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September 19, 2010

Study: 70% of facility managers go green

Facility management professionals report a continued increase in the use of green building practices — to 70 percent of respondents — according to findings from the 2005 Sustainability Study released by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).

ISSA appoints boards

The ISSA® named the 2006 Board of Directors, which will assume its duties at the ISSA General Meeting

Members include:

  • President: Bobby Cohen, Daycon Products Co., Inc.
  • Vice president/President elect: Kyle Ogden, Carroll Co.,
  • International director: Mattie Chinks, The Avmor Group
  • Treasurer: Scott Jarden, The Bullen Companies, Inc.
  • Secretary: Fritz Gast, P.B. Gast & Sons Co.

The ISSA’s® 2006 ISSA Foundation Board of Directors will also assume its duties at the cleaning association’s general meeting.

NY Gov signs green cleaning bill
Governor George Pataki signed legislation requiring the use of “green” cleaning products in all New York schools, effective September 1, 2006.

Fed bill, CT law mandate IPM at schools
U.S. Representative Rush Holt introduced legislation to place federal restrictions on building maintenance providers’ use of pesticides at and near schools.

Connecticut lawmakers passed a law forcing schools to implement integrated pest management (IPM) programs, effective January 1, 2006.

Seal of Approval tech nominated for Space Technology Hall of Fame
The “Quantitative Evaluation Techniques for Carpet Cleaning Procedures using enhanced XRF Fluorescence Spectroscopy”, commissioned by the Carpet & Rug Institute™ (CRI), was nominated for the 2006 Space Foundation Space Technology Hall of Fame.

The CRI incorporated the technology into a Seal of Approval program unveiled at the John F. Kennedy Space Center

IAQ orgs launch first joint meeting
Billed as “The Unification Conference”, the first combined annual meeting the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA), the American Indoor Air Quality Council, and the Indoor Environmental Standards Organization (IESO) will take place October 6 to 9, at the Hilton in the Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, FL.

Maytag signs $2.7B offer
Whirlpool Corp. won a multibillion-dollar takeover battle for its rival Maytag Corp., agreeing to pay $2.7 billion in cash and stock.

Janitors join homeland security
About 500,000 janitors nationwide are being trained to spot possible signs of terror, as Jani-King International, Inc. added cleaning crews to America’s homeland security team.

Hovering vacuum aims to knock Dyson down
Scotland’s Mike Rooney and Matt Neely launched a hi-tech vacuum to compete with the Dyson line: A hovercraft-inspired vacuum cleaner that sits on a cushion of air and sucks dirt from floors at more than 200 mph.

OSHA reveals 2005 inspection plan
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) 2005 site-specific targeting (SST) plan will focus on approximately 4,400 high-hazard worksites for unannounced comprehensive inspections over the coming year.

Johnson Controls buys York

Facilities management provider Johnson Controls Inc. will buy indoor air quality (IAQ) equipment manufacturer York International Corp. for $3.2 billion in a move aimed at taking on the huge heating, air conditioning, and ventilation (HVAC) market.

Sloan Valve opens JanSan division

Franklin Park, IL-based Sloan Valve Company, manufacturer of water-conserving plumbing systems, opened restroom cleaning division SLOAN JANSAN.

FL mandates janitors'' fingerprinting

After the abduction, sexual battery, and murder of 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford, Florida passed the Jessica Lunsford Act — which includes mandatory fingerprinting of all custodians — in May to protect students while they are on school grounds.

Starting September 1, all personnel on campus must be fingerprinted and have a full background check.

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G&K chair retires

Chairman of Minneapolis-based G&K Services Inc. Richard Fink will retire in November and be succeeded by President and Chief Executive Richard L. Marcantonio.

The company named J. Patrick Doyle to its board of directors.

Tornado adds Navratil as rep
Tornado Industries, Chicago, hired Gary Navratil as a manufacturers’ representative.

NCL appoints McElroy

National Chemical Laboratories, Inc. (NCL), Philadelphia, appointed Alan McElroy to the position of regional sales manager, responsible for sales and distributor support in the states of Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada.

Unger hires regional sales manager
Bridgeport, CT-based Unger Enterprises, Inc. hired Bill Simpson as central regional sales manager, responsible for all sales activities in the southern and central United States.

Jarzabek earns CSSP certification

The director of Sales Training for Toledo, OH-based NSS Enterprises, Inc., Rich Jarzabek became one of 12 in the country with the designation of Certified Sanitary Supply Professional (CSSP) by the Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI).

Goldsmith joins the Housekeeping Channel

Elizabeth B. Goldsmith, Ph.D., joined the advisory board of Boise, ID-based The Housekeeping Channel.

Chemtura hires Yeaw as HR VP

The Chemtura Corporation, Middlebury, CT, appointed Gary P. Yeaw senior vice president, Human Resources.