TRSA and ETSA Announce Reciprocal Memeberships


ALEXANDRIA, Va., and Brussels, Belgium, April 6, 2016 – TRSA, the largest North American textile services association, and the European Textile Services Association (ETSA), the largest European textile services association, announce an agreement to jointly offer access to their respective resources to improve the safety and performance of their member companies. Combined, the organizations serve the largest international, national and independent laundry operators and suppliers, providing a network for information-sharing, research, benchmarking, professional development, advocacy and industry news, trends and best practices.

“TRSA demonstrates our commitment to Stronger Together by increasing communications and information-sharing between all textile services organizations,” said TRSA President & CEO Joseph Ricci. “We constantly seek to partner with associations and other organizations such as ETSA and their National Association members, as well as Universal-Unilink and others that support the expansion, protection and professionalization of the textile services community through networking and sharing best practices that improve safety and increase productivity.”

Robert Long, Secretary General, ETSA, remarked that “by strengthening our cooperation and learning from each other, we can add even more value for membership. We can avoid ‘re-inventing the wheel.’ We can benefit mutually from our different trans-Atlantic perspectives… putting both organizations in a better position to promote the interests of textiles services – worldwide.”

TRSA has been participating and sharing information with ETSA and its National Associations for the past few years; this agreement formalizes the process and provides TRSA and ETSA members with reciprocal access to industry-specific resources for best practices, research, benchmarking, professional development and training, as well as online and print communications. Members should contact TRSA and ETSA for access to and online resources.


TRSA ( represents the $17 billion textile services industry which employs 225,000+ people at 1,500+ facilities nationwide by advocating for fair regulatory and legislative policy affecting the textile services industry and promoting the environmental benefits of reusable textiles. For more than 100 years, TRSA has helped member companies increase productivity, sustainability, safety and professionalism through education, certification, and research, benchmarking and information-sharing. TRSA is the only textile services association that represents the interest of small, regional independent operators and large national companies that provide clean, safe reusable linens, uniforms, towels, mats and other products for the industrial/manufacturing, hospitality, restaurant and healthcare sectors. TRSA quantifies our industry’s commitment to cleanliness and sustainability through its Clean Green and Hygienically Clean Certification programs.

About ETSA

The European Textile Services Association ( ) is the leading association representing the €11 billion textile services industry which employs nearly 135,000 across the European Union (EU). ETSA, whose members include the largest textile rental companies and suppliers as well as national associations from across Europe, promotes the textile services industry and the interests of member companies.