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Join us in celebrating APWA's National Public Works Week! The APWA kicked off National Public Works Week (May 17 – 23) with "Low & Slow Across America's Infrastructure Tour." Best-selling author, Dan McNichol, PhD., will be driving a 1949 Hudson Commodore 8 from Washington D.C to Los Angeles as a metaphor of the aged condition of infrastructure. Along the way he will assess the condition of infrastructure projects, visit with public works departments and find some solutions along the way.
Check out our latest exclusive advance preview of the next issue of SweeperMarket, posted on May 6th. Our monthly online preview provides our readers with at least a full week's headstart on those who won't see the ads until the magazine arrives by mail.
The World Sweeping Association's Featured Contractor for May is a Certified Women-Owned company, Allstate Sweeping, LLC, that specializes in heavy-duty broom sweeping throughout the Greater Denver market area.
The Memphis I-Team television station conducted an investigation into illegal dumping by the City of Memphis street cleaning and right-of-way cleaning crews. The station's reporters uncovered an illegal dump site being, essentially, run by Memphis Public Works employees.
On Friday, April 24th, a Boston area sweeper operator was cited for drunk driving after "making about eight circles around the park at high speed" before jumping the curb and knocking down a fire hydrant.
The World Sweeping Association is soliciting both applications and donations to its Carl Austin and Dale McCaskill, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Programs. Contribute to this worthy industry cause or get application information so students of your employees may apply. Application deadline is July 1st; the two scholarships are $1,000 each, an amount that is doubled if the chosen students are attached to a WSA Member contractor.
Victory Sweepers has announced its new 2015, CXG PRO. "We are now mounting our tried-and-true CXG sweeper onto the all new Dodge RAM 2500 Promaster chassis," said Mark Schwarze, President of Victory Sweepers, Inc. "In addition, we have replaced the air-cooled, 27 horsepower auxiliary engine with the high performance and fuel efficiency of Kohler's 30 horsepower, liquid-cooled engine."
In two breaking news stories on April 1st, Schwarze Industries announced its new SuperVac Breeze model sweeper, and the consortium of Google and Dyson has announced the first-ever driverless street sweeper.
Did you know that the modified 'Gen 6' Elgin Crosswind sweeper is the ONLY vehicle that is scheduled to appear at all 38 NASCAR Cup Races this year? Our coverage includes an entertaining 42-minute audio podcast with Jeff Miles, manager of Key Equipment's Kansas City location, a driver for the Richard Petty Driving Experience and the lead in Elgin's NASCAR partnership. No sweeping industry racing fan will want to miss this one!
Schwarze Industries has become a sponsor of a solar panel array that will make a positive impact on the lives of U.S. veterans and our environment.
If you haven't already seen it, our National Pavement Expo coverage is still online. Included are walkaround videos of sweepers built by Johnston North America, MASCO, NiteHawk and Vacall – and much more.
Les Hulicsko, founder of the Sweep-Rite Sweeper line, is the winner of the WorldSweeper.com/World Sweeping Association Award of Excellence in Power Sweeping for 2015. You'll be fascinated by the life story of this year's winner, who in 1956 escaped from Hungary to Austria with just $2 to his name, and later emigrated to Canada with $75 in his pocket.
Congratulations to World Sweeping Association Member, AccuSweep & Landscape Inc., for the SC-based company's feature article in PAVEMENT Magazine on the value of adding powerwashing to their service list.
Elgin Sweeper has announced it now offers Peterbilt cabover chassis for its air and mechanical broom sweeper line.
Schwarze Industries has been selected as a 2015 recipient of the 9th annual Governor's Trade Excellence Award. The company will receive its honor from Governor Robert Bentley on March 18th in a ceremony at the State Capitol in Montgomery, Alabama.
We now have on the site a well-researched document by Washington State's Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) on how the sweeping of paved surfaces can reduce stormwater pollution runoff.
In other news from Washington State, a sweeper operator has been given a Citizen Hero Award for his quick actions when he witnessed a motorcycle accident. Our coverage includes an audio interview with the recipient, Kris Hardie.
Ever have a problem with drag shoes scraping newly sealed asphalt? If so, you'll want to read our article entitled "Ways to Eliminate Drag Shoe Scraping."
Where do you think they use sweepers with twin main brooms? One sweeps the street and the other transfers debris to the hopper. Owners believe the wear on the second broom is more cost-effective than dealing with conveyor belts. Read about it.
Have you wondered how to tell a prospect or client how they can tell a quality sweeping contractor? Check out the article I wrote for Retail Facility Business on this topic.
We are proud to report that our World Sweeping Companies organization was honored to receive two national APEX Awards for Publication Excellence. One is for the quality of WorldSweeper.com's monthly e-newsletter. The other was given to the World Sweeping Association for the quality and depth of the content of the Association's largely Members-only website.
If you've had trouble with the DPF system on your newer chassis, you will definitely find this article useful.
In a serious reminder to make sure your sweeper operators get enough sleep, don't get distracted while driving, etc., this link is to a fatal accident where a sweeper in New Jersey rear-ended another vehicle. Preach and teach safety, Safety, SAFETY!
Did you spot the square, black-and-white QR Code toward the top of the website? If you have a smartphone you may want to scan it – and then read our article about how QR Codes are taking the U.S. internet by storm!
Are you a Facebook Fan of WorldSweeper.com yet? Our Fans often receive advance notice of our newsletter, as well as a variety of industry tidbits not meriting an actual article.
If you're buying a sweeper or other capital equipment, be sure to use WorldSweeper.com's 'One Click' Finance Program. It's the easiest way we know of to get quotes from a number of lenders by filling out just one form. When vendors compete -- you win!
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"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the
hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well."