ISSA, Lincolnwood, Ill., has announced the 2007 ISSA Foundation Board of Directors. The new board will assume its duties at the ISSA General Meeting, held at ISSA/INTERLCLEAN® Chicago on Saturday, October 7, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The ISSA Foundation raises money for scholarships, industry research, disaster relief and product-donation programs.

New officers elected to the Foundation board of directors are Tom Lane, the retired director Unisource Worldwide Inc., Norcross, Ga., and Jim Chittom, ex officio as ISSA vice president/president elect, Athens Janitor Supply Co. Inc., Athens, Ga.

The following individuals will continue to serve on the board in the following capacities: Hal Uhrman, chair, State Industrial Products, Cleveland; John W. Marcus, treasurer, Skokie, Ill., formerly with Hysan Corp.; Linda Silverman, secretary, Maintex Inc., City of Industry, Calif.; Don Lees, director, Big D Industries Inc., Oklahoma City; Roger E. Parrott Jr., director, RoVic Inc., Manchester, Conn.; Charles Wax, director, Waxie Sanitary Supply, San Diego; Jack D. Ramaley, assistant secretary, Skidaway Consultants, Boulder, Colo.; John Garfinkel, ISSA Executive Director.

Two board members will step down this year: Jack Key, formerly with Basic Products, Houston; and W. Grant Watkinson, Coastwide Laboratories, Wilsonville, Ore.

In addition to naming the 2007 board members, the Foundation also announced the continuation of its University of Industrial Distribution (UID) scholarship program. Up to five candidates will have their $995 tuition to the UID paid for by ISSA.

The spring 2007 UID program runs from March 4-7, 2007, on the Indiana University/Purdue University campus, Indianapolis. The program is intended to improve personal performance for CEOs, human resource directors, inventory managers, operations managers, purchasing managers, sales managers, sales personnel and training managers.

More information on the UID program can be accessed at To apply for an award, visit the ISSA Foundation Web site at and download an application. The application deadline is November 1.


Betco Corp., Toledo, Ohio, has expanded its marketing department with the recent hire of Gary Martin as manager of business development. He will be responsible for developing and implementing marketing programs for Betco customers.

ProTeam, Boise, Idaho, has named Chris Murray as director of technology, a newly created position. Al Fleming has been named director of engineering, replacing Murray in his former position.

Tornado Industries, Chicago, has hired Sofia Modesto as engineering manager.

Southeastern Paper Group, Spartanburg, S.C., recently made the following promotions:
Will Green, senior vice president, sales and purchasing; Jim Heatherly, senior vice president, finance and operations; Benjy Miller, vice president, grocery division; Doug Bobar, director of purchasing; Marcia Gelband, director of marketing and strategic accounts; Ken Martin, director of operations; Chuck McGraw, director of sales, Spartanburg division; Dave Pence, director of sales, Atlanta division; Keith Chandler, district sales manager; Jeff Parks, healthcare specialist; John Townsend, redistribution specialist; Bob Everts, operations manager, Spartanburg; and Clint Shoch, receiving supervisor, Spartanburg.

Pro-Link, Canton, Mass., recently hired Joe Flanagin as director of national accounts, and Bruce Seich as director of operations.

Clarke, Springdale, Ark., has added Clinton Lancaster as a marketing assistant. He will have several responsibilities, including Web site maintenance, graphic design and commercial writing.

Spartan Chemical Co., Maumee, Ohio, recently appointed Melanie Mance to director of advertising and named Carrie Julius manager of product development.

Dupont, Wilmington, Del., recently named Susan M. Stalnecker as vice president and treasurer, and Barry J. Niziolek as vice president and controller.

Fortune Plastics, Old Saybrook, Conn., recently hired Jim Mills as the regional sales manager for its Central region, located in Lebanon, Tenn.

Clark National Inc., Elk Grove Village, Ill., announced the promotion of Ray Brown and Johannes Vergouwen to division president positions at its Cadillac, Mich., and West Palm Beach, Fla., locations, respectively. Dan Danford, formerly division president of the Cadillac, Mich., division, was promoted corporate director of operations for foodservice at Clark’s three centers located in Cadillac, South Bend, Ind., and Louisville, Ky.

The United Group, Monroe, La., recently announced the election of two new board members: Stephen J. Kiszely, president of Delaware Valley Packaging Group, Bensalem, Pa., was named chairperson of the Industrial Packaging Committee; Lou Ray, president of AmeriSource Industrial Supply Co., Hamtramck, Mich., was named chairperson of the newly created Safety Products Committee.


Waxie Sanitary Supply, San Diego, recently purchased over 10 acres of land in Chandler, Ariz., on which the company will build a new regional inventory center. The facility will have approximately 125,000 square feet of warehouse and office space and is expected to be completed in May 2008.

DEMA Engineering Co., St. Louis, a manufacturer of chemical dispensing systems, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Ecolab Inc., St. Paul, Minn., was recently recognized as one of the “Great Places to Work” for 2006 by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. The results were based on an employee survey conducted by Quantum Market Research and the Business Journal.

Also, Kay Chemical, Greensboro, N.C., a subsidiary of Ecolab, received $120,000 in incentives to expand its operations by the Greensboro City Council, according to the Greensboro News-Record. The money will help the company install $12 million in new equipment, an expansion which is expected to create 25 new jobs at the facility.

Grainger recently announced an Alaskan expansion that includes a new Anchorage showroom, and a new full-service branch in Fairbanks, both scheduled to open early this fall. Grainger’s expanded presence in Alaska is in response to customer feedback and the state’s growth.

The Betty Mills Co., San Mateo, Calif., an online reseller of janitorial supplies, recently announced the closing of a successful round of financing by several private investors. While the company is not disclosing terms of the financing, it did note that it will use the funds to aggressively acquire more businesses.

Radal Technology Limited, Hamilton, Ohio, a U.K.-based manufacturer and distributor of products such as detectors and alarms aimed at reducing risks associated with cigarette smoking, slip-and-fall accidents and hygiene, has expanded into the North American market by introducing its products to the U.S. marketplace.

LIKARR Maintenance Systems, a Foxboro, Mass., distributor, was recently named No. 1 in the emerging company category for the “Best Places to Work” in Massachusetts, by the Boston Business Journal.

DDi System, a distribution software provider, is now offering personalized, Web-based training that is designed to meet specific business needs.

The United Group recently announced the addition of the following stockholder companies: A-1 Chemical Inc., Sparks, Nev.; A to Z Paper Co., Inc., New Orleans; Apex Packaging and Industrial Supply LLC, Huntsville, Ala.; Atlantic Tape & Distributing, Fayetteville, Ga.; Bacon & Graham Inc., Patterson N.J.; Boxes 2 Business, Milwaukie, Ore.; Central Packaging, Kansas City, Kan.; Compass Solutions Intl., Ltd., Nassau, the Bahamas; Envirochemical Inc., Solon, Ohio; Farrell Corp., Decatur, Ala.; The Ford System, Kingsport, Tenn.; Fuqua Paper Supply, Ruston, La.; Ingalls United Services Inc., Blackshear, Ga.; Interstate Wrapping Products, Melrose Park, Ill.; Mercury Disposal Systems Inc., Tustin, Calif.; Mid City Supply Inc., Huntsville, Ala.; New Century Packaging Systems LLC, Chesterfield, Mo.; Piedmont National Corp., Atlanta; Santa Barbara Triple L Distributing, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Solutex Inc., Sterling, Va.; Superior Industrial Supply Co., Inc., Niles, Ill.; Tapeman, Wixom, Mich.; TEK Distributors Inc., Panama City, Fla.; and Tri-County Cleaning Supply Inc., Brighton, Mich.

ProTeam, Boise, Idaho, and Sanico, Binghamton, N.Y., recently partnered to bring relief to two school districts affected by the summer’s heavy rain and floods through the donation of vacuums. The Windsor Central School District, Windsor, N.Y., and the Unatego School District, Unadilla, N.Y., each received a ProForce 1500 vacuum from ProTeam.

The O’Dell Corp., Ware Shoals, S.C., will construct a 15,000-square-foot addition to its facility. The expansion will provide the company with a total of 14 shipping and receiving doors and 150,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space.

The addition will allow the company to continue offering private-labeled mopping products, but it will also allow for housing of new product offerings such as wet floor signs, automotive squeegees, window squeegees, toilet bowl plungers, and various other industry-related tools.

Pro-Link, Canton, Mass., announces the following new distributor members: Colorado Springs Cleaning Supply Co., Colorado Springs, Colo.; Elkhorn Chemical & Packaging, Elkhorn, Wis.; A.E. Moore Janitorial Inc., Millsboro, Del.; Interstate Chemical & Paper, Appalachia, Va.; Birch Industries Inc., Virginia Beach, Va.

Pro-Link also recently recognized exceptional members: Arnold Sales, Bay City, Mich., as Distributor of the Year; E.S. Morse & Co., Middletown, N.Y., received the Distributor Link Award; Bay West Paper, Harrodsburg, Ky., as Supplier of the Year; GOJO Industries, Akron, Ohio, received the Supplier Link Award; and John Persia, who covers the Mid-Atlantic region, was named Sales Specialist of the Year.

IPC Eagle, Eagan, Minn., formerly known as Eagle Power, recently completed its transition and separation from the Interpump Group and is now operating from its new, state-of-the-art facility in Eagan, Minn. The separation allows IPC to focus solely on the cleaning sector.


The Association of Residential Cleaning Services International (ARCSI) is holding the organization’s first elections for its directors and officers, which are presented by the nominating committee.

Once the new members of the board are approved by the membership, they will officially take office at the organization’s third annual convention in October, held in conjunction with ISSA/INTERCLEAN®.

Nominees for the ARCSI board of directors are: Alison Palmer, Custom Maid, Virginia Beach, Va., for director; Chuck Terpstra, The Cleaning Pros, New Port Richey, Fla., for director; Mike Harrington, ProTeam Vacuums, Boise, Idaho, for industry partner director; Deborah Sardone, Buckets & Bows Maid Service, Lewisville, Texas, for vice president/president elect.

Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI), Fairfax, Va., recently announced the sessions for its “Saddle Up and Plan For Profits” executive seminar, to be held September 15-16 at the Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio.

“The Customer is Not Always Right ... You Get the Results You Deserve,” will focus on why service must be an inherent part of a BSC’s business.

“Industry Trends” will take a look at day cleaning and green cleaning, while “Strategic Planning for Your Closely Held Business” will show attendees how to differentiate their businesses. Finally, “Financial Drivers of Successful Companies,” presents a panel of industry experts who will discuss all financial aspects of business.

To help eliminate confusion over the real costs associated with green cleaning, ISSA recently launched its newest business tool, the ISSA Ecosmart calculator.

It is designed to help determine the actual cost for green cleaning chemicals, paper products, equipment, supplies, training, and productivity rates. The downloadable calculator costs $99.