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September 19, 2010
Study: JanSan demand to reach $6.4B

The United States'' demand for janitorial equipment and supplies is forecasted to rise 3.4 percent annually through 2009 to $6.4 billion, according a study by Cleveland-based The Freedonia Group, Inc.

Among the major product categories, manual cleaning products will see the fastest gains through 2009, according to the study.

The Freedonia Group stated that a variety of factors will positively contribute to demand, including ergonomic and cross-contamination concerns, and product and performance upgrades.

Immigration poses as OSHA, arrests 48

Federal immigration officials arrested 48 people, including cleaning workers, during a sting operation disguised as an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety training meeting.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) posted fliers telling employees of several subcontractors at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, NC, that they had to attend the meeting, and then arrested workers on charges that they were illegal immigrants.

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and North Carolina''s Labor Department said that the sting would make immigrant workers distrust safety officials, just as agencies try to reduce the disproportionately high injury rate among Hispanic workers.

ICE Spokesman Dean Boyd said it was part of a stepped-up effort to crack down on illegal immigrants working at chemical plants, nuclear plants, and other sensitive facilities.

IICRC offers resilient floor class

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), Vancouver, WA, is developing two courses: Resilient Floor Maintenance Technician (RFMT) and Wood Floor Maintenance Technician (WFMT).

The IICRC also has plans to complete course development of the remaining hard surface floor cleaning and maintenance categories. Ultimately, the IICRC''s new Maintenance and Cleaning Division will consist of eight courses:

  • CBFMT: Clay-Based Floor Maintenance Technician
  • CCMT: Commercial Carpet Maintenance Technician
  • CFMT: Concrete Floor Maintenance Technician
  • HFMT: Hard Floor Maintenance Technician (formerly the FCT)
  • RFMT: Resilient Floor Maintenance Technician
  • SFMT: Stone Floor Maintenance Technician
  • SPFMT: Specialty Floor Maintenance Technician
  • WFMT: Wood Floor Maintenance Technician
Jani-King offers terrorism training

Jani-King International, Inc. offered Tampa Bay, FL, employees terrorism training, as part of what company representatives say is their civic responsibility.

The company extended the training to other Bay-area cleaning contractors, and city and county employees.

All NYS schools must go green

New York State schools will have to use non-toxic cleaning supplies under a bill that gained final legislative approval.

The State Assembly passed the measure, which applies to public and private schools, extending Governor Pataki''s recent executive order to reduce toxic fumes from cleaning supplies in state agencies.

Pataki is expected to sign the bill upon receipt, according to the Governor''s Office.

LA hotel workers ratify contract

Workers at seven major hotels in the Los Angeles area overwhelmingly ratified a contract that expires next year along with agreements in at least five other major cities.

Ninety-eight percent of ballots cast were in favor of the contract that will up housekeepers'' pay from an average of $11.10 to $11.75 an hour by next April. n


Newborn coalition appoints JanSan leaders

The Change to Win Coalition — the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) breakaway group including JanSan unions the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and UNITE HERE — elected its first officers.

The organization''s executive committee, consisting of leaders from five of the largest unions in the AFL-CIO, chose Anna Burger of the SEIU as the coalition''s first chair, and Edgar Romney of UNITE HERE as its first treasurer.

Rubbermaid appoints VP

Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Winchester, VA, appointed Tom Ward vice president of operations.

Ward will be responsible for all of the manufacturing, distribution and transportation, demand flow, and customer service activities for the company.

SDA elects board members

The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) elected members to its Board of Directors.

Paul Howes, president and CEO, Astaris LLC, St. Louis; and Michael R. Imbriani, vice chairman and president, Chemical Groups, PQ Corporation, Valley Forge, PA, filled the two vacancies.

ProTeam names Wood president, COO

Boise, ID-based ProTeam Inc. appointed Matthew M. Wood president and chief operating officer.

Wood will oversee the daily sales and operations of the company.

Ashkin Group appoints advisory board

The Ashkin Group, LLC, Bloomington, IN, formed a Health and Environmental Advisory Board to help the organization broaden its focus into other fields and industries.

Experts from such fields as children''s health and green buildings, as well as those involved with a variety of environmental causes will be among the members of the Advisory Board, including:

  • Michael Arny, president, the Leonardo Academy; chair, U.S. Green Building Council''s LEED for Existing Buildings Rating System (LEED-EB)
  • Peter Ashkin, president, MediaWorks at CanWest Global Communications Corporation
  • Laura Brannen, director, Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E); former assistant director, Environmental Services at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
  • Rochelle Davis, founder and executive director, the Healthy Schools Campaign
  • Christine Ervin, president, Ervin & Company; past president and chief executive officer, U.S. Green Building Council
  • Lloyd J. Kolbe, Ph.D., professor of Applied Health Science, Indiana University; founding director, the Division of Adolescent and School Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Richard Liroff, Ph.D., senior fellow, Toxics Program, World Wildlife Fund
  • Barbara Sattler, Dr. PH, RN, FAAN, director, Environmental Health Education Center, University of Maryland School of Nursing
  • Sheila Sheridan, CFM, CFMJ, recently retired director of Facilities, JFK School of Government, Harvard University; past chair, International Facility Management Association (IFMA)
3M director to serve as interim CEO

3M, St. Paul, MN, named company director Robert S. Morrison interim chief executive officer (CEO), following the departure of former Chairman and CEO W. James McNerney, Jr.

Housekeeping Channel appoints board member

Housekeeping Channel, Boise, ID, named David D. Witt, Ph.D. to its advisory board.

Currently a professor of Family Development for the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Akron, Witt holds bachelor''s and master''s degrees in sociology, and a doctorate in family studies.

Unisource appoints CFO

Norcross, GA-based Unisource Worldwide Inc. hired Gordon Glover as its chief financial officer and senior vice president.

Dow appoints board members

Charles J. Kalil, corporate vice president and general counsel of The Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI, was elected corporate secretary by the Board of Directors, replacing Tina S. Van Dam.

W. Michael McGuire, senior managing counsel, was elected assistant secretary.