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August 22, 2012


State Custodian Of The Year Honored

The Nebraska State Custodial Association recently honored Paul Nieuwenhuis as the 2012 Custodian of the Year.

The head custodian at Columbus Middle School, Nieuwenhuis was nominated by Director of Building and Grounds Tom Wunderlich during a June board of education meeting.

BOMA Elects Officers

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has elected its 2012-2013 officers.

The following were elected by the BOMA International board of governors: Joseph Markling, managing director of strategic accounts for CBRE Inc., as chair and chief elected officer; Richard Greninger, managing partner of operations for Carr Properties, as chair-elect; John Oliver, managing director for Wells Real Estate Funds, as vice chair; and Rebecca Hanner, principal and senior vice president of Cassidy Turley, as secretary/treasurer.

ACI Welcomes New Employee

The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) named Melissa Bernardo as manager of sustainability programs, a newly-created position that will strengthen ACI's sustainability efforts for the cleaning products industry.

ACI also announced that Brian Sansoni, vice president of communications and membership, will add the title of vice president of sustainability initiatives.

District Recognizes Custodians

The Houston Independent School District (HISD) recently named the elementary and secondary custodians of the year.

The winners include Maria Fuentes, elementary custodian of the year from De Zavala Elementary School, and Hortencia Garcia, secondary custodian of the year from Waltrip High School.

Honorable mentions were given to custodians Vickie Newton from T.H. Rogers Middle School and Vilma Villatoro from Red Elementary School.


Bird-B-Gone Celebrates 20 Years

In 1992, Bird-B-Gone started in the home of owners Bruce and Julie Donoho with little more than a school desk, a phone and a fax machine; today, they supply the world with professional-grade bird control products in nearly every major city across the globe.

The company currently holds 18 patents with 21 patents pending and is continually looking to meet the needs of their clients.

Witt Unveils New Website

Witt Industries recently launched a new website to better serve customers and prospective clients.

With the easy-to-browse layout, it is easier than ever before to navigate the comprehensive lineup of standard and customizable waste and recycling containers, benches, planters and other site amenities — for all areas of buildings, grounds and facilities.

Americo Is Live On Facebook And Twitter

Americo Manufacturing has launched its Facebook and Twitter pages, which will complement the existing social media presence with the company's YouTube channel.

The pages, which contain company news, tips, events and a lot of interaction with distributors and sales professionals, will be a resource to not only gather more information on products, but also serve as a vehicle to share best practices and application techniques.

Sapphire Releases Cleaning Application

Sapphire Scientific recently released the Sapphire Scientific Cleaning Guide, an easy-to-use mobile reference for cleaning technicians that is available for free download from the Apple App Store.

Offering a wide range of cleaning insights — from quick tips to in-depth procedures and detailed spot removal techniques — the iPhone application makes it simple to find the best solution for just about any cleaning challenge a technician may encounter.

ProTeam Announces Contest Winners

ProTeam Inc. kicked off its 25th anniversary with the "Oldest Vac Contest" to find the three longest-lasting vacuums out in the field.

The winners include Alison Fissette of Fissette Floor Sanding, Guy Robarge of FBG Service Corporation and David Hodge of Montgomery County Public Schools.

The winning vacuum from Fisette Floor Sanding has been in the field for 21 years, often attached to a floor sander for capturing fine dust on the jobsite; the other vacuums are 19 years old and 14 years old, respectively, and are still used almost daily.

Sealed Air And WHO Form Partnership

Sealed Air Corporation will participate in the World Health Organization's (WHO) Private Organizations for Patient Safety (POPS) platform.

As part of this major initiative, Sealed Air will bring the expertise of its Diversey Inc. brand portfolio together with leading healthcare professionals to promote best practices in hand hygiene for healthier patient care environments.

As a participant of POPS, Sealed Air will, among other things, collaborate in the alignment of promotional messages for hand hygiene products with WHO recommendations.

Winner Of Healthy Workplace Project Award Named

Rotech Healthcare Inc. was chosen as the grand prize winner of The Healthy Workplace Project Award initiated by Kimberly-Clark Professional for its thorough and effective approach to hand and surface hygiene.

Selected by four independent experts in the fields of workplace health, office hygiene and germ transmission, Rotech's efforts focus on educating employees about the importance of washing, wiping and sanitizing through posters and a quarterly "Don't Bug Me" newsletter.

UL Environment Revises Standard

UL Environment recently launched its revised third-party environmental standard for odor control products: UL 2796.

This multi-attribute standard will serve as the basis of a UL certification that recognizes environmentally preferable ambient and biologically-based odor control products with strict volatile organic compound (VOC) and fragrance limits.

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