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Ranger Kidwell-Ross, editor Here's the latest in sweeping news from our Editor:

Elgin Sweeper has announced it has joined with NASCAR Green to support a new racetrack drying initiative.

April 7th through 13th is National Work Zone Awareness Week. Check out info and a brief video courtesy of the Better Roads organization.

Check out our latest exclusive advance preview of the next issue of SweeperMarket, posted on April 4th. 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 April is Alabama-based Power Vac Services. The article includes a 45-minute podcast with one of the firm's partners, Claudia Passero, who got her sweeping industry start when she began working for Schwarze Industries' auditing department in 1984.

The response has been gratifying for this year's April Fool's spoof product, the Mankiewicz combination sweeper/garbage collector/snow plow vehicle. Many of those 'fooled' said they believed the story until they clicked the links. We even got a request from American City & County magazine for a press release and high-rez image!

Our March e-newsletter has been sent. If you didn't get a copy in your inbox, sign up at our Guestbook.

100 Years LogoAs one of the most enduring brands in North America, Elgin Sweeper joins an elite list of companies that have reached the century mark.

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of David Crews. David was a sweeper salesperson for Schwarze Industries, Elgin Sweeper and, in later years, Victory Sweepers. Our sincere condolences to his mother as well at to brother Chris and all the rest of the Crews family.

Elgin Sweeper has introduced a consolidated platform on the Eagle® mechanical broom sweeper. This platform incorporates the best features, systems and components of the Eagle, Broom Bear® and Road Wizard® sweepers that make up the company's four-wheel mechanical sweeper line.

WorldSweeper's editor and retired Norwegian sweeping professional, Arild Moen, collaborated on a report about a possible connection between lack of power sweeping and the widely reported medical issues at the recently completed Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

The Stewart-Amos Sweeper Company has introduced a new, non-CDL, mechanical broom sweeper called the Starfire S-4XL.

Award of Excellence Logo We are proud to announce the winner of the Sweeping Association Award of Excellence in Power Sweeping for 2014.

Sweeper manufacturer, Schwarze Industries, Inc., has announced the hiring of Brian Giles as the company's new Product Manager. Giles previously held the same position for Elgin Sweepers.

The World Sweeping Association has announced it will be donating $25 from each new paid membership between now and February 1st to its Scholarship Fund. In the same announcement, WSA also reported it is now offering FREE 60-day Trial Memberships in the Association. WSA will be at NPE at booth 1013.

Mystic Washer reports the company is now offering a line of electric indoor/outdoor flat surface cleaners, as well as water recapture and standard models.

TYMCO has announced full availability of interim Tier 4 Model 500x sweepers.

Schwarze® Industries has announced the state-of-the art Schwarze Training Academy.

Have you seen our compilation of all the sweeper manufacturers and models that operate on alternative fuel? We also added a new section for alternative fuels' information.

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 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'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!

Finally, if you are a vendor to the sweeping industry and don't yet advertise here, please consider doing so with either a banner ad or a Sweeping Products listing.

As you can see from the logos above the headline, we have an RSS feed on the website, as well as links to our Twitter and Facebook accounts. These are easy ways to keep up with news at We also offer a web page that contains the latest articles we've added to the site.

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If you haven't filled out our Guestbook, we can't send you late-breaking industry information. If you're involved with sweeping, please take time to provide us with your contact information.

Here is our area dedicated to the needs of the parking area sweeping community. Check it out. You'll find a wide selection of news you can use in your business, right now, today.

Discuss industry topics with others in sweeping. Our discussion forums offer a variety of topics, or make up your own. Plus, we have buy/sell classifieds for sweeping and sweeping-related equipment. (opens in new window)

Sweeper Online Postcards Site

What better way to show you're part of the industry than by including a sweeper photo, drawing or cartoon in your email? Our online postcards are great to use as industry-related thank you notes, all occasion greeting cards and to show others what a sweeper looks like now or in the past. Choose from sweeper-related cartoons, drawings, photos and toys.

Do you offer sweeping or related services, or would you like to hire a sweeping contractor? If so, you'll want to check out our contractor locator section. (opens in new window)

Here is where you'll find the latest stories we've posted online. You'll want to check often to find out the latest in industry news.

You'll find everything to do with street sweeping here. If that is the segment of the sweeping industry you are involved with, you'll want to check it out.

Want to see what sweepers used to be like? If so, you'll definitely want to check out our collection of old sweeper pictures. Some of the photos are even for sale, and what would look better on your office wall?!

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Sweeping is a worldwide industry, but the techniques vary enormously depending upon where it's being done. We have a number of stories about how sweeping is done in various locations of the world, many from the award-winning online travelogues penned by our editor while traveling in Asia, Australia and Europe. You'll want to take a look.

We're proud to feature this professional sweeping organization on our home page.


Power Vac Services Emphasizes Strong Company Expertise and Core Values

Claudia Passero, one of the three partners in Power Vac Services, LLC, got her introduction to power sweeping when she worked for Schwarze Industries, Inc. starting in 1984. During her tenure there, she was one of the principal behind-the-scenes organizers of the memorable Schwarze Roundups.

In 2000, when the company her husband worked for lost its NASA contract, the two decided to form their own business. With another partner, Tony Panino, they bought a sweeper and became a sweeping contractor. The resulting years have been good for the company, for the many positive business reasons Passero outlines in the article and podcast.

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We typically change our featured company about once per month. If you'd like your firm to be considered for this honor, please let us know.

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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."

-- Martin Luther King, Jr.