PMI – 30 Years of Educating Production Managers

Posted March 8, 2019 at 3:15 pm

When TRSA’s 30th Annual Roger F. Cocivera Production Management Institute (PMI) convenes on Aug. 11-15 at the University of Maryland, participants will learn from experts practicing the industry’s latest techniques for balancing productivity, quality, safety and sustainability in plant operations. Many laundries have used new technology to process increased workloads with the promise of greater efficiencies, but arming plant management with the skillset needed to efficiently manage overall operations remains the most valued asset. Company executives can bolster their production-management capabilities by investing eight days in August over a 12-month period when they send management teams to PMI.

PMI Production (the first part of the PMI training) tackles managers’ professional development by focusing on fundamentals of laundry production and operations from soil sort through delivery. Students entering the program are immersed in the key principles of productivity, safety, quality and sustainability. To set the stage for their return for the PMI Management phase of the program the following August, attendees participate in a series of self-paced, online modules on topics such as human resources, communications, finance, time/project management and business ethics during the next 12 months. Upon completion of the classroom and online training, students are tested and can earn the Certified Professional Laundry Manager (CPLM) designation, the baseline of knowledge for all graduates.

Both PMI sessions require participants to collaborate on solutions to real-world scenarios presented as case studies. Visits to state-of-the-art laundries are part of the curriculum as well: this August, PMI Production attendees will tour Alsco Inc.’s 120,000-square-foot food and beverage (F&B)/hospitality plant built in 2016 in Lanham, MD. PMI Management students will travel to Baltimore to visit the Up To Date Laundry facility, a 79,500-square-foot healthcare/outpatient medical plant that opened in December 2017.

PMI is hosted concurrently with TRSA’s 55th Annual Ehrlich-Stempler Executive Management Institute (EMI).  Program participants have great opportunities to network with colleagues as they gather together during free time, meals and evening social outings, which create unique opportunities for information sharing and socializing among leaders in the linen, uniform and facility services industry. This year’s two evening outings are unique to the DC area – a nighttime bus tour of the DC monuments and an evening at the spectacular National Harbor entertainment and dining complex on the Potomac River in Maryland. PMI is an all-inclusive program, with one fee covering all educational components, meals, lodging, and transportation to and from evening events. Review the PMI brochure at Save 10% when three or more from the same company register.