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September 19, 2010
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United Stationers makes executive changes
Office and JanSan supplies distributor United Stationers Inc. of Deerfield, IL, made several executive changes recently.

Stephen Schultz is the new group president, LagasseSweet and ORS Nasco and Todd Shelton is president of LagasseSweet.

And William Scheller has resigned as senior vice president and president of ORS Nasco.

Also, United Stationers has hired Barbara Kennedy as senior vice president of human resources.

Kimberly-Clark hires chief strategy officer
Consumer products and JanSan manufacturer Kimberly-Clark Corp. has hired Christian Brickman as chief strategy officer.

Brickman is currently a principal in McKinsey & Company’s Dallas office, specializing in consumer packaged goods and operations practices.

Brickman will report directly to CEO Thomas Falk.

ProTeam adds VP of operations
Boise, ID-based vacuum manufacturer ProTeam Inc. has named Kyle Mackey as its new VP of operations.

In his new position, Mackey is responsible for implementing and expanding all facets of operations.

Electrolux names vacuum GM
Vacuum manufacturer Electrolux has promoted Brad Hoare to North American general manager for the Eureka and Commercial brands.

Hoare is a longtime industry veteran who had been working as senior marketing director for the Commercial brand, which includes Sanitaire vacuums for the JanSan market.

Purdue hires facilities VP
Purdue University of West Lafayette, IN, has hired Robert McMains as vice president for physical facilities.

McMains comes to Purdue from Emory University, where he was associate vice president of facilities management and responsible for Emory’s sustainability program.


ISSA attendees pick award winners
Attendees at the ISSA/INTERCLEANz North America 2008 trade show at the Las Vegas Convention Center chose 14 award winners in innovation and customer service.

The following winners were announced Thursday morning, as the trade show was winding down:

Innovation Awards — Waterbury Companies’ MICROBEMAX Continuous Cleaning System, Georgia-Pacific Professionals’ SmartStock Ultra Cutlery Dispenser & Carousel, NSS Enterprises’ Charger 2022DB with Sulky, Rubbermaid Commercial Products’ DVAC 1-PASS Cleaning Solution, and JohnsonDiversey’s ProSpeed Floor Finish Applicator System.

Green Innovation Awards — Ecolab’s Clearly Soft, Waterhouse Solutions’ Pill and Fill, and Kaivac’s KaiWipes.

Best Customer Service Awards (booth size more than 400 square feet) — Tennant Company, Spartan Chemical Co., and Advance.

Best Customer Service Awards (booth size less than 300 square feet) — ARCSI Book Store, Trojan Battery Co., and Grand Technology Inc.

Kaivac moves to new campus
JanSan manufacturer Kaivac Inc. has begun moving into its new corporate campus in Hamilton, OH.

The new multi-building campus, with more than 200,000 square feet, will house the company’s business and corporate headquarters and its manufacturing center.

Kaivac Vice President of Marketing Tom Morrison stated about the move: “We anticipate expanding our office, as well as research and development and manufacturing operations in the future. The new facility will help us accommodate future growth.”

K-tech buys First Choice
Building service contractor K-tech Kleening Systems of Weston, WI, has acquired First Choice Cleaning Services of Appleton, WI, for an undisclosed amount.

First Choice owner Lee Fahrenkrug will become branch manager for K-tech in the Fox Valley.

K-tech now has more than 46 service vehicles and almost 120 employees.

Interline acquires Eagle
Jacksonville, FL-based distributor Interline Brands Inc. has acquired JanSan distributor Eagle Maintenance Supply of Pennsauken, NJ, for an undisclosed amount. Eagle has revenues of $17 million a year.

Interline Chairman and CEO Michael Grebe said the acquisition will help Interline expand into the Washington, DC, and Philadelphia markets, and will be neutral to earnings this year and slightly accretive to earnings next year.

Central Sanitary Supply buys rival
Central Sanitary Supply of Modesto, CA, has acquired Rite Line Supply of Visalia, CA.

The combined organization will operate as Central Sanitary Supply, and all Rite Line employees will keep their jobs.
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