guidelines for managing laundry operations.

COVID-19 ‘Roller Coaster’ – CA Hotel, F&B Trials


Laundry operators in Northern California’s wine country, including Napa and Sonoma counties, recently have welcomed an upturn in hotel business, mainly from vacationers seeking to enjoy the weather and wineries that dot the landscape in that part of the state. However, a recent surge in COVID-19 cases statewide has triggered new restrictions, including closures of inside-dining establishments only weeks after reopening as the initial wave of coronavirus infections appeared to recede.

Longtime RSR Retires at CITY


Terry Shaffer recently retired after 39 years as a route service representative (RSR) for CITY Laundering Co., Oelwein, IA. Shaffer started with CITY in 1980, and primarily serviced eastern Iowa for their uniform, floor care and facility services needs, according to a news release.

Huebsch COVID-19 Response Reprises 1918 Flu Role


Like many linen, uniform and facility services companies, Huebsch Services is doing its part during the COVID-19 crisis. Among other efforts, they’re producing protective masks in-house for their employees. What’s different about Huebsch, a family-owned business based in Eau Claire, WI, is that this 129-year-old company mounted a similar response during a devastating outbreak of the Spanish Flu in 1918. In both 1918 and 2020, their goal was the same: protect their staff and the community.