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Here's the latest in sweeping news from our Editor:
As is reflected in our new masthead, above, this past June 21st marked WorldSweeper's 11-year anniversary!
National Public Works Week (NPWW) is celebrated by the American Public Works Association's (APWA) over 29,800 members in hundreds of municipalities throughout the U.S. and Canada. This year the NPWW celebration is being held during May 21-27, 2017, to honor the public works professionals who plan, design, build, manage and operate the infrastructure that ensures a higher quality of life for our communities. That includes many of WorldSweeper.com's readers and we thank you for your efforts!
You can now sign up to attend the World Sweeping Association's upcoming Sweeper Roundup,TM America's first-ever manufacturer-independent power sweeping conference and tradeshow. The event will be held this coming September 15-17th. Click here or on the graphic to read all about it; includes a signup link to attend.
Check out our latest exclusive advance preview of the next issue of SweeperMarket/PaverMarket, posted on May 3rd. 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.
Contractors: If you are presented with contracts with wording regarding 'omissions' then you need to read this article.
Soundcore Capital Partners, LLC ("Soundcore"), a New York-based private equity firm, has announced completion of several acquisitions in the power sweeping industry, including Sweeping Corporation of America, the largest sweeping company in the U.S. Southeast.
Did you see our first of April story about Kangaroos that have been trained to pick up litter?
Elgin Sweepers reports its single engine Broom Bear mechanical sweeper is now available on the very maneuverable Autocar cabover chassis.
We are pleased to announce the WorldSweeper/World Sweeping Association's winner of the 2017 Award of Excellence in Power Sweeping, which is the sweeping industry's highest honor. The Award was presented to Pete Phillips and his company, Clean Sweep, Inc., at the recent National Pavement Exposition in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Arizona Department of Transportation has offered a great idea for reducing front brake wear on Broce Broom and similar sweepers. You'll find it as Tip #122 in WorldSweeper's Tip Clipboard section.
We offer nine videos, a 58-photo slideshow and much more with our coverage of this year's National Pavement Exposition.
We congratulate Girl Scout, Kasey Tarnow, on her public awareness campaign, "My Street, My Ocean," targeting streets that don't have street-sweeping signs. Her hometown of San Clemente, CA, doesn't ticket parked vehicles blocking the sweeper on those streets.
Elgin Sweeper has renewed its partnership with NASCAR GreenTM for three years and will continue to serve as the Official Sweeper of NASCAR Green.
Alamo Group Inc., which already owns Schwarze Industries and Nite-Hawk in the power sweeping space, is extending its reach into the manufacturing of sweeper brooms via purchase of Old Dominion Brush.
We invite you to check out what I said in my interview for PAVEMENT magazine about the challenges I see for the sweeping industry in 2017.
Sweeper aficionado, McKinley "Kenny" Page, recently was the subject of an 18-minute video about his life-long fascination with street sweepers; most specifically, Elgin's classic Street King.
Stewart-Amos has introduced a new model in its mechanical broom line, the Starfire S-4c. Value-added enhancements of this update of Stewart-Amos' Starfire S-4 include 11' variable dump height, 16'-9" turning radius, 33% greater hopper lift capacity, and road- or curb-side hopper dump.
Elgin Sweeper's dealer network got together to make a reproduction of the company's very first sweeper, built 100 years ago. You'll want to take a look.
The World Sweeping Association's current Featured Podcast was conducted between 'The Sweepin' Preacher, American Sweeping's Gale Holsman, and an anonymous sweeping contractor who needed help in getting profitable. The approximately 1-hour podcast, which includes an edited article, is a must for any sweeping contractor that wants to get a better handle on expense and revenue info in their company.
The TYMCO organization reminds they will be offering a total of 31 service schools in 2017. These are free of cost for owners and their representatives. Here are the details.
OSHA's upcoming Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule appears certain to affect the power sweeping industry significantly.
Nilfisk has partnered with Carnegie Robotics to bring more intelligence to cleaning machines. The group has announced a technology and innovation roadmap that includes the creation of robotic cleaners. Is autonomous parking area and/or street sweeping technology in our near future?
AC Business Media has announced that Emerald Expositions will be the new owner of National Pavement Expo.
Have you read the India-based conclusion of my 2016 Australia/India Sweeping Odyssey? If you haven't yet read any of it, we suggest you start with my trip 'down under' with the extensive coverage of sweeper and related equipment that was at Civenex 2016, Australia's premier tradeshow, as well as nine more articles that showcase the Australian sweeping industry. If you've already read that part, use this link to get started on your 'sweeping trip to India!'
A front debris hose option is now available for Elgin's waterless Pelican® sweeper.
The World Sweeping Association has announced the winners of its 4th annual Carl J. Austin and Dale McCaskill, Sr. Memorial Scholarships.
In a sign the EPA may be getting more serious about stormwater violations, see the article 'Nevada DOT Hit With Stormwater Runoff Decree.'
The TYMCO organization is central to an overview of the history and effectiveness of street sweeping technology through the years. Compiled for the 16th Annual EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference in Texas.
Remind yourself of the basics with our new 'Broom Sweeping 101' article.
This WorldSweeper website has been awarded a 2016 national APEX Award for Publication Excellence for its overall quality and content. In addition, our sister organization, the World Sweeping Association, won a third consecutive APEX. WSA's Award this year was for the value provided to its sweeping contractor members in its bi-monthly e-Newsletter, the WSA Update. If you are a sweeping contractor but not a member of WSA, there's no better time to join!
Porous pavement is the gaining popularity very rapidly. WorldSweeper offers BMP information about keeping it clean and functioning well.
Have you seen the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's BMP fact sheet for street sweeping? If not, perhaps you should take a look.
The Old Motor offers a number of photos of old street sweeping equipment, including this vintage Elgin machine to the right. Here is where you can see more.
Did you read our feature story on McKinley Page, perhaps the greatest U.S. fan of vintage street sweepers?
The winner of the WorldSweeper/World Sweeping Association's 2016 Award of Excellence in Power Sweeping is MASCO Sweepers. What is now the MASCO organization was co-founded in 1976 as Mr. Air Sweepers by Larry Dyck. The company is credited with two 'firsts' in the sweeping industry: The company began the first newsletter for sweeping contractors, NewsSweep, and founded the first sweeping association, the 'National Contract Sweepers' Institute.'
NiteHawk Sweepers was the first U.S. sweeper manufacturer to offer alternative-fueled parking area sweepers. Our feature article includes interviews with three U.S. contractors, all of whom are bullish on the LPG/gasoline sweeper technology; the facts about government tax credits for alternative fuel; the difference between a gallon of gasoline or diesel and LPG or CNG; and, an interview with the principal in the company that converts the chassis engines for NiteHawk.
John Meola, who is a frequent contributor to the WorldSweeper website and provides World Sweeping Association Members with a monthly bulletin on the topic of safety, recently offered a webinar showing how best to proceed for sustainable, long-term success in attaining a zero safety incidents culture in an organization. We now offer a link to Meola's on-demand webinar, as well as the webinar notes.
An article I wrote entitled "Sweeping Changes" was published in Public Works Magazine. In it, I provide information about the cost-effectiveness of sweeping when compared to the expense of other types of stormwater management 'end-of-the-pipe' techniques.
Based upon data that show initial street sweeping to cost between 4-and-10 times less than treating polluted water with conventional stormwater treatment, the City of Seattle is doubling its sweeping program. We offer an in-depth article as well as an @30-minute podcast with the program manager.
We have added a new section to the website entitled 'Noteworthy in Sweeping.' We will use this to tell the stories of individuals around the world who are making a difference in their area via sweeping. Our inspiration is an English schoolboy who's dedicated to keeping his community clean.
In its June issue, Stormwater Magazine published an article entitled "Clean Streets, Clean Cities," which conducts a review of how five U.S. cities are gaining the water quality benefits of street sweeping.
In two breaking news stories last 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!
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.
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.
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!
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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."