TRSA Hosts CEO/Executive Regional Town Hall in Ohio

Posted February 23, 2024 at 12:48 pm

Building on the success of statewide efforts in California, Kentucky, New York and Wisconsin, TRSA recently hosted its inaugural Ohio CEO/Executive Regional Town Hall in Columbus on Feb. 21 to identify potential opportunities to expand, protect and promote the linen, uniform and facility services industry in the Buckeye State. The Town Hall was hosted by TRSA President & CEO Joseph Ricci and Vice President of Government Relations Kevin Schwalb.

During the meeting, the attendees discussed issues specific to companies operating in Ohio, as well as potential opportunities that exist to push for legislation on behalf of the linen, uniform and facility services industry. Additionally, the group received a briefing on both national and global legislative and regulatory issues from Schwalb.

There was a surprise visit from U.S. Rep. Mike Carey (R-OH-15), the chief co-signer on a congressional letter sent to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra supporting TRSA’s efforts to increase reusable textiles in healthcare facilities. Carey emphasized to the group the importance of getting involved in the policymaking process and getting to know their respective legislators at the state and federal level.

State Sen. George Lang (R) also joined the meeting to learn more about the industry’s essential services, environmental sustainability and job creation, and encourage the group to get active in Ohio.

The meeting culminated with a list of opportunities where TRSA would be able to be proactive in helping the industry by addressing reusable textiles in healthcare facilities and increasing the labor pool available to the industry.

“I thought the meeting was very good; I am glad TRSA is looking for more opportunities to help the industry where we operate,” said Bob Hager, president of Miller’s Textile Services and a member of the TRSA Board. “I think this could provide a strong model to participate in other states as well.”

Executives from the following companies attended the event:

  • Cintas Corp.
  • City Uniforms and Linen
  • CleanCare Linen
  • Economy Linen
  • Kimmel Corp.
  • Liniform Service
  • Miller’s Textile Services
  • Buckeye Linen Service Inc.
  • NOVO Health Services
  • Healthcare Linen Services Group
  • Standard Textile
  • UniFirst Corp.

For more information on this meeting and other government-relations initiatives, contact Schwalb at