Talks Don't Resolve Consolidation Impasse, But Leave Room for Optimism

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A long-awaited meeting this morning didn't clear the roadblocks stalling consolidation of the Uniform & Textile Service Association (UTSA) and the Textile Rental Services Association of America (TRSA) but served to confirm that the two groups will continue working together on the issue.
A committee of TRSA and UTSA representatives met in Alexandria and later issued this joint statement:
"Representatives of UTSA and TRSA met on April 20, 2006, to discuss consolidation of the two Associations. The members of the Committee agreed that discussions of consolidation should continue.
"The representatives discussed consolidating under various timelines and also discussed establishing a joint leadership committee to facilitate working together either with or without consolidation.
"The representatives agreed to present the issues raised at the meeting to their respective Boards of Directors at their scheduled May meetings.
"The two Associations will continue to cooperate and work together on matters of mutual interest."
Representing TRSA at the meeting were Chairman Michael Potack, Vice Chairman Greg Jeltema and Treasurer Woody Ostrow. Representing UTSA were Chairman Jim Buik, Treasurer Jim Vaudreuil and board member Dan Clark.


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