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MSN E-Newsletter August 2015

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To see and be seen — this remains a major objective for participants, including exhibitors, during ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America, which takes place October 20-23, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, in Las Vegas, NV.

A major attraction of the annual event is the 700-plus exhibiting companies, from more than 30 countries. Exhibitors will showcase their latest products and/or services for distributors and other professionals involved in the jan/san and related industries. ISSA said the event averages 16,000 attendees annually, with over 20 hours of tradeshow time.

This year’s tradeshow floor
will be open three days:

• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
on Wednesday, October 21;

• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
on Thursday, October 22; and,

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
on Friday, October 23.

A new feature this year will be an exhibitor area located outdoors. It will be connected to the convention center.

ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America sites are alternated each year. According to ISSA, each time the event moves to a different city, one third of the show’s attendees are new, offering exhibitors fresh opportunities to reach prospective customers, while still having time for face-to-face meetings with key contacts who return annually.

“The show consistently draws a majority of high-level decision-makers among its commercial and institutional attendees. For example, 90 percent of distributors at the event are upper-level executives,” ISSA stated.

Multiple industry organizations also host events during the week, and all have access to the exhibit hall. This provides a variety of distributors and end-customers in one place. In addition, the following associations co-locate their own conventions with ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America: the Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI); the International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA); the Association of Residential Cleaning Services International (ARCSI); and the Cleaning Equipment Trade Association (CETA).

ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America 2015 will follow a Tuesday through Friday format. The theme for this year’s event is, “The One Show for Facility Solutions.” Educational seminars begin Tuesday, October 20, and will take place through Friday, October 23.

Among the seminar topics are: Infection Control; Society 3.0-The Future of Work; Helping Facilities Save Money and Reduce Environmental Impact; Growing Your Business While Others Shrink; and, Creating an Insanely Positive Workplace Culture.

ISSA workshops, meanwhile, begin Monday, October 19 and run through Friday, October 23. These workshops require an additional registration and prepare participants to become an ISSA Certification Expert, an Accredited Certification Trainer, or a supervisor with sharpened soft and technical skills.

The tradeshow floor will also be home for this year’s four ISSA Keynote Speakers. Dates and speakers are the following:

• 8 a.m. on Wednesday, October 21 — Afterburner Inc., is a global team of fighter pilots that will discuss how to be in "full fighting form" to meet the challenges of today’s business climate. Its presentation is titled Secrets of Flawless Execution;

• 8 a.m. on Thursday, October 22 — Comedian and talk show host Jay Leno will give a presentation titled Funny Business. He will share his observations and a lifetime of lessons and business insights; and,

• 1 p.m. on Friday, October 23 (ISSA Excellence Awards Luncheon) — Kevin O’Leary, who is a businessman, investor and a host of the TV show Shark Tank, will give his opinion on what it takes to be successful in today’s economy. O’Leary will also announce who he has chosen to be the winner of the ISSA Excellent Idea Contest.

Visit to learn more about registration information, events, exhibitors, keynote speakers and other activities taking place during the week.


7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. — Exhibitor Registration
12:30 p.m. — ISSA Golf Tournament, benefiting the ISSA Foundation (at Arroyo Golf Club, Las Vegas)
1-5 p.m. — CIMS: ISSA Certification Expert (I.C.E.) Workshop - Part 1

7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. — Exhibitor & Attendee Registration
8 a.m.-5 p.m. — ISSA Convention Seminars
8:30-11:30 a.m. — CIMS: ISSA Certification Expert (I.C.E.) Workshop - Part 2
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. — ISSA Lunch & Learn
1-5 p.m. — CITS: Accredited Certification Trainer (A.C.T.) Workshop - Part 1

7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. — Exhibitor & Attendee Registration
8 a.m — Keynote Speaker: Afterburner Inc. — Secrets of Flawless Execution
9 a.m.-5 p.m. — ISSA/INTERCLEAN Exhibit Hours
10 a.m.-5 p.m. — ISSA Convention Seminars on the Tradeshow Floor
10 a.m.-Noon — CITS: Accredited Certification Trainer (A.C.T.) Workshop - Part 2

7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. — Exhibitor & Attendee Registration
8 a.m. — Keynote Speaker: Jay Leno — Funny Business
9 a.m.-5 p.m. — ISSA/INTERCLEAN Exhibit Hours
9 a.m.-5 p.m. — ISSA Convention Seminars on the Tradeshow Floor
1-5 p.m. — CMI Supervisor Session - Part 1
4-5 p.m. — ISSA/INTERCLEAN Show Floor Happy Hour

8 a.m.-1 p.m. — Exhibitor & Attendee Registration
9 a.m.-1 p.m. — ISSA/INTERCLEAN Exhibit Hours
1 p.m. — ISSA Excellence Awards Luncheon & Closing Keynote Speaker: Kevin O’Leary — How You Can Be a Successful Entrepreneur at Everything You Do
2-5 p.m. — CMI Supervisor Session - Part 2
2:15-4 p.m. — ISSA Convention Seminars

Nexstep Commercial Products Now Offers Quick Change™ Mopsticks With Fiberglass Handles

Nexstep Commercial Products now offers its new Quick Change™ mopsticks with fiberglass handles.

The features include:

• Now mopsticks come in red and blue, in addition to the existing yellow mopstick;

• Easy trigger release. End-users can quickly discard a soiled mop without touching;

• Fiberglass is easy to sanitize and includes sanitary black plastic frame; and,

• Durable yet lightweight.


Visit for more information. Nexstep is the exclusive licensee of O-Cedar.

Essendant Now Has Expanded Safety Catalog

“Essendant recently released its new Safety & Facility Solutions catalog, designed to help resellers penetrate the $12 billion safety products market opportunity. This catalog, previously known as the Lagasse Safety Catalog, features an expanded assortment of essential safety and facility supplies that support reseller growth,” according to representatives.

“The expansion of the Essendant safety catalog means more products with increased convenience, reliability and affordability for independent distributors, and more products to increase workplace safety for the customers they serve,” said Harry Dochelli, senior vice president of sales & customer care.


In June, LagasseSweet and United Stationers Supply Co. came together as Essendant. For more information about the company’s safety products, contact an Essendant Facility Essentials representative or visit

“With 74 distribution centers, we can ship most products overnight to more than 90 percent of the United States and major cities in Mexico and Canada,” said company officials.

Visit for more information.

Spartan Chemical Promotes Kaz Terada To Regional Manager, Kansas City, And Chris Gaertner To Production Manager


Kaz Terada

Spartan Chemical Company, Inc., has promoted Kaz Terada to regional manager of the Kansas City region.

Terada most recently worked for EcoLab as a hospitality territory manager in Kansas City, MO, focusing on long-term care and acute care markets. Prior to that, he served as the vice president of sales for Crown Organics in Melbourne, Australia, for six years.

Terada has a Masters of Business Administration degree, and a Bachelor of Science degree in business, with a concentration in marketing, from the University of Phoenix in Phoenix, AZ.



Chris Gaertner

Spartan Chemical Company, Inc., has also promoted Chris Gaertner to production manager.

Gaertner began his career with Spartan in 1997, working as a plant employee. In 2002, he was promoted to 3rd shift supervisor and four years later, he was promoted again to 2nd shift supervisor.

In 2012, Gaertner was promoted to his most recent position of 1st shift supervisor, where, in 2014, he worked on the implementation of Spartan’s Warehouse Management System (WMS.)

As production manager, Gaertner has responsibility for improvements of efficiency, productivity and the safety of Spartan’s production facility.

Spartan Chemical Company, Inc. has been a formulator and manufacturer of sustainable cleaning and sanitation solutions for the industrial and institutional market since 1956.

Visit for more information.

From Tornado:
Floorcare Cost Guide For Schools

“Floorcare is a costly cleaning task for most schools. While some districts are now leaving their floors 'flat,' with no finish, others still want floor finish applied if, for no other reason, than the protection it offers.

“However, according to Tornado, a manufacturer of cylindrical brush floor machines and other floor- care equipment, many school administrators have no choice but to ‘do more with less’ when it comes to floorcare.”

To help deal with this situation, Doug Berjer, of Tornado, suggests collecting data on the following three floorcare items:

1.) Specific floor areas to be cleaned and the size of each floor area;

2.) Equipment currently used for floor care — everything from mops and buckets to scrubbers and burnishers; and,

3.) Breakdown of time required to complete floor care tasks, times the number of workers, times their hourly wages.*


“Now it’s just a matter of doing the math,” said Berjer, “and in some cases, the savings can be significant.

“Unfortunately, many school decision-makers just see the (equipment) sticker price. Distributors have to educate school purchasers to look beyond the sticker price to see the true savings.”

Visit for more information.

*The bulk of the cost in floor care is labor. Chemical costs are typically a minor expenditure in floor care.

Pictured, left to right, are Reid Call, Harry Babb, Clint Hunter, Greg Taylor, Brent Taylor, Charles Wax,
Jeff Roberts, Lyle Christofferson, Rick Hazard and Eric Merrill.

Following A Fire In March 2015, WAXIE Dedicates New Facility In Idaho Falls, ID

WAXIE Sanitary Supply recently dedicated a new facility in Idaho Falls, ID.

“The new facility was opened after a fire devastated the previous facility in March of this year. WAXIE had operated in the previous location since 2005,” said a company representative.

“I am inspired by how our Idaho team has rallied after the events of March 20. We were virtually left without a business to operate from, yet they continued to provide great service to our customers,” according to Charles Wax, chairman/CEO, during his dedication speech. “To think that less than 90 days later we have moved into a new, fully operational facility and are taking care of our customers, is a testament to the spirit of our team.

“After the fire, WAXIE’s Salt Lake City, UT, location, on behalf of the Idaho Falls facility, made deliveries to customers from just under 200 miles away, without any delay in service. In addition, the facility fire claimed 31 customer machines that were in for repair, all of which were replaced or upgraded with the assistance of our equipment vendors.”

“After the dedication, WAXIE opened its doors to customers, who were invited to a vendor trade show and a barbecue lunch as they got a first glimpse of the new facility,” said Greg Taylor, sales manager for WAXIE’s Idaho locations.

Visit for more information.

From Kaivac:
The AutoVac

"Independent lab tests find the AutoVac removes 98-plus percent of soil from floor surfaces, cleans up to 20,000-square-feet (with the battery-powered system); and is easy to operate, transport and maintain.

“Plus, the AutoVac is certified by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) because it helps minimize the potential for a slip-and-fall accident,” said a Kaivac representative.

Visit or call 513-887-4600 for more information.


Powr-Flite’s Predator 20 Automatic Scrubber

“The Predator 20 features a large 17-gallon tank and swing squeegee system that help improve worker productivity significantly,” said Powr-Flite.

It’s also self-propelled for maneuverability in forward and reverse.

The Predator 20 is recommended for schools, small-to-medium-sized warehouses, office buildings and more. It comes complete with two, 12-volt batteries and a charger.

Visit or call 800-880-2913.



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