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September 19, 2010
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Tennant CEO to retire
The president and chief executive officer of Tennant Company, Minneapolis, Janet Dolan intends to retire in 2006 — her 20th year with the company.

A specific date has not yet been set in order to accommodate a smooth transition, but a committee of the board of directors has commenced the search for a successor.

U.S. Products names marketing exec
U.S. Products, Coeur d’Alene, ID, named Nick Wiebe marketing manager for the company.

Wiebe — a graduate of Eastern Washington University — previously worked as the marketing operations manager for Northern Technologies, Inc., and has six years of experience in the marketing field.

Dow appoints VP/CFO
Geoffery E. Merszei was appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer for the Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI.

Merszei will assume his executive vice president role on July 1, and is scheduled to succeed J. Pedro Reinhard as chief financial officer on October 1.

UNICCO, Newton, MA, named Anthony I. Shaker to the newly created position of vice president, Operations and Maintenance.

Shaker is responsible for extending UNICCO’s operations and maintenance services within existing accounts and with new customers.

EnvirOx adds exec
Traci Giese has joined EnvirOx, LLC, Danville, IL, as director of Customer Relations.

In this newly created position, Giese will manage the customer relations department, supervise inside sales, and meet the needs of field representatives.

Bridgepoint announces trip winner
Brian Bailey of Contemporary Carpet Cleaning, Pleasant Garden, NC, won a trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, FL, from Bridgepoint Systems.

Bridgepoint stores (now InterlinkSupply) held the drawings in celebration of Customer Appreciation Day.

Housekeeping Channel names board member
The, Boise, ID, appointed Dr. Steven M. Spivak to its Technical Advisory Board.

Spivak is the author of more than 80 scientific papers and journal articles, a co-author of two books on standards and standardization, and holds a bachelor’s and master’s in textile engineering and a doctorate in fiber and polymer science.

D & A names exec
D & A Building Services, Inc., Altamonte Springs, FL, named Pat Lamb Central Florida branch manager.

Lamb is responsible for maintaining current accounts in Central Florida as well as sales and business development.

Hoover recalls 600,000-plus vacuums
The Hoover Company, North Canton, OH, is recalling 636,000 vacuum cleaners after receiving about 250 reports of overheating that caused the handle area to smoke, melt or catch fire.

The recall covers the following models of U.S.-produced Hoover self-propelled upright vacuums: U6423-900, U6425-900, U6425-950, U6445-900, U6445-960, U6449-900, U6450-900, U6451-900 and U6455-900.

CIRI takes stand on green certification
The Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) hailed green cleaning certification programs — such as those recently announced by ManageMen and Green Seal — as the type of industry initiatives needed to promote public interest in scientific research and the connection between cleaning and healthy indoor environments.

“CIRI will not be in the business of providing certification,” Interim Chairman Jim Harris, Sr., said in the release. “Rather, our goal will be to identify or instigate the type of research that can help support and provide scientific criteria for these and other certification programs.”

CIRI stated that it does not favor or recommend one of the two recently announced cleaning certification programs over the other, but rather plans to provide scientific research that these organizations, and others, can use to help establish the best cleaning practices.

Hoover attacks Dyson
The Hoover® brand launched an advertising campaign entitled “My Vacuum”, claiming the company’s Self-Propelled WindTunnel™ upright outperforms Dyson upright vacuums.

The print and broadcast campaign argues that Hoover’s WindTunnel technology cleans at least 56 percent better, citing results from independently supervised tests conducted in accordance with ASTM International (formerly the American Society for Testing and Materials) Test F608.

e-News readers support ISSA plan
A CM e-News Daily online poll emailed to all subscribers found overwhelming support for the ISSA end-user membership program.

Of the more than 440 respondents, 78.6 percent said they support the association’s move to include in-house cleaners and building service contractors.

Those in favor often cited opportunities for the sharing of information facilitated by a diverse membership, while many of the 74 opposed to the plan — largely comprised of suppliers, manufacturers and distributors — referred to the different industry segments’ unique agendas.

When asked if all industry associations should merge into a large trade federation, 54.5 percent said yes while 27.3 percent were against the idea.

Dyson drops The Ball™ in U.S.
Dyson released its latest creation, the DC15 The Ball™ All Floors vacuum, in the United States this month.

The result of three years’ research and holder of 182 patents will sell at a suggested retail price of $599.99.

Discrimination suit costs BSC $80M
Sodexho, Inc., Gaithersburg, MD, agreed to an $80 million settlement to a lawsuit that claimed it systematically denied promotions to 3,400 black mid-level managers.

The company also agreed to widespread training and a more structured hiring process for its 106,000 employees throughout the country, in an effort to promote more minorities into higher corporate jobs.

JanSan tops good business list
Janitorial services ranked in the top four niches of low-technology businesses, which grew by nearly 4 percent in 2002 to 17.6 million, according to the Census Bureau’s Economic Census.

Bureau economists say trends that drove the increases in low-tech businesses have only accelerated as the nation’s economy has rebounded; employment has recovered and the office construction boom has created a need for cleaning crews.

JohnsonDiversey releases Global Responsibility Report
JohnsonDiversey, Racine, WI, released its Global Responsibility Report for 2004.

The report details the company’s economic, social and environmental performance around the world, and highlights JohnsonDiversey’s ResponsibleSolutions™ program.

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