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New Study Reveals Fibercare Cleaning Services Save Hotels Money, Energy and Contributes to Healthier Environment

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- In September 2020, Robert Mapleton, owner and engineer, RPM Energy Consulting, LLC performed an independent study at an Extended Stay America hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to determine the effect of cleaning the coils of the hotel's guestroom packaged terminal air conditioner (PTAC) units on cooling energy usage. The test was used to determine whether Fibercare PTAC cleaning service results in lower energy costs. The test was performed on four guest rooms and revealed that the hotel could actually save up to 67 percent on energy costs with cleaner air conditioning units.

Prior to the test, annual energy costs for the four rooms weighed in at $1,750. After cleaning, the cost went down to just $591, a savings of more than $1,185 for just four rooms. Why? Under-maintained PTAC units consume approximately twice as much energy to provide a comfortable environment.

"When PTAC cleaning is done the right way, the benefits it delivers really are multifaceted," Mapleton says. "Units last longer, deliver cleaner and fresher air and save large amounts of money and energy."

In addition to saving money and energy, PTAC cleaning also contributes to a healthier environment which, in times of COVID-19, and thereafter, will certainly be a benefit that consumers will seek and demand.

"In 2020, we've all experienced what it's like to wear a mask and what it feels like when we take it off - a breath of fresh air," Ashton Grudnowski, president, Fibercare says. "PTAC cleaning is a similar concept. Once the dirt and dust are removed, the unit can breathe easy again and run at optimal performance."

Grudnowski adds that now is the ideal time for hotel and retirement communities to plan a deep cleaning.

"When the time comes for people to move around more freely, they'll be ready for action," she says. "We're focused on providing quality services that are good for the environment and also hit home for the bottom line."

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About Fibercare

Founded in 1985, Fibercare is a privately-held business that hires and trains all of its employees. It provides deep-cleaning services to the hotel and retirement home industry and works with management groups and owners to develop and maintain clean, sanitary environments while saving money. It currently services thousands of properties, nationwide. Cleaning services include: PTAC, commercial carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning and drapery cleaning.

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StallStash Demand Grows as Focus on Public Restroom Cleanliness Increases

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- From schools and restaurants to healthcare facilities and airports, management is working to find solutions to minimize viral spread by providing cleaner and safer restrooms for their visitors and employees. And, StallStash is working to meet that demand. StallStash is a PPE plexiglass restroom partition shelf that protects phones, purses and other belongings at stalls, urinals and sink areas from germs, damage and theft.

Businesses and other institutions are in hot pursuit of new ways to improve their patrons' restroom experience because, according to the 10th Annual Healthy Hand Washing Survey by Bradley Corp., consumers will frequent a location and even spend more money if they know their restrooms are clean and well-maintained.

"Increased awareness of germs and bacteria has changed our behavior regarding contact and hygiene," Robert Kodner, president of StallStash, says. "According to a recent study, 42 percent of people are more concerned about using public restrooms now than they were this time last year."

Most people who enter a public restroom bring their valuables and personal items with them into this vulnerable space. StallStash not only eliminates the stress and worry of dropping or damaging a phone or purse, but it also protects the person's health and belongings by keeping them clean, safe and protected from bacteria and germs.

StallStash is budget-friendly (less than $25), easy to attach to all standard partitions, and well-engineered to fit small and large items such as wallets or backpacks. StallStash units are designed for all public and commercial restrooms, and are easy to clean. And, a StallStash unit can hold up to eight pounds.

"Sixty percent of us visit a public or commercial restroom one to five times per week," Kodner adds. "And, COVID-19 has permanently altered our attitudes regarding the sanitary conditions of public and commercial restrooms. StallStash has proven to be an affordable and effective way to improve the restroom experience for people, worldwide."

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Aeroscape’s Snow and Ice Management Fleet is Ready to Take on Winter

Midvale, Utah -- The rest of the year, Aeroscape is an award-winning property maintenance and landscape design company, but during the winter, Aeroscape becomes your commercial snow removal specialists ready to take on even the biggest winter storms.

Aeroscape Invests in Snow and Ice Management Equipment

Aeroscape has made a significant investment in its snow and ice management equipment over the last several years, including purchasing dozens of new trucks, poly-blades for parking structures, as well as winter storm-specific upgrades, including new box plows for our front-end loaders and skid-steers.

"It was time to upgrade our investment in snow and ice management equipment," says Ryan Brown, President/CEO of Aeroscape. "Our retail and large commercial properties required faster response times and quicker snow and ice removal, so we took the plunge and upgraded our fleet."

Aeroscape not only invested in new snow removal equipment for parking lots, access roads, and parking garages but added snow blowers specifically designed to handle sidewalks and entries. They also outfit their landscaping fleet to manage Utah's storms, including preparing front-end loaders for snow stacking, and when that is too much, transferring snow to the fleet of dump trucks or side-dump trailers to haul the snow off-site. They also stock up on road salt and ice melt to help keep the cleared parking lots and garages, sidewalks, and parking lots snow and ice-free for all. Aeroscape goes through 100,000 tons of road salt and over 100 tons of snowmelt on average each year.

"Nothing goes to waste here at Aeroscape. During the winter, our crew remains on the alert for winter storms. Once the storm arrives, we transform into a fast and efficient snow removal fleet," says Chad Spenser, Chief Operating Officer at Aeroscape.

Aeroscape's Winter Storm Operations Center

Aeroscape is on-call 24/7 when a winter storm threatens and activates a winter storm call center to coordinate snow removal efforts for their clients. Because Aeroscape uses GPS tracking on all of their heavy equipment, the call center can dispatch snow removal fleets at a moment's notice to where they are needed most. For more information, give us a call at 801.569.2383 or fill out a simple online form at the bottom of our snow and ice removal services page, and an Aeroscape account manager will get in touch with you.

About Aeroscape Property Maintenance & Landscaping

Aeroscape Property Maintenance and Landscaping is a full-service landscape company that has been a leader in the residential and commercial landscape industry throughout the Salt Lake County and Utah County areas for over 15 years. Aeroscape has been awarded many prestigious awards and featured in numerous articles and is recognized for creating beautiful and high quality, sustainable landscapes that vary in scale and complexity based on the client's needs.

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Entrepreneur Moves Once Seasonal Lake Orion Sanitation Company to Year-Long Business Model

LAKE ORION, Mich. -- When Darin Gross purchased Turner Sanitation in early 2020, he never imagined that re-shaping the business would take him through a pandemic and increased need for his services. But as the company has steered toward additional services and greater community needs, the once seasonal business has been transformed into a full-year operation.

"There were a lot of misnomers associated with our company for a long time. For instance, most people believed that we couldn't pump septic systems in the wintertime," said Gross. "Plus, in the new COVID world we live in right now, homes not only have more people living there, but the winter months are going to heighten their lack of ability to get out of the house. This is why it's important for people to know we can pump in the winter."

Turner Sanitation, a family-run company serving North Oakland County homes and businesses for decades, had originally built its revenue model around seasonal work from April to November, but has now become more agile in its ability to re-shape its service offerings, leading to no "down seasons" for the company, including the need for toilet rentals and cleaning services. One of the advantages of Turner's year-round business model is that its employees are also on a year-round schedule meaning no seasonal layoffs.

"Before I bought the company, most everyone was laid off during the offseason. This year, my goal is to keep our folks employed throughout the year," said Gross.

One Turner service that has become more robust, aligned with a large increase in home sales in 2020, is the company's ability to provide septic inspections (video scopes) quickly and effectively for real estate transactions. Macomb County, for instance, now requires a septic inspection before a home is sold, and in many communities where population growth and new large home construction has put a stress on the community infrastructure, septic inspections have become a must.

"It's a new service for us and it's probably one of the least expensive and most important decisions you can make before closing on a home," said Gross.

With state infrastructure becoming a main economic driver in Michigan, Gross has also gotten Turner ready with a major purchase of combination toilets and sinks for use in road construction activities and special events. Additionally, with winter's snow and ice on the horizon, Turner has become extremely adept at septic pumping services for all weather conditions.

"People don't think we can pump in the wintertime, but that's actually the most efficient time for homeowners and businesses," said Gross. "There's usually a real rush to get septic systems pumped in the summer and possibly pay higher prices so they can expedite the job. We don't have these issues in the winter, and we can find septic lids without a problem, no matter the weather."

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Turner Sanitation, Inc.

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Minnesota Property Management Firm Provides Property Owners Relief

NEW BRIGHTON, Minn. -- According to Guardian Property Management, now is the ideal time for property investors and owners to hire a property management company to help them manage their investments.

"Self-managing an investment property is never recommended, but was easier in pre-pandemic times," Jennifer Spadine, president and CEO at Guardian Property Management, says. "Now, renters are losing jobs or dealing with stressful household situations. Some are facing financial barriers to paying the rent. They and their families are working and schooling from home, causing more day-to-day maintenance needed to keep things running smoothly. Finding time to collect rent, handle resident requests or maintain the property as needed has become burdensome."

For a small percentage of the rent, Guardian Property Management will manage the property for them and provide peace of mind in stressful times. It partners its experience with property owners' investments.

Guardian Property Management distinguishes itself from its competitors in a number of ways. It refers to them as the "Three Uniques."

They are:

1 - Trusted advisors on staff (not brokers or contractors): Leasing agents, maintenance technicians and project managers

2 - Transparency. Fees and expenses are discussed with clients early on and are included in the management contract. There are no additional fees for items such as lease renewals, rental license renewals or annual processing of "Certificates of Rent Paid."

3 - Excellent client communication.

"When a client calls, we answer the phone," Spadine says.

About Guardian Property Management

Purchased in 2004, Guardian Property Management is an established, award-winning property management firm. Guardian provides full property management, extensive leasing services as well as property maintenance and repair. It services the entire Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area, including Richfield, Robbinsdale, Maple Grove, Edina, Bloomington, Blaine, Roseville, Woodbury, New Brighton, and Shoreview, among others.

It also currently services more than 250 property owners with over 800 properties of all sizes from single-family homes to multi-unit apartment buildings. It's focused on building personal relationships with property owners and residents while being responsive to their unique needs 24 hours per day.

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Long Island Based National Facility Service Firms Announce Fourth Annual ‘Food Drive’ Now A ‘Thankful Event’

MEDFORD, N.Y. -- Professional Retail Services (PRS), Retail Security Services (RSS), and Retail Mechanical Services (RMS) are affiliated national facility service companies based in Long Island. The three entities have teamed up for the fourth year in a row to honor their tradition of giving back to the community.

This year, in place of a traditional food drive where employees, friends, and family donate food items; the three affiliated companies decided to fund the event's donations and rename the "Food Drive" to a "Thankful Event."

The food items packaged as meal kits will feed 600 Suffolk residents this holiday season. The kits will be donated and delivered to the William Floyd School District and HELP Suffolk on November 23rd for disbursement. Each meal kit includes two boxes of stuffing, two boxes of mashed potatoes, two desserts, four cans of vegetables, one can of cranberry sauce, two boxes of corn muffins, two packets of gravy, and one 8 - 12 lb. frozen turkey.

Kathleen Larmour, president and founder of all three companies, had this to say regarding the beloved event:

"We have many reasons to be thankful, and what better way to celebrate that than to rename our event while keeping our yearly tradition of helping those in need.

"Many have endured financial hardship due to the pandemic, which is why we decided that funding this event and not having friends and family donate was appropriate."

Larmour added, "This year we are extremely thankful for our loyal employees, customers, and service partners. This would not have been possible without them."

Professional Retail Services (PRS) is a national facilities maintenance and specialty construction company that provides services for multiple industries across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Learn more:

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Turner Sanitation Finds New Success Spurred on by COVID Realities

LAKE ORION, Mich. -- Darin Gross of Turner Sanitation is an entrepreneur who has spent his career finding the right companies to invest in at the right time. But when he bought a sanitation company at the beginning of 2020, he had no idea how the COVID pandemic would put him on a fast track to re-tool a business he was just beginning to learn.

Turner Sanitation is a 50-year-old family-based company based in Lake Orion, Michigan, specializing in septic tank cleaning and porta potties, and was ready to turn over operations to an entrepreneur like Gross, who saw potential beyond what Turner had successfully built over its half-century of operations. But Gross had no idea that a global pandemic was going to immediately change the way he, and the company, did business.

"Coming out of the transportation industry, I literally knew nothing about the sanitation business other than what the Turner family told me and provided me for information," said Gross. "All of a sudden we had to totally re-forecast all of our sales and equipment projections. It's been a challenge." For Gross and Turner, that challenge has turned into a 30-40% increase in revenue.

While many companies during COVID have been forced to shut down and/or lay off employees, Turner was forced to hire more drivers to serve the increasing and immediate needs of homeowners requiring their septic systems pumped because of the amount of family members forced to quarantine at homes across the area. That need replaced the sudden drop in portable toilet rentals with concerts, golf tournaments and local events being canceled.

Once Turner was able to increase its sewer pumping capabilities, seemingly half of the area decided to jump in an RV and hit local and state parks.

"It's been amazing how many RVs suddenly hit the road and headed for campsites. We've suddenly become the go-to for those parks to meet the needs of campers expecting clean, updated and additional bathroom facilities," said Gross. "County parks and their extensive DEQ regulations for wastewater, never mind increased cleaning caused by COVID, has made us very busy in an area I couldn't have ever expected, even as late as March of this year."

As for the future, Turner continues to beef up its supply of portable washing stations for businesses, executive toilets and a focus on making sure cleanliness is the number one goal for their portable rentals. And while COVID has certainly given Gross a crash course in running a sanitation company, he also feels that the experience has made Turner more nimble and ready to tackle the future.

"We're really looking forward to next year, but honestly, I can't wait to flush 2020." Fortunately for Gross and Turner Sanitation, that 'flush' has brought dividends to the company never before seen in its history.

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Inspection Tool Demand Increases Sales of ViewTech Borescopes VJ-3 Mechanical Articulating Video Borescope

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- As video borescopes are increasingly used as a visual inspection tool, ViewTech Borescopes VJ-3 video borescope is reputably one of the most desired tools to own. From family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 corporations, each day thousands of users rely on their VJ-3 to improve maintenance, inspection and repair processes. During August business, two of ViewTech's newest clients acquired include a corrosion management company and an equine veterinary practice.

A fire sprinkler corrosion testing, control and treatment company, located on the East Coast, reached out to ViewTech Borescopes when searching for a new remote visual inspection tool to utilize inside one of the world's most prestigious and best-known hotels. With historic and irreplaceable murals lining many of the ceilings, it was critical the video borescope they purchase be as invaluable to their inspection team.

As the experts in the prevention of corrosion, water treatment programs and management of microbiologically induced corrosion (MIC), they are now completing inspections with their VJ-3 Dual Camera 6.0mm x 8.0m. With the ability to view not only straight ahead, but also at 90 degrees, inspection times have decreased, and clearer images and videos are being documented.

While a ViewTech Borescopes VJ-3 Poly Coated video borescope was being used to perform an Equine Dynamic Respiratory Endoscopy (DRE examination), it caught the attention of a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). After completing their veterinary internship in Ocala, Florida, the "horse capital of the world", and beginning to practice equine medicine at a Mid-Atlantic equine clinic, they made a suggestion to staff to add the VJ-3 Poly specifically for DRE exams. With ViewTech Borescopes no-cost, on-site demo program, their equine practice was able to trial the VJ-3 6.0mm x 1.5m with a polyethylene coated insertion tube. By being able to capture photos and videos while inside the animal's airway, along with the ease of disinfecting the insertion tube between uses, they have added a VJ-3 Poly video borescope as the endoscopy tool for their equine veterinary practice.

In addition to equine medicine and DRE exams, the VJ-3 Poly is an ideal inspection tool for a variety of applications, including high-purity piping, fragile or high-tolerance castings, polished components, as well as a variety of clean-room inspection applications.

VJ-3 Video Borescope

The VJ-3 mechanical articulating video borescope is a nondestructive testing (NDT) instrument used for the remote visual inspection (RVI) of machinery, equipment and components. The VJ-3 facilitates the visual recording and photo documentation of an inspection and components in areas that are otherwise inaccessible or require great effort and expense to access directly. The VJ-3 consists of two modules integrated into one system: an insertion tube with distally mounted camera/LEDs, and the base unit with control panel, LCD monitor, power source and all necessary circuitry.

About ViewTech Borescopes

ViewTech Borescopes, founded as RF System Lab in 2008, is North America's #1 seller of video borescopes. Their first product, the VJ borescope, set a new standard for portability, ergonomics and ease-of-use, with its industry-first mechanical, joystick-controlled articulation.

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Move For Hunger and Chadwell Supply Announce Collaborative Effort to Fight Hunger Nationwide

TAMPA, Fla. -- Chadwell Supply, a trusted MRO source of maintenance supplies for multi-family properties and Move For Hunger, a national hunger relief non-profit organization, have announced a new partnership that will help provide much-needed assistance to food banks across the United States. This collaboration will enable Chadwell Supply to support Move For Hunger's food rescue programs and encourage the clients, associations, and property management companies they work with to integrate the Move For Hunger model into their moving out process for residents.

People throw away a lot of things when they move, including perfectly good food. Move For Hunger's network of more than 1,000 moving companies, more than 1,500 multi-family apartment communities, and many of the world's leading relocation management companies, volunteer to collect this unopened, non-perishable food and deliver it to their local food banks. To date, Move For Hunger's network of relocation professionals and multi-family properties has collected and delivered nearly 18 million pounds of food - providing 15 million meals - to food banks and pantries across the United States and Canada.

"Partnering with Chadwell Supply both complements and advances our mission, so this collaboration was a natural fit," explains Adam Lowy, Executive Director and Founder of Move For Hunger. "By combining the strength of our network of multi-family apartment communities and relocation companies with Chadwell Supply's network and partners within the multi-family industry, we have the ability to get a large amount of food to those who need it most."

"Chadwell Supply is excited to partner with Move For Hunger and share in both their mission and their unique service to our multi-family customers," said Pete Wheeler, Chadwell Supply's Vice President of Marketing. "This is a perfect combination of our company culture meshing with the relationships we have with our customers. We will be able to intercept food that would otherwise be tossed out and help reduce food waste while fighting hunger in our communities."

More than 37 million Americans were food insecure before the COVID-19 pandemic and it is estimated that the number could increase by 17 million this year, totaling 54 million. "As a result of the pandemic, we are facing, potentially, the greatest hunger crisis of our lifetime," continues Lowy. "Chadwell Supply understands the need is more critical than ever and is committed to helping Move For Hunger provide meals to those struggling to put food on the table."

Through the support of partners like Chadwell Supply, Move For Hunger can continue to feed more and empower more to fight for the families, children, seniors, and vulnerable communities who lack reliable access to affordable, nutritious food.

Move For Hunger is a national non-profit organization that has created a sustainable way to reduce food waste and fight hunger. We have mobilized the leaders of moving, relocation, and multi-family industries to provide their customers, clients, and residents with the opportunity to donate their food when they move. Members of Move For Hunger also organize community food drives, participate in awareness campaigns, and create employee engagement programs.

For more information, or to find out how you can host your own food drive, visit

Chadwell Supply began with three brothers determined to make good on a promise - to always value their profession, community and most of all, each other. Keeping time-honored traditions alive, the second generation now operates Chadwell Supply. The "Chadwell Family" has extended to include hundreds of employees working hard to lead the MRO industry, serve customers, and supply multi-family housing facilities from warehouses located in fourteen branches across country (and growing!). For more

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Florida Gators, The Libman Company Announce Multi-Year Relationship with Primary Presence During Basketball Season

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida Gators Sports Properties, on behalf of the University Athletic Association (UAA), today announced a new relationship with The Libman Company, a family-owned business that has been making quality cleaning tools since 1896.

The multi-year agreement marks a first-of-its-kind between the Gators and Libman. Concurrent with the upcoming 2020-21 collegiate athletics season, The Libman Company will own the designation of "Official Hardwood Floor Care Provider of the Florida Gators." The brand also will have a significant presence on Billy Donovan Court at Exactech Arena during basketball season.

"We're thrilled to be aligning our brand with the Florida Gators, one of the most respected athletics programs in the country," said The Libman Company President Andrew Libman. "We take pride in the quality of our products, and we know college athletics is a smart avenue for amplifying Libman's visibility."

The Gators' relationship with Libman was secured by Florida Gators Sports Properties, the locally based Learfield IMG College team, which is dedicated to UF and serves as UAA's multimedia rights and sports marketing arm.

"We're excited to have Libman join Gator Nation as 'Official Hardwood Floor Care Provider of the Florida Gators' and fans will see Libman prominently displayed during basketball season," said Lee Douglas, Florida Gators Sports Properties' general manager. "Libman is the industry leader, and we're proud to have them join the list of prestigious companies which choose to align with the Gators."

The Libman Company, the leading brand of cleaning tools, manufactures products from brooms and mops to more specialized tools for kitchen and bathroom cleaning and industrial uses. Libman has partnered with a number of NBA franchises, NCAA institutions and NCAA conferences. For more information about the Libman Company, please visit

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