News from the industry
JohnsonDiversey exec to retire
JoAnne Brandes, executive vice president, chief administrative officer, general counsel and secretary of JanSan manufacturer JohnsonDiversey Inc. of Racine, WI, will retire in 2007.
Brandes has been an executive officer at JohnsonDiversey since 1996, and before that worked for 15 years at S.C. Johnson & Son Inc.
Bravo! hires and promotes
Building service contractor Bravo! Building Services Inc. of Piscataway, NJ, hired Cesar Avila as vice president of operations.
Avila comes to Bravo from ABM Industries, where he managed an extensive portfolio of cleaning contracts in New Jersey.
Avila replaces Rubens Dufau, who was promoted to senior vice president.
Henkel prepares for CEO transition
Dusseldorf, Germany-based JanSan manufacturer Henkel KGaA, parent of Dial Corp., will have a new leader in 2008.
Kasper Rorsted will succeed Ulrich Lehner as chief executive officer at Henkel’s annual shareholder meeting in 2008.
Rorsted has been working as head of human resources and a member of the management board at Henkel since 2005.
CIRI names Spivak to science post
The Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) announced that Dr. Steven Spivak will be chairman of the group’s Science Advisory Council (SAC) for 2007.
Spivak, a professor emeritus in engineering at the University of Maryland, takes over from SAC''s inaugural chairman, Dr. Michael Berry.
Also, six more JanSan firms — Aramark, AlturaSolutions Communication, Association of Specialists in Cleaning and Restoration, Enviro-Solutions, Sensible Life Products, and Triple S — joined CIRI recently.
UNICCO adds to exec committee
Building service contractor UNICCO Service Company of Newton, MA, named Maryann Gilligan Suydam to its executive committee.
Suydam is a veteran real estate executive, currently working as senior vice president of the Boston region of Equity Office Properties Trust, which manages a 55-building, 13-million-square-foot portfolio of Boston-area properties.
Kaivac names CFO/general counsel
Kaivac Inc. of Hamilton, OH, hired Robert Toews as chief financial officer and general counsel.
Toews came to Kaivac from The Malibu Group, an investment banking, business valuation and litigation support firm in Cincinnati.
Norshel promotes national sales manager
Croydon, PA-based JanSan distributor Norshel Industries announced that Howard Durann has been promoted to national sales manager.
Duran has worked at Norshel for 14 years, starting out as in-house customer sales representative, and then moving up to become an outside representative covering the Northern New Jersey market.
SDA elects board members
The board of directors of JanSan manufacturer trade group The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) elected three industry executives to the board.
The new board members are Robert Chouffot, general manager for Higher Olefins and Derivatives, Shell Chemical LP; Horacio Percossi, vice president, Specialty Chemicals and Acrylic Monomers, The Dow Chemical Company; and Greg Tipsord, senior vice president and general manager, Laundry Care Business Unit, The Dial Corp.
Nilfisk-Advance buys U.S. Products
International JanSan equipment manufacturer Nilfisk-Advance plans to acquire floor cleaning equipment maker U.S. Products of Coeur d’Alene, ID, for an undisclosed price.
Nilfisk-Advance is the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of professional floor cleaning equipment; U.S. Products has about $12 million in annual sales and employs 77 people in Coeur d’Alene.
Nilfisk-Advance said it plans to grow the business and eventually add jobs in Coeur d’Alene.
BSCAI contracts with top association management firm
Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI) decided to contract for full-service management with SmithBucklin, the world''s largest association management company.
As part of the new set-up, BSCAI will relocate from Fairfax, VA, to SmithBucklin''s offices in Chicago.
BSCAI Board Chairman Donald Pottieger said the decision to outsource association management was made “to serve our current and future members at the highest level possible.”
Chinese firm buys Hoover
Chinese JanSan manufacturer Techtronic Industries (TTI) purchased vacuum maker The Hoover Company from Whirlpool.
TTI will pay Whirlpool (which acquired Hoover when it bought Maytag earlier this year) $107 million in cash and assume other obligations.
TTI currently manufactures Royal, Dirt Devil, Regina and Vax floor care products.
Aramark goes private again
Shareholders of Philadelphia-based food and JanSan services provider Aramark overwhelmingly approved taking the firm private.
The $6.3 billion buyout was proposed and organized by Aramark CEO Joseph Neubauer, who also took Aramark private back in 1984; it went public again in 2001.
Equity firm acquires Fuller Brush
CPAC Inc., Leicester, NY-based parent of longtime JanSan manufacturer Fuller Brush, will be bought out by a private equity firm for $49.5 million.
The buyout price of $8.65 a share is a 16 percent premium over the price before the announcement; the buyout could close in March, if shareholders and the federal government approve the deal.
Most of CPAC’s jobs are at its Fuller Brush production facility in Great Bend, KS.
Marcal declares bankruptcy, plans to reorganize
JanSan paper manufacturer Marcal Paper Mills of Elmwood Park, NJ, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
The 74-year-old company, which makes toilet paper, napkins, paper towels and tissues for the consumer and commercial markets, blamed higher energy costs for its need to seek bankruptcy protection.
The company intends to reorganize and continue operations, and possibly consider offers to buy all or part of its assets.