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September 19, 2010

CIRI director resigns
Frank Wiley, the first executive director of the Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI), decided to step down in September.

Wiley, a JanSan industry consultant, helped set up the research group with Castle Rock Industries CEO Dennis Meagher, Jim Harris of Concepts IV, and Humphrey Tyler of NTP Media in 2005.

Wiley said he had accomplished many of his goals for the new organization.

“I felt my role, as a consultant, was to help get CIRI established and gain credibility within the cleaning industry,” Wiley said. “I believe we accomplished that with the success of the 2007 Cleaning Science Symposium, which proved that people were very interested in cleaning science.”

In other CIRI news, the group’s second annual Cleaning Science Symposium will be held at the Marriott Conference Center at the University of Maryland in Adelphi from June 9 to 12, 2008.

The theme is Cleaning & Health — Making the Connection.

Enviro-Solutions hires regional sales manager
JanSan manufacturer Enviro-Solutions of Peterborough, Ontario, has hired Jim Morrison as regional sales manager for the New England states.

In more than 20 years in the JanSan industry, Morrison has been a building service contractor, a distributor’s sale representative and sales manager, and an independent manufacturer’s representative.

JanSan franchisee patents doorstopper
Robert Duff, who owns a Coverall Cleaning Concepts franchise in Farmington, MN, has invented and patented a doorstopper that does not require bending over.

Duff’s Doorstopper has a 30-inch broom-style handle that screws into a traditional rubber doorstopper, as a result, the doorstopper can be employed without bending over.

Besides Internet marketing, Duff will also be marketing his invention to fellow Coverall franchisees.

Kaivac promotes three sales reps
Hamilton, OH-based JanSan manufacturer Kaivac Inc. recently promoted three people to sales director positions.

The new sales directors are Kevin Mullins (Western Region), Mike Perazzo (National Accounts), and Tim Wolf (Eastern Region).

Mullins, Perazzo and Wolf have two to three years’ experience as sales reps for Kaivac.

Top ServiceMaster exec resigns
Scott Cromie, group president of lawn care and JanSan franchisor ServiceMaster Corp., resigned in August.

An executive with ServiceMaster for 21 years, Cromie had been in charge of ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids and two other business units.

Spartan hires regional manager
JanSan chemical manufacturer Spartan Chemical Co. Inc. of Maumee, OH, has named Neal Duffy regional manager for the Buffalo, NY, region.

Duffy has 30 years of sales and management experience.

Kimberly-Clark names compliance exec
JanSan paper manufacturer Kimberly-Clark Corp. has promoted Thomas Mielke to senior vice president of law, government affairs and chief compliance officer.

Mielke had been working as vice president and chief counsel of Kimberly-Clark’s North Atlantic consumer businesses.

All Florida Paper hires JanSan exec
JanSan paper distributor All Florida Paper of Medeley, FL, has appointed Ricky Stambury as director of its chemical, JanSan and export division.

Stambury has 30 years of industry experience.


ISSA, OSHA renew alliance
JanSan trade association ISSA and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) have renewed their alliance to promote safe working environments in the cleaning industry.

The alliance provides ISSA members with information and guidance on occupational safety and health topics like hazard communication, bloodborne pathogens, personal protective equipment, and slips, trips and falls in the workplace.

Through the alliance with OSHA, ISSA has created a one-of-a-kind Web network, known as the ISSA Safety and Health Portal, dedicated exclusively to protecting the health and safety of cleaning industry employees.

CRI expands SOA program to vacuums and chemicals
The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) will add higher-performing vacuum cleaners and green cleaning chemicals to its Seal of Approval certification program.

For vacuum cleaners, the new SOA certification will have three tiers — gold, silver and bronze.

For cleaning chemicals, CRI will partner with Green Seal and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environ-ment program.

EU OKs SCA/P&G deal
The European Commission has granted conditional approval to SCA’s acquisition of Procter & Gamble’s European towel and tissue operations.

The purchase price of about $705 million will be paid out in two installments, the second one in March.

The deal includes five towel/tissue plants that employ about 1,100 people and have annual net sales of about $656 million.

Paper trade group hires association management firm
The NPTA Alliance, formerly the National Paper Trade Association, has contracted with SmithBucklin for association management.

The paper/packaging trade group will relocate from Farmingdale, NY, to SmithBucklin’s office in Chicago by the end of the year.

SmithBucklin also took over association management for Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI) late last year.

P&G uses Internet for R&D
Consumer products and JanSan manufacturer Procter & Gamble has found an Internet way to vastly increase its research and development capabilities, according to the book “Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything.”

Though P&G employs 9,000 scientists, it also participates in “InnoCentive,” an Internet forum with a community of 1.5 million scientific experts from around the world — full-time scientists, part-time scientists, retirees and students — who work on R&D problems and get paid if they find a solution.

Rubbermaid employees reach safety milestone
Rubbermaid Commercial Products’, Winchester, VA, employees have recently achieved their best-ever safety record, reaching a two-million hour milestone without a lost-time injury.

According to Erik Singer, RCP’s plant manager, having achieved this milestone is the result of three important elements: Leadership, education and employees.

ProTeam expands in Canada
Boise, ID-based vacuum manufacturer ProTeam has expanded its marketing efforts in Canada by partnering with two veteran sales agencies.

ProTeam will work with McConnell-Spadafora Inc. of Burlington, Ontario, and REV Sales, which has several offices in western Canada.

U.S. equity firm buys into Chinese JanSan company
The Blackstone Group, a U.S. private equity firm, will be investing between $400 million and $500 million in China National BlueStar Corp., the major state-owned chemical manufacturer with a JanSan subsidiary, Blue Star Cleaning Co.

The Chinese state overseas investment agency recently invested $3 billion in Blackstone.
BlueStar is the major manufacturer of cleaning chemicals and products in China.

OSHA wants to fine Cintas $2.78M
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed fining JanSan uniform supplier Cintas Corp. $2.78 million for violations related to the March death of a laundry worker in an industrial dryer.

The violations included 42 willful, instance-by-instance citations, one repeat citation, and three serious citations, most related to failures to shut down and to lock out power to equipment before clearing jams.