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.
2021 Meeting Dates
May – Zoom | July – Zoom | October – Annual Conference
Committee-organized presentations are largely webinars, with committee members selecting webinar subject material and recruiting individuals from TRSA member companies to present them. Priority subjects to be covered in multiple webinars relate to improving industrial operators’ service performance at each stop, translating to increased service quality, revenue and profitability. Topics under consideration include:
- Uniform service upgrades – garment dispensers and soil collectors, seasonal services, direct sales
- Facility services – dust control, one-way items, restroom
- Route efficiency – truck loading, mobile solutions, rerouting
Committee members also investigate possibilities for face-to-face events dedicated to the industrial sector, such as a future Workwear and Facility Services Conference.
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.
Industrial/uniform member company interest is being determined in a study that would focus on business metrics specific to the sector. TRSA’s Industry Performance Report provides companywide metrics for all linen and uniform service sectors; the new survey would be useful only to 100 percent industrial company corporate headquarters and laundry staff. This presents an opportunity for more effective benchmarking by involving more laundries than the Industry Performance Report.
Virtual Plant Tours
Planning is underway to simulate the in-person experience for members of touring a uniform rental laundry through recorded and/or live internet broadcasting. Committee members are considering opening their plants for virtual touring and seek to incentivize other companies to do so by providing them at no charge video footage of their facilities from TRSA virtual tours for use in their sales promotion. The committee supports involving multiple vendors as sponsors, enabling them to act as tour-stop hosts promoting their plant systems to touring participants.
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
Board of Directors Liaison: Jim Vaudreuil – Huebsch Services, Eau Claire, WI
John Auriemma – American Wear, East Orange, NJ
Israel Cartagena – Roscoe Co., Chicago, IL
Milton M. Magnus – M&B Hangers, Leeds, AL
Kyle Newsome – Clean Uniform Co., St. Louis, MO
Jay Rasmussen – Rasmussen Consultants, Saint Paul, MN
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
Glen Woods – Prudential Overall Supply, Irvine, CA
Boris Zaidman – Kleen Kraft Services, Commerce, CA
TRSA Staff Liaison
703.519.0029, ext. 109