The American Reusable Textile Association (ARTA) presented the 2017 Nate Belkin Award during its Breakfast at Clean in Las Vegas on June 6. This new award is presented biennially to the ARTA member company that best exemplifies ARTA’s mission. Nate Belkin, PhD, founded ARTA in 1982 while working for Fashion Seal Healthcare. He passed in 2010.
ARTA President Brendan O’Neill presented the award to Les Major and Shelley Petrovskis of Lac Mac Limited, London, Ontario (see photo, right).
Lac-Mac Limited was established in 1920 and is one of North America’s leading manufacturers of reusable protective technical products for various market segments. The company specializes in high-performance, liquid-proof, breathable PPE products.
For more than 30 years, Lac-Mac has been a licensed manufacturer for products using a family of technical GORE® fabrics. In addition, the company manufactures protective products under the exclusive R.MOR.Tex® brand for the operating room.
This award recognizes the organization that has most effectively realized the ARTA mission to create greater awareness, appreciation and acceptance for reusable textiles.
Nominations for the next Nate Belkin award will be several months prior to Clean 2019.
The award is presented every two years at the Clean Show, during ARTA’s Breakfast. Nominations are open to all ARTA members, both laundries and allied companies. The winning organization receives a custom trophy to showcase in their lobby or executive offices and two complimentary tickets to the ARTA Breakfast at Clean on June 6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, 7:30 to 9 a.m.
A committee of the ARTA Board composed of suppliers and operators will review the nominations and select the finalist. Nominators are asked to complete an online application form (right), which includes a 200-word summary on the rationale for awarding the recognition to the company being nominated. The Nate Belkin Committee may contact finalists, as needed, to learn more about their entries.
Note: ARTA board members are not eligible. Board members are encouraged to submit nominations for others.
ARTA Executive Director