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September 19, 2010
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IAQA elects officers and directors
The Indoor Air Quality Association installed new directors and officers at its annual meeting in Las Vegas in October.

Officers are Tom Yacobellis (DUCTZ International, Dunedin, FL), president; Mark DeLisle (DeLisle & Associates, Portage, MI), first vice president; Carl Grimes (Healthy Habitats LLC, Denver) and Andrew Ask (Cape Coral, FL), vice presidents; Joseph Hughes Jr. (IAQ Training Institute, Pittsburgh), treasurer; and Glenn Fellman (Indoor Environment Communications, Rockville, MD), secretary.

Board members elected to a new three-year term were Wei Tang (QLab, Cherry Hill, NJ) and Wane Baker (Michaels Engineering, La Crosse, WI); DeLisle was re-elected to another three-year term.

Von Drehle adds sales director
Hickory, NC-based towel/tissue manufacturer von Drehle Corp. has hired David Holland as director of sales.

Holland brings 18 years of sales and management experience in the towel/tissue industry to his new position.

Georgia-Pacific names sustainability exec
JanSan paper manufacturer Georgia Pacific has promoted Bill Frerking to chief sustainability officer.

Frerking, who had been chief counsel of Georgia-Pacific’s building products businesses, will work to develop and implement sustainability strategies, goals, measurement and reporting.

ASHES board names 2008 president
The board of directors of the American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES) has elected Tina Cermignano as ASHES president for 2008.

Cermignano, operations manager for quality at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, has been an ASHES member for 20 years and is currently an at-large board member.

John Swigart elected to Spartan board
John W. Swigart, vice president of Spartan Chemical Company Inc. of Maumee, OH, has been elected to the company’s board of directors.

Swigart has been actively involved in Spartan’s day-to-day operations, especially in domestic and foreign distributor relations.

Swigart is also vice chairperson of the ISSA YES (Young Executive Society).

IFMA names Fellows
The International Facility Managers Association (IFMA) honored four new IFMA Fellows at its annual Conference & Expo in New Orleans in October.

The new Fellows are William Conley, facilities and purchasing manager for SCAN Health Plan in Long Beach, CA; Kathy Roper, professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta; and industry consultants Diane McKnight of Arlington, VA, and Sheila Sheridan of Plymouth, MA.

IFMA also promoted Marla Wunderlich to director of government relations, a newly created position in Washington.
Wunderlich has worked for IFMA for 10 years as event planner, manager of events, and associate director of event management.


NEWS

ABM acquires OneSource for $365M
International building service contractor ABM Industries has agreed to buy OneSource Services for $365 million.

OneSource, which has about 31,000 JanSan workers in the United States, lost $1.9 million on revenues of $825 million in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2007.

ABM expects the acquisition of Belize-based OneSource to generate tax savings of $14 million a year.

CleanPower buys Sun Cleaning Group
Milwaukee-based JanSan contractor CleanPower has acquired fellow building service contractor Sun Cleaning Group.

With the addition of Sun’s 625 employees, CleanPower will have more than 2,225 employees working at more than 600 locations in Wisconsin.

Sun’s owner Steve Balisteri will become executive vice president of the Sun Cleaning subsidiary of CleanPower.

Transfield acquires Horizon and Whelan’s
Transfield Services Ltd. of Sydney, Australia, which specializes in cleaning retail stores in Australia, has bought two similar building service contractors in the United States for $147.5 million.

Horizon National Contract Services, based in New Jersey, and Whelan’s International Co., based in Long Island, NY, also clean and service retail stores.

Horizon has annual sales of $110 million and Whelan’s has annual sales of $68 million.

P&G picks Utah for towel/tissue plant
Procter & Gamble has decided to build a new towel/tissue plant in Box Elder County, UT, north of Bear River City.

The facility will begin construction next year and should be operational by 2010.

The plant will employ 300 workers at first, and as many as 1,000 in the future.

The new facility will receive $85 million in tax breaks from the state, and will generate an estimated $280 million in new state revenue over 20 years.

Nexstep buys Cornelia Broom
Springfield, OH-based JanSan manufacturer Nexstep Commercial Products, exclusive licensee of O-Cedar products, recently acquired Cornelia Broom Company of Cornelia, GA.

Nexstep will move manufacturing and distribution of Cornelia’s products to its factory/distribution center in Paxton, IL.

This is Nexstep’s second major acquisition this year; it acquired the Bouras Mop Company in March.

Three BSCs win green certification
CleanPower of Wisconsin, ABM Janitorial Services at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and C.J. Maintenance of Maryland are the first building service contractors to be certified as green cleaning services by Green Seal.

The GS-42 standard for green cleaning services involves a stringent application process and an on-site audit.

CIRI wins CRI grant
The Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) has received a $100,000 grant from the Carpet and Rug Institute for a research project to assess the actual costs of cleaning carpet and VCT in elementary schools.

It is the first major research grant for CIRI, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of cleaning through scientific research.

Michigan Paper Products sells JanSan unit

Michigan Paper Products Inc. of Traverse City, MI, has sold its JanSan division to GT Packaging & Janitorial and will now concentrate on its retail party supply business.

GT Packaging & Janitorial has hired four employees of Michigan Paper Products.

Cleaning company tops entrepreneur poll
L&K Cleaning Services of Brookfield, WI, was the top vote-getter in the recent Home-Based 100 survey conducted by entrepreneur website StartupNation.com.

Ken and Laura Galo’s cleaning business has grown through smart networking and community leadership, and Ken Galo also founded the Global Cleaning Association, which has grown to a membership of more than 5,000.

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