ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Textile Rental Services Association (TRSA) has added a new General Membership classification for private- or public-sector organizations dedicated to processing their own textiles. The expansion will enhance the association’s representation as the primary advocate and educator of all large-scale laundry operations, TRSA says.
“TRSA has long promoted, and will continue to promote, that processing laundry on the largest scale possible is the most sustainable, effective and efficient laundering method,” says Woody Ostrow, chairman of TRSA’s Board of Directors. “The Board agreed that TRSA traditional (Active) members have many more significant similarities with these General operations than differences. All TRSA launderers and associates will benefit from sharing information with the most highly reputed on-premise, institutional and cooperative laundries.”
Ostrow, of CleanCare Linen, Pittsburgh, observed that these operations already benefit from TRSA’s successes in fighting for fair, balanced regulation and pro-business policies.
They similarly gain from improvements in laundry equipment, supplies and services prompted by discussions at TRSA meetings. Through direct participation in TRSA conferences, committees and leadership, General Members will accelerate improvement in their business practices and professional development, he says.
The addition of these operations creates a broader base for TRSA’s assessments of industry performance and the economic and environmental benefits of proven best practices.
General and Active Members will compare efficiencies and effectiveness in serving the textile needs of all kinds of businesses, particularly hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, hotels and other healthcare and hospitality establishments.
The expansion brings TRSA into line with the international trend in associations serving uniform and linen supply laundries, as institutional and co-op operators and sometimes dry cleaners are typically their colleagues in these groups worldwide.
“TRSA must continue to lead innovation, facilitate best practices and highlight emerging technologies that accelerate productivity and performance,” Ostrow says.
Performing these functions over the years has enabled TRSA to fulfill its legal requirement as a trade association to foster competition. By expanding these efforts to cover its new General Members, TRSA is recognizing their competitiveness.