TRSA Promises Big Things at Joint Committee Meeting

Bruce Beggs |

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — St. Louis will host the annual Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) of the Textile Rental Services Association of America (TRSA), a free, members-only event that TRSA promises will include opportunities for education, training and networking. 
Sixteen educational sessions highlight the Sept. 18-20 meeting at the four-star Hyatt Regency. For the first time, it will feature distinct educational tracks for healthcare, industrial/dust control and linen supply to address contemporary issues facing operators in each segment.
Four general session seminars will tackle issues common to all operators, TRSA says. The first, on Sept. 19, deals with opportunities available to all commercial laundries by Selling the Environmental Benefits of Textile Services. An informative presentation that will teach members how to recruit skilled and semi-skilled employees will follow.
The second general session, on Sept. 20, provides leadership training and also offers a debate on the emerging issue of environmentally safe chemicals.
Two breakout sessions on the afternoon of Sept. 19 and two more sessions on the morning of Sept. 20 round out the educational slate. The topics in each of the three tracks will be:Healthcare
• The Opportunities in H2E
• How to Close a Healthcare OPL
• Can You Make It in Cart Makeup?
• OSHA Compliance in Healthcare LaundriesIndustrial/Dust Control
• Improved Billing Methods Through Technology
• Opportunities Within FDA’s Food Safety Program
• Benchmarking Data for Industrial Laundries
• The Miracle of Microfiber ProductsLinen Supply
• Competing Against Today’s Hospitality OPL
• Taking Advantage of Water Reuse/Recycling
• Getting Maximum Efficiency Out of Your Dryers
• Energy Efficiency Within Hospital Laundries
Also planned are a networking reception on Sept. 18 and a tour of Faultless Healthcare’s new laundry and the opportunity to attend the St. Louis Cardinals baseball game on Sept. 19. Tickets must be purchased for the reception ($40) and ball game (either $40 or $100, depending on seat choice).
Eleven committees will convene during the JCM, with most having meetings on Sept. 18.
TRSA has negotiated a group rate of $165 per night plus taxes at the Hyatt Regency. Those interested can reserve a room by calling the Hyatt’s toll-free line at 800-233-1234 or the hotel directly at 314-231-1234 and referencing “Textile Rental Services Association.”
For more information, visit the meeting’s website at or contact George Ferencz at or 877-770-9274.

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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