The Industrial/Uniform/Workwear Committee recommends improvement in TRSA advocacy, professional development, information-sharing, research and certification programs to meet business needs specific to uniform and facility services operations.
Committee members organize presentations for webinars, roundtables and in-person events, selecting subject material and recruiting individuals from TRSA member companies to present them. Topics under consideration include:
- Supply chain logistics and costs
- Employee recruiting and retention
- Selling new business/no-programmers
- Minimizing production labor costs
- How COVID-19 opened new industrial markets
- Trends in fabric types used today and what the future holds
- Best practices in-plant and on the route for ensuring timely deliveries
- Tracking chain of custody and cleanliness status of items in service
Campaigns are executed to engage more industrial/uniform members in TRSA activities and attract more of these specialists to TRSA membership. Committee members provide testimonials for direct and email appeals, speak on behalf of TRSA in cost group meetings and generate leads for member company recruiting. Tactics to promote TRSA membership are recommended, such as encouraging prospective member companies through social media to view webinars on topics most relevant to industrial/uniform operations.
Committee members are considering alternative means of encouraging uniform service operators to improve performance by increasing the number of industrial-specific metrics they track . TRSA’s Industry Performance Report provides companywide metrics for all linen and uniform service sectors; these would be useful only to 100 percent industrial company corporate headquarters and laundry staff.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Industry customers, such as Fortune 500 companies, ask TRSA member operators to sign documents that attest to their CSR practices. The committee is driving TRSA to incorporate CSR into its programs, starting with a document every TRSA Supplier Partner member can sign attesting to its compliance with principles of the United Nations Global Compact. Launched in 2000, the Compact is a policy platform and a practical framework for companies committed to CSR. When TRSA operators are in the seller role, they would be strengthened if they could show evidence that their suppliers, particularly those who benefit from labor in developing countries, are at least CSR-conscious.
Hygienically Clean Food Safety Certification
Activities for and membership composition of a users group and advisory board for this certification are contemplated. Hygienically Clean Food Safety validates laundries’ service to food manufacturers and processors. It verifies their processes (best management practices) through plant inspection and quantifies the outcome of cleanliness through microbial testing of laundered products.
Chair: Tim Fry – Andoco/CVR Uniform, Shippensburg, PA
Vice Chair: Tom Abbett – Positek RFID, Norristown, PA
Vice Chair: Gerard van de Donk – ABS Laundry Business Solutions, Boxtel, Netherlands
John Auriemma – American Wear, East Orange, NJ
Israel Cartagena – Roscoe Co., Chicago, IL
Gary Dean – Performance Matters Consulting, Fort Mill, SC
Milton M. Magnus – M&B Hangers, Leeds, AL
Kyle Newsome – Clean Uniform Co., St. Louis, MO
Steve Royals – Performance Matters Consulting, High Point, NC
Jay Seiver – Alliant Systems, Irving, TX
Michael Shulevitz – Cadillac Uniform & Linen Supply, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
John Thomas – M&B Hangers, Leeds, AL
Rosa Vasquez – Prudential Overall Supply, Milpitas, CA
Billy Wagg – Wagg’s Linen & Uniform, Orillo, Ontario
Boris Zaidman – Kleen Kraft Services, Commerce, CA
TRSA Staff Liaison