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  • 01 Jun 2013 7:58 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Elkay Plastics Co., Inc. of Los Angeles – the leading supplier of flexible poly packaging to the industrial, foodservice, and healthcare industries for over 40 years – has awarded its President’s Distinguished Distributor Sales Performance Award for 2012 to Unisource Worldwide’s Atlanta Division.

    To earn this award, Unisource Worldwide Atlanta Division demonstrated outstanding performance in sales volume and sales growth during calendar year 2012. Meeting the award criteria is an impressive achievement, one achieved by only a handful of Elkay’s thousands of distributor customers.

    “It’s a great honor to bestow our Distinguished Distributor Sales Performance Award to Unisource Worldwide Atlanta Division. We know such an achievement does not come easily, and we compliment them on their hard work, said Louis Chertkow, President of Elkay Plastics. “ They’re setting a high standard for others to follow. We are fortunate to have them as a partner and look forward to many more years of growth and success together.”

    “It is an honor to receive this performance award and we value the ongoing partnership we have with Elkay Plastics,” said Darin Tang, President of the Packaging Solutions Group for Unisource Worldwide. “This is an example of how by working closely together with a valued supplier we can share in the growth of our businesses.”

    About Unisource Worldwide, Inc.

    Unisource Worldwide, Inc., headquartered in Norcross, Ga. is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States and offers a comprehensive suite of customer solutions – including engineered design capabilities, eBusiness technologies, logistics expertise, paper brokerage services, and environmentally-responsible options. The company also markets a full line of commercial printing and business imaging papers, packaging materials and systems, and facility supplies and equipment. With more than 4,500 Team Members located worldwide throughout business units in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia; and a fleet of “Big Red” trucks based at approximately 90 locations across North America, Unisource is the company that provides Customer Solutions in a Global Market. Unisource can be found online at

    About Elkay Plastics

    Founded in 1968 and headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Elkay Plastics has grown to 8 distribution service centers across the country. Elkay Plastics provides flexible packaging solutions in the form of plastic bags to wholesale distributors of industrial, foodservice, and healthcare products. Elkay specializes in: 1) The immediate availability of a broad selection of poly bags used in industrial, foodservice, medical, hospitality, janitorial, electrical and retail markets; 2) The manufacture of custom poly bags up to 100" wide and 120" long, printing two sides and twelve colors. Elkay maintains a nationwide network of field sales consultants who are available to provide product information, training, and to assist in the sales process. Selling only through distribution, Elkay offers a complete array of services to the distributor and their customers. Services include maintaining stock bag requirements and electronic data interface programs to ensure accuracy and the reduction of total procurement costs.

    For more information contact: 
    Kevin Feeney 
    Senior Director, Corporate Communications 
    Unisource Worldwide, Inc. 
    (770) 209-6552

  • 01 Jun 2013 7:57 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Vernon Hills, Illinois (PRWEB) June 01, 2013, an authorized Internet dealer that sells Ladybug vapor steam cleaners online to consumers and businesses in all 50 statesundefinedand to walk-in customers who visit their Chicago-area showroomundefinedtoday announced that they have revised their 30-day money-back guarantee to include return shipping.

    “At, we want you to have the best online shopping experience ever,” says V. K Dunlop of “We are so confident that you will love our vapor steam cleanersthat we offer a 30-day money back guarantee. And to makes things even better, we won’t charge you for return shipping if a steamer doesn’t meet your expectations.”

    According to Dunlop, Ladybug leads the steam cleaner revolution with its line of steam vapor systems. Steam cleaners equipped with Ladybug’s proprietary patented Thermo Accelerated Nano Crystal Sanitation technology (called TANCS®) are lab tested and scientifically proven to produce better results than traditional disinfectants.

    “While bleach has been trusted for years as the perfect disinfectant, bleach leaves as many live bacteria cells as dead cells,” says Dunlop. “But scientific testing has found that steam cleaners equipped with TANCS® kill the cells that are unreachable by bleach.”

    TANCS®-equipped steam cleaners proudly display a yellow label that says “EPA Est. No. 82121-WA-01” in bold letters.

    “Don’t be fooled by imitations,” says Dunlop. “Ladybug is changing the way people clean with its revolutionary TANCS® technology. The yellow label tells you in a glance that your Ladybug qualifies as a disinfection device for the EPA.”

    Located in Vernon Hills, Illinois, is moving fast to educate consumers and businesses that finally, there's a feasible, environmentally friendly alternative to chemicals. For more information, call 1-877-840-2977. is a proud member of the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition, a nationwide effort to protect families from toxic chemicals. To stay safe and avoid toxic chemicals, keep abreast of the latest news with’s Twitter account, @LadybugSteam

  • 20 Jan 2011 11:53 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    The Shark steam mop won't leave pools of dirty water behind when you use it, according to its makers, making cleaning your floors with it virtually like 'dry cleaning'.

    The steam mop's head is designed keep a continuous flow of steam moving through it while avoiding the build-up of condensation that can leave steam cleaned floors wet. And unlike a regular mop, there's no need for buckets of water or concentrated floor cleaner.


    More at source:Which UK

  • 18 Jan 2011 8:57 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)
    WINONA, Minn., Jan 17, 2011

    The Fastenal Company of Winona, MN (Nasdaq:FAST) reported its Board of Directors declared a dividend of $0.50 per share to be paid in cash on February 25, 2011 to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 15, 2011. The Company expects that it will continue to pay a cash dividend in the foreseeable future, provided that any future determination as to payment of dividends will depend upon the financial condition and results of operations of the Company and such other factors as are deemed relevant by the Board of Directors.

    Fastenal sells different types of industrial and construction supplies in the following product categories: threaded fasteners and miscellaneous supplies; tools; metal cutting tool blades and abrasives; fluid transfer components and accessories for hydraulic and pneumatic power; material handling; storage and packaging products; janitorial, chemical and paint products; electrical supplies; welding supplies; safety supplies; and metals, alloys and materials.

    Additional information regarding Fastenal Company is available on the Fastenal Company World Wide Web site at

    The Fastenal Company logo is available at

    This press release contains statements that are not historical in nature and that are intended to be, and are hereby identified as, "forward looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including a statement regarding expectations as to payment of a cash dividend in the foreseeable future. Any future determination as to payment of dividends will depend upon the financial condition and results of operations of the Company and such other factors as are deemed relevant by the Board of Directors. For example, a change in business needs including working capital and funding for acquisitions, or a change in tax law relating to dividends, could cause the Company to decide not to pay a dividend in the future. A discussion of other risks and uncertainties is included in the Company's 2009 annual report on Form 10-K under the section captioned "Risk Factors" and the Company's 2009 annual and 2010 quarterly reports under the section captioned "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations". FAST-D

    SOURCE: Fastenal Company

    CONTACT: Dan Florness, EVP and Chief Financial Officer (507) 454-5374


  • 13 Jan 2011 11:54 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Tim Piazza was named President of Blackston-NEY Ultrasonics. Blackstone-Ney is a division of the Cleaning Technologies Group, LLC and is located in Jamestown, NY.

    Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) January 13, 2011

    Tim Piazza was named President of Blackstone-NEY Ultrasonics effective January 3, 2011. Mr. Piazza will be responsible for all operations at the Jamestown, NY location. He will report directly to Jim McEachen, CEO of Cleaning Technologies Group, LLC.

    Tim most recently held the position of Manager of Research and Development Technology with the Aeroengine Division of SKF in Jamestown, New York. Previously, Tim was Assistant Professor at Jamestown Community College where he helped found the Manufacturing Technology Institute. Prior to that Tim was General Manager of the Precision Cleaning Division of CAE Ultrasonics (the predecessor to Blackstone-NEY Ultrasonics).

    Tim attended The State University of New York at Stony Brook and holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Physics.

    "Tim brings us a wealth of technical and business experience to the Blackstone-NEY team, and he is an excellent leader who will continue on the path of growth and success for our Jamestown Division." - Jim McEachen, CEO CTG, LLC

    Tim lives in Jamestown with his wife, Tammy and their two year old son. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Jamestown Boys and Girls Club, is an adjunct professor and sits on the Board of Trustees at Jamestown Community College.

    Cleaning Technologies Group, LLC is a world leader in providing innovative cleaning and waste minimization technologies to precision and industrial manufacturing markets. CTG is comprised of Ransohoff located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Blackstone-NEY Ultrasonics located in Jamestown, New York, and now CTG Asia located in Suzhou, China. The Group is the premier provider of high technology, environmentally friendly parts-cleaning and waste-minimization equipment and services to the global marketplace. CTG LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of NM Group Global, LLC.

    NM Group Global LLC is a holding company for a growing group of manufacturing firms with a global reach for sourcing and marketing. Founded in 2002 with the purchase of National Machinery LLC, the original holding company, and world leader in the development and manufacture of cold forming machines, process technology, and aftermarket services. National Machinery, founded in 1874, is headquartered in Tiffin, Ohio with service centers and sales offices throughout the world.

    Contact Information:

    For Cleaning Technologies Group Asia- Suzhou, China

    Enlin Zheng (Ned) & SuJing

    56 Songshan Road, Suzhou New District

    Jiangsu Province, China PRC: 215151

    (86) 0512-66161698

    (362) 529-1244


    Visit our website at

    For Cleaning Technologies Group, LLC:

    Chris Whittaker

    4933 Provident Drive

    Cincinnati, OH 45246

    (800) 248-9274

    (513) 870-1787


  • 07 Jan 2011 7:47 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Siddharth and Shannon Kumar have recently become franchise owners for ECOMAIDS®, a home and business cleaning service which uses only green and environmentally safe products, in the Dayton, Ohio-area.

    One of the fastest growing franchise concepts in the United States, EcoMaids is changing the way people think of cleaning, by providing non-toxic, holistic maid services that keep families and pets safe.

    “I’m very excited to have acquired such a wonderful business which helps families and the environment,” says Siddharth Kumar, a Dayton-area resident. “It’s essential for people in Dayton to have a choice in how they have their homes and businesses cleaned – a choice that provides the highest quality cleaning service possible while using products that keep your living and work spaces naturally healthy and sparkling clean.” EcoMaids of Dayton celebrates its official grand opening on January 17, 2011.

    Featured in Entrepreneur Magazine as a Franchise 500 pick and one of the top 10 trends in franchises, EcoMaids currently operates nearly 25 cleaning companies in 16 states in the U.S. since 2008. There are additional opportunities in hundreds of communities across the U.S. for prospective franchisees to purchase a territory and start their own EcoMaids business.

    “EcoMaids is excited to welcome the Kumars to the EcoMaids family,” says Douglas Stoyer, EcoMaids’ president of franchise operations. “Under Siddharth’s leadership, EcoMaids will continue to satisfy a growing demand in Dayton for high quality, eco-friendly cleaning services.”

    In addition to experiencing an unparalleled training program that prepares them, with or without educational experience, with the tools they need to succeed as business owners, EcoMaids franchisees also benefit from:

    •     Lowest start-up fees in the industry, with competitive royalties and marketing fees
    •     Robust website that drives traffic and customers directly to local franchisees
    •     Access to our web-based extranet with online tools and support
    •     Exceptional advertising and marketing campaigns targeting local franchisee markets

    “Despite an economic environment where many businesses are struggling, the green market is proving resilient, and as a result, there is increased interest by entrepreneurs in aligning themselves with EcoMaids,” says Gene Vaksman, director of franchise development.

    Entrepreneurs interested in exploring opportunities in eco-friendly cleaning franchising can visit for more information.

    About EcoMaids
    EcoMaids provides high-quality green cleaning services in 26 metropolitan areas in the United States using products and supplies that are safe for families, pets and the planet. Using all natural, nontoxic cleaning products and sustainable equipment, EcoMaids provides one-time, as well as recurring cleanings for homes and offices. For more information on cleaning services or franchise opportunities visit

  • 04 Jan 2011 12:05 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    American Osment said it has acquired Central Products of Montgomery for an undisclosed sum.

    American Osment is a 35-year-old janitorial and chemical supply company based in Birmingham with annual sales of $22 million. The acquisition will add 18 employees to its roster of 100, including Central Products’ chief Doug Collinsworth.

    The purchase also will add 600 new customers to American Osment’s customer base of 5,000 statewide, said a news release.

    American Osment operates a 90,000-square-foot warehouse and showroom in Birmingham and a 10,000-square-foot warehouse and showroom in Tuscaloosa.

    American Osment said it has acquired Central Products of Montgomery for an undisclosed sum.

    American Osment is a 35-year-old janitorial and chemical supply company based in Birmingham with annual sales of $22 million. The acquisition will add 18 employees to its roster of 100, including Central Products’ chief Doug Collinsworth.

    The purchase also will add 600 new customers to American Osment’s customer base of 5,000 statewide, said a news release.

    American Osment operates a 90,000-square-foot warehouse and showroom in Birmingham and a 10,000-square-foot warehouse and showroom in Tuscaloosa.

    Source: Biz Journals

  • 30 Dec 2010 8:48 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    The business now known as Kleen Sweep Chimney Service began with a chimney fire in 1975 at Al and Sherry Koklich's home.

    After Al -- at the time employed at the Newark Air Force Base -- succeeded in cleaning his own chimney, word spread to neighbors and friends. Business grew.

    He took a course in chimney service, and by 1978, Koklich was an official chimney sweep, showing up at jobs wearing the profession's traditional tailcoat and top hat that became his signature appearance.

    Slightly more than 30 years later, Koklich's son, Justin, is stepping up as his father "tries to retire," in Al's words.

    "I've been helping him since I can remember," Justin said of his father, adding he still is searching for an updated tailcoat in his size.

    In addition to doing chimney cleaning and repairs, Kleen Sweep performs inspections, services wood stoves and does vent cleaning at places across Licking County, including the dorms at Denison University.

    They can install stainless steel liners for a broken chimney, do waterproofing and add chimney caps to keep rodents out.

    And they're all about speedy service.

    "We never get behind," Justin said. "A lot of customers, they like that. They like that same-day service."

    One of the most important priorities Kleen Sweep places on its service is education. The majority of projects are done by either Al or Justin, sometimes with additional help but almost always with one of them present. While on the job, the two are pleased to tell their customers about how to keep their chimneys and wood stoves safe.

    "It's all about the knowledge of these things that we try to pass along," Justin said.

    The individualized attention is what has caused word to spread about Kleen Sweep, he said.

    "We get a lot of word-of-mouth business," he said.

    Although the Koklichs won't protest an uptick in business, they have one condition:

    "We don't want to be so busy that we sacrifice quality," Justin said.

    As long as the quality is consistent, he said, the loyal Licking County customers will keep coming back.

    "It's a good business," Justin said. "It's dirty, but you get to meet a lot of good people."


    More At Source:Newark Advocate

  • 13 Dec 2010 5:31 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Citywide Cleaning takes its reputation as one of the fastest growing cleaning companies in the UK seriously and this why it has put a lot of measures in place to make sure they maintain their extremely high quality standards:

    Meticulous Planning and Attention to Detail
    At Citywide Cleaning, it is not just about cleaning; it is more about how they can keep their customers satisfied. All cleaning contracts usually start with the initial planning and site assessment process. This continues right through to the contract mobilisation stage. This is why they have been successful over the years.

    Management and Communication
    Citywide believes effective communication between its Clients, Contract Managers and Area Supervisors is what underpins its very successful client relationships. To assist response times, all field based management utilise mobile email communication, ensuring they can be easily reached both by the client and its head office co-ordinators. This enables any staffing or operational issues to be professionally handled and quickly resolved.

    Performance Measurement
    Clients in Clapham, Battersea, Chelsea, Fulham, Holborn, Belgravia and the whole of Central London can be rest assured of quality cleaning services as the Company will continue with its policy of applying Key Performance Indicators within its contract management process. This involves collecting data for quality audits and reviewing it against a range of agreed performance criteria. These are then regularly analysed and evaluated, providing fundamental feedback on operational delivery.

    Their services are carried out by well trained and motivated full and part-time cleaning teams and site supervisors. So whether your premises need to be visited during the working day, or out of normal working hours, they have the expertise and resources to provide consistent service standards.

    The information in this text is offered by Anne Goddard – Marketing Manager of Citywide Ventures Ltd. For more about any of Citywide Cleaning Services such as office cleaning service, domestic cleaning service, contract cleaning service and commercial cleaning services to individuals and businesses of all sizes in and around London area, please visit And while you're there, sign up for one of our cleaning services and get 10% off!


    Anne A Goddard
    Barking Essex, IG11 8PD

  • 10 Dec 2010 6:09 PM | Deleted user

    CleanFreak would like to announce that we've added Shop-Vac as a new vendor!  You can still get your fabulous 10% discount off any item, giving you an even better price on a great line of vacuums.  To get that coupon code, you'll need to sign in and go to the members only area of the IJCSA website.

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact us via our website

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