ABM Awarded Contract With Idaho School District


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ABM has been awarded an integrated facilities services contract with Cassia County School District in southern Idaho.

The agreement calls for ABM to provide the school district’s 18 facilities with custodial, landscaping, and maintenance services.  Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“ABM is excited to expand our footprint in Idaho and to partner with Cassia to provide a clean, healthy learning environment for the more than 5,600 students, 340 certified staff and 400 auxiliary personnel,” said Myron Luckenbach, senior vice president of operations for ABM Education. “Our goal is to improve service, quality and performance, as well as provide career growth opportunities for the custodial employees.”

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 Pads Earn Green Seal Certification


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Two 3M floor pads have achieved Green Seal™ Standard GS-20 certification.

The 3M™ Red Buffer Pad 5100 and 3M™ TopLine Autoscrubber Pad 5000 earned Green Seals’ GS-20 certification, which recognizes cleaning products for delivering positive environmental and health impacts.

“At 3M, we strive to develop products that not only help our customers’ productivity but also support their sustainability goals and minimize overall environmental impact,” said Thomas Huie, marketing manager for floor pads at 3M Commercial Solutions Division. “We’re excited to add two more floor pads to our Green Seal GS-20 certified portfolio, increasing our offering of certified floor pads.”

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.

Legend Brands Adds Category Manager


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Legend Brands has appointed Ed Earle category manager.

Earle has more than three decades of industry experience and in his new role will assist Legend Brands with the designing of tools, wands, and other cleaning accessories.

“I’m grateful to have the opportunity to put my experience and ideas into action for the benefit of the industry,” said Earle. “I have always admired Legend Brands as a company and look forward to what we can accomplish together. Cleaning is hard work and I’m committed to strategies that require less muscle-straining effort with optimal results.”

About Legend Brands
Legend Brands is a Burlington, WA-based manufacturer of cleaning and restoration solutions and equipment. For more information, visit www.legendbrands.com.

Clorox Details Environmental Goals


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The Clorox Co., parent company of Clorox Professional Products Co., recently announced a new corporate environmental, social, and governance strategy.

Clororx’s “IGNITE Strategy” calls for the company to reduce its overall chemical footprint and report progress on its efforts to the public, Chemical Watch reports. The strategy also calls for other initiatives such as supporting alternatives to animal testing of products and publicly sharing the company’s restricted substances list for domestic cleaning products.

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

Aramark Recognizes Top Team Members


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Aramark recently inducted 200 frontline employees into the company’s 2019 Ring of Stars.

Established in 2015, Aramark’s annual Ring of Stars recognition honors associates for their outstanding service and their dedication to the company’s core values. This year’s class was selected from more than 1,100 nominees from 19 countries.

“These 200 Service Stars represent the best of our organization and go above and beyond to enrich and nourish the lives of thousands of people around the world every day,” said Lynn McKee, Aramark executive vice president of human resources. “I am very proud to welcome these team members to the 2019 Ring of Stars class and want to thank them for their dedication to our clients, consumers, communities, and to Aramark.”

About Aramark
Aramark provides food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world. For more information, visit www.aramark.com

Cummins Facility Services Recertifies to CIMS-GB With Honors


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Cummins Facility Services (CFS) has successfully completed recertification to the ISSA Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) and CIMS-Green Building (CIMS-GB) criteria with Honors.

Compliance with the standard shows that a cleaning organization has the systems in place to deliver consistent, professional services designed to meet customer needs and expectations and is prepared to deliver a comprehensive green cleaning program based on LEED EB: O&M green cleaning criteria. CIMS and CIMS-GB certification are required in many cleaning service bid specifications as customers look for an effective way to identify high-quality providers committed to customer satisfaction.

“We hold ourselves to the highest standards,” says Jill Frey, CEO and president of CFS. “Earning our CIMS-GB certification with honors shows our customers that we go beyond the standards of the business to be the best in facilities management.”

Independent, accredited assessors verify CIMS and CIMS-GB with honors certified firms meet the industry standard for:

  • Quality systems
  • Service delivery
  • Human resources
  • Health, safety, and environmental stewardship
  • Management commitment
  • Green building.

Recently, CIMS-GB became a direct compliance option to meet the green cleaning policy prerequisite of Version 4 of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) revised Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED EB: O&M) rating system.

“CIMS-GB certified organizations are subject to a rigorous third-party assessment, which provides end customers with assurance that their cleaning service provider is committed to effective management and customer satisfaction and is prepared to partner with them in the LEED certification process, ” says Chris Osborne, COO of CFS.

About CFS
A certified women’s business enterprise, Cummins Facility Services offers a wide range of services, including janitorial services, landscaping and snow removal, high structure cleaning, security and building maintenance, and recycling and sustainability initiatives. For more information, visit www.cumminsfs.com.

Afflink Honors Annual Award Winners


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Afflink honored its preferred suppliers and top distributor members at an awards ceremony hosted during its annual summit event in Denver, Colorado.

Afflink awarded its independent distributor Member of the Year Award to MASSCO Inc. for facilities maintenance and to Associated Packaging for packaging. Both companies were recognized for using Afflink’s tools to successfully

Afflink also recognized its suppliers for product innovation and customer service with the Supplier Excellence Award. Essity, Berry Stretch, and RJ Schinner Co. Inc. were named recipients of this year’s award.

About Afflink
Tuscaloosa, Alabama-based Afflink provides an array of comprehensive sales and marketing solutions to more than 300 distributors and 200 supplier organizations of jansan, packaging, safety, and office products. For more information, visit www.afflink.com.

Triple S CEO Announces Retirement


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Alan E. Sadler, CEO of Triple S and president of Triple S Holdings Inc., has announced his retirement.

A veteran of the cleaning industry, Sadler had been with Triple S for more than two decades. He will remain with the organization in an advisory capacity. C. Eric Flinton, current president of Triple S, will succeed Sadler as president of Triple S Holdings.

About Triple S
Based in Billerica, Massachusetts, Triple S is a member-owned national distribution services and logistics company that provides facility maintenance solutions to the education, health care, commercial, retail, industrial, and government markets through a network of independent member-dealers and regional distribution centers. For more information, visit www.triple-s.com.

Dow Declares Quarterly Dividend


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Dow Chemical Co. has declared a quarterly dividend of US$0.70 per share.

The dividend is payable December 13 to Dow shareholders of record at the close of business November 29. This marks the 433rd consecutive dividend paid by Dow or its affiliates since 1912.

About Dow
Dow Chemical Co. is a global science- and technology-based company that develops and manufactures a portfolio of chemical, plastic, and agricultural products and services. For more information, visit www.dow.com.

ISSA Show North America Opens Call for 2020 Speaker Proposals


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ISSA and its ISSA Show North America event partner Informa Markets today launched the speaker proposal submission process for the ISSA Show North America 2020 trade show, which takes place October 26-29, 2020, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Professionals who serve and represent the professional cleaning and facility maintenance industries may submit proposals via the ISSA Show website for the industry-leading education program at ISSA Show North America 2020.

“The speakers who present at ISSA Show North America represent some of the brightest thought leaders and experts in the commercial cleaning industry,” said Brant Insero, ISSA director of education, training, standards, and certification. “We are excited to launch the proposal process and look forward to curating an outstanding education program for ISSA Show North America attendees in Chicago next fall.”

ISSA and Informa Markets expect to host more than 100 education sessions and seminars during the four-day ISSA Show North America 2020 event. Education session topics include industry trends, best practices, emerging technologies, management strategies, and other timely, relevant content for executives from cleaning-industry distributors, building service contractors, in-house facility service providers, and residential cleaning organizations.

The deadline to submit proposals is November 15, 2019. Show management will notify all prospective speakers who submit proposals of their status by January 1, 2020.

To submit a speaker proposal, please visit issa.com/speaker-proposal.