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JohnsonDiversey release

February 04, 2009
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STURTEVANT, WI — The Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) has recognized JohnsonDiversey’s ProSpeed® floor-finishing system with an award for waste management and pollution control.

The EBJ has chosen ProSpeed to receive a technical merit award for its reduced water use and floor finish savings as well as its reduced emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award,” said JohnsonDiversey Americas President John Alexander. “ProSpeed is a strong example of how we’re providing systems that promise a cleaner, healthier future for our customers and the people who occupy their facilities.”

Since its introduction in June 2008, ProSpeed has been revolutionizing the floor-finishing process for building service contractors and other cleaning professionals in retail, health care and education facilities, Alexander said.

“ProSpeed was designed to offer efficiency, reduced environmental impact and worker safety,” Alexander said. “This is the type of customer-focused innovation we are committed to deliver for our customers.”

EBJ Editor-in-Chief Grant Ferrier recognized the company’s commitment to environmental innovation.

"Few companies in the commercial cleaning supply industry pay enough attention to environmental issues,” Ferrier said. “JohnsonDiversey''s water-saving and VOC-reduction improvements are remarkable. ProSpeed represents a significant environmental improvement from the status quo and makes customers more productive."

During its first 10 weeks of deployment, ProSpeed saved customers an estimated 71,400 gallons of water and 8,200 gallons of floor finish. ProSpeed delivers significant water savings because there is no need to clean mop heads, buckets, backpacks or feed lines. The system has a closed bag-in-a-box (BIB) chemical management system that avoids unnecessary clean-up and reduces use of petroleum-based packaging.

Traditional floor-finish systems can waste as much as one-third of chemical products because floor finish is left in the head of the mop or in the bucket after application. Workers using ProSpeed apply only as much finish as needed for any size job. They then store the tool with BIB and remaining finish until the next job, rather than clean the head of a traditional mop.

ProSpeed also contributes to better indoor air quality. Its closed system reduces emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in floor finishes. As a result, customers have reported less odor in the floor-finishing process.

The EBJ Business Achievement Awards were determined by a committee of EBJ staff and EBJ editorial advisory board members. The 2008 awards will be presented in a special ceremony at EBJ’s Environmental Industry Summit VII in Coronado, California, on February 20, 2009.

About JohnsonDiversey

JohnsonDiversey Inc. is committed to a cleaner, healthier future. Its products, systems and expertise make food, drink and facilities safer and more hygienic for consumers and for building occupants.

With sales into more than 170 countries, JohnsonDiversey is a leading global provider of commercial cleaning, sanitation and hygiene solutions. The company serves customers in the lodging, food service, retail, health care, and food and beverage sectors.

JohnsonDiversey is one of four separate companies controlled by the Johnson Family of Racine, Wisconsin, USA. To learn more, visit us at

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