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TRSA And UTSA Members Approve Consolidation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The memberships of the Uniform & Textile Service Association (UTSA) and Textile Rental Services Association of America (TRSA) have each approved a plan for consolidating into one national association representing the entire textile services industry effective January 1, 2006.

Each association held a special membership meeting to vote on the consolidation plan approved unanimously by both boards of directors in June. TRSA members voted in favor of consolidation this afternoon and UTSA’s members approved the plan Monday morning.

“UTSA and TRSA members have taken a critical step toward ensuring the future success of our industry by unifying our efforts and resources,” said UTSA Chairman James Buik, Roscoe Co., Chicago, who will lead the new group as its first chairman.

TRSA and UTSA each serve corporations engaged predominantly in textile service, e.g. providing commercial, industrial, and institutional accounts with laundered uniforms, linens, walk-off mats, and other workplace textiles through rental agreements. Associate members of UTSA ( Arlington, Va.) and TRSA ( Alexandria, Va.) sell services, equipment, or supplies to textile service members.

The industry’s 2004 sales exceeded $11 billion; employment topped 110,000.

“The consolidation of TRSA and UTSA also significantly strengthens our industry’s position in Washington, D.C.,” added TRSA Chairman Michael Potack, Unitex Textile Rental Services, Mount Vernon, N.Y., who will serve as vice chairman. “A single national association with the strength of our combined sales volume and employment power certainly raises the decibel level of our message on Capitol Hill.”

With the approval of the consolidation plan, Buik and Potack will be joined by three other members on the new Executive Committee. They are: UTSA Vice Chairman Kevin Crotty, Van Dyne Crotty, Inc., Dayton, Ohio, who will also serve as secretary of the new association; TRSA Treasurer Douglas “Woody” Ostrow, CleanCare, Pittsburgh, Pa., who will also serve as treasurer; and Stephen Donly, Aramark Uniform Services, Burbank, Calif., a member of both associations.

The Executive Committee is empowered by the consolidation plan to conduct a search for the new organization’s first president and CEO, who is expected to be selected by November 1. The consolidation plan also provides for selecting the new Board of Directors.

For more information, contact UTSA President and CEO David Hobson at 703-247-2601 or TRSA President and CEO Roger Cocivera at 703-519-0029.

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Ecolab Acquires Dober Chemical’S Textile Care Business

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Ecolab Inc. a leader in cleaning, sanitizing, food safety and infection prevention products and services announced it has purchased the commercial laundry division of Dober Chemical Corporation. The acquisition includes Dober’s laundry chemical and waste water treatment and Ultrax dispensing businesses as well as an exclusive partnership to market and provide key components of its Spindle monitoring software.

“Dober is respected throughout the industry for its innovative monitoring technology, product chemistry and commitment to service – qualities that complement our own strengths at Ecolab,” said Brian Henke, vice president and general manager, Ecolab Textile Care North America. “As we expand our North American commercial laundry business, innovation and service excellence will continue to be our top priority as we partner with our customers to deliver unsurpassed value to run their operations more efficiently, sustainably and cost effectively.”

“Ecolab and Dober share the same customercentric approach to service and innovative technology,” said John Dobrez, president Dober Chemical Corp. “This is an exciting development because it builds on the strengths of both companies to move the industry forward.”

Through this agreement, Spindle Technologies,a division of Dober, is forming a strategic alliance with Ecolab Textile Care in an exclusive licensing agreement for its ChemWatch Software technology and the OPTRAX Utility Module.

“There will be no movement of people as they currently all operate remotely,” said Henke. “The Dober leadership team is very skilled and respected in the industry. We plan to have them as part of the team moving forward. During the transition, both businesses will operate as usual and we do not expect there to be any changes in the service the customers are used to receiving.”