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September 19, 2010
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Pro-Link adds Faria to marketing department
Canton, MA-based JanSan buying group Pro-Link has hired Stacie Faria as marketing coordinator.

Faria comes to Pro-Link with a communications degree and experience in B2B marketing.

Tornado hires three reps
JanSan manufacturer Tornado Industries Inc. of Chicago has hired three manufacturer’s representatives.

Tom Clark will represent Tornado in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware; Jeff Drost will represent the company in western Missouri, Kansas and Iowa; and Dennis Sheridan will represent Tornado in eastern Missouri, Iowa and southern Illinois.

ProTeam promotes Wood
The board of directors of Boise, ID-based JanSan vacuum manufacturer ProTeam Inc. has promoted Matthew Wood to president and chief executive officer of the corporation’s ProTeam division.

Wood, who has 26 years of manufacturing management experience, had been president and chief operating officer of the ProTeam division since June 2005.

Contico hires manufacturing exec.
St. Louis-based JanSan manufacturer Contico, a division of Continental Commercial Products, has hired Jeffrey Sciopota as vice president of manufacturing.

Sciopota has 20 years of manufacturing experience and is a Six Sigma Champion who is also certified in Lean Manufacturing.

Schiopota will lead the 300-person manufacturing team at Contico’s three injection-molding facilities in Bridgeton and Hazelwood, MO, and Norwalk, CA.

UNICCO adds Malcolmson
Newton, MA-based UNICCO Service Company, an international building service contractor, has hired Steve Malcolmson as director of business development in the Toronto office.

Malcolmson joins UNICCO from a senior sales and marketing position at Hurley Corp., and prior to that, he oversaw the growth of Janitorial Development Inc. from a small service provider to a multimillion dollar operation.

Betco founder passes
Carl Betz, founder of JanSan manufacturer Betco Corp., died February 24 at the age of 83 at Marco Island, FL.

Betz and his wife Ann co-founded Betco as a JanSan distributor, then branched out into manufacturing cleaning products and floor care equipment. He retired as Betco’s CEO in 1990.

Today, Betco manufactures more than 400 chemical formulations and 50-plus models of floor care equipment and employs more than 300 people.

Kimberly-Clark hires Knapp
JanSan paper manufacturer Kimberly-Clark Corp. has hired R. Gordon Knapp to be president of its North Atlantic Family Care business.

Knapp comes to K-C from Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, where he was president of the North American consumer healthcare division.

Knapp will replace Dan M. Smith, who will retire in May after 27 years with K-C.

von Drehle hires two
Hickory, NC-based tissue and towel manufacturer von Drehle Corporation has hired De Jonas as network administrator and Jon Thomson as director of marketing and advertising.

Jonas brings 22 years of IT experience to von Drehle, and Thomson has 15 years of national and international marketing, advertising and design experience.

Ecolab adds to board
The board of directors of JanSan manufacturer Ecolab Inc. of St. Paul, MN, has elected Hans Van Bylen to a seat on the board.

Van Bylen replaces Ulrich Lehner, who retired from the board.

Both Lehner and Van Bylen are executives at German JanSan manufacturer Henkel KGaA; Van Bylen is executive vice president, cosmetics/toiletries, and a member of Henkel’s management board.

JanSan owner named top franchisee in nation
The International Franchise Association recently named Jeffrey Smith, owner of City Wide Maintenance of Indianapolis, as its Franchisee of the Year.

Smith earned the award based on new sales, total growth, customer retention and the number and variety of services offered to clients.

The variety of City Wide’s building management services is important, Smith explained, “We save our clients time by reducing the headaches associated with managing multiple vendors.”

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Private equity firm buys ServiceMaster for $4.7B
Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Inc., a private equity firm specializing in leveraged buyouts, plans to buy ServiceMaster Co., a leading franchisor of JanSan, landscaping and pest control services, for $4.7 billion.

The buyout price of $15.63 a share is a 16 percent premium over the previous day’s closing price.

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice will install George Tamke as board chairman of ServiceMaster; current chairman Patrick Spainhour will stay on as chief executive officer.

ABM moves headquarters
Major national building service contractor ABM Janitorial Services, a division of ABM Industries, will be moving its headquarters from San Francisco to Houston.

ABM’s other business units, including ABM Facility Services, will be headquartered in Southern California, and next year, ABM will be moving its corporate headquarters from San Francisco to New York City.

SCA buys P&G’s European towel/tissue businesses
Swedish JanSan paper manufacturer SCA acquired the European towel and tissue operations of Procter & Gamble for $672 million.

The deal includes five paper plants that employ about 1,100 people.

The acquired business has annual net sales of about $656 million.

Brady co-sponsors cleaning symposium
Las Vegas-based JanSan distributor Brady Industries has signed on to co-sponsor the inaugural symposium of the Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI).

The State of Cleaning Science symposium will be held on April 30 to May 2 at the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Other symposium sponsors include CM/Cleaning & Maintenance Management® magazine and ISSA.

For information on the symposium, log on to www.ciri-research.org/symposium.

NCP buys Bouras Mop Co.
Springfield, OH-based NCP Commercial, maker of O-Cedar JanSan products, has agreed to buy Bouras Mop Co. of St. Louis.

Bouras has been making mops for 103 years and markets them to commercial customers in the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.

NCP will move Bouras’ assets to NCP’s main manufacturing and distribution facilities in Paxton, IL.

Linc Facility Services diversifies
Washington, DC-based building service contractor Linc Facility Services has acquired REEP Inc., a provider of bicultural/bilingual, degreed professional staffing and foreign language immersion training to the U.S. Government.

REEP has operations in 50 countries and its acquisition will increase Linc’s worldwide footprint and facilitate base operations and government business for Linc in the U.S., Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Far East.