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In 2016 WorldSweeper.com's Editor Wins National APEX Awards of Excellence for 23rd Consecutive Year!

Our WorldSweeper.com editor, Ranger Kidwell-Ross, has won an APEX Award of Excellence for one or more of his projects for a nationally record-setting 23 years in a row. In the history of this national competition, no other individual or organization in the U.S. has ever won an APEX that many years in a row during the 28 years of the competition.

We're pleased to report that one of the two awards we received was for the quality and content of the WorldSweeper website.

This marks the 9th year in a row that some aspect of the WorldSweeper.com website has won an APEX Award of Excellence!


WSA Logo In addition, for the third consecutive year an APEX Award was received by our affiliated organizaton, the World Sweeping Association (WSA). This year's award was for the education and training material provided via WSA's bi-monthly e-Newsletter, the WSA Update.

Ranger Kidwell-Ross, editor of WorldSweeper.com, also serves as Executive Director of WSA. The three consecutive years that WSA has won an APEX Award underscores the value provided to sweeping contractors by the World Sweeping Association. If you are a sweeping contractor and are not yet a member, you should definitely check out the value in becoming a WSA Member.


For 2016, over 1,600 entries were evaluated in 11 major categories, with 818 of those winning an APEX Award of Excellence in one of 100 subcategories. Other APEX Award winners in our award categories in 2016 included:

  • University of Glasgow
  • Central Michigan University
  • Driving Dynamics, Inc.
  • Harmonic Inc.
  • Design-Build Institute of America


One of the two awards we received for 2015 was for the 'quality, design and content' of the WorldSweeper.com monthly e-newsletter.

In addition, we won an APEX Award for the website of our sister company, the World Sweeping Association.


One of the two awards we received for 2014 was for the 'quality, design and content' of the WorldSweeper.com monthly e-newsletter.

In addition, we won an APEX Award for the website of our sister company, the World Sweeping Association.


One of the two awards we received in mid-2013 (for projects done in 2012) was for the 'quality, design and content' of this WorldSweeper.com website.

In addition, we won an APEX Award for a feature news story written for our sister company, the World Sweeping Association, where he serves as Executive Director. This story, which is entitled "Are You Being 'Snookered' by Any Third Party Vendors?", discusses the many problems that have been associated with sweeping contractors agreeing to provide services via third party vendors (sometimes also called 'national service providers').


One of the two awards we received in mid-2012 (for projects done in 2011) was for the 'quality, design and content' of this WorldSweeper.com website. This marked the 5th consecutive year for the WorldSweeper.com website to be singled out for this award.

In addition, we won an APEX for our two investigative journalism articles that documented the initially undisclosed membership connection with 1800SWEEPER by some Board members – as well as the majority of the Executive Board – of the North American Power Sweeping Association (NAPSA).

When the relationship was finally disclosed many months after the fact, this led NAPSA's then-President, Kevin Kroeger, to resign from his position after alleging conflict of interest by his fellow officers.

This feature length article was entitled 'NAPSA President Kevin Kroeger Resigns in Mid-Term'


One of the two awards we received in mid-2011 (for projects done in 2010) was for the 'quality, design and content' of this WorldSweeper.com website.

Burning Man In addition, we won an APEX for our ground-breaking coverage of the cleanup of the event commonly known as 'Burning Man.'

This feature length article was entitled 'The Cleanup of Black Rock City: It's All About the MOOP.'


In 2010, WorldSweeper.com's Team won two APEX Awards. One of our APEX Awards for 2009 was for the quality, content and design of the WorldSweeper.com website. In addition, we won an APEX for our first-ever April Fools' Day news alert that advised readers that a street sweeper would be going into space.

Aries Rocket

In 2009, WorldSweeper.com's Team won two APEX Awards. One of our APEX Awards for 2009 rewarded the quality, content and design of the WorldSweeper.com website. The the other was for a website the WorldSweeper.com Team designed and wrote for Commercial Power Sweeping, Inc.



Sweeper Parts Online Advertisement

The previous year we also won two APEX Awards. One of our APEX Awards for 2008 was for the quality of the WorldSweeper.com website. The other Apex Award was for the Christmas Season ad you see above, which was produced for client, Sweeper Parts Online. This full page advertisement appeared in SweeperMarket Magazine in December of 2007.

Through the years, the majority of Ranger's yearly awards were for his American Sweeper magazine and companion website, AmericanSweeper.com, both of which were historically sponsored by the Schwarze family, founders of Schwarze Industries, Inc. (and now owners of Victory Sweepers, Inc.)

Since his first award nomination for American Sweeper-related projects in 1994, Ranger won a total of 13 individual Awards for these two projects. Schwarze sponsorship for both AmericanSweeper.com and American Sweeper magazine was discontinued at the end 2004 by Schwarze Industries Inc. and its parent company, The Alamo Group.

In addition, through the years Ranger has also won APEX Awards for other sweeping-related projects, including:

In 2004, Ranger was awarded the competition's prestigious Grand Award for his online travelogue Sweeping Around the World, Europe. The travelogue was one of only 100 Grand Award-winning projects selected by contest editors, out of a total of over 6,500 contest entries.

APEX contest judges called Ranger's online sweeping travelogue "A journey, a quest, an informed and educational look at how it's done in Europe. Compellingly-written, interesting features make superb stories, marvelously told by a first-rate story teller."

We are very proud of the award-winning tradition of excellence that has now been reproduced at the WorldSweeper.com website. Many thanks to all those in the power sweeping industry who are participating as both sponsors and visitors.

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