News from the industry
ProTeam sales executives are ICE certified
Bob Cusick, Rich Stanley, Ray Noonan and Rich Steinberg have completed the ISSA Certification Expert (ICE) training.
Several of ProTeam''s national account partners have shown interest in the CIMS certification process, and now the company has the resources to assist these companies with implementing consistent and high performance practices designed to elevate the level of services provided.
NCL appoints director of educational sales
National Chemical Laboratories (NCL) announces the appointment of Robert Wellman to director of educational sales.
Wellman brings over 25 years of experience in the JanSan industry to NCL and is committed to healthy, green cleaning specific to K-12 education customers.
Wellman will work closely with NCL regional sales representatives and distributors to increase brand awareness for the Earth Sense® product and training programs in this important consumer category.
Spartan Chemical promotes two
John Swigart has been promoted to executive vice president and James Lenardson has been promoted to executive vice president of operations.
Swigart''s duties, on top of his new executive vice president role, include maintaining his seat on Spartan''s Board of Directors and overseeing Spartan''s U.S. distributor relations.
Before being promoted to executive vice president of operations, Lenardson was plant manager, director of plant operations and vice president of operations.
ProTeam and American Lung Association partnership
ProTeam recently announced it has renewed its national partnership with the American Lung Association.
The new three-year agreement will focus on joint activities geared at helping the commercial cleaning industry better understand the importance of healthy indoor air and the benefits associated with implementing these policies.
JohnsonDiversey launches Daylight Cleaning™ program
JohnsonDiversey announced the launch of Daylight Cleaning, a new component of the company''s comprehensive Sustainable Facility CareSM program.
JohnsonDiversey is introducing Daylight Cleaning through a partnership with
DCS Global Enterprises LP, a leading provider of daylight cleaning consulting services.
Together, JohnsonDiversey and DCS provide customers an integrated sustainable cleaning solution that includes green-certified products, processes, communication support and consultative services.
Aetna Building Maintenance receives safety award
The Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI) awarded Aetna Building Maintenance its top safety award at the 2009 BSCAI Annual Convention and Trade Show.
The award is BSCAI''s ongoing effort to promote industry safety and is given to organizations with excellent safety records.
Aetna Building Maintenance won in the category of 1,038,961 – 2,598,960 hours worked.
AH&LA and IEHA partner to help hotels go green
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and the International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA) have joined forces to advance the greening of 48,000 U.S. hotels.
The partnership initially focuses on encouraging IEHA members to adopt AH&LA''s recently developed 11 Minimum Environmental Guidelines in hotel housekeeping departments, part of more than 60 overall guidelines that encourage hotels to measure performance in energy, water and waste reduction, and include case studies, business cases and resources.
Cherokee Equipment given award
Cherokee Equipment Inc. was recently recognized as the 2008 Earth Friendly Products "Manufacturer Representative Firm of the Year."
The award is based on gross sales, commitment and dedication to Earth Friendly Products.
Pro-Link schools the green paper market
Pro-Link, a leading JanSan marketing and buying group, has initiated a program designed to help educate its members and their customers about green paper products.
One of the many goals of the program is to clarify green paper terminology and clear up some common misconceptions.
This program includes an electronic Environmental Cost Worksheet that helps gauge a company''s carbon footprint.
Hydro Systems sponsors Healthy Schools Campaign
Hydro Systems is now an official sponsor of the Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC) and will support the second edition of the HSC''s Quick and Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools.
The HSC''s mission is to advocate for policies and practices that allow all students, teachers and staff to learn and work in a healthy school environment.
Supplier of the Year Awards
Network Services Company, an international organization of independent distributors, recently honored five of its preferred suppliers for their outstanding performance in 2008.
GOJO Industries was named Network''s "Supplier of the Year" for their outstanding cooperation and support of Network Services and its member companies.
Georgia-Pacific was recognized as "National Account Supplier of the Year" for working closely with Network Services to grow and serve its national accounts.
Clorox Professional received the "Wave of Excellence JanSan Award" and Dixie received the "Wave of Excellence Foodservice Award" to recognize their unique success and performance with Network Services and its member companies.
The Andersen Company, a mat manufacturer, received the "Rising Star Award" for its significant increase in sales volume during the year.
Rite Way Service presented with safety award
BSCAI recently recognized Rite Way Service for an "Outstanding Overall Record in Employee and Vehicle Safety" for 2008.
According to Glenn Keedy, Rite Way''s safety director, "2008 was by far the safest year in Rite Way''s great history. This achievement points directly to everyone in the company doing their job and doing it safely."
EPA to recommend green claims for disinfectants and sanitizers
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials voiced interest in recommending the adoption of a policy that allows suppliers to make valid green claims for disinfectants and sanitizers.
It is also possible that a policy will be established that would allow the use of ecolabels in conjunction with the marketing of hard surface antimicrobial products in cooperation with the EPA''s Design for the Environment (DfE) program.
The EPA will make the recommendations on green claims at the April 22-23 meeting of EPA''s Pesticide Policy Dialogue Committee.
Clorox has first EPA-registered bleach to kill C. diff
The Clorox Company''s Ultra Clorox® Germicidal Bleach is the first and only product to obtain federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration for killing Clostridium difficle (C. diff ) spores on hard, non-porous surfaces.
Ultra Clorox Germicidal Bleach is a registered disinfectant for use in all 50 states.
C. diff spores can persist in the environment for many months and are highly resistant to many disinfecting formulations, until now.
Cascades Tissue Group receives EcoLogo certification
With 37 additional items in its away-from-home product line receiving third-party EcoLogo certification, over 85 percent of Cascades'' commercial brands now carry EcoLogo certification.
As of March 1, 2009, all North River and Décor towel and tissue brand products will be noted as EcoLogo-certified.
Intellibot Robotics partners with DecisionOne
Intellibot Robotics has selected DecisionOne to provide installation, preventative maintenance and on-site service and support for Intellibot''s full line of intelligent floor care robots.
In conjunction with Intellibot''s existing service staff, DecisionOne technicians will provide installation, on-site warranty and non-warranty repair services, preventative maintenance and product upgrades to Intellibot''s customers throughout the U.S.
Rotobrush announces new energy efficiency solutions
Rotobrush International now offers entrepreneurs and contractors a turnkey package to enter the growing energy efficiency services market and to be a total indoor environment specialist by providing solutions, including home energy audits, duct sealing, radiant barriers, insulation and dryer vent cleaning and air duct system cleaning.
Rotobrush is currently running introductory package specials on its new indoor air quality and energy efficiency service solutions.
Tennant wins Business Innovation of the Year Award
Tennant Company''s breakthrough ec-H2O™ technology, which converts plain tap water into a powerful cleaning agent without any added chemicals, has won the 2009 European Business Award for the Business Innovation of the Year.
Tennant was chosen for the honor out of more than 7,000 applications from various companies.
Kimberly-Clark acquires safety products company
Kimberly-Clark Corporation has acquired Jackson Products Inc., a safety products and personal protection equipment (PPE) company.
Jackson Products employs 400 people, all of which will remain employed with the company, but now under the Kimberly-Clark banner.
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