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September 19, 2010
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The von Drehle Corporation hires new regional director of sales
John Ferraro has joined the company as western region director of sales.

Ferraro is a graduate of Illinois State University and has nearly 18 years of sales management experience in the industry.

Ferraro brings with him a wealth of knowledge which will be instrumental in helping to expand von Drehle''s towel and tissue sales in the western U.S.

He will be focusing his efforts on working with von Drehle''s dedicated sales force to support existing customers and develop new business in the region.

APC Filtration Inc. names new North American VP
Robert Gail will work from the St. Louis, MO, office and will be responsible for OEM and Aftermarket Air and Liquid Filter Sales.

Gail''s extensive background in the commercial industry began over 27 years ago with Newell Rubbermaid and most recently as president of Continental Commercial Products, a Katy Industries Inc. company.

Wausau Paper names new VP of sales and marketing
Eric Leines has been promoted to vice president, sales and marketing for the company''s towel and tissue business unit.

The promotion of Leines, presently vice president, sales for the unit was effective December 1, 2008.

Leines joined Wausau Paper in 1991 and has held a series of roles of increasing responsibility with the company''s towel and tissue sales and marketing organization.

As a graduate of Wake Forest, he received his B.A. and had a double major in economics and history.

Following college, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

UGL Unicco hires new director of business development
Gregory Falahee has joined the company as director of business development for office services.

In his new role, Falahee will focus on enhancing UGL Unicco''s office services by formulating best strategies for exploring new opportunities and adding value to current client relationships.

He will also lead the company''s involvement in key associations and industry groups.

Falahee, who lives in Sudbury, MA, holds a B.S. in business and public policy from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.


Bravo! partners with Cannon Hygiene
Bravo! Group Services Inc. has created a strategic partnership with Cannon Hygiene USA to provide restroom and feminine hygiene services in exclusivity to clients in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Rotobrush wins Patriotic Employer Award
Rotobrush International has been awarded the Patriotic Employer Award by the National Committee of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) for support of their employees'' participation in the National Guard and Reserve.

The company was nominated by Robert Yates, who serves in Echo Company 2-149th AVN in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Rotobrush is dedicated to supporting both current and former armed service members within the company.

Enviro-Solutions adds six new distributors
Enviro-Solutions announced the addition of six new distributors, adding to its growing sales network in the U.S. and Canada.

After several months of market research, Enviro-Solutions selected these distributors because of their experience with and knowledge of the professional cleaning industry:

  • P & C Paper, Portsmouth, VA
  • Kleenorama, Washington, D.C.
  • Shore Is Clean, Whiteford, MD
  • America First, Atlanta, GA
  • Allegheny Supply, Duncansville, PA
  • Boreal Solutions, Thunder Bay and Sault St. Marie, Ontario, Canada.

EPA recognizes ISSA and select member companies as environmental leaders
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized ISSA and more than 30 of its member companies as environmental leaders under the Design for the Environment (DfE) Program''s Safer Detergent Stewardship Initiative (SDSI) at a formal ceremony held last November in Washington, D.C.

The SDSI recognizes environmental leaders that voluntarily commit to or otherwise promote the use of safer surfactants.

ISSA-Member SDSI Champions:

  • Auto-Chlor System
  • Bissell Professional
  • Chemco Corp.
  • ChemLink Laboratories L.L.C.
  • Clean Control Corp.
  • Corporate Express, a Staples Co.
  • Earth Friendly Products
  • Eco Concepts Inc.
  • EcoDiscoveries
  • Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products
  • JohnsonDiversey Inc.
  • Multi-Clean Inc.
  • PDQ Manufacturing
  • Procter & Gamble Professional
  • Reckitt Benckiser Professional
  • Spurrier Chemical Co. Inc.
  • State Chemical
  • Sysco Corp.
  • The Dial Corp., a Henkel Co.
  • US Formula Technology
  • Vaska Inc.

ISSA-Member SDSI Partners:

  • Athea Laboratories
  • Canberra Corp.
  • Clorox Professional Products
  • Daley International
  • Gent-L-Kleen Products Inc.
  • Hillyard Inc.
  • Racine Industries Inc.
  • Momar Inc.
  • Mt. Hood Solutions
  • National Chemical Laboratories Inc.
  • Nilodor Inc.
  • Rochester Midland Corp.
  • 3M (Building and Commercial Services Division).

NCL partners with EPA for Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative
National Chemical Laboratories Inc. announced its intention to remove all bio-accumulative surfactant systems from all cleaning and maintenance chemical formulations over the next 36 months.

This announcement is made in conjunction with NCL''s recently awarded Partner Recognition Status with the U.S. EPA''s Design for the Environment Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative (SDSI).

According to the company''s release, since 1994, NCL has spearheaded efforts to provide the sanitary maintenance industry with products that minimize impact on both human health and the environment.

System4 and 3M partner
System4, a commercial cleaning franchiser, and the 3M Building and Commercial Services Division have teamed up to offer high quality, efficient and eco-friendly commercial cleaning services.

Jon Beltz, manager with 3M Building and Commercial Services Division, said: "Commercial cleaning customers across the nation will benefit tremendously, getting the best possible service at a great value."

The attention to detail of System4 and the premiere, Green Seal certified chemicals from 3M will further enhance each organization''s commitment to sustainable practices.

Paul Scales, director of master development for System4, said: "3M''s cleaning solutions are a perfect fit for the fast growth we have been fortunate to attain."

3M will provide training solutions to System4 employees and franchisees nationwide.

Largest school district in North America goes green
The Kawartha Pine Ridge School District is the largest in North America to fully adopt green cleaning practices. Enviro-Solutions won the contract to supply the district with green cleaning supplies after being picked from a long list of possible manufacturers.

The Kawartha Pine Ridge School District has more than 4.5 million square feet of space and uses nearly 90,000 gallons of cleaning chemicals annually.

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