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Roscoe Outfits Reps with High Visibility Work Uniforms

High Visibility Work Uniforms

Over the next several weeks, Roscoe's route service representatives (RSRs) will begin wearing high visibility uniforms, including pants, shirts, shorts, and jackets.

Our RSRs spend a lot of time in potentially-hazardous environments like parking lots, loading docks and roadways. Although visibility uniforms are not required by law for the work and exposure that our RSRs are subject to, we at Roscoe would rather be safe than sorry when it comes to our team members. In addition to employee safety, an accident caused due to low visibility and not taking precautionary measures leaves your company open to OSHA fines and increased insurance premiums. Additionally, an accident that could have possibly been prevented can also affect employee morale.

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Clean Show 2017: The Roscoe Recap

Clean Show 2017: The Roscoe Round-Up

This year's Clean Show was the 40th and biggest yet, attracting over 12,000 attendees to the Las Vegas Convention Center from June 5-8, 2017.

According to American Laundry News, the exhibit space was sold out to 481 vendors of all types of products for laundry and linen service providers, covering 227,006 square feet of convention center space – the largest booth space sales since the show was held in Las Vegas 10 years ago.

Six members of the Roscoe Team attended Clean Show 2017. Below are the highlights of what we saw and learned, as well as a word about the show itself.

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Roscoe Goes to Washington

Sustainably Funded Transportation: Roscoe Goes to Washington

The following guest blog was written by Julia Buik, who recently joined Roscoe as a 4th generation Buik family member. Julia is a graduate of Marquette University's College of Business Administration with majors in Accounting, and Operations and Supply Chain Management. Her previous work experience includes Tandem HR in Westchester, IL, as well as working as an intern for Roscoe from 2004 through 2010. Julia became a full time team member of Roscoe in November 2016.

TRSA Mission & Meeting with Congress

This spring I had the opportunity to attend the Textile Rental Service Association's (TRSA) 2017 Leadership & Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. As the national trade association for the textile services industry, a component of TRSA's mission is public and government advocacy. 

Conference attendees had the option to register for Congressional visits. Those attendees were put into small groups by the TRSA staff, who worked diligently to schedule meetings with local Congressional staff on our behalf.

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Hygienically Clean Work Uniforms

Hygienically Clean Work Uniforms

While we take pride in the quality of our laundering processes and the cleanliness of our work uniform rentals, we've embraced the concept of hygienically clean – not just for the medical, food processing, food service, and hospitality industries, but hygienically clean for all.

By the end of 2017, we expect to be Hygienically Clean Certified by the TRSA and we are now almost fully complete with our implementation.

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Reusable Rental Shop Towels, Mops & Mats and the Profitability of Sustainability

Reusable Rental Shop Towels and Rags

Sustainability pays dividends to the environment, but it can also have a positive impact on the bottom line. Many organizations understand the benefits associated with work uniform rentals but reusable shop towels (rags), dust mops, wet mops, and floor mats processed weekly or every other week are also more sustainable and less expensive than disposable products. Having these products available, and in clean condition, reduces overall building maintenance and cleaning costs.

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Roscoe Wins TRSA Clean Green Environmental Award, Again

Roscoe Wins TRSA Clean Green Environmental Award, Again

The Clean Green Environmental Award from the Textile Rental Services Association (TRSA) recognizes novel approaches by companies and/or facilities to increase sustainability, to conserve natural resources, and to reduce the operation's overall environmental impact.

In 2010, Roscoe won the inaugural TRSA Clean Green Environmental Award primarily for having consolidated two plants and becoming the most efficient commercial laundry in the nation. We've also been Clean Green Certified every year since the certification was created in 2012.

We earned this year's TRSA Clean Green Environmental Award for our Best Management Practices involving water reuse, reclamation and removal, as well as for various environmentally-conscious changes made in our physical workplace, including the initiatives below.

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Roscoe Sends Two More Leaders to TRSA EMI

Roscoe Sends Two More Leaders to TRSA EMI

Created by the Institute of Industrial Launderers (IIL), renamed the Uniform Textile Services Association (UTSA) and then ultimately merged with Textile Rental Services Association (TRSA), the Executive Management Institute (EMI) has become the most heralded professional management development program in the industry's history for managers in all areas of textile care operations. EMI develops the management and leadership skills of students by providing them with a comprehensive understanding of successful management principles and practices relevant to textile care operations. This understanding improves both individual and business management performance.

Since its inception 51 years ago, The Roscoe Company has sent over 30 team members and emerging leaders to EMI as an investment in their future, and the company overall. This year, we sent two employees. We asked them to describe their experience in their own words.

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Chicago Uniform Company Establishes New Levels of Sustainability

Chicago Uniform Company Establishes New Levels of Sustainability

Our industry is one of the original sustainable industries. Work uniform and textile re-using vs. disposing goes back to the turn of the 20th Century, and back when we were founded in 1921.

Sustainability Origins

Sustainability was initially driven out of scarcity more so than a desire to take care of the environment. However, the textile rental industry has evolved, sustainability has replaced scarcity with a desire to protect the environment, treat byproducts and reduce costs. By comparison, if all work uniforms were cleaned in your home washer and dryer, you would use many times the water and detergent. Your garments wouldn't be nearly as clean and you would expose your home to high levels of contaminants.

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Clean Green Certification 2016

Clean Green Certification 2016

In 2012, the Textiles Rental Services Association (TRSA) launched an initiative called the Clean Green Certification Program. Shortly thereafter, we became the first industrial launderer to become Clean Green Certified and we are still the only uniform rental supplier in Chicago to be certified following our re-certification.

Clean Green Certification Process

Every year, we go through the Clean Green Certification audit process. It begins with a self audit, which includes calculating consumption of natural gas and electricity compared to the number of pounds we produce and being under that Clean Green baseline. We also get credit for adhering to the other Clean Green best practices (below). The retrofitting of our plant six years ago to become one of the most energy efficient laundry systems in the country and one of the smallest footprints.

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Roscoe Presents Textile Service Webinar with TRSA

TRSA recently hosted the webinar "Leadership and Coaching for Textile Services Managers and Staff Members." The webinar was led by our production team leader, Miriam Avila, and our service team leader, Wesley Rowe.

Miriam and Wes discussed their duties, tools and training programs we've implemented in our day-to-day operations to empower our team members. Miriam detailed our on-boarding and training process for new production hires, and Wes discussed the training modules the company uses to bring its route services representatives (RSR) up to speed on the job duties. Below is a little more about their experience.

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