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Bane-Clene Corporation celebrates 50th anniversary

September 21, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS — The temperature was below zero when 13-year-old Bill Bane, Jr. cleaned the office of Dr. James P. Leeds: The $10 he earned that morning would help with his tuition at an expensive prep school he planned to attend in the fall, according to a press release.

Bane did such a good job that colleagues of Dr. Leeds asked him to clean their offices and the little part-time job soon grew into a full-time business, the release stated.

According to the release, carpet and upholstery cleaning became a major part of the company''s janitorial duties in the late 1960s, which lead to the development of the Bane-Clene system.

Among the company''s major accomplishments were the more than 400 Mini-Clinics held in England, Scotland and 47 states including Alaska and Hawaii, the release noted.

The supply division ships merchandise to professional cleaners in all 50 states and 15 foreign countries on five continents, while students come from around the world to attend the company''s school in Indianapolis for training, the release added.

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