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September 19, 2010
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Betco hires five regional managers
Toledo, OH-based JanSan manufacturer Betco Corp. has hired five regional managers with more than 50 combined years of JanSan experience.

The five are Butch Webber (Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island); Nick Ginnetti (central and southern Illinois and St. Louis); Chris Call (North Dakota, Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin); Scott Durham (Southern California); and Mike Standish (Dallas and the panhandle).

ISSA promotes Wagner
ISSA has promoted Dan Wagner to director of facility service legislative affairs.

Wagner will work on legislative and regulatory matters related to labor and product-application issues that facility service providers face.

Wagner will continue to work in his other role at ISSA, as director of the Cleaning Industry Management Standard and Certification program.

SDA elects board members, treasurer
Washington, DC-based The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) has elected executives from Dow Chemical Co. and PQ Corp. to the trade group’s board of directors.

The new board members are Tony Frencham, global business director and general manager – cleaning at Dow; and Paul J. Ferrall Jr., president – PQ Americas.

The board also elected Seamus McBride, president, U.S. and worldwide commercial effectiveness for Colgate-Palmolive, as its treasurer.

Xpedx promotes two
JanSan paper distributor xpedx of Loveland, OH, has promoted Tom Weisenbach to executive vice president for sales and marketing at xpedx parent International Paper and Guy Belew to vice president for strategy and planning of xpedx.

Weisenbach had been working as executive vice president for xpedx’s South Central region; and Belew had been working as vice president of marketing for xpedx.

R.J. Schinner hires sales director
New Berlin, WI-based JanSan re-distributor R.J. Schinner Co. Inc. has hired Michael Hunt as director of sales.
Hunt has an extensive sales and marketing background in the JanSan industry, most recently with RDA Advantage.


UNICCO sold to United Group
UNICCO Service Co., the fifth-largest building service contractor in the United States, has been acquired by United Group Ltd., an Australian engineering and services firm based in Sydney.

The purchase price was $410 million in cash and United Group shares.

Newton, MA-based UNICCO, with about 9 percent of the U.S. facilities management market, provides operations, maintenance, janitorial and administration services at more than 5,000 sites in the U.S. and Canada.

United Group CEO Richard Leupen said of the purchase: “The U.S. property services market is continuing to expand and United Group will now be a larger, integral part of this growth.”

University of Michigan earns CIMS certification
The building and grounds department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor is the first organization to be certified to ISSA’s new Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS).

The university’s JanSan department achieved certification with honors, indicating that it meets 100 percent of mandatory management requirements and at least 85 percent of other elements in the standard.

The University of Michigan is the first of 24 case-study organizations to complete the CIMS certification process.

Green Seal to investigate fragrances
Green Seal is in the process of revising its GS-37 standard for commercial cleaning products to include fragrance-related issues.

ISSA is participating in the Green Seal fragrance development team, which is looking at a range of fragrance issues including whether some fragrances should be restricted or prohibited in Green Seal-certified products.

Another issue is whether a test for respiratory and skin sensitivity should be included in certifying products to GS-37.

SBM buys Alternative Sources
McLellan, CA-based SBM Site Services, a building service contractor, has acquired Alternative Sources, a BSC in Wichita, KS.
Terms were not disclosed.

SBM cleans more than 250 million square feet and has 4,000 employees.

EPA fines Zep maker $3.8M
An Atlanta cleaning products manufacturer has agreed to pay the largest Environmental Protection Agency fine ever in northern Georgia for persistent and flagrant violations of the Clean Water Act.

Acuity Specialty Products Inc., which makes Zep brand detergents and cleaning products, was fined $3.8 million for sending illegally polluted wastewater to a city treatment plant for more than four years.

The company also falsified environmental reports, failed to report significant spills, and diluted testing samples with tap water.

ServiceMaster shareholders approve acquisition
Shareholders of lawn-care and JanSan services franchisor ServiceMaster have approved selling the company to private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice for $4.57 billion, or $15.625 a share.

Sixty-seven percent of outstanding shares, representing 99 percent of the votes cast, voted in favor of the deal.

The leveraged buyout of the Memphis-based ServiceMaster is expected to close in the third quarter of this year, though the company has had some difficulty in selling bonds to finance the deal.

Palmer Co. notes centennial
JanSan distributor Palmer Co. Inc. of Waukesha, WI, recently celebrated 100 years in business.

Palmer President Bill Hoffman said that the key to the firm’s longevity and success has been “hard work, forward thinking and definitely relationships.”

Palmer celebrated the centennial with an open house at its Waukesha headquarters.

CIRI calls for cleaning science papers
The Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) has issued a call for papers to be presented at its second annual conference and symposium, “Cleaning & Health – Making the Connection,” set for June 8–11 2008 in the Washington, DC, area.

Three types of papers will be considered — conceptually based papers that seek to develop a fuller understanding of cleaning science by building on existing knowledge; empirically based papers that are original research to test or develop a theory or make a new contribution to the knowledge base of the field; and poster sessions that may be used to present works in progress and may be conceptually or empirically based.

Abstracts of papers (three-page maximum) must be submitted to Conference Editor Thomas Jones at by September 1.

Swish buys Kenco
Swish Maintenance Ltd., a JanSan distributor chain in Canada and the Northeastern United States, has acquired JanSan distributor Kenco Inc. of Barre, VT.

The acquired firm will continue to operate in Barre as Swish Kenco Ltd.

Terms were not disclosed.

Cleaning services industry keeps on growing
A new report by Cleveland-based market research firm Freedonia Group estimates that the market for commercial and residential cleaning services will grow by 5.3 percent a year through 2011, when the market will total $62.8 billion.

One trend that will drive growth in the industry is the increasing use of residential cleaning services by busy, two-income families and senior citizens.

Senate kills card-check bill
On a procedural vote, Senate Republicans killed a bill that would have allowed unions to organize without secret-ballot elections.

The Employee Free Choice Act, which had already passed the House, needed 60 votes to move to a floor vote, but, in a party-line vote, it only received 51, almost all by Democrats.

Under the Employee Free Choice Act, a union could be organized if a majority of workers sign union cards, which is known as “card-check” organizing and has been used in JanSan labor disputes in Houston and at the University of Miami.

Canadian JanSan trade show set for Nova Scotia
The Canadian Sanitation Supply Association (CSSA) will mark its 50th anniversary with the Clean Atlantic 2007 trade show on Thursday, September 27, in the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Clean Atlantic is the largest trade show for the Canadian JanSan industry; admission to the trade show is free for CSSA members and facility service providers.

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