C. W. "Wink" Hartranft, Jr., owner of Cactus Mat Manufacturing Co., Azusa, Calif., passed away at the age of 93 in October. In 1930, Wink and his father Wink Sr. took over a struggling manufacturer, and through the Winks' guidance and dedication the company was an industry leader for 80 years. In 1975 Wink Jr. was recognized as "Man of the Year" by the Sanitary Supply Association in California.

On October 31, Sanitary Maintenance lost a colleague and a good friend. Elizabeth Jankowski was regional sales manager for Sanitary Maintenance, Housekeeping Solutions and Contracting Profits magazines as well as CleanLink.com since 2005. For the last year or so, Elizabeth valiantly fought cancer. Her strength, courage and never failing positive outlook is an inspiration for all of us. She was 55.