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Get to know... Lisa Bujan

September 19, 2010
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How did you get your start in the cleaning industry?
I got into this industry by helping out a friend who was, in turn, doing her brother a favor.

In 1990, a frustrated contractor building a subdivision of 1500-square-foot houses, pleaded with his contracted janitorial company — which only did nightly cleanup — to complete the final cleanings, as his houses quickly sprang up in a remote area.

My friend’s brother, the owner of the company, had no interest in the job since he didn’t see this work as profitable, but finally agreed, at the continued pleas of the contractor.

He then called upon his little sister, as big brothers seem able to do, and made his sister clean the houses. If my friend was going to be forced to do this difficult work, then I would help her.

Tell us a bit about your position and organization.
I missed the construction atmosphere tremendously, so in 1991, I started my own company, BlueLine Maintenance, Inc.

Our goal of getting to know and service the builders of Southeast Michigan proved to be successful and our affiliation with such organizations as Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) has helped us tremendously.

Today, we are well recognized in the construction industry. We work for the highest-end residential builders, completing the “final cleans” in the 14,000- to 20,000-square-foot homes of the world’s industry leaders, as well as many entertainers and sports heroes.

We also work on large scale commercial, medical, school and government office projects.

We have just purchased property and are in the process of building a new office/warehouse to give us more space to grow.

How does janitorial work at constrution sites differ from other types of facilities?
Our responsibility is to prepare the site for a final walk-thru with the building/homeowner, architect and contractor. Therefore, sanitizing is not much of a concern as is removing paint overspray, removing packaging and stickers, vacuuming sawdust from cabinet drawer tracks, and so forth.

Obviously, being the first to clean a surface requires keeping up with new products on the market (e.g. bamboo flooring) and cleaning product knowledge.

Scheduling takes a great deal of effort, because construction can be postponed. New employees quickly learn not to ask where they will be working the next day, but rather to call the office after 9 p.m. to hear a message with the address of where to be the next morning. Thank goodness for flexible employees that have access to Yahoo!® Maps.

Tell us a bit about your personal life.
My husband, Mike, and I have been happily married for 23 years. We have a 20-year-old son, Nick, who just moved out on his own, and a 19-year-old daughter, Stephanie, who will be married in September.

The wedding and construction of our new office is keeping me busy this year, so I eagerly look forward to next year when I can spend more time with my door-to-door ministry and playing golf with my husband.

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