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2011 Economic Outlook: Manufacturers

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Manufacturers are typically the drivers of the cleaning industry. Innovation starts here and trends spread down the supply chain to distributors, building service contractors and in-house service providers.

But during the recent recession, it quickly became apparent that the economy’s impacts would have a trickle up effect. As new construction stalled and other facilities closed or reduced spending, BSCs and ISPs cleaned less often and bought fewer supplies from distributors, creating less demand for product manufacturers.

Now, economic recovery is slow if existent at all, but manufacturers are remaining optimistic. After all, buildings still need to be cleaned and stocked with products. In this podcast, Dan Weltin, editor-in-chief of Sanitary Maintenance and Contacting Profits magazines, interviewed equipment, paper, and chemical manufacturers to get their take on the economy’s impact on business today, as well as in the future.

Respondents include:
o Matthew Wood, president and CEO of ProTeam, Boise, Idaho
o Eric Bachhuber, national sales and marketing manager, Merfin Systems LLC, Colleyville, Texas
o Mark Goldman, senior directory global communications, Diversey Inc., Sturtevant, Wis.

posted on 2/22/2011