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Approximately 2.5 million people earn their living in the U.S. as janitors, custodians and housekeepers. Most toil through their shift, day after day, with little notice of their contribution to the orderly operation of every business.

In 2009, the Simon Institute decided to honor outstanding cleaning workers during its annual Symposium, which will be held this year in Park City, Utah, August 6-8, 2018. Among the criteria for selection, employees must display a commitment to professional pride and care; be self motivated and accountable; demonstrate a positive; conscientious and considerate attitude toward customers, fellow employees and others; provide continual outstanding performance of any kind within the campus of facilities that build and support the assembly process; and excellence in the performance of job duties.

There are no pre-qualifications for this award — anyone can apply. If you know an outstanding cleaning worker, this is your last chance to nominate them. Award recipients are not required to attend the awards ceremony, but will be recognized in a special brochure featuring their story and picture. A $50 application fee includes the cost of a beautiful medal this employee will cherish for years to come.

Click here for nominations. Deadline is Friday, July 20, 2018.