The annual GreenBuild conference, held at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center in November, has grown more than tenfold in size in the past three years. This year’s event drew approximately 600 exhibitors and as many as 11,000 attendees, making it the largest green building conference in the country.

Its growth signifies mounting interest in green facilities and how designing, building and operating healthier, more sustainable facilities is becoming mainstream.

From the cleaning industry’s perspective there were two important events: ISSA sponsored a pre-conference workshop on “High-Performance Healthy Cleaning.” The workshop, presented by Stephen Ashkin, The Ashkin Group, Bloomington, Ind., discussed a variety of issues related to green cleaning, product standards, and green cleaning implementation strategies.

The goal was to help seminar attendees — from architects, engineers, building owners and managers, to jan/san distributors, manufacturers, and building service contractors — gain a better understanding of how to earn (and maintain) the cleaning components of LEED-EB, which can contribute 13 or more points toward certification.

The second important event was a panel presentation by ISSA. Moderated by Bill Balek, ISSA’s director of legislative affairs, the panel included Ashkin, who discussed the link between LEED and the cleaning industry; industry representatives Rob Kohlhagen of JohnsonDiversey, Rick Woodward of Coastwide Laboratories and Eric Miller from UNICCO Service Co.

This and other panels provided educational opportunities for attendees from the cleaning industry, and also created opportunities for end users, architects, designers and others to better understand the value that the cleaning industry offers.

Companies Recognized For ‘Green’ Efforts

SCA Tissue, Neenah, Wis., has earned Environmental Choice Program (ECP) certification, which certifies and recognizes environmentally preferable products and services.

Companies that receive the ECP certification must meet strict requirements in four categories: resource consumption, energy consumption, plant discharge effluent waste, and net solid waste.

SCA Tissue is the first American sanitary paper manufacturer that has earned this designation.

Technical Concepts, Mundelein, Ill., recently became a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The company has developed several environmentally friendly products, including a line of touch-free autofaucets that use 70 percent less water than conventional faucets.


Spartan Chemical Co., Inc., Maumee, Ohio, recently announced two promotions: John Willis Swigart became vice president and Bobby Moseley was promoted to regional manager of the northern Illinois region.

Kevin Mullins was recently hired as the new sales director overseeing distributor sales for Kaivac Inc., Hamilton, Ohio.

Perkins, Taunton, Mass., recently announced two personnel changes: Scott Panton was promoted to vice president of category management and procurement while Ray LeBlanc has been named vice president of finance.

Chase Products Co., Broadview, Ill., recently appointed Kenneth B. Falk as vice president of sales and marketing. He will be responsible for the development of Chase’s private label and industrial/institutional business.

ISSA Executive Director John Garfinkel recently became a member of the Housekeeping Channel’s advisory board. Located in Boise, Idaho, the Housekeeping Channel is an Internet source for housekeeping information.

Ted Tabaka was recently appointed national/key account manager for Arm & Hammer Commercial, Princeton, N.J. He will be responsible for overseeing operations in the western United States.

Frank Petersen has been named national sales manager for Charlotte, N.C.-based Earlex Inc.’s floor care and decorating power tool division. He will be responsible for overall sales and marketing in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Tornado Industries, Chicago, recently announced the appointment of Adam Schaffer to the position of sales representative. He will represent the company in New England. The company also recently hired Marfiled Sundt as its western United States sales manager. He will work with the company’s corporate accounts and with Tornado’s distributors in his 13-state territory.

The Clorox Co., Oakland, Calif., recently named Warwick Every-Burns as international senior vice president, effective January 1, 2006. He has also been appointed to the company’s executive management committee.

The executive board of Distributor Partners of America, Naples, Fla., recently elected Adam Heller as the company’s new president following the recent resignation of Randy Moss, who served as president for five years.

Stephen Ashkin, president of The Ashkin Group, Bloomington, Ind., was recently honored as the Green Building Advocate of the Year at the USGBC Conference in Atlanta.


Enviro-Solutions, a green-cleaning chemical manufacturer from Peterborough, Ontario, recently added the following distributors: Customer Enterprises, Tell City, Ind., and Da Soluciones, Dominican Republic.

H.D. Hudson Mfg. Co., Chicago, a manufacturer of compression sprayers and dusters, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

Tennant Co., Minneapolis, recently announced that Tony Brausen will resign as chief financial officer after year’s end. The search for a successor is underway. Eric Blanchard, general counsel, will also leave after year’s end. He will be replaced by Heidi Hoard, who has worked at Tennant for two years as assistant general counsel.

Allston Supply Co., Inc., Springfield Mass., was recently honored as a member of the Super 60 Companies of Greater Springfield Massachusetts for 2005. Super 60 companies are those in the Greater Springfield area that have the highest overall revenue or the greatest revenue growth over the past three consecutive years.

Scrubble Products, a division of ACS Industries, Inc., Woonsocket, R.I., recently changed ownership, following the death of former chairman and majority shareholder, George Botvin, in March 2005. The company’s long-time management group — Steven Buckler, Jeff Gold, Peter Botvin and Walter Raudonis — purchased the division from Botvin’s estate.

ProTeam, Boise, Idaho, was recently awarded a Bronze Telly Award for “The ProTeam Way” DVD, a piece outlining the proper methods and training necessary to clean for health and efficiency. The Telly Awards honor outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs.

United Sanitary, Baltimore, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. The company created its niche as a regional distributor in jan/san equipment and spill-control products with aggressive acquisition and growth goals over the years.

Philip Rosenau Co., Inc., Warminster, Pa., recently presented awards exceeding $50,000 to its sales contest winners. Winners were John Hachen, Jim Glitz, Rita Clendaniel, Vince Sortino, Jack Shannon, Kerry Cahill, Dennis Myers and Frank Saello.

The Henson Sales Group LTD, Wayne, Pa., was recently honored by San Jamar, Elkhorn, Wis., with San Jamar’s 2005 “Sales Representative of the Year” award. This award is presented annually to the manufacturer representative agency that best provides sales and marketing services to the company and its customers.

Spartan Chemical Co., Inc., Maumee, Ohio, held a professional sales seminar for sanitary supply sales specialists in September. Thirty specialists from the United States and Canada attended and were presented practical sales tips and information on marketing tools.