Seminar Brings Industry Together to Learn How to Thrive in Tough Times

Bruce Beggs |

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The textile service industry is not immune to the effects of our country’s recession, and the Textile Rental Services Association (TRSA) is inviting operators to learn how they can thrive in challenging times through its annual Tech/Plant Summit, slated for March 3-5 in the Phoenix area.
“It is imperative that all textile service companies — regardless of size or market — learn how to improve efficiency and operations while taking advantage of new opportunities for growth,” TRSA says in its application form.
The Summit marks the first major event under the TRSA-UTSA restructuring, enabling more people to benefit, TRSA says.
Twenty-three peer-reviewed educational sessions will headline the annual event, which last year drew more than 375 people to Dallas. These sessions will focus on how operators can reduce costs in specific areas such as water usage, energy usage, production labor, merchandise, and vehicle fuel and maintenance.
The general session is appropriately titled Opportunities in a Down Economy: A Macroeconomic and Industry Perspective. Breakout sessions during the three days will cover topics such as preventative maintenance systems, worker safety, increasing pounds per operator hour, systems integration, and designing or retrofitting a plant around efficiency.
As is tradition, much of the Summit’s second day will be spent touring three Phoenix-area plants. Organizers have selected a range of laundries to showcase industrial, linen supply and healthcare operations.
Further, the Summit will host a vendor fair, with more than 75 companies expected to exhibit.
Added benefits include bound and digital copies of educational materials, several meals, many breaks, a full reception, and free airport shuttle transportation to/from the host hotel, the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa.
Registration for a TRSA or UTSA member costs $559 (each additional attendee pays $509). Member operators who register four or more attendees can do so for $439 per person. Nonmembers may attend for $1,499.
Hotel reservations may be made by calling 800-468-3571 and referencing “Plant Summit 2009,” or by visiting (reference PLAPLAA).
To learn more, visit the Summit’s website at

About the author

Bruce Beggs

American Trade Magazines LLC

Editorial Director, American Trade Magazines LLC

Bruce Beggs is editorial director of American Trade Magazines LLC, including American Coin-Op, American Drycleaner and American Laundry News. He was the editor of American Laundry News from November 1999 to May 2011. Beggs has worked as a newspaper reporter/editor and magazine editor since graduating from Kansas State University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications. He and his wife, Sandy, have two children.


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