Welcome to a new year of Contracting Profits. In this first issue of 2011, you’ll notice we’ve made a few additions to the magazine.

In our new feature, Manufacturer Forum, we’ve been collecting questions from building service contractors that they would like to ask industry manufacturers. This section poses the questions for them. Each month we’ll be printing responses from different product suppliers. This month, for example, we’re focusing on soap and hand sanitizer.

This is just a fraction of the information we have received. Head over to www.cleanlink.com/12850cp for even more questions and answers. If you have a question you’d like to ask manufacturers, please send me an e-mail to participate.

The new requirements are
stricter, giving cleaning
a little more credibility
in green facilities

Product manufacturers, however, are not the only ones in the spotlight. In most issues we’ll also be highlighting BSCs and the variety of facilities they clean. This month, Deputy Editor Lisa Ridgely profiles Art Rose of Bloomington, Calif.-based Mr. Clean Maintenance Systems and outlines the trends he’s facing in retail markets. Look for more up-close profiles of other BSCs and their facility-based issues throughout the year.

And finally, since we’re talking about additions, my wife Kelly and I experienced our own this winter as we welcomed our second child, Henry Alistair, on December 14. Thank you to all who have shared your congratulations and support.