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CA Lawmakers Kill Controversial Polyester Bill

Posted June 21, 2018 at 4:20 pm
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Due largely to outreach efforts by TRSA, the California State Assembly recently voted down AB 2379 (the polyester bill) introduced by Assembly Member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), thus killing the legislation.

CA Title 22 Rules Relaxed in Advance of Modernization

Posted June 21, 2018 at 3:49 pm
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TRSA’s efforts to reform California’s Title 22 regulation that regulates the laundering of healthcare linen took another step forward recently when it passed in a unanimous vote out of the California State Senate Committee on Health. Even better, the bill was amended to allow TRSA operators flexibility in processing healthcare linens until the California Department of Health (CDH) updates the regulation. AB 2679, authored by Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), directs CDH to reform the outdated prescriptive method of laundering healthcare linens to include more modern, effective and efficient methods.

Zero-Emission Trucks: TRSA, Shippers & Manufacturers Confer with CA Leaders

Posted June 21, 2018 at 3:26 pm
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California Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) office, in conjunction with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), recently hosted a high-level meeting on the potential of new rules for fleets that would require the use of near-zero and zero-emission vehicle technologies. The meeting featured several of the nation’s largest fleets, including J.B.Hunt, Pepsico, FedEx, UPS, Sysco and TRSA. Truck manufacturers were represented by General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Daimler, Navistar, PACCAR, Tesla, Motiv and Volvo.

APIC Attendees Take Home Hygienically Clean Soiled Linen Training

Posted June 15, 2018 at 3:37 pm
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Exhibiting at this week’s Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Annual Conference, Hygienically Clean Healthcare certified laundries provided nearly 200 copies of a training video guiding caregivers in improving soiled linen handling performance.

Industry Vets, Emerging Leaders Gather at Leadership Summit

Posted June 15, 2018 at 2:35 pm
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A total of 125 CEOs/Senior Executives, Young Executives and Emerging Leaders recently convened at TRSA’s inaugural Leadership Summit in Chicago. Conference attendees received information designed to help them boost their business operations as well as advance in their careers.

Kannegiesser Expo 2018 Introduces Robotics and Integrated Solutions

Posted June 15, 2018 at 2:29 pm
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Martin Kannegiesser welcomed guests to an informal dinner following a full-day spent touring the latest product innovations at the Kannegiesser Expo 2018, held from June 3-9 in Bad Salzuflen, Germany. Nearly 2,000 linen, uniform and facility services professionals from more than 55 countries attended the Expo, which focused on integrated solutions.

Tech-Ed Program Honors Braun

Posted June 15, 2018 at 1:25 pm
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G.A. Braun Inc., Syracuse, NY, recently was named “partner of the year” by the P-TECH program, an education initiative that provides students with a pathway to earn a degree in electrical or mechanical engineering technology in a five-year time frame, according to a news release. P-TECH, which stands for Pathways in Technology Early College High School, features dual enrollment in a progressive high-school curriculum, coupled with college courses.

Trump Tariffs – Suppliers Weigh in on Likely Impact

Posted June 15, 2018 at 1:20 pm
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In March, President Donald Trump announced plans to impose tariffs of 25% and 10%, respectively, on imported steel and aluminum. Temporary exemptions were granted to several countries, including Canada, Mexico and China amid negotiations aimed at “leveling the playing field” between the U.S. various trading partners. Two proclamations issued on May 31 formalized these plans for tariffs. The U.S. government now is expected to begin imposing tariffs on these items shortly after a list of affected products is announced on June 15. On that same date, Trump announced 25% tariffs on another $50 billion in Chinese goods. The Chinese government has responded that in intends to retaliate against U.S. exports, thus fueling fears of a tit-for-tat trade war between the two countries.