2017 Production Clinic
ALSCO, Seattle WA
Welcome to the Northwest
The 2017 WTSA Production Clinic started off at the Seattle Airport Marriott. On Thursday night, the President’s Reception was held in the Snoqualme Ballroom. We had over 120 attendees. Many of the faces were common to one another from years past. However, as this was the first Production Clinic held in the Northwest, there were some new additions, as well. We had over a dozen attendees from more than seven Northwest companies attend the Production Clinic this year.
The new format of the President’s reception was “Table Optional” for attending vendors. Many of the vendors chose to bring their wares for presentation. The room was full of tables, people, and food.
On Friday morning, the group reconvened for presentations from three vendors. Steve Twombly from Automation Dynamics, Robert Spradley from Leonard Automatics, and Ralph Whallon from Southwest Laundry Equipment each gave an explanation on the equipment that they had operating in the Alsco plant we were to visit later in the morning.
Lastly, Jim Ginetti, Alsco Executive and WTSA Board Member, gave some insightful background on how the production operations were moved from an aging plant to the current location in one weekend! Also, he described how the current setup of the new plant is geared towards future growth.
Once the presentations were complete, the attendees got on the bus that took them to the plant. At the plant, there were 7 stations set up within the huge building. The attendees moved from station to station to receive information on the various aspects and equipment installed in the plant. Steve Bivens, General Manager of the ALSCO Tacoma/Seattle plant, signaled the transition from one station to the next with a very loud sports whistle he brought for the occasion.
After the tour, lunch was served, and everyone got back on the bus and returned to the hotel. The tour, the turnout, and the comradery of the even made it successful and very enjoyable. We hope to see our friends form the Northwest at future WTSA events. Please save the date for the Annual Meeting June 25 -27, 2017 at Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego CA.