Association News

Clean Sweep Lends A Helping Hand
Operation Clean Sweep 2002 saw a significant turnout among regional sanitary supply association members. Southern California Sanitary Supply Association (SCSSA) sponsored two separate events: 86 volunteers cleaned Crittenton Services for Children and Families, while 46 members cleaned Bakersfield Rescue Mission. As for other regional associations, 38 members of the New Jersey Sanitary Supply Association (NJSSA) cleaned The Neighborhood House in Plainfield, N.J.; 49 members of the Southeastern Wisconsin Sanitary Supply Association (SEWSSA) cleaned the Hope Street recovery facility; and 25 volunteers from the Greater Chicago Sanitary Supply Association (GCSSA) cleaned Debra’s Place, a women’s shelter in Chicago.

ISSA Recognizes Veteran Member in Las Vegas
The Jack D. Ramaley Industry Distinguished Service Award was presented to Donald H. Lees, president of Big D Industries, Oklahoma City, Okla., during the ISSA/INTERCLEAN®-USA 2002 trade show in Las Vegas. The award honors individual ISSA members who have served at least 10 continuous years in the industry.

ProTeam Announces Partnership with American Lung Association
In a joint effort to promote indoor air quality (IAQ) in commercial cleaning, ProTeam, Boise, Idaho, a manufacturer of vacuum cleaners, and the American Lung Association (ALA) have established a new partnership.

Larry Shideler, president of ProTeam (right), and John L. Kirkwood, president and CEO of the ALA (left), each spoke at a press conference during the ISSA show in Las Vegas, announcing plans to push for increased IAQ education and awareness.


Lambert R. “Bert” Dralle died October 1, 2002. Dralle, the former president of Dralle Paper Co., Brookfield, Wis., was 72 years old and an active participant in the sanitary supply industry. He is survived by his wife, Martha, daughters Janet and Lynn, sons Robert and James, as well as many other relatives and friends.


• Misco Products Corp., Reading, Pa., recently announced that Tony Byrne has been promoted to the position of chief operating officer (COO). Byrne has been an employee of Misco since 1997 and previously served as general manager for the company.

• NSS Enterprises, Toledo, Ohio, has announced that Dave Geoffrion has accepted the regional manager position for the Atlanta market. He will cover Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. In addition, NSS announced that Andy Aiken will be the regional manager for the Florida area, and Anderson Gibbons will be the manager for the New York market.

• CPAC Inc., Leicester, N.Y., has announced changes within Cleaning Technologies Group, the commercial cleaning business for Fuller Brands, Great Bend, Kan. John Norcross has been promoted to vice president of sales; Harry Reeder has been promoted to director of sales — West region; and Bill Mack has been promoted to director of sales — Northeast region. In addition, Shawn Strause is now marketing manager for the grocery segment.

• Royal Paper Corp., Vernon, Calif., recently announced that Greg Berdice has been named corporate vice president of sales. After graduating from Georgia Tech, Greg started his career with Scott Paper. For the past 15 years, he has been a manufacturer representative of numerous lines in the California market.

• National Chemical Laboratories Inc., Philadelphia, recently announced the appointment of David Drechsel as division sales manager for the southeastern territory for the New York market. As division sales manager, he is also responsible for the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Eastern Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Company High Notes

Small and medium-sized sanitary supply distributors succeed by taking risks and seeing how far business capabilities can stretch.

Courtesy Sanitary Supply, a small distributor in Sterling Heights, Mich. — close to Detroit — was rewarded for its extra effort when it saw months of planning and preparation result in landing a 288-school account for the Detroit educational district.

“Some manufacturers thought we were wasting time,” said Robert Nasierowski, president of Courtesy. “We walked through every building and every closet.” In the end, the school district placed a $1.6 million order on behalf of all 288 schools.

Courtesy met its August 9th deadline by having two salespeople make deliveries to 15 schools per day until every school was fully stocked. The company was able to fulfill and service the entire order without outside help.

Calendar of Events

OSHA November 14-15, 2002
Occupational Safety & Health Administration Emergency Response and Preparedness Symposium; Marriott Shadows Resort; Scottsdale, Ariz.; (847) 699-2929.

HAZMAT November 14-15, 2002
Lion Technology Hazardous Materials Transportation Certification; Kansas City, Mo.; (973) 383-0800.

IDA November 23-25, 2002
Industrial Distribution Assn./Industrial Supply Manufacturers Fall Convention and Conference; Chicago; (216) 241-7333.

PULIRE November 26-28, 2002
Pulire Eastern Europe; Budapest, Hungary; +39 (02) 288-5861.

ISSA December 31, 2002
International Sanitary Supply Association reminds distributors that all pesticide products must be registered with state governments by this date; (847) 982-0800.

NAW January 27-29, 2003
National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors Executive Summit; Capital Hilton Hotel; Washington, D.C.; (202) 872-0885.

SURFACES January 28-31, 2002
Surfaces Expo 2003; Sands Expo and Convention Center; Las Vegas; (972) 536-6322.

EWW February 12-14, 2003
RAI Energy, Water and Waste (EWW) Expo 2003; Warsaw, Poland; +31 20 549 1212.

RAI February 19-21, 2003
Clean Asia Show 2003; Malaysia International Exhibition & Convention Centre (MIECC), Hall B; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; +66 (2) 960-0141.

ISSA February 27-28, 2003
Train the Trainer Course, presented by Janitor University and John Walker; Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort; Orlando, Fla.; (407) 939-1020.

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