Seiche Sanders' portraitThis year marks the 50th anniversary of bringing you the Sanitary Maintenance Buyer’s Guide — your year-round source for information on products, product brand names and manufacturer contact information, including e-mail and Web addresses. There is also a section dedicated to industry wholesalers.

If you’re anything like our “average” reader, you’ll keep this guide close at hand throughout the year to help you quickly and easily source products and track down pertinent supplier information. Still, we’re always looking at avenues for improvement.

Do you have ideas on how we could make this resource more valuable to you and your business? If so, please drop me an e-mail at to share your thoughts or ideas. It’s SM’s goal to help you run your business as efficiently and profitably as possible, and this buyer’s guide is one of the ways we try to help you do that.

For the next three months, I’ll be off attending to some new business of my own: my husband and I are expecting our first child in early February. I’ll return fresh — if not well-rested — just in time to dive into the June issue. Until then, please direct comments and questions to SM’s associate editor, Liz Greenawalt. She’ll be holding down the fort in my absence.