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September 19, 2010
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Georgia-Pacific promotes Hannan to president/COO
Atlanta-based JanSan manufacturer Georgia-Pacific Corp. promoted James Hannan to president and chief operating officer.

Hannan had been Georgia-Pacific’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer.

Also, Hannan and Michael Burandt, executive vice president for North American consumer products, were elected to the company’s board of directors.

D & A Building Services adds project managers
Building service contractor D & A Building Services of Altamonte Springs, FL, recently named Michael Bird as a project manager at company headquarters and Jorge Navarro as project manager for the company’s Jacksonville, FL, office.

ProTeam names two directors
Backpack vacuum manufacturer ProTeam of Boise, ID, named Chris Murray as the firm’s director of technology, a newly created position.

ProTeam hired Al Fleming to assume Murray’s former job as director of engineering.

Tornado hires marketer
JanSan manufacturer Tornado Industries of Chicago hired Sean Martschinke as a marketing coordinator.

Martschinke will work on developing marketing strategies and advertising programs, and assist with the company’s internal and corporate communications.

APPA tabs Bigger as president-elect
Alan S. Bigger, director of building services at the University of Notre Dame, was elected president-elect of APPA, the national association of educational facilities professionals.

Bigger will serve on the APPA presidential team for three years: 2006-07 as president-elect, 2007-08 as president, and 2008-09 as immediate past president.

Bigger has been an active member of APPA for more than 20 years and was CM/Cleaning and Maintenance Management® magazine’s Person of the Year in 2004.

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Gas prices begin to squeeze BSCs
A survey sponsored by Tornado Industries found that many building service contractors (BSCs) are beginning to reach the point where they can no longer absorb the high cost of gasoline.

Of the 140 respondents to an online survey conducted by Chicago-based AlturaSolutions, close to 40 percent reported they had made some changes in their business driving; 33 percent indicated they are scaling back on how wide a service area they clean; and close to 40 percent said they plan to raise their fees to pass on the added fuel costs to some or all of their customers in the future.

The survey also found another source of pressure on BSCs’ bottom lines as 90 percent of respondents said that the vendors they do business with — including JanSan distributors and manufacturers — are passing on surcharges to cover their increased costs for fuel.

Aussie firm buys Philly BSC
US Maintenance, a privately held building service contractor based in Norristown, PA, was acquired for $276 million by Transfield Services, an Australian firm.

US Maintenance, founded in 1988 by David Gansky and Adam Beck, employs 350 people and has cleaning and maintenance contracts for major chain stores like Blockbuster, Kinko’s, Rite Aid and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Church & Dwight buys Orange Glo
JanSan manufacturer Church & Dwight Co. Inc. of Princeton, N.J., acquired cleaning products maker Orange Glo International — which manufactures the OxiClean, Kaboom and Orange Glo Hardwood Floor Care brands — for $325 million.

The sale is scheduled to close in the third quarter of this year, subject to regulatory approval.

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