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September 19, 2010
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Green building rating system launches

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Washington, D.C., launched its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI).

LEED-CI addresses janitorial and maintenance issues such as: HVAC systems; IAQ standards; carpet care; and energy usage.

Janitorial businesses on the rise nationwide

The number of owner-operated businesses with no paid employees grew nationwide from 17 million in 2001 to 17.6 million in 2002 — with the janitorial industry seeing the second highest increase among industries, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Nonemployer Statistics: 2002 report shows that janitorial services grew 20.4 percent.

IAQA, CMI partner for certification course

Cleaning Management Institute® (CMI), Latham, NY, will partner with the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA), Rockville, MD, to offer the IAQA Certified Mold Remediator (CMR) course at all Spring 2005 CM/EduConSM regional educational events, according to CMI Executive Director Matt Gallinger.

Green chemical program launches

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Green Blue Institute (GreenBlue) launched a project designed to encourage the use of environmentally preferable industrial and institutional cleaning products.

The project — the Design for the Environment Green Formulation Initiative for Cleaning Products (DfE GFI) — was formed to "support formulators in identifying ''positive'' ingredients that will help them to formulate green products," said Dr. Lauren Heine of GreenBlue.

CM group websites approach 2.5M user visits

User visit traffic for the CM Group websites (, and jumped 33 percent for the first eleven months of 2004 over the same period last year, as visits hit the 2.2 million mark.

The websites logged 2,258,298 user visits for the January 1 to November 30 period in 2004, as compared to 1,694,702 for the same period in 2003.

Pilot school cleaning project results

The results of the Green Cleaning Pilot Project — which tested environmentally preferable cleaning products and equipment in the Chicago Public Schools system from October 2003 to January 2004 — were released.

The project’s authors concluded that current (non-green) cleaning products place students, staff and custodians at risk, and that green cleaning products perform as well as traditional products.

ABM Janitorial lands HBO contract

ABM Janitorial Services, San Francisco, received a contract to provide janitorial services for Home Box Office''s (HBO) 15-story, 350,000 square-foot world headquarters in Manhattan.

Chemical manufacturer lands contract

Cleaning products manufacturer SafeSource, Rockland, MA, landed a multi-year contract with Consorta Inc., Schzumburg, IL, for environmentally safe products.

Paper distributor acquires JanSan firm

Bunzl Distribution, Inc., St. Louis acquired Chicago-based Joseph Weil & Sons, a redistribution company serving the JanSan, disposable food service, and non-food retail industries.

Joseph Weil, president and chief executive officer, Joseph Weil & Sons, will become vice president of national accounts, Non-food Retail, Bunzl. He will manage the transition of Weil''s Chicago facility, which will remain open and continues to service clients.

Janitorial distribution network adds member

Sheppard Redistribution Inc., Oaks, PA, joined distributor Advantage Marketing Associates (AMA), Elk Grove, IL, as its newest member. Advantage Marketing Associates said Sheppard Redistribution would service the Mid-Atlantic region.


ABM Janitorial names regional manager

ABM Janitorial Services, San Francisco, named Paul Savage regional manager of the New York office.

Savage, formerly branch manager of ABM''s downtown Manhattan portfolio, oversees the delivery of janitorial and other services to more than 100 buildings throughout Manhattan.

National Chem Labs selects sales manager

National Chemical Laboratories, Inc., Philadelphia, named Ed Wieczorkowski regional sales manager, responsible for sales and distributor support in North Carolina, South Carolina, and eastern Tennessee.

JanSan distributor hires VP

Clark National, Inc., Elk Grove Village, IL, hired Dan Blank as corporate vice president of operations, responsible for: Company-wide productivity in warehouse and delivery areas; non-trade vendor relationships; safety and workers’ compensation; and other areas.

Facility management firm names VP

Morlin Management Corporation, Los Angeles, named Deanna Drake-Copelan vice president and project manager for its northern California region. She oversees all scheduled facility enhancements planned for several landmark properties.

ServiceMaster names senior VP

The ServiceMaster Company, Downers Grove, IL, announced that Lisa Goettel will replace Elizabeth Reeves as senior vice president of human resources.

Goettel previously served as vice president of human resources for ServiceMaster’s TruGreen Companies.

Reeves will be leaving the company to pursue other opportunities.

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