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Cleanwise release

July 20, 2009
Schaumburg, IL — Cleanwise LLC, a division of Network Services Company, was recognized by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for contributing to its winning the 2009 Closing the Circle Award. The White House presented this award to the Postal Service for leadership in environmental stewardship.
Through its Green Purchasing Program, the USPS incorporates the evaluation of environmentally preferable products into purchasing decisions—along with price, quality and delivery standards. This program helps conserve natural resources, protect the environment, and provide a safer workplace for employees.
Cleanwise, which provides the USPS and other national accounts with janitorial supplies and services, was one of the first companies involved in the Green Purchasing Program and chaired its modeling team. Additional initiatives undertaken by Cleanwise to help the USPS included increasing the number of Green items on the USPS contract by 400% and development of quarterly sustainability reports that measure waste reduction, source reduction, water savings, and other key metrics.
“We are proud of our participation in the Green Purchasing Program and our continuing successful working relationship with the Postal Service,” says Bob Mitchum, CEO and President of Network Services Company, the parent company of Cleanwise. “We look forward to continuing to leverage and grow our technology, expertise, and procurement partnerships to the benefit of the USPS.”
A few weeks earlier, the Postal Service honored Cleanwise with its Supplier Diversity Award and its Supplier Performance Award for 2008. In 2007 and 2006, the USPS also awarded Cleanwise its Supplier Performance Award, making Cleanwise the first supplier to win this prestigious award three years in a row.
This most recent Closing the Circle Award, which was signed by President Obama, brings to 40 the number of White House Closing the Circle Awards that the Postal Service has won since the program’s inception in 1995.
Network Services Company (www.nsconline.com) is a member-owned organization of more than 75 best-in-class member-distributors with combined global annual revenue of $15 billion. It is the largest distributor of janitorial supplies and equipment, foodservice disposables and industrial packaging supplies and equipment in North America.