ISSA/INTERCLEAN® USA 2006 is just around the corner. From October 4-7, the Windy City will host the cleaning industry’s largest convention — more than 16,000 distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer’s reps and facility service providers from around the world will fill the city’s famed McCormick Place for an action-packed, four-day experience.

Visitors will peruse over 700 exhibits showcasing the newest and most effective services and products on the market. This year, ISSA/INTERCLEAN is welcoming attendees from DistriPakUSA, a trade show also held in McCormick Place, tailored to the packaging materials and systems marketplace.

Distributors and visitors to the ISSA show can take advantage of the expanded trade show floor with additional exhibits courtesy of DistriPakUSA. One of the show floor’s most popular attractions, the “ISSA Innovation Revue,” gives attendees an opportunity to vote on the industry’s most inventive products.

There are numerous special events and workshops. Speakers from around the country will offer advice on an extensive topic list. Groups such as The Association of Residential Cleaning Professionals (ARCP) and The International Executive Housekeeper’s Association (IEHA) will present programs ranging from certification workshops to methods for honing your sales skills.

Heading up the speaker lineup is keynote speaker Rudy Giuliani. For 30 years, Giuliani crafted his managerial skills through public service. Today, Giuliani is not only a bestselling author, but he is one of the nation’s most celebrated leaders. Join him as he presents “Principles of Leadership” — a rare opportunity to discover what it means to be a leader.

In addition to the exhibit and program schedule, ISSA/INTERCLEAN is offering visitors a way to take a break and unwind. The Blues Brothers will make an appearance during “happy hour” on Friday, October 6, from 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. and are sure to shake things up with their unique floor show. A sports lounge and free massages offer a welcome departure from the typical trade show experience.

ISSA/INTERCLEAN 2006 is sure to keep the industry talking and the city of Chicago electrified.

For more information on the October show, visit or take a look at the upcoming ISSA Show Guide in the September issue of Sanitary Maintenance.

ISSA and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have established a formal alliance to help members of the cleaning industry learn how to improve the health and safety of their employees.

ISSA is inviting industry members to become a “Partner in Safety and Health” by contributing information that would be useful to the ISSA/OSHA Alliance.

The Soap and Detergent Association has announced 16 new member companies, including: AIEn USA, Houston; American HomeHealth, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Bayer MaterialScience LLC, Pittsburgh; Cognis Oleochemicals LLC, Cincinnati; Commonwealth Soap & Toiletries Co., Fall River, Mass.; Galaxy Surfactants Ltd., Piscataway, N.J.; Glaconchemie GmBH, Middleburg, Va.; INVISTA, Wichita, Kan.; Nease Corp., Cincinnati; Securitas Inc., Richmond, Va.; Technical Concepts LLC, Mundelein, Ill.; VVF Limited, Freehold, N.J.

The Canadian Sanitation Supply Association has named its 2006 scholarship winners. They are: Nikki Ryan, Bryan Lemenchick, Hayley Dilazzaro, Kristina Lummerding-Driedger, Scott Sinclair, Yayi Huang, Reed Siemieniuk and Michela Fiorido.

According to an ISSA press release, John Garfinkel, executive director of ISSA, is quashing rumors that the ISSA/INTERCLEAN® trade show will never return to Las Vegas, noting that he heard this rumor as early as last year’s trade show in Las Vegas.

Garfinkel does not know how the rumor started, but said ISSA is working toward holding the show in Las Vegas more often in the future than it has in the past.
Las Vegas is the top site for trade shows in the United States, followed by Chicago, Orlando, New York and Atlanta.

While ISSA/INTERCLEAN falls within the top 100 largest trade shows in America, it does not post among the highest attendances — a measure which hosting complexes weigh heavily.

ISSA typically utilizes 600,000 square feet of floor space and draws between 16,000 and 17,000 people. To become a “prime customer,” for the Las Vegas Convention Center, the show would have to draw closer to 30,000 visitors. Add scheduling issues to the mix, and securing the Las Vegas venue becomes even more difficult.


Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Winchester, Va., recently promoted Scott Singleton to director of product marketing-refuse and material handling. Singleton has been with RCP for 17 years.

Betco Corp., Toledo, Ohio, recently hired three new employees: Derek Taylor is vice president of corporate accounts; Jared Parseghian, corporate accounts field specialist; and Dee Hobbs, regional manager-Southwest Wisconsin/Northern Illinois.

Fortune Plastics, Old Saybrook, Conn., has hired Tim Stallard as an industrial sales specialist. He will work out of the Lebanon, Tenn., office.

Enviro-Solutions, Peterborough, Ontario, appointed John Hayes to regional sales manager for New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Pro-Link, Canton, Mass., recently hired Doug Leaman as vice president of sales. The company also hired two employees for its marketing department: Mike Nelson as vice president of marketing and Diane Mahana as marketing coordinator.

Tornado Industries, Chicago, has hired Jolynn Kennedy as head of its marketing department.

National Chemical Laboratories Inc., has appointed Curtis L. Gregg the company’s brand manager.

Two communication experts have been hired by the Ashkin Group LLC, Bloomington, Ind. David Holly will oversee the development and implementation of new technology solutions, including the recently launched Green Cleaning University.
Gisele McAuliffe, will plan and direct all of the firm’s communications activities.

Distributor Partners of America (DPA), Naples, Fla., has appointed Pete Homan, owner of Abel Industries, Dumfries, Va., and Jeff Tishko, owner of Colker Co., Pittsburgh, as members of the DPA executive board.

Starco Chemical, East Rutherford, N.J., recently hired John Russo as regional sales manager for the mid-Atlantic region.

Unger Enterprises Inc., Bridgeport, Conn., has hired Dave Vece as the company’s inside sales manager. Ray Noonan was promoted from inside sales manager to Northeast regional manager.


Ettore, Alameda, Calif., recently relocated its headquarters to Alameda Calif., to accommodate product demand facilitated by a decade of rapid growth. The new facility, which is five miles from its previous location, measures 90,000 square feet — nearly seven times the size of its old facility.

In May, Spartan Chemical Co., Inc., Maumee, Ohio, celebrated its 50th anniversary. The company also held a facility manager seminar recently, hosting more than 60 attendees.

NISSCO, Dulles, Va., recently named Coastal Chemical and Paper Supply Inc., Sarasota, Fla., its 2005 Distributor of the Year. NISSCO also named DEB SBS, South Stanley, N.C., as its 2005 Supplier of the Year.

Tolco Corp., Toledo, Ohio, named Angel/Cotton Associates, Signal Hill, Calif., as its 2005 “Rep Group of the Year.”

Tennant Co., Minneapolis, was recently named one of Business Ethics magazine’s 100 best corporate citizens of 2006. Tennant ranks 54th on the list, which rates firms on their performance in eight stockholder categories — community, governance, shareholders, diversity, employees, environment, human rights and product — and ranks them according to ratings in those categories. Tennant earned its highest marks in product quality and environmental efforts.

Brady Industries, Las Vegas, has opened a new branch in Farmington, N.M., which will service Northwest New Mexico, Northeast Arizona Southeast Utah and Southwest Colorado.

Network Service Co., Mount Prospect, Ill, is a recipient of CIO magazine’s CIO 100 Awards for 2006, which recognizes organizations that excel at information technology. This is the third time in four years that Network as received the recognition.
The company also recently announced its suppliers of the year. Kimberly-Clark, Roswell, Ga., is the company’s Supplier of the Year; Heritage Bag Co., Carrollton, Texas, is National Account Supplier of the Year; Handgards Inc., El Paso, Texas, is NP&PC Supplier of the Year; and Charlie Henry of Shurtape Technologies, Hickory, N.C., was named “Rising Star.”

Two companies recently received the Carpet and Rug Institute’s Seal of Approval. Advance, Minneapolis, earned the approval for performance in restoration mode and maintenance mode for its AquaRide® SE rider extractor, the industry’s first rider extractor to be certified by CRI.

Envirox, Danville, Ill., received CRI approval for two hydrogen peroxide-based carpet cleaners: Carpet Complete™ carpet cleaner and Quick-Spot® carpet spot remover.

Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Winchester, Va., recently received “The Don Cup,” by Edward Don & Co., North Riverside, Ill., for highest percent of growth over the prior year as well as for highest dollar growth over the prior year in the jan/san category.
Edward Don & Co. also recognized Charles Bateman, RCP’s key account manager, by presenting him the 2005 Texas Supplier of the Year award.

National Chemical Laboratories, Philadelphia, recently conducted a 2-day distributor training seminar, at which distributors received information and demonstrations about the company’s latest product developments.

Proctor & Gamble Professional, Albany, N.Y., and Tennant Co., Minneapolis, recently pledged $50,000 each to the Cleaning Industry Research Institute, joining ISSA and Kaivac. The money will assist CIRI’s Scientific Advisory Council, a committee that provides guidance, advice and analysis on principles, concepts and research related to cleaning science.

Xpedx, Loveland, Ohio, announced recently that construction on an 85,000-square-foot full-service distribution/logistics center and company offices is underway in Middleton, Conn. This more than doubles the company’s presence in Connecticut.


The state of Vermont has named Enviro-Solutions, Peterborough, Ontario, as a provider of environmentally preferable cleaning chemicals for state facilities.

JanPak Supply Solutions, Davidson, N.C., recently hosted a “Green Solutions” seminar, which was attended by more than 150 environmental service and facility managers. Stephen Ashkin served as keynote speaker at the seminar, which provided attendees with answers to their basic questions about implementing green cleaning, as well as strategies for achieving that goal.

Waterless Co., Vista, Calif., a manufacturer of waterless no-flush urinals, was recently endorsed by the Green Restaurant Association for its Sierra™, Kalahari™, Sonora™, Yukon™ and Del Casa™ no-flush urinal designs.

The Ashkin Group, Bloomington, Ill., recently presented more than 150 staff, distributor-members and suppliers of Pro-Link, Canton, Mass., with a green-cleaning award. The award recognizes the fact that Pro-Link not only helps it members adopt green-cleaning systems, but helps them understand the benefits to them and their customers.

SCA Tissue, Neenah, Wis., announced that all five of its paper mills have earned certification through the Environmental Choice Program. In fall 2005, SCA’s mill in Menasha, Wis., became the first American sanitary paper manufacturer to earn the designation. The company’s four other mills — located in Flagstaff, Ariz.; Alsip, Ill.; Barton, Ala.; and Greenwich, N.Y. — were all recently certified.

Envirosafe Corp., Germantown, Md., has filed trademark applications for its line of environmentally friendly cleaning products. The company will now focus on packaging and distribution efforts.