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  • 03 Jan 2024 2:43 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Imperial Dade expands coverage in Washington with acquisition of Insight Distributing

    Imperial Dade on Tuesday announced it acquired Insight Distributing in Spokane, Washington. The transaction represents the 77th acquisition for Jersey City-based Imperial Dade under the leadership of Robert and Jason Tillis, chairman and CEO of Imperial Dade, respectively.

    Financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed.

    With history dating back to 1941, Insight has been a staple in Spokane and will remain an integral leader going forward. Owned and operated by Ken and Luke Pearlstein, the company remains committed to providing its customers and associates with the highest level of attention. The company’s two locations service its loyal and diverse customer base throughout Washington and Idaho.

    “Insight’s storied history in the industry and exceptional customer service make it a great addition to the Imperial Dade platform,” Robert Tillis said.

    More at source: ROI

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  • 20 Dec 2023 12:22 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    World's Largest Janitor Statue, world record in Pocatello, Idaho

    Pocatello, Idaho, United States--The Museum of Clean in Pocatello, Idaho, United States, founded by Don Aslett, has a vacuum exhibit that houses over 1,000 vacuums that span a century of cleaning and  is the proud home of a giant janitor statue, Big Don; standing at 20 feet tall, Big Don provides a rare photo opportunity as well as big cleaning inspiration, while setting the world record for being the World's Largest Janitor Statue, according to the WORLD RECORD ACADEMY.

    "The Museum of Clean is the proud home of the world’s largest janitor, Big Don. Standing at 20 feet tall, Big Don provides a rare photo opportunity as well as big cleaning inspiration," says the official website.

    More at source: World Record Academy

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  • 08 Dec 2023 1:25 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Janitorial workers in downtown Minneapolis demand better wages as union contract comes up for negotiation

    Janitors and other essential workers marched through the Minneapolis skyway Thursday afternoon as they began their fight for a new union contract in 2024.

    The workers with Service Employees International Union Local 26 are demanding better salaries, retirement pensions, and improved working conditions in their new contract. Local 26 represents more than 8,000 janitors, security officers, retail cleaners and airport workers in Minnesota.

    According to the union’s website, workers are demanding wage increases of up to $5 per hour. Some of the members spoke Thursday about feeling disrespected on the job, and the need for a city-run labor standards board...

    More at source: Sahan Journal

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  • 01 Dec 2023 8:43 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Suburban janitors march in Conshohocken to demand a better contract

    Dozens of janitors for commercial office buildings marched through Conshohocken on Tuesday, demanding a better contract for over 1,400 union cleaners and other building workers in the Philadelphia suburbs. Their current contract is set to expire on December 15.

    Commercial office cleaners who are members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32BJ march in Conshohocken on Tuesday, Nov. 28, demanding a better contract.

    Negotiations on the new four-year contract began this month between Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32BJ, which represents the workers, and the Building Operators Labor Relations (BOLR), which represents the workers’ employers.

    “We are essential, but the salaries we earn don’t reflect our sacrifices or hard work,” said Marcelina Lemus, a janitor with 32BJ SEIU, in a statement.

    More at source: Inquirer

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  • 24 Nov 2023 11:25 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    The next big green ‘thing’

    What is the main focus of companies’ sustainability policies today? And what will be the next big sustainability ‘thing’ as far as cleaning and hygiene companies are concerned? Ann Laffeaty poses these questions.

    Green cleaning – like most things – is subject to trends. Over the years we have seen companies focusing on various aspects of sustainability including recycling initiatives, carbon footprint reductions, water savings and lowering emissions.


    But what is the key sustainability issue of the moment? And how is this likely to change in the future?

    The battle against global warming is one of the most pressing challenges of our time, according to Kärcher’s senior corporate sustainability management director Marie Kristin Schmidt. “Companies – as well as countries – need to play their part,” she says. “The fact our resources are finite means the need for eco-friendly products and materials plus resource efficiency in production are also important.”

    More At Source: European Cleaning Journal 

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  • 17 Nov 2023 2:17 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Stanley Steemer Provides Notice of Data Breach to 66,978 Individuals

    On November 15, 2023, Stanley Steemer International, Inc. (“Stanley Steemer “) filed a notice of data breach with the Attorney General of Maine after discovering that an unauthorized party was able to access portions of the company’s computer network. In this notice, Stanley Steemer explains that the incident resulted in an unauthorized party being able to access consumers’ sensitive information, which includes their names, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, and financial account information.


    Upon completing its investigation, Stanley Steemer began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was affected by the recent data security incident...

    More at source: JDSUPRA

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  • 10 Nov 2023 9:16 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Mopping The Floor With Cinnamon

    This cleaning trick can scent your home and boost your prosperity, experts say...

    Although pouring a pot of cinnamon into your mop water is not something that has probably crossed your mind, it turns out it can have several benefits for your home. 

    From making your home smell nice to boosting your prosperity, this simple trick may be out of the box but it is thought to be the perfect all-rounder for cleaning, scenting, and cleansing your home.

    How to Grow Cinnamon Like an Expert - Dengarden

    Here, experts explain why  this cleaning tip might be perfect for your home, and how to get it right to avoid making your home dirtier than it started.

    More At Source: Homes & Garden

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  • 03 Nov 2023 7:23 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Janitorial Firm Illegally Fired NYC Cleaner, NLRB Judge Rules

    • Judge found cleaner to be credible witness
    • Direct evidence of anti-union hostility in case

    A janitorial service company violated federal labor law by threatening, suspending, and ultimately firing a cleaner for her union activities, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled.


    Harvard Maintenance Inc. committed the unfair labor practices against cleaner Carina Cruz, who worked at an office building in Manhattan at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Administrative Law Judge Jeffrey Gardner said in his Wednesday ruling.

    Cruz was one of about 60 cleaners hired to perform work under a contract Harvard Maintenance had with building management, as well as a separate agreement with PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd. to clean its offices there. ...

    More at source: Bloomberg Law

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  • 26 Oct 2023 8:06 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    New deadly bird flu cases reported in Iowa, joining 3 other states as disease resurfaces

    Two commercial turkey farms in Iowa have been hit by the reemerging highly pathogenic bird flu, causing about 100,000 birds to be killed to prevent the disease from spreading.

    The Iowa Department of Agriculture reported the infected commercial poultry flocks within weeks of a turkey farm in South Dakota and one in Utah reporting the first outbreaks in the U.S. since April, raising concerns that more would follow.


    The U.S. Department of Agriculture shows 12 commercial flocks in South Dakota, Utah and Minnesota have been affected in October, totaling more than 500,000 birds.

    Bird flu last year cost U.S. poultry producers nearly 59 million birds across 47 states..

    More at source: CBS

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  • 17 Oct 2023 8:42 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Many Common Cleaning Products Contain Harmful Chemicals—It’s Safer to Go 'Green'

    Do your cleaning products contain harmful chemicals?

    When it comes to keeping your home clean, tidy, and smelling fresh, most people reach for general cleaning products, including all-purpose sprays, glass cleaners, and air fresheners. 


    However, new research found these popular cleaning supplies, whether used in occupational or home settings, have been found to emit hundreds of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can be harmful to your health.1

    VOCs are a large group of chemicals that can easily evaporate into the air and pollute your indoor environment or air quality, explained Alexis Temkin, PhD, joint first author of the study and EWG senior toxicologist. 

    More at source: Health.com

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