What to Know Before You Go to the ISSA Show


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With just three days remaining until ISSA Show North America, attendees will want to take some time to prepare so they don’t have to waste a single moment once they arrive in Las Vegas. A good first step is to download the show app. This handy app includes the trade show floor plan, so you can find your way to any booth on the floor. It also lists all the seminars and workshops, allowing you to search them by their date, track, or speakers. Plus, you can search for show exhibitors using product category, booth number, or keywords.

If you plan to attend some of the educational sessions or workshops, now is the perfect time to set your final schedule. This year’s show is offering more than 100 education sessions, hands-on training, and networking events covering industry changes and trends, new innovations, as well as proven strategies to boost your profitability. With several tracks you’re sure to find a topic that relates to your business.

Also set aside some time to choose networking events, such as Monday night’s welcome reception and Wednesday evening’s roundtable discussions. You are sure to meet like-minded professionals who can offer insights and leads into the industry.

Don’t forget to set aside some time for fun. Learn how the Badge Discount Program will offer you savings at restaurants, shops, shows, nightlife venues, and even a golf course.

Check out the show guide for all this information and more, and get ready for a productive week at ISSA Show North America 2019.

Kärcher to Clean Historic Cleveland Library


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Kärcher has agreed to deliver a preservation cleaning project at the Lorain library in Cleveland, Ohio, as part of the company’s cultural sponsoring initiative.

The Greek-inspired 8,400-square-foot building was built in 1912 with funds donated by American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Nick Heyden, a historical preservation cleaning expert for Kärcher, will travel to Cleveland from Germany specifically to oversee the project, Cleanzine reports.

“Kärcher has been actively involved in supporting the preservation of historical monuments and buildings, free of charge, for over 30 years with our Cultural Sponsoring program,” said Kris Cannon-Schmitt, vice president for Kärcher.

 “The Lorain Branch is a remarkable Carnegie building,” said Felton Thomas Jr., director and CEO of the Cleveland Public Library. “It is rich in history and it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to see its facade renewed.”

About Kärcher
Founded in 1935, Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG is a Winnenden, Germany-based manufacturer of cleaning systems and equipment. For more information, visit www.karcher.com.

Kimberly-Clark to Invest in Mississippi Manufacturing Facility


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Kimberly-Clark Corp., parent company of Kimberly-Clark Professional, announced plans to invest more than US$20 million in its Corinth, Mississippi, manufacturing facility.

The upgrade project will add 45,000 square feet of manufacturing space and will improve the plant’s capacity and efficiency to produce nonwoven products. The multi-phased expansion will allow Kimberly-Clark to add an additional 25 employees once the project is complete, Northeast MS Daily Journal reports.

About Kimberly-Clark Professional
Kimberly-Clark Professional offers an array of hand hygiene and contamination-control products. Located in Roswell, Georgia, Kimberly-Clark Professional is one of Kimberly-Clark Corp.’s four business sectors. For more information, visit www.kcprofessional.com.

Weekly Product Showcase November 15, 2019


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Stay up to date on the industry’s newest products and services from these ISSA members.

Cost-cutting Cleaner
NuSheen by TMA/Chemnet not only cleans and polishes, but also inhibits finger marking, thus cutting down on cleaning time and costs. This nonflammable and noncaustic solution contains no silicone or wax and can be used on a variety of hard surfaces, including stainless steel, porcelain, fiberglass, and leather. For more information, visit www.chemnet-systems.com.

Take the Right Route
Route: The Service Platform by Route was developed for the unique and complex needs of building service contractors. Featuring both mobile and web applications, this software collects and organizes the scope of work including dimensions and floor type. In addition, the software helps calculate bids and generate proposals. For more information, visit www.getroute.com.

Pinpoint Pathogens
A division of Charlotte Products Ltd., OptiSolve’s Surface Imaging Technology provides proactive and preventative assessment/audit capabilities using new surface imaging technology to reveal microbial contamination. Unlike traditional auditing approaches, this technology pinpoints and pictorially displays exactly where potentially harmful pathogens exist on high-touch and food-related surfaces. For more information, visit www.optisolve.net.

Looking for more of the cleaning industry’s cutting-edge products and services? Be sure to view and vote for the entries in the 2019 ISSA Innovation Award Program and see them firsthand at the ISSA Innovation Showcase at ISSA Show North America 2019, November 18-21, in Las Vegas!

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.