TRSA is increasingly acknowledging members’ exemplary efforts reflecting the positive impacts of linen, uniform and facility services companies on employees, customers, communities and the environment. This recognition will share the spotlight with meetings on Capitol Hill when TRSA conducts its 9th Annual Legislative Conference March 27-28 in Washington.
The Annual Awards Dinner at the conference will enable members to honor peers and consider the value of their own humane efforts. This reinforces the conference as the industry’s main event for companies to support each other, primarily uniting for small-group visits to the Hill urging legislators to support balanced, pro-business policies. All members are encouraged to participate, with early registration pricing available through Friday, Feb. 22 and further discounts for companies with more than one attendee.
TRSA President and CEO Joseph Ricci observed that participating TRSA members fulfill the association’s paramount function of advocating on behalf of the industry. They “tell local stories in educating legislators and staff regarding the positive impacts of regulatory reform, providing critical personal and professional perspectives on the impact of regulations, labor issues and legislation. Legislators, regulators and their staffs want to hear from them.”
The Feb. 27 dinner on the evening before Hill Day will testify to the value of efforts to improve workplace safety, sustainability and diversity; provide excellent customer service; and give back to communities. TRSA received a record 31 nominations this year for awards in five categories. Operator (launderer) and associate (industry supplier) members were encouraged to enter all categories.
Each of the following winners will receive a statue or plaque at the dinner, depending on final judging by TRSA committees and subject matter experts who will assess the positive impacts of each award-winning effort.
Above and Beyond Service Award
Operators: Huebsch Services, Eau Claire, Wis.; Miller’s Textile Services, Wapakoneta, Ohio; Mission Linen Supply, Santa Barbara, Calif.
Associates: Colmac Industries, Colville, Wash.; Ecolab Textile Care Division, St. Paul, Minn.; Sigmatex-Lanier Textiles, Suwanee, Ga.
Clean Green Innovation Award
Operators: Mission Linen Supply, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Prudential Overall Supply, Irvine, Calif.; White Plains Linen, Peekskill, N.Y.
Associates: Ecolab Textile Care Division, St. Paul, Minn.; WSI, Cincinnati
Company Community Service Award
Operators: Huebsch Services, Eau Claire, Wis.; Paris Cos., DuBois, Penn.; Quintex Services, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; West Michigan Uniform, Holland, Mich.
Diversity Recognition Award
Operators: Service Linen Supply, Renton, Wash.; UniFirst Corp., Wilmington, Mass.
SafeTRSA Safety Excellence Award
Operators: Bates Troy Healthcare Linen Services, Binghamton, N.Y.; Prudential Cleanroom Services, Mesa, Ariz.; Quintex Services, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Superior Linen Service, Tulsa, Okla.
Associates: Kemco Systems, Clearwater, Fla.; Meese Inc., Madison, Ind.
In addition, winners were chosen for the Volunteer Leadership Award, honoring individuals active in TRSA who recognize the competitive benefits and overall economic value to their companies of strengthening the industry, including their own competitors. This honor for operators went to Liz Remillong, strategic alliance vice president, Crothall Healthcare, Chesterbrook, Penn.; for associates, Mike Diedling, retired applications engineering manager, Pellerin Milnor Corp., Kenner, La.