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September 19, 2010
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Machine turns water into cleaning solution
A Massachusetts entrepreneur has started selling machines that convert tap water into a nontoxic cleaning solution.

The electrolyzed water produced by Sam Coco''s Electrolyzer Corp. s machine can be used to kill bacteria and viruses by damaging cell membranes.

Study: Housekeeper injuries rising
Two thirds of hotel housekeepers have experienced work-related pain serious enough to see a doctor and take pain medication, according to a survey of 600 housekeepers and research study of the five largest hotel chains sponsored by UNITE-HERE.

SDA unveils sustainability website
The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) has launched SDA Sustainability Central (, highlighting the sustainable development activities of its member companies.

Aramark CEO leads push for buyout
Led by Aramark Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Joseph Neubauer, a group of investors has offered $32 a share to take facilities service provider Aramark private.

ECP offers online green buying site
The Canadian Environmental Choice!" Program (ECP) launched, a bilingual website that includes a listing of evaluated product categories, as well as the manufacturers and products that have been certified.

$100K pledged for cleaning science research
ISSA and Kaivac Inc. have each committed $50,000 to the Cleaning Industry Research Institute to help underwrite the Scientific Advisory Council.

Additionally, CIRI elected the following industry experts to its board of directors: Patti Costello, American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES); Chuck Crawford, JohnsonDiversey Inc.; John Garfinkel, ISSA; Jim Harris, Concepts IV; Frank Hurd, Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI); Tom Jones, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV); Paul Mattia, Ecolab Inc.; Carey Mitchell, Shaw Industries Inc.; Bob Robinson, Kaivac Inc.; Charlie Smith, Tennant Company; and Humphrey Tyler, Cleaning Management Institute.


ServiceMaster exec picked to lead U.S. SBA
Steven Preston, executive vice president of ServiceMaster, was nominated by President George W. Bush to replace Hector Barreto as head of the Small Business Administration.

Barreto has resigned to head The Latino Coalition advocacy group; Preston will leave ServiceMaster while awaiting Senate confirmation.

KBM hires Meacham
San Diego-based building service contractor KBM Building Services has appointed Dale Meacham as director of operations.

Dow exec named VP and controller
Dow Chemical Co., Midland, MI, recently promoted William Weideman to the position of vice president and controller.

CSI International hires Garrett as EVP
CSI International Inc., Red Bank, NJ, recently announced that Roger G. Garrett has joined the company as executive vice president of the Northeast region.

Grainger names Ryan president
W.W. Grainger Inc. appointed James Ryan company president, filling a position that has been vacant since 2004.

The JanSan distributor also promoted Kevin Peters senior vice president of supply chain operations and Deb Oler to vice president of sales in the United States.

Clorox searches for new CEO
Gerald Johnston, chairman and chief executive officer of Oakland, CA-based Clorox Co., has retired.

Robert Matschullat will continue as interim chairman and CEO at Clorox, while the company conducts a search for a new leader.

Facilico promotes Harris and Brake
Facilico Inc., a contract cleaning company with offices in Raleigh and Ayden, NC, promoted Lorella Harris to area manager in Greenville, New Bern and Kinston.

Roosevelt Brake has been promoted to area manager in Wilson and Rocky Mount.

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