The Healthy School Campaign and the Green Cleaning Network are encouraging educational institutions who implement green cleaning programs to apply for the first Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities.

The award offers an opportunity for janitorial product manufacturers, distributors and service providers to help their customers in educational institutions gain recognition for commendable green cleaning programs.

“The goal of the award is to identify and recognize schools and universities that have gone beyond simply making green product choices,” said Steve Ashkin, executive director of the Green Cleaning Network. “Although products are important, exemplary programs go much further — they include policies, procedures, training, shared responsibility and other efforts that result in an effective cleaning program that minimizes harmful impacts on the health of building occupants and custodians, and on the environment as a whole.”

The award’s criteria is modeled on The Quick and Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools, published by the Healthy Schools Campaign. Copies of the guidebook can be requested by visiting

“Companies that provide green cleaning products and services should encourage their qualifying schools to apply,” said Rochelle Davis, executive director of the Healthy Schools Campaign. “The award particularly seeks to recognize teams involved in implementing green cleaning programs, and vendors will be spotlighted along with administrators, custodians, parents and others who are helping to create healthier schools for students and staff.”

The competition is open to any educational institution. The application process for the award can be completed either online, by mail or fax. Entrants must identify what makes their program truly innovative by responding to a series of short questions, the majority of which require a written response in less than 300 words.

The deadline for submission is September 14, 2007. For more information or to apply, visit

ISSA Offers Two Free Webinars In August
ISSA, Lincolnwood, Ill., announced it is providing two free Webinars in the month of August.

“Blueprint for BSC Success: The Five Elements of a Well-Managed Cleaning Organization,” intended for building service contractors (BSCs), will be held on Thursday, August 23 at 11 a.m. CST, and “The Five Principles Every Service Contract Should Demand,” geared toward facility managers and purchasers, will be held on Thursday, August 30 at 11 a.m. CST.

To register for either session, visit, or e-mail

Charles Colman, chairman of the Colman Group Inc., Elkhorn Wis., announced the restructuring of the organization into three divisions: San Jamar North America Commercial Products; the San Jamar World Division; and Best Value Textiles.

Bell Janitorial Supply, a distributor with locations in Salt Lake City and Ogden, Utah, recently opened its new 20,000-square-foot headquarter facility in Salt Lake City.

The new building is four times larger than Bell’s former Salt Lake location, with a number of features that will make warehousing and delivery functions more efficient. Ogden-area customers will continue to be served from the Bell facility in Ogden.

American Paper and Plastics Inc. (APP Inc.), an El Monte, Calif.-based distributor of food packaging products and janitorial supplies, has joined Network Services Company, a U.S.-based international organization of independent distributors providing janitorial supplies, food service disposables, industrial packaging products and printing materials.

NISSCO LLC, a Dulles Va.-based buying group, announced DAWNCHEM Inc., Willowick, Ohio, as the recipient of the NISSCO 2006 Distributor of the Year Award.

The award is given each year to recognize achievement in sales growth, program compliance and group participation.

Wexel Wholesale and Pool Service, Sturgeon Bay, Wis., has acquired Warner Wholesale, also of Sturgeon Bay.

Warner distributes paper, janitorial supplies, food and tobacco. Wexel distributes janitorial supplies, paper and pool and spa supplies. It also provides pool and spa services. The merged company will be called Warner-Wexel Wholesale and Pool Service.

Kelsan Inc., a jan/san distributor headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., recently acquired Boxberger Inc., Charlotte, N.C. Kelsan has been a distributor in the Southeast for over 50 years with other locations in Nashville, Tenn., Chattanooga, Tenn., and Johnson City, Tenn.

Woodbine Products Co., a producer of soy-based industrial hand cleaners based in Medina, Ohio, recently broke ground on a 21,200-square-foot expansion. It is the company’s second expansion in the last 10 years.

Woodbine currently employs 25 people and plans to create two to five additional jobs at the Medina plant. The facility is scheduled to be completed by October 2007.

xpedx, Loveland, Ohio, a supplier to U.S. commercial printers, announces the start of operations in Canada this August, with a new Canadian national headquarters, a 150,000-square-foot distribution center and two new xpedx Paper and Graphics stores serving the Greater Toronto Area and surrounding cities.

Company officials said they expect to open additional facilities across Canada starting in 2008, including a third store in the metro Toronto area. The company also plans to begin marketing and distributing packaging and jan/san supplies and equipment in Canada in 2008.

SYSCO Corp., a Houston-based food service marketer and distributor, announced its subsidiary for personal care amenities and other hotel operating supplies, Guest Supply LLC, has acquired Austin Tatum, a personal care amenity company headquartered in Hong Kong.

Janitor’s Supply Outlet, Lake Worth, Fla., has acquired the assets of A Home Service and Janitorial Supplies, Delray, Fla. A Home Service has been servicing South Florida customers for 18 years.

Dan Wagner has been promoted to the position of director of facility service legislative affairs for ISSA, Lincolnwood, Ill.

In his new position, Wagner will focus on legislative and regulatory issues that are primarily labor or product-application related and will be the primary contact for ISSA’s facility service provider (FSP) membership class. He also will be the primary contact for associations and other organizations in the facility service community regarding regulatory, health, and environmental matters.

Athea Laboratories and Athea Packaging, Milwaukee, hired Lisa DeBoer as marketing director and Dale Hamann as technical director.

DeBoer has more than 15 years of business marketing experience. Hamann most recently served as head analytical chemist and compliance officer at ChemRite CoPac Inc., Lannon, Wis.

Distributor Partners of America (DPA), Naples, Fla., a member-driven buying and marketing organization, awarded Roger Tenhundfeld of Stigler Supply, Cincinnati, the 2006 DPA Distributor of the Year Award at DPA’s 2007 Buying and Networking Conference.

Carina Malmgren Heander has been appointed senior vice president of group staff human resources and organizational development for the Electrolux Group, Stockholm, Sweden. She will be part of Group Management and report to president and CEO Hans Stråberg.

Executives from The Dow Chemical Co., Midland, Mich., and PQ Corp., Valley Forge, Pa., have been elected to The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) Board of Directors.

During its mid-year meeting in Washington, D.C., SDA’s Board elected the following directors to fill existing vacancies: Tony Frencham, global business director and general manager-cleaning for Dow and Paul J. Ferrall Jr., president-PQ Americas.

In other action, the Board elected Seamus McBride, president-United States and Worldwide Commercial Effectiveness for the Colgate-Palmolive Co., as SDA Treasurer. McBride serves as chair of the board’s Finance Committee.

John Bucher, Ph.D., will serve as the new associate director of the National Toxicology Program (NTP), Triangle Park, N.C., and will be managing the day-to-day operations. The NTP is an interagency program with the mission to coordinate, conduct and communicate toxicological research across the U.S. government.

Richard L. Keyser, chairman and chief executive officer of W.W. Grainger Inc., Vernon Hills, Ill., received the Marco Polo Award during a banquet held at China’s Diaoyutai State Guest House in June. The award is presented in recognition of the company’s contribution to supporting foreign expert volunteers in China.

Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG announced Hartmut Jenner, managing director and long-serving management spokesman, will take over the newly created position of CEO and chairman of the management board.

Dieter Grajer, Markus Asch and Thomas Popp were also named new managing directors and will be responsible for the consumer, commercial/industrial and purchasing and logistics divisions, respectively.

SouthEast LINK, Atlanta, recently announced the hiring of Richard Hixon as service manager.

AFFLINK, Tuscaloosa, Ala., recently added four associates to augment its sales teams both in the packaging and jan/san areas: Andy Todd, business development manager-packaging, East region; Dean Parham, global accounts manager-packaging; Matt Miller, business development manager-packaging, central region; and Lisa Dare, business development manager-jan/san, central region.

The NAW Institute for Distribution Excellence, Washington, D.C., recently elected Deborah Hamlin, CAE, executive director, Irrigation Associates and William A. Parsley, president and CEO, Carswell Distributing, to it board of directors.

TerraChoice, Petersborough, Ontario, has hired Scot Case as the company’s newest vice president.

Case will assist the organization in meeting the rising demand for environmental marketing tools and expertise fueled by recent growth in the North American green markets. Case will also be in charge of the organization’s new U.S. office located in the Philadelphia area.

Cook Composites and Polymers, Kansas City, Mo., announced two additions to its management structure. Dennis Ryer has assumed the position of product manager for liquid and powder resins and Jeff Lackey was named director of research and development for coatings.

Southeastern Paper Group, Spartanburg, S.C., announced Lewis Mann has been promoted to director of information technology. Mann previously worked in the company’s IT department as network administrator.

Southeastern also named Christie Clayton as inventory control specialist. Her primary role will be to control non-moving inventory.

International Paper, Memphis, Tenn., announced that Timothy S. Nicholls has been elected senior vice president and chief financial officer, effective Dec. 1, 2007.

Nicholls is currently vice president and executive project leader on special assignment related to the company’s potential joint venture with Russian pulp and paper company, Ilim Pulp.

Sostram Corp., Roswell, Ga., announced the hiring of Steve Ehart as business manager in support of expanding its environmental care product line.

Coverall Cleaning Concepts announced that Peter Sheldon, the company’s vice president of operations, has been awarded Certified Building Service Executive (CBSE) status by the Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI).

Alexis Simpson and Michael Gallagher of Coastal Chemical and Paper Supply Inc., Sarasota, Fla., are the recipients of the 2007 NISSCO Scholarship Award.

The scholarship is designed to recognize academic achievement from individuals who currently work in — or intend to make their career in — the jan/san industry.

Geerpres Inc., Muskegon, Mich., promoted Jeff Kolbe was promoted to vice president of customer solutions. Jeff has been with Geerpres for four years and came to the company with 15 years of experience in customer service, project management, production planning and materials management.

Tim M. Murch, CBSE, president of Mitch Murch’s Maintenance Management Co. (4M), St. Louis, recently announced that Dan Cline, division II vice president and William Crouch, director of operations support, were honored by the Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI).

Cline and Crouch were awarded the Certified Building Service Executive (CBSE) designation by BSCAI. The CBSE program aides the public by designating those in the building service contracting industry who have applied for and met BSCAI’s high standards of competence and qualifications.