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September 19, 2010
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ISSA certifies cleaning standard experts
ISSA has certified the first 23 people as experts in its Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS), which codifies universally accepted principles of well-managed and customer-centered cleaning organizations.

Certified CIMS experts can provide training and consultation on how to comply with the new standard; to earn certification, they attended a one-day workshop and passed an examination.

The newly certified CIMS experts are: Dennis Flaherty, Rick Jones, Don Lloyd, Michael Muscara, Lou Richards, Keith Schneringer, Dan Tary, Brent Taylor and Tim Thompson, all of Waxie Sanitary Supply; and Jim Buis, Craig Hodges, Roger Lewien, Ed Panconi, Nick Vetere and Chris Wilson, all of CleanSource.

Also certified were: Carol Dell Acqua, Phil Marzullo and Linda Silverman, all of Maintex Inc.; Dave Herren and Scott Hoskins, both of Coastwide Laboratories; Henry Babol of Colgate-Palmolive; Robert Hurd of Opportunity Village; and John Reed of Betco Corp.

SouthEast LINK hires service manager
Atlanta-based JanSan distributor SouthEast LINK Inc. has hired Richard Hixon as service manager.

Hixon brings 14 years of experience to his job with the JanSan distributor. His repair expertise encompasses an array of machinery from aircraft to washing machines.

Spartan adds Caribbean regional manager
Maumee, OH-based JanSan manufacturer Spartan Chemical Co. has hired Luis Marti as regional manager of the Caribbean region.

United Stationers hires chief financial officer
Office and JanSan products distributor United Stationers Inc. of Deerfield, IL, has hired Victoria Reich as senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Reich comes to United Stationers with 10 years of financial management experience at Brunswick Corp. and 17 years at General Electric.

Continental Commercial Products promotes marketer to president
St. Louis-based JanSan manufacturer Continental Commercial Products (CCP) has promoted Bob Gail to president.

Gail has been with CCP for five years, most recently leading its sales and marketing efforts.

Intellibot hires marketer
Intellibot Robotics of Richmond, VA, has hired David Schneider as marketing manager.

Schneider, who has 15 years’ experience in marketing engineered products and consumer goods, will join Intellibot later this summer, when the manufacturer of floor care robots opens a new headquarters near Pittsburgh.

Thorne adds VP/GM
The Thorne Electric Co. of San Antonio, TX, distributor of Koblenz Electric floor care products, has hired Tom Diskiewicz as vice president and general manager.

Diskiewicz has 20 years’ experience in the JanSan industry.

AFFLINK hires business development manager
AFFLINK, a JanSan distributor/supplier group based in Tuscaloosa, AL, has hired Lisa Dare as a business development manager.

Dare, who comes to AFFLINK from working in a similar position at HOSPECO-Tranzonic Co., will be working in the north central United States.

ABM Industries elects Fernandes to board
The board of directors of national building service contractor ABM Industries Inc. has elected Anthony Fernandes to the board as an independent director.

Fernandes was an executive for 30 years with Atlantic Richfield Co. (ARCO), a diversified energy corporation, and also was chairman, CEO and president of Philip Services Corp., an integrated metals recovery and industrial services company.


ISS buys Sanitors
Denmark-based ISS Group will acquire Sanitors Inc., a major U.S. building service contractor with headquarters in San Antonio, TX, for an undisclosed price.

Sanitors, which has 10,000 employees and about $320 million in annual revenue, will be renamed ISS Facilities Services Inc. and remain under the leadership of founder Darrell Glover.

The deal marks ISS Group’s first expansion into the U.S. market.

Olin acquisition would create country’s largest bleach maker
Olin Corp. announced plans to buy Pioneer Cos., a competitor in chlor-alkali manufacturing, for $418 million.

The deal will make Olin the country’s largest bleach manufacturer.

Chlor-alkali manufacturing produces bleach and other JanSan chemicals, like caustic soda and hydrochloric acid.

Some Pioneer shareholders have sued to stop the acquisition, which had been set to close later this year.

Private equity firm buys PQ Corp.
PQ Corp. of Berwyn, PA, a 176-year-old company that makes chemicals used in detergents and hard-surface cleaners, has been acquired by the Carlyle Group for $1.5 billion.

PQ had been sold by descendants of founder Joseph Elkington to another private equity firm in 2005.

PQ had revenues of $708.6 million and profits of $14.16 million last year.

State Industrial Products acquires Ohio Soap
Cleveland-based State Industrial Products, a JanSan manufacturer and distributor, recently bought Ohio Soap Products for an undisclosed price.

Ohio Soap has $10 million in annual revenue and about 100 employees; State Industrial has more than $100 million in sales and 1,200 employees.

ServiceMaster plans to rebrand after going private
JanSan/pest control/lawn care franchisor ServiceMaster will be taken private this year, and will also launch a campaign to “re-establish ServiceMaster as a brand unto itself,” according to its chairman and CEO.

J. Patrick Spainhour said that the re-branding campaign will focus on ServiceMaster as a “family of service brands,” like Merry Maids, Terminix and TruGreen ChemLawn.

Spainhour also said that the pending $4.7 billion leveraged buyout by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice remains on schedule, with a shareholders’ vote set for June 28.

Gingrich to address ISSA convention
The keynote speaker for ISSA/INTERCLEAN® 2007 in Orlando, FL, will be former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich.

Gingrich will speak on “Living in the Age of Transformation” on Thursday, October 25, at 8:15 a.m.

In his talk, Gingrich will address the unique challenges and opportunities presented by the Information Age and worldwide marketplace.

After he resigned from the House, Gingrich set up the Gingrich Group, a communications and consulting firm specializing in transformational change issues. He is also a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, a news and political analyst for the Fox News Channel and a best-selling author.

Gingrich has also been mentioned as a possible Republican candidate for President in 2008. As of press time, ISSA’s 2006 keynoter, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, is the leading contender for the 2008 Republican Presidential nomination.

The JanSan industry’s largest trade show and convention will be held from October 23 to 26 in the Orange County Convention Center.

Clorox to launch new green cleaning line
Oakland, CA-based JanSan manufacturer Clorox Co. is planning to come out with a new line of green cleaning products and to increase its international business.

As part of its Centennial Strategy, Clorox will launch the Green Works line and work to increase international sales from 15 percent to 20 percent of its total revenues in six years.

The company will also look to sell some divisions, like Brita water filters and Kingsford charcoal, if their bottom-line performance does not improve.

Von Drehle buys towel/tissue plant
The von Drehle Corp. has purchased the Laurel Hill Paper Co.’s towel/tissue plant in Cordova, NC.

The 400,000-square-foot plant has two paper machines and six converting lines and produces more than 50,000 tons annually.

With the plant’s capacity to produce 100 percent recycled fiber with up to 100 percent post-consumer content, von Drehle is planning to produce and market a new line of environmentally friendly products.

Federal minimum wage will rise to $7.25 an hour
In signing approving the Iraq War supplemental spending bill, President Bush also approved raising the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour over the next two years.

The federal minimum wage of $5.15 an hour has been in effect for 10 years, but more than half the states have higher minimum wages.

The new law, which will raise the wage to $5.85 an hour in late July, to $6.55 an hour a year later, and to $7.25 an hour a year after that, will affect many building service contractors and in-house service providers, including those who pay more than $7.25 an hour now.

Rubbermaid acquires United Metal Receptacle
Winchester, VA-based JanSan manufacturer Rubbermaid Commercial Products has acquired United Metal Receptacle Corp. of Pottersville, PA.

United Metal Receptacle makes decorative waste management and smoking management products and accessories for the commercial facilities market.

Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Palmer Co. Inc. notes centennial
JanSan distributor Palmer Co. Inc. celebrated 100 years in business on June 19 with an open house at its Waukesha headquarters.

Palmer President Bill Hoffman said that the key to the firm’s longevity and success has been “hard work, forward thinking and definitely relationships.”

Palmer, which has been owned by the Hoffman family for 39 years, employs 50 people and has branch locations in Milwaukee and Crestwood, IL, outside Chicago.

SCA wins green recognition
SCA, the Swedish-based parent of JanSan manufacturer SCA Tissue of North America, has been recognized as the second most environmentally friendly firm in the world.

The rating, based on SCA’s European operations, was developed by Ethical Investment Research Services of London and The Independent, a British newspaper.

SCA is the only paper company which received a top ranking, which was based on business practices, environmental initiatives, use of renewable energies and materials, and waste reduction and management.

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