Best of the Industry Honored at Annual Awards Dinner

Posted March 24, 2023 at 4:19 pm

The 13th Annual Legislative Conference concluded its opening day with the Annual Industry Awards dinner to spotlight the best of the linen, uniform and facility services industry in several categories, including Plant of the Year, Above & Beyond Service, Company Community Service, Safety Excellence and more.

The event featured opening remarks from TRSA President & CEO Joseph Ricci, followed by a dinner for the 125 members of the linen, uniform and facility services industry in attendance at The Westin City Center in Washington, DC. The following awards were presented during a ceremony after the dinner:

Above & Beyond Service

  • Mark Brim, Brim Laundry Machinery
  • Darleen Capen, LinenMaster
  • Foltex USA
  • Nicolas Legault, Gurtler Industries
  • LinenMaster
  • Brian Madonia, Ecolab Textile Care
  • Steve Marsh, Wildman Business Group
  • Chris Northcutt, Foltex USA
  • Drew Skolar, ImageFIRST
  • Tim West, Sparkle Uniform and Linen
  • Chris Williams, Foltex USA

Best Plant of the Year

  • Emerald Textiles, Livingston, CA

Best Video

  • Ecolab Textile Care
  • Ecotex Healthcare Linen Service
  • Halifax Linen Service
  • Infinite Laundry
  • Service Uniform
  • SonicAire Inc.
  • Tingue
  • Unitex Healthcare Laundry Services

Clean Green Innovation

  • Balfurd Linen Service
  • Ellis Corp.

Company Community Service

  • Cintas Corp.
  • Ecotex Healthcare Linen Service
  • Penn Emblem Co.
  • Standard Textile
  • UniFirst Corp.

Diversity Recognition

  • ImageFIRST Healthcare Laundry Specialists
  • Spindle/Dober Group

Member Engagement

  • Alsco Inc.
  • Kannegiesser ETECH
  • Pellerin Milnor
  • Superior Linen Service
  • Service Linen Supply
  • Unitex International

Safety Excellence Award

  • ARCO/Murray
  • Balfurd Linen Service
  • Ecolab Textile Care
  • Linen King
  • Meese
  • Superior Health Linens
  • UNX-Christeyns
  • Virginia Textile Service

Volunteer Leadership

  • Emily Hauber, CITY Clean & Sample

U.S. Rep. Troy Balderson (R-OH) was honored with TRSA’s Legislator of the Year award at the Annual Industry Awards Reception, which took place prior to the start of the Awards Dinner. Rep. Balderson thanked TRSA for its support and its focus on a range of issues vital to the U.S. economy as well as the success of linen, uniform and facility services operators and supplier partners. For more information on TRSA Awards, visit

The Annual Industry Awards Dinner was the culmination of a full day of committee meetings, keynote speakers and legislative briefings. A total of 11 committees held meetings at the conference. These include:

  • Education Committee
  • Environmental
  • Government Relations
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality/F&B
  • Human Resources and DEI
  • Industrial, Uniform & Workwear
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Next-Generation Executives Network
  • Safety

After the committee meetings concluded, Bob Cusack, the editor-in-chief of The Hill, gave a keynote address on important political issues to keep an eye on moving toward the 2024 presidential election. Cusack’s talk also addressed the role of the news media, which he acknowledged has grown increasingly partisan in recent years, such as with Fox News on the right and MSNBC and CNN taking an increasingly leftward stance. The Hill’s goal is to strive for balanced, accurate but hard-hitting coverage of politics and policy news from the nation’s capital, he said.

Following Cusack’s keynote, Brian Wild and Drew Littman, both policy directors at Brownstein Hyatt Faber Schreck LLP, gave attendees an update on the latest issues on the Hill from a Republican and Democratic perspective.

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