Nexstep Names New Sales Director


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Nexstep Commercial Products has appointed Lee Bernhardt director of sales.

An established sales veteran in the cleaning industry, Bernhardt joins Nexstep from Mac Papers, where he served as an account manager. In his new role, Bernhardt will oversee Nexstep’s sales efforts in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and the New York, New York metro area.

About Nexstep
Headquartered in Springfield, Ohio, Nexstep Commercial Products is the exclusive licensee of O-Cedar cleaning tool products. For more information, visit www.ocedarcommercial.com.

Clorox Nears Renewable Energy Goal


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The Clorox Co., parent company of Clorox Professional Products Co., has signed a 12-year, 70-megawatt virtual power purchase agreement for the purchase of renewable energy from Enel Green Power North America.

The deal, which goes into effect in 2021, represents nearly 50% of Clorox’s previously stated goal of establishing 100% renewable electricity for its operations in the United States and Canada by 2024. Financial terms of the agreement were not announced.

“Climate change and rising greenhouse gas emissions pose a real threat to the health of our planet and ultimately the long-term well-being of people globally,” said Benno Dorer, Clorox CEO. “That’s why we’ve taken action for more than 10 years to measure and reduce the carbon footprint of our operations. Our agreement with Enel helps to expand U.S. renewable energy infrastructure, reflecting our view that companies like Clorox play an important role in addressing global climate change.”

About Clorox Professional Products
Clorox Professional Products Co. offers a wide selection of brands designed to address workplace cleaning needs. For more information, visit www.cloroxprofessional.com

Three ISSA Members Among Forbes’ Best Corporate Citizens


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Three ISSA-member companies have been named to Forbes’ 2020 Just 100: Companies Doing Right By America list.

The magazine’s third-annual index, developed in conjunction with nonprofit Just Capital, scored and ranked more than 1,000 publicly traded companies on metrics such as worker benefits and treatment, job creation, supply-chain impact, leadership, and environmental footprint.

The ISSA-affiliated organizations that have been included in Forbes’ JUST 100 include:

ABM Appoints Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer


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ABM has appointed Josh Feinberg executive vice president and chief strategy and transformation officer.

Feinberg joins ABM from the Boston Consulting Group, where he was a managing director and partner on the company’s North American leadership team. In his new role with ABM, Feinberg will oversee the company’s transformation management and operational integrations with a focus on driving long-term, profitable growth.

“Josh’s deep experience will bolster our capabilities as we continue to execute our transformation, evolve our service offerings to meet our clients’ changing needs, and implement a data- and digitally-enabled operating model,” said Scott Salmirs, ABM Industries CEO.

About ABM
ABM is a provider of building maintenance and facility services across the United States and Canada, offering customized solutions for cleaning, engineering maintenance, and commercial building maintenance. For more information, visit www.abm.com.

3M Continues Steady Quarterly Dividend Payout


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3M has declared a quarterly dividend of US$1.44 per share on the company’s common stock.

The dividend is payable December 12 to shareholders of record at the close of business November 22. 3M has paid a quarterly dividend to shareholders without interruption for more than 100 years.

About 3M
With global sales of US$33 billion, 3M is a leading producer of thousands of products ranging from chemicals, filtration systems, and safety and protection equipment to office, graphics, and health care equipment. For more information, visit www.3m.com.

Last Chance to Vote for Innovation


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The deadline for online voting in the 2019 ISSA Innovation Award Program is rapidly approaching. Participants only have until this Friday, November 15, to cast their ballots for the ISSA Innovation Category awards.

Now in its 10th year, the annual ISSA Innovation Award Program recognizes the cleaning industry’s most revolutionary products and services as voted on by cleaning-industry professionals. Entries are organized into five categories: Cleaning Agents, Dispensers, Equipment, Services and Technology, and Supplies and Accessories. Each entry is competing for top honors in its own category and, ultimately, the 2019 ISSA Innovation of the Year Award, to be named this November in Las Vegas at ISSA Show North America 2019.

In addition to helping choose the cleaning industry’s most innovative products, you also have the chance to help yourself. All eligible participants in the awards program voting are automatically entered to be the winner of an all-access pass to attend ISSA North America 2019 and a US$500 Visa gift card. While you may vote for multiple entries in the program, you will only be entered one time in the drawing.

So, don’t miss out, just follow these four simple steps to cast your vote:

  1. Log into your issa.com account
  2. Create a free issa.com account if you do not already have one
  3. Click on the products that interest you most at com/vote
  4. Vote for your favorites.

Experience Innovation in Person

All entries in the Innovation Award Program will be on display in the ISSA Innovation Showcase, Booth 101, November 19–21, during ISSA Show North America 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Many of the entrants will demonstrate their products in the new ISSA Innovation Center, Booth 401. A list of demonstration times is available here.

The five winners of the category awards will be announced at the ISSA Lunch and Learn, November 18, 2019. The prestigious 2019 ISSA Innovation of the Year Award will be presented during the ISSA Innovation Award Ceremony, at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 21, in the ISSA Innovation Showcase, Booth 101.

ISS Secures Contract Extension at Australian Airport


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ISS has been awarded a contract extension with Brisbane Airport in Brisbane, Australia.

The three-year extension calls for ISS to provide the airport with a range of security services including passenger screening, mobile patrols, and surveillance systems. ISS has been servicing the airport for two decades.

“I’m delighted to continue our long-standing partnership with Brisbane Airport,” said Jonathan Reeves, executive general manager of aviation and transport for ISS Australia. “As security providers at the airport, we need to be both a safe pair of hands today at the same time as being forward-thinking to ensure our security service meets the needs and threats of tomorrow. I am confident ISS will deliver on these priorities to protect all passengers, visitors and staff at Brisbane Airport.”

About ISS
ISS provides facility management, cleaning, office support, catering, and security services to businesses in more than 53 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.uk.issworld.com.

Sale of KBS Finalized


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Private investment firm GI Partners has finalized the sale of Kellermeyer Bergensons Services (KBS) to Cerberus Capital Management L. P.

GI Partners had acquired KBS in 2014, significantly expanding the company during the past five years through organic growth and a series of acquisitions. Financial details of the divestment were not announced.

“We are very pleased with the outcome of our investment in KBS and grateful for the strong partnership with the management team,” said Hoon Cho, Managing Director at GI Partners. “It has been a pleasure partnering with Mark [Minasian, KBS CEO] and the team to build an industry-leading facilities management platform. We look forward to following KBS’ continued success during the company’s next stage of growth and its partnership with Cerberus.”

About KBS
Based in Oceanside, CA, Kellermeyer Bergensons Services, LLC (KBS) provides technology-enabled, integrated interior and exterior property services to customers throughout North America. For more information, visit www.kbs-services.com.

CRI Presents Smrekar Memorial Award


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The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) Inc. has presented the Joseph J. Smrekar Memorial Award to Russ Delozier.

The institute’s annual award was established by Milliken & Co. in 1998 to honor the late Dr. Joe Smrekar who volunteered on many CRI committees. CRI staff chose Delozier as this year’s winner for his volunteer efforts in support of the institute’s initiatives.

 “From everyone at CRI, we are grateful for Russ’s dedication and the expertise he brings as a volunteer,” said Joe Yarbrough, CRI president. “His participation is vital to many key committees and has been invaluable to CRI in support of the carpet industry.”

Delozier received the award at CRI’s annual membership meeting, which took place earlier this week in Dalton, Georgia.

Smrekar Award Winner Russ Delozier (center) with CRI President Joe Yarbrough (left) and CRI Board Chairman Jack Ganley (right)

PDI Acquires Tru-D SmartUVC


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PDI has purchased a majority share of Tru-D SmartUVC.

The acquisition expands PDI’s offerings of infection prevention and environmental services products including Tru-D’s UVC robotics technology. Financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed.

“We are proud of our 40-year legacy in assisting the healthcare industry with products and solutions that help reduce the risk of infections,” said Zachary T. Julius, PDI CEO. “The acquisition of Tru-D is among our most recent efforts supporting our continued mission to reduce preventable infections, control associated costs, and ultimately help save lives across the healthcare continuum of care.”

About PDI
PDI is a Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey-based provider of infection control products and environmental services equipment. For more information, visit www.pdihc.com.