In the News

UNIVERSAL ADDS ALAN WILSONalan-wilson

Alan Wilson has joined Universal Unilink to work closely with Rental Members. He brings a strong background of experience to serving our Members, including serving as President of four Florida Linen health care plants and as President of Angelica’s Textile Rental Division. Initially, Alan is focusing on increasing competitive advantage for linen processors.

If you haven’t yet heard from Alan, please contact him at alanwilson@universalpa.com or give him a call at (561) 255-8861. Your input is important as we work to drive down costs and increase profitability.

MEMBER FEEDBACK

Member Bill Muske of Mid City Services in Maple Grove, MN, reports: “Anderson Chemical is doing a great job for us, and we’re very happy. Thanks for bringing them aboard! Our acquisition is fully integrated and doing well (Whew!).” He indicates that Mid City will be looking for additional space soon.

 EDGE GROUP MEETING COMING UP

The EDGE Group has another meeting scheduled in March, this one to be held in Atlanta. This group of dust operators formed to identify opportunities for process improvement. Their initial focus has been on marketing and sales, specializing in lead generation. Bob Grose facilitates the group and reports that they can take one additional company. If you’d like information, please contact us.

PRIMELINE ACQUISITION

In January, top 40 supplier Prime Line (asi/79530) announced the acquisition of Jetline (asi/63344). “We are very excited to welcome Jetline to the Prime family and to give our distributors even more products and services to choose from,” said Jeff Lederer, CEO of Prime. “Jetline has excelled by focusing on lower-priced items with deep inventory and free 24-hour rush service, which we absolutely will continue to offer.”

 ASI DISTRIBUTOR CHOICE AWARDS

Congratulations to the following Universal Unilink suppliers chosen for the 2016 Distributor Choice Award!

BIC Graphic Cap America
Bag Makers Gill Line
Bullet Journalbooks

 PPAI SUPPLIER AWARDS

Congratulations to the following Universal Unilink Preferred Suppliers chosen for the 2016 Supplier Achievement and Star Awards!

Bag Makers Graphic Prime Resource
BIC Graphic St. Regis Crystal
Gill Showdown Displays
Leeds Graphic Towel Specialties
Logo Mats Vantage Apparel
Norwood

FORTUNE TAPS ECOLAB

Ecolab was recently named one of Fortune’s most admired companies for 2016. The recognition is the second in as many years, and measures corporate reputation based on nine key attributes from financial soundness to innovation. Within the chemicals industry, Ecolab ranked third overall and first for social responsibility, quality of management and long-term investment value. These criteria are assessed by thousands of survey participants, including executives, directors and analysts.

UNIVERSAL ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH TRSA

Allan Fowler, President of Universal Unilink, announced an alliance with TRSA that will enable rental Members to join TRSA at a significant discount in 2016. “Universal Unilink is dedicated to offering exceptional business tools, purchasing services, training and networking opportunities to the Independent,” Fowler remarked in announcing the alliance. “TRSA’s lobbying on behalf of the industry is critical in today’s environment of increasing regulations; this alliance can give our Members a stronger voice in Washington. “We welcome eligible TRSA members to join our ranks and, conversely, the relationship expands opportunities for our Members, allowing them access to TRSA’s programs,” Fowler remarked. “TRSA is constantly seeking to partner with organizations that believe expanding, protecting and professionalizing the textile services industry benefits all companies, regardless of size of market,” said TRSA CEO Joseph Ricci. “The partnership with Universal Unilink will help the industry better share best practices that improve safety and increase productivity.” Call your Member Services Representative for more details on the TRSA alliance and for information on the reduced rate.

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