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Inventor of Lightweight Backpack Vacuum Passes Away

Per an obituary on, cleaning industry veteran Larry Shideler passed away on August 31, 2023, at the age of 79. more

Industry Loses Former EDIC Sales Manager

William J. Townson, former EDIC national sales manager, passed away June 20, 2023. He was 81 years old. Townson was born more

Industry Loses Former Americo Executive Vice President

John Miller, former Americo Manufacturing Co. executive vice president of sales and marketing, passed away August 9, 2023. He was 73 more

Industry Loses Anago Cleaning Systems Founder

David R. Povlitz, founder and chairman of Anago Cleaning Systems, passed away February 7, 2023. Povlitz was born September 3, 1948, more

Industry Loses Former Atlas Graham Industries Chairman

Joseph Allan Graham, former chairman of Atlas Graham Industries Ltd., passed away December 30, 2022. Graham joined his father’s broom and more

Industry Loses Former HP Products Owner

Donald “Ames” Shuel, former owner of HP Products Corp., passed away September 9, 2022. He was 86 years old. Shuel was more

Industry Loses Janitronics Founder

James “Jim” Harris Sr., founder of Janitronics Inc., passed away August 21, 2022. Harris was a longtime member of ISSA and more

Industry Loses Former P&G CEO

Durk Jager, former CEO of Proctor & Gamble (P&G), parent company of Proctor & Gamble Professional (P&G PRO), passed away April 3, 2022. He more