Killingstad took over leadership of the Golden Valley-based floor-cleaning equipment manufacturer in December, succeeding the well-regarded Janet Dolan. According to reports in the January issue of Twin Cities Business Monthly magazine, his is plan for Tennant during the next year or two: execute.

“In 2002, we established a new strategic direction,” Killingsad says. “And that’s when we planted this flag five to ten years into the future that said we wanted to migrate from being a nonresidential floor-maintenance company to being more of an environmental health-and-safety products and services company. At that time we also realized we wanted to be much more profitable business, a more global business and more innovative business.”

Tennant began as a lumber company and moved into floor cleaning; under Killingstad, except more re-invention, toward a broader array of cleaning technologies.