Promoting the Cloth Diaper Industry

2011 RDIA Cloth Diaper Business Conference



Laundry Science 
Wednesday, September 28, 10:30 - 11:45AM


Steven Tinker

Vice President of Research & Development, Gurtler Industries
President, American Reusable Textile Association (ARTA)

Steven Tinker has been with Gurtler Industries, Inc. since 2002 and is currently their Vice President of Research & Development.  Gurtler is a national manufacturer of institutional and industrial laundry detergents and processing chemicals.  Steve has over 35 years experience in the professional laundry industry as a product development scientist and marketing executive.  During his years with Gurtler and in his previous positions he has developed and brought to market numerous institutional and industrial laundry detergents and specialty chemicals.  At Gurtler Steve and his staff are responsible for new product development, corporate quality assurance, product maintenance, and field technical service support.

Steve is currently the President of the American Reusable Textile Association (ARTA), an organization dedicated to the promotion of the appreciation of reusable textiles.  Steve was a founding member and currently serves on the Healthcare Committee of TRSA, the Textile Rental Services Association. In addition, he is on the Leadership & Training Committee of TRSA; this committee is responsible for PMI (Production Management Institute) and other training initiatives of TRSA.

Steve is one of the founding members of the Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) and has served as the Vice Chairman of the organization. He currently is the Vice Chairman of the HLAC Advisory Committee.  The HLAC has developed a standard for processing healthcare textiles which was developed by a panel of industry experts with input from laundry professionals, healthcare administrators, end-users and government officials.  In 2006 HLAC began to provide an inspection and accreditation process that recognizes those laundries seeking accreditation on a voluntary basis.

Over the years Steve has been a key presenter at industry seminars, most recently at the 2010 ARTA Reusable Surgical Textiles Seminar and TechTextil North America 2011, plus he was a trainer at the 2010 PMI for Healthcare Laundry.  He has published numerous articles on a wide variety of laundering technology in industry publications, such as Textile Rental, Industrial Launderer, Laundry Today and American Laundry News.


Steven Tinker
Gurtler Industries


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