Industry News

Emerald Textiles™ Expands through Acquisition of Angelica Assets

Posted December 6, 2021 at 3:15 pm

Emerald Textiles™, a portfolio company of Los Angeles-based private investment firm Pacific Avenue Capital Partners LLC, announced today that it has acquired the West Coast assets of Angelica Corp. The transaction includes nine facilities and allows Emerald to expand into the Phoenix and Las Vegas markets, while simultaneously strengthening its footprint in both Northern and Southern California, according to a news release.

Pandemic Tactics: Roundtable to Focus on What’s Working

Posted December 3, 2021 at 1:37 pm

COVID-19-related discussion among uniform service companies has largely focused largely on validating recent experiences. How much revenue has returned? What are the impacts of supply and labor shortages? TRSA’s Industrial, Uniform & Workwear Committee is looking for higher-quality interaction among operators in this segment of the industry, starting with the next TRSA Virtual Roundtable, Wednesday, Dec. 8, on Zoom.

Texcare Asia & China Laundry Expo Pushed Back to 2022

Posted December 3, 2021 at 1:29 pm

In support of the Chinese government’s pandemic control measures, the organizers of Texcare Asia & China Laundry Expo (TXCA & CLE) recently announced the postponement of the upcoming edition of the trade show, which was scheduled to take place this month. The show will instead be held in its usual third-quarter timeslot on Aug. 11-13, 2022, at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, according to a news release.

DOL Finalizes $15 Min. Wage for Federal Contractors

Posted December 3, 2021 at 1:14 pm

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has fleshed out the terms of President Joe Biden’s (D) executive order calling for federal contractors to pay workers at least $15 an hour, issuing a final rule that will apply to new and renewed contracts starting Jan. 30.

New CFO Announced at Ecolab

Posted December 3, 2021 at 1:02 pm

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.

TRSA Releases Pair of Reports with Critical Business Intel

Posted December 3, 2021 at 12:47 pm

TRSA has made available two industry benchmarking reports, the Industry Performance Report and the Compensation Benefits Report, featuring data from 2020. Both reports are available for reduced prices for members and offer a $195 discount if you purchase both.

Nominations Due for Upcoming Industry Awards Presentation

Posted December 3, 2021 at 12:35 pm

Although winners of the 2021 TRSA Annual Industry Awards were celebrated at the Annual Conference in October, nominations for the 2022 honors are encouraged immediately. These accolades are normally presented at a dinner at the Legislative Conference each March. COVID-19 canceled that conference in 2020, delaying the presentation of that year’s honors until March 2021 and pushing the 2021 ceremony until the fall. The 2022 cycle is returning the program to the traditional timetable, with nominees to be judged early in the new year.

‘Culturally Sensitive’ – Diversity and Staff Retention

Posted December 3, 2021 at 12:14 pm

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.

Norchem CEO Dies in Violent Incident in LA

Posted November 29, 2021 at 4:14 pm

Kevin Minissian, CEO of industry supplier Norchem Corp., Los Angeles, died Nov. 23 in Pasadena, CA. According to a news release from the company, which Minissian founded in 1978, his sudden and unexpected passing resulted from gunshots fired by an armed suspect during a neighborhood crime spree.

Healthcare Execs Discuss Post-Pandemic Lessons Learned, Recovery

Posted November 19, 2021 at 3:26 pm

TRSA hosted its annual Healthcare CEO/Executives Roundtable with nearly 20 executives representing companies serving the acute, non-acute and long-term care markets in North America. Held in conjunction with TRSA’s 10th Annual Healthcare Conference, discussions focused on lessons learned from the pandemic and market recovery, as well as labor shortages, supply chain issues and OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) vaccine mandate.