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Victory Sweepers Applies for Chapter 11 Protection

June, 2017 Victory Sweepers, Inc. has applied for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. According to Victory's president, the company's management team felt that a Chapter 11 filing was "an opportunity to reorganize so as to better facilitate a pending sale, allowing Victory the best opportunity for debt repayment and market timing going forward." Learn more.

National Public Works Week Honors Public Works Professionals Across North America

May, 2017 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! Learn more.

Soundcore Capital Partners Announces First Two Sweeping Industry Acquisitions

April, 2017 Soundcore Capital Partners, LLC ("Soundcore"), a New York-based private equity firm, has announced completion of several acquisitions in the power sweeping industry. Learn more.

Electric Street Sweepers Introduced in Sejong, South Korea

April, 2017 Sejong, the de facto administrative capital of South Korea, introduced a new set of street sweepers that will be responsible for cleaning its streets, running on electric power instead of diesel. Learn more.

Schwarze Industries Introduces Free Extended Sweeper Engine Warranty

April, 2017 Schwarze Industries announces the introduction of a free 5-year/5000-hour extended warranty program on its A7 Tornado, A8 Twister, and the A9 Monsoon sweeper engines. Learn more.

Elgin Sweeper Offers Autocar Cab-over Chassis Option for Broom Bear Sweeper

March, 2017 Elgin Sweeper has introduced an Autocar, LLC cab-over chassis option for the Elgin Broom Bear® single-engine mechanical sweeper. The first commercially available cab-over chassis for the Broom Bear provides a tighter turning radius and best-in-class in-cab visibility. Learn more.

Schwarze Industries Announces Enhanced SuperVac Vortex Sweeper

February, 2017 The new Vortex adopts many of the features from the newly redesigned SuperVac Gale Force and the highly acclaimed SuperVac Updraft. The new design combines both performance and capacity at a value added price point. Learn more.

Elgin Sweeper Renews NASCAR Green Partnership, Continues to Serve as Official Sweeper of NASCAR Green

February, 2017 Elgin Sweeper has renewed its partnership with NASCAR GreenTM for three years and will continue to serve as the Official Sweeper of NASCAR Green. Learn more.

Alamo Group Inc. To Acquire Old Dominion Brush Company, Inc.

February, 2017 Alamo Group Inc. (NYSE: ALG) announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Old Dominion Brush Company, Inc. ("ODB"), a privately held company. ODB manufactures and sells replacement brooms for street sweepers and leaf vacuum units primarily sold to municipalities, contractors and commercial landscape markets. ODB reported unaudited sales of approximately $27.7 million for the year ending December 31, 2016. Total consideration for the purchase is approximately $20 million subject to certain adjustments. The purchase is anticipated to close within 30 days. Take a look.

Analysis: State of the Sweeping Industry Entering 2017

January, 2017 In December of 2016, the Associate Editor of PAVEMENT Maintenance & Reconstruction magazine, Jessica Stoikes, wrote the following to Ranger Kidwell-Ross, Editor of WorldSweeper.com and Executive Director of the World Sweeping Association: "For the January issue of PAVEMENT, we're hoping to feature a short article that highlights the state of the sweeping industry and what might be in the pipeline for 2017." Here is the resulting article Jessica wrote based on the information she received back. Take a look.

Stewart-Amos Sweeper Co. Introduces the Starfire S-4c Mechanical Broom Street Sweeper

January, 2017 The Starfire S-4c is a heavy duty, mid-size mechanical broom street sweeper mounted on a highly maneuverable 19,500 GVWR non-CDL chassis. The Starfire S-4c is an update of Stewart-Amos' extremely popular Starfire S-4 with many value-added features that enhance the S-4's time-proven design. Take a look.

Elgin Sweeper Gets Reproduction of its First Model

November, 2016 Only a few grainy pictures remain of the very first street sweeper model, which was built by Elgin Sweeper Company in 1914. That didn't stop the Elgin dealers from building a replica to celebrate the sweeper manufacturer's 100th anniversary. Take a look at this fun project!

Sky Sweeping Buys 20th Schwarze Updraft in 2016

November, 2016 Sky Sweeping, established in 2002 with one truck and one account, has grown to a fleet of trucks sweeping over 3500 parking lots a month. Recently the company purchased its 10th Schwarze Updraft for 2016. Learn more.

Schwarze Industries Hosts 1-800-Sweeper Regional Roundup Meeting

September, 2016 Schwarze Industries announced that it had the privilege of hosting the 1-800-Sweeper Regional Roundup at the Schwarze facility in mid-September. Learn more.

Front Debris Hose Option Now Available for Elgin Waterless Pelican® Sweeper

September, 2016 Designed for light to medium debris, including gravel, sand and cement, in both industrial and municipal applications, the optional debris hose is intended for hard-to-reach material accumulations. Learn more.

Bucher Municipal Enters the Sewer-cleaning Market

March, 2016 (reported September 2016) Bucher Municipal, a division of Bucher Industries, has taken over J. Hvidtved Larsen A/S (JHL), a technologically advanced Danish manufacturer of truck-mounted sewer-cleaning units with a strong base in Scandinavia and the UK. Learn more.

Bucher Municipal to acquire bulk waste equipment business for the Australian market

August, 2016 Bucher Municipal, a division of Bucher Industries, is acquiring the operational bulk waste equipment business of PakMor Waste Equipment Australia Pty Ltd in Sydney.

PakMor is the market leader for static and transportable compaction equipment in Australia and an ideal match for Bucher Municipal's Australian refuse-vehicle business. The complementary product range and common customer base provide Bucher Municipal with good growth opportunities in the region. Learn more.

Schwarze Industries Announces Sponsorship with Free 2 Teach

July, 2016 Schwarze Industries is pleased to announce a special sponsorship with Free 2 Teach, a not-for-profit organization that provides free resources to more than 3,800 full-time classroom teachers and their 52,000 students in Madison County’s three public school systems. Learn more.

7-Star Dubai Hotel Chooses Cherrington's Beach Sweeper

May, 2016 Cherrington Beach Cleaners is proud to have been chosen to supply a Beach Cleaner for the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai, the world's only 7-star hotel. Learn more.

Elgin Sweeper, Official Sweeper of NASCAR Green, Recognized for Commitment to Sustainable Practices

May, 2016 Earth Day 2016 had a special meaning for Elgin Sweeper. As the Official Sweeper of NASCAR GreenTM, Elgin Sweeper, was recognized this week by NASCAR as part of the organization's fourth annual NASCAR Race to GreenTM program. Learn more.

Italian Consortium Builds Sweeper With 'Artificial Intelligence'

April, 2016 A consortium of three companies operating in the territory of Marsala, Italy, in a collaboration with the University of Palermo and l'Association CRITICAL, has concluded a project called "Sweeper mechanics auto road cabin with intelligent remote diagnostics." Includes YouTube link showing build process. Learn more.

Federal Signal's Environmental Solutions Group to Acquire Joe Johnson Equipment

April, 2016 Federal Signal Corporation's Environmental Solutions Group has announced its intent to acquire Joe Johnson Equipment (JJE), a leading Canadian-based distributor of maintenance equipment for municipal and industrial markets. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the second quarter of 2016. Learn more.

FMCSA Establishes New Rules for Obtaining Entry-Level CDL

March, 2016 The new federal standards for commercial, entry-level driver training (ELDT) have been published in the Federal Register. FMCSA says the notice of proposed rulemaking would enhance highway safety by establishing "a more extensive ELDT protocol" and by increasing the number of drivers who receive the training. The new training standards will affect individuals applying for an initial CDL, an upgrade of their CDL1 (e.g., a Class B CDL holder seeking a Class A CDL), or a hazardous materials, passenger, or school bus endorsement for their license. Learn more.

Scott Cerosky Wins Two Awards at 2016 National Pavement Expo

February, 2016 Scott Cerosky wins the Alan Curtis Industry Service Award for his efforts in clarifying insurance issues for sweepers and others, as well as for reducing premiums and improving coverage. At the same time, Cerosky is installed into the Pavement Hall of Fame. Learn more.

Schwarze® Industries Announces an Enhanced SuperVac Gale Force Sweeper

February, 2016 The new design of the Schwarze Gale Force combines the functionality and performance elements contractors of all experience levels are looking for with the design and attention to detail that contractors need to attract and retain customers. Learn more.

Schwarze® Industries Announces Compact Wheelbase Freightliner M2 for A7 Tornado and A9 Monsoon

February, 2016 As part of the process, Schwarze Industries worked closely with Freightliner engineering to relocate the exhaust after treatment from under the cab to between the frame rails. Learn more.

Federal Signal's Environmental Solutions Group Acquires Westech Vac Systems, Ltd.

February, 2016 Vactor Manufacturing and parent company Federal Signal Corporation recently announced the acquisition of Westech Vac Systems, Ltd., a leading provider of rugged, high-quality vacuum truck-mounted solutions. Acquisition further extends group's reach into industrial, utility and oil and gas markets. Learn more.

Beach Cleaning: Honolulu Chooses Cherrington's 5500 for Island of Oahu Cleanup

January, 2016 Beach usage is growing and becoming a significant part of the municipal tourism industries. Cherrington recently delivered three of its Model 5500 beach cleaners to Honolulu, Hawaii. The machines will be used to maintain several beaches on the Island of Oahu. The City of Honolulu chose the Cherrington 5500 because it was seen to be a high-capacity beach cleaner in a compact, self-propelled unit. Cherrington's 5500 has a unique three-wheel design that offers impressive maneuverability and zero-turn ability. Learn more.

Is LA's Sweeping Day Car Removal Program a 'Racket' as Some Claim?

December, 2015 The City of Los Angeles has come under fire over the last several years over its parking ticket program. Tickets in the city, which today average about $63, have been called a "regressive tax" by the Parking Freedom Initiative. More recently, LA's practice of ticketing cars that are on the street during hours posted for street sweeping – but after the sweeper has gone by – are renewing the furor over the City of LA's ticket procedure. Learn more.

Chinese Sweeper Causes 'Cars to Fly'

December, 2015 This story from China is a good illustration of the venerable mantra "If something can go wrong, it will." On the other hand, this makes China one of the first countries to invent flying cars! Read more (in our Funny Business section).

Elgin Sweepers Featured in Kansas City Royals' World Series Celebration Parade

November, 2015 The City's 2015 Royals World Series Celebration, honoring Royals fans, players and support staff, kicked off at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 3 and concluded with a City-wide rally at Union Station. The event, which is estimated to be the largest celebration event in Kansas City history, brought approximately 800,000 fans to Kansas City's downtown – even though only 200,000 people were expected. The event featured cleanup with a fleet of nine Elgin sweepers. Read more.

APWA Rebrands Annual Conference as PWX – Association Renames Conference to Reflect Changes in the Workforce

September, 2015 The American Public Works Association (APWA) announced today that major changes are in store for the annual conference and equipment show, which will be known as PWX beginning in 2016. Read more.

Elgin Broom Bear Wins Contractors Choice Award

September, 2015 Built for sweeping materials like millings and gravel, the durable Broom Bear® mechanical sweeper from Elgin Sweeper is known for tackling both heavy road construction and light street maintenance sweeping. The Elgin Broom Bear received a 2015 Gold Contractor's Choice award in the Street Sweeper category from the readers of Roads & Bridges magazine. Read more.

Thousands of Public Works Professionals Set to Converge in Phoenix for APWA's 2015 International Public Works Congress & Expo

August, 2015 Close to 6,000 public works professionals from around the world are expected to gather in Phoenix, AZ during August 30 – September 2, 2015 for the American Public Works Association (APWA) 2015 International Public Works Congress & Exposition. Read more.

Chevron Belt Provides Superior Debris Pickup, Quieter Operation

July, 2015 A recycling facility in Framingham, MA, is being required to sweep with an air sweeper, strengthen its protocols to monitor stormwater runoff and pay $50,000 to a group that promotes the health of the Sudbury River after being named in a legal complaint by environmental group Clean Water Action. Read more.

Air Sweeping for Stormwater Runoff a Requirement of Court Settlement

June, 2015 Elgin Sweeper has expanded the availability of the Chevron conveyor belt by offering it as a standard feature for its family of truck-mounted mechanical street sweepers. The Chevron belt provides improved hopper loading, better tracking, superior debris pickup, stronger belt cleats, reduced sticking and quieter operation. Read more.

Hassle-free Advertising with Machinesforall.com!

June, 2015 Machinesforall.com is a web-only advertising and networking platform for construction rquipment and, now, sweepers and forklifts. Read more.

NiteHawk Sweepers' Open House Celebrates New Location and Promotes DAV

June, 2015 NiteHawk Sweepers celebrated its move to a new 1.7 acre facility, with an offsite storage location, by having an open house for its customers. Attendees also included two of the top members of NiteHawk's parent company, Alamo Group. CEO, Ron Robinson, welcomed all to the event and discussed with enthusiasm the growth and levels of customer satisfaction that have characterized NiteHawk Sweepers since their purchase by Alamo Group several years ago. Read more.

APWA Announces National Public Works Week May 17 – 23, Plus Top Ten Public Works Officials for 2015

May, 2015 The American Public Works Association (APWA) kicked off National Public Works Week with the "Low and Slow Across America's Infrastructure Tour" Launch at the Washington D.C. Public Works Fleet Campus Read more.

Memphis City Workers Caught Using Illegal Dump Site

April, 2015 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. Read more.

Boston Street Sweeper Operator Caught Drunk on the Job

April, 2015 This past April 24th, a Boston street sweeper operator was allegedly driving drunk – and it was all caught on tape. Read more.

Victory Sweepers Introduces CXG Pro Model

April, 2015 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." Read more.

Google, Dyson Announce Self-Driving Street Sweeper

April 1, 2015 James Dyson, Director of Dyson Company, and Lawrence E. Page, CEO of Google, made a joint announcement concerning the development of the AutoSweep 4115, the first ever self-driving sweeper. Read more.

Schwarze Industries Unveils New Versatile SuperVac 'Breeze' Sweeper

April 1, 2015 Schwarze Industries unveils new versatile SuperVac BreezeTM sweeper. Read more.

Schwarze Industries Adopts Solar Panel for Veterans

March, 2015 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. Read more.

Elgin Sweeper Enters Second Year of Partnership with NASCAR Green® to Support Track Drying Initiative

March, 2015 Elgin Sweeper provides unique solutions for racetrack sweeping, conditioning and maintenance throughout the racing season. This year, Elgin Sweeper will continue to be present at each NASCAR race event weekend to support NASCAR's Air TitanTM equipment to dry rain-soaked racetracks, saving jet fuel and reducing NASCAR's overall carbon footprint. Read more.

Schwarze Industries Welcomes New Regional Sales Manager, Martin Murrietta

March, 2015 Schwarze Industries is pleased to announce the hire of Martin Murrietta, as Regional Sales Manager. Murrietta began with Schwarze on March 2, 2015. Martin will report to Greg Heyer, Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service and will serve the West Coast Territory for the Schwarze Contractor SuperVac Series products. Read more.

AccuSweep & Landscape Inc. Discusses Add-on Value of Powerwashing

February, 2015 Like many first efforts, AccuSweep's initial foray into power washing was a learning experience, but an experience that has since served them well. "Power washing is a nice add-on, an easy add-on for most contractors," says owner, David McCaskill, in a recent issue of PAVEMENT & Reconstruction Magazine.

McCaskill owns three Mystic Washer 30-in. model pressure washers, and he says the size is ideal for parking lot and shopping center power washing. The unit produces 4 gpm of water at pressures adjustable up to 4,000 psi. "Sidewalks are generally 3-feet wide so a 30-in. unit works well for those," McCaskill says. Read more.

Coverage of the 2015 National Pavement Expo

February, 2015 Our National Pavement Expo coverage is now online. Included are walkaround videos of sweepers built by Johnston North America, MASCO, NiteHawk and Vacall – and much more. Read more.

Elgin Sweeper Hosts Visit by Illinois Congressman Peter Roskam

February, 2015 Elgin Sweeper, a division of Federal Signal Corporation, recently hosted a visit by Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL), who represents the 6th District of Illinois. During his visit to Elgin Sweeper, Roskam toured the manufacturing plant, viewed the assembly of the company's street sweepers and met with employees. Read more.

Liberty Brush Welcomes Back David Svoboda

February, 2015 After a six-year absence from the company, Liberty Brush Manufacturing welcomes back one of its co-founders, David Svoboda. Read more.

Elgin Sweeper Offers Peterbilt Cabover Chassis Option for Air and Mechanical Sweepers

February, 2015 Elgin Sweeper has introduced a medium-duty Peterbilt Model 220 cabover chassis option for its line of air and mechanical street sweepers. The cabover Class 6 and 7 chassis feature numerous enhancements to performance and operator comfort. Read more.

Scott Graby, Hearthstone Group, Named by NPE as Top Sweeping Contractor for 2014

January, 2015 Nashville-area based The Hearthstone Group (THG) was honored at the 2015 National Pavement Exposition as the winner of the organization's award for top sweeping contractor in the United States. Receiving the award for THG was Scott Graby, the company's president.

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Schwarze Industries Selected for 2015 Governor's Trade Excellence Award

January, 2015 Schwarze Industries is 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.

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HP Fairfield Adds Schwarze Line of Street Sweepers in New England

January, 2015 HP Fairfield, one of New England's largest municipal equipment and truck upfitting companies, announces the addition of the Schwarze street sweepers to their product lines. The new expanded line of Schwarze streets sweepers makes HP Fairfield the largest source for sweepers in New England.

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The Trust Edge: Trainer Certification Announcement for Greg Heyer

January, 2015 Horsager Leadership Incorporated is pleased to announce that Greg Heyer, Vice President of Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, and Product Management at Schwarze Industries has successfully completed the elite certification process to deliver The Trust Edge Experience, the education suite based on the research and best-selling book "The Trust Edge," written by David Horsager.

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New Macedonian-Built Air Sweeper Produced for Export Via Brako/BioStrada Partnership

November, 2014 The Veles, Macedonia-based company "Brako" has started manufacturing trucks for vacuum street sweeping as a result of a joint partnership with Italy's "BioStrada" company. The mechanical street sweeper is an environmentally-friendly vehicle, entirely manufactured in Brako's plants.

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October, 2014 TYMCO® has announced full availability of the 100% Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered Model 500x high side dump regenerative air street sweeper. Since its introduction, the Model 500x has only been available powered by a diesel auxiliary engine and has proven its performance and reliability in government, contractor, construction and industrial markets.

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Python Manufacturing Changes Name to SuperiorRoads Solutions

September, 2014 The manufacturer has announced that the Regina, Saskatchewan company producing the (former) Python line of street maintenance equipment has a new name.

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Cygnus Business Media Sells Heavy Construction and Logistics Groups to AC Business Media Inc.

September, 2014 Cygnus Business Media has announced that in August it sold its Heavy Construction and Logistics Groups to AC Business Media Inc. for an undisclosed amount. The transaction was handled by Corporate Solutions, Inc.. All employees related to these businesses were retained by AC Business Media Inc.

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United Rotary Buys Assets of West Coast Equipment

August, 2014 United Rotary Brush (URB) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the operating assets from West Coast Equipment (WCE), a family-owned business headquartered in Glendale, AZ. WCE is a leading manufacturer of after-market street sweeping brooms in the southwest.

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Victory Sweepers Brings Back Dustin Beaver

August, 2014 Dustin Beaver has re-united as a sales associate with Victory Sweepers Inc. Beaver first started with Victory in 2007, but left to pursue another opportunity in 2010. He returns as sales associate and website/manuals support person.

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Schwarze Industries New SuperVac UpdraftTM now for Sale

July, 2014 – New SuperVac UpdraftTM is a patent-pending, fuel-efficient, stainless steel, low profile twin engine sweeper on a half-ton V6 chassis. The new design optimizes hopper capacity while keeping the height at 6'8" and weight below the chassis' GVW rating when full. The patent-pending design includes several new features including a redesigned storage area and increased screen area.

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Johnston Sweeper North America Promotes Todd Parsons to GM Position

July, 2014 – Johnston North America is pleased to announce the promotion of Todd Parsons to the role of General Manager. In his new post, Todd will have full profit and loss responsibility of Johnston North America along with the day to day management of the North Carolina facility, lead sales and marketing, and overseeing and supporting the Johnston dealer network.

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Elgin Sweeper Celebrates 100 Years

July, 2014 – Driven by a desire to address the health hazards caused by streets and roads filled with filth and debris, pioneering automobile enthusiast John Murphy, who was a resident and alderman of the Elgin, IL, brought his design for the first mechanized sweeper to American Tower and Tank Company of Elgin. After two years of trials with the original design, the company was ready to go to market. The first motor sweeper, a three-wheeled machine, was sold in April 1914 to the City of Boise, ID.

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Affiliated Grounds Maintenance President Wins National Award

June, 2014 – Affiliated Grounds Maintenance Group, Lake City, PA, has been honored with one of three 2014 NWBOC Eclipse Triumph Awards, according to Janet Harris-Lange, President, National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC), a national WBE certifying organization. Crystal Arlington, President, received the award which recognizes woman business owners for outstanding leadership, ingenuity, and perseverance in successfully navigating a challenge, barrier or obstacle affecting her company.

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APWA Announces National Public Works Week May 18 – 24

May, 2014 – The American Public Works Association (APWA), a nonprofit organization with more than 28,500-members, announced today the declaration of National Public Works Week, May 18-24, 2014, to honor public works professionals in the U.S. and Canada. The celebration of the week draws attention to the important contributions of public works professionals to citizens' daily lives, including the planning, building, managing and operating the heart of our local communities – its infrastructure.

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Startup NewGen Sweepers Targets Market for Smaller Sweepers

May, 2014 – The idea for NEWGEN Sweepers belonged to industry veteran, Dale Claxton. He has been involved with the sweeping industry since August of 1984, first as a sweeping contractor and then as the designer / manufacturer of the now discontinued Scorpion parking area sweepers. For the linked article, I spoke to Claxton to get background information on the sweeper he designed and that is now being marketed as the NewGen Sweeper.

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MetroMile Now Offers Street Sweeping 'No Parking Alerts' in Chicago and San Francisco

April, 2014 – In March of 2014, automated street sweeping alerts went live in San Francisco. The service was such a hit that the company is now rolling the service out in Chicago, as well. Chicago was chosen because, in 2013 alone, the city gave out a whopping 250,000 tickets during street cleaning season – equal to $15 million in fines.

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Elgin Sweeper Joins NASCAR Green to Support New Track Drying Initiative

April, 2014 – Elgin Sweeper, a division of Federal Signal Corporation and the leading manufacturer of street sweepers for general street maintenance, special industrial and airport applications, has signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement allowing the company to become an official partner with NASCAR Green, the sustainability arm of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR). The new alliance makes Elgin Sweeper an Official NASCAR Green Partner, with the designation "Official Sweeper of NASCAR Green."

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The Passing of David Crews

March, 2014 – We mourn the passing of long-time sweeping industry professional, David Crews, who died of heart failure this past March 15th. David was well known to many segments of the power sweeping industry, where he sold sweepers for over 30 years starting with Schwarze Industries, Inc. in the early 1980s.

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Elgin Sweeper Celebrates 100 Years of Innovation and Industry Leadership

March, 2014 – This year, Elgin Sweeper, the leading manufacturer of street sweepers for general street maintenance, special industrial and airport applications, celebrates 100 years in business. As one of the most enduring brands in North America, Elgin Sweeper joins an elite list of companies that have reached the century mark.

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Elgin Sweeper Offers Consolidated Configuration on Eagle® Mechanical Sweeper

March, 2014 – Elgin Sweeper, the leading manufacturer of street sweepers for general street maintenance, special industrial and airport applications, 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.

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Power Sweeping Pros Give Failing Marks to Sochi Olympics' Preparations

February, 2014 – The real problem in Sochi is not loose doorknobs or lack of hot water in the shower as reported by journalists, but it is the lack of fine particle removal via power sweeping.

Russian reliance on manual sweeping created a significant airborne pollutant problem, which caused widespread medical issues for athletes and others throughout the Games.

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Beach Cleaning: Cherrington a Leader in a Little-Known Sweeping Application

February, 2014 – Cherrington Beach Cleaners, with their unique, powered sand screening method and design, are the most effective mechanical beach cleaners. They clean by lifting the sand from the beach, screening it through an oscillating, powered screen, and returning the sand to the beach.

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Schwarze Industries Marks 40th Anniversary

February, 2014 – This year marks Schwarze Industries' 40th anniversary in the sweeper manufacturing business.

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Introducing the NEW Starfire S-4XL from the Stewart-Amos Sweeper Company.

February, 2014 – The S-4XL is a full featured, mechanical broom street sweeper mounted on a NON-CDL chassis. It features an oversized 4.5 cubic yard hopper, variable 12 foot dump height, 330 gallons on dust suppressing water and 10 to 11 foot sweeping path.

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Schwarze® Industries hires Brian Giles as Product Manager

January, 2014 – Schwarze Industries is pleased to announce the arrival of Brian Giles as Product Manager, beginning Monday, January 6. Brian Giles previously worked at Elgin Sweepers for over 15 years where he was Product Manager as well as other product and marketing roles.

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NiteHawk Sweepers Raising Money for Disabled Veterans

December, 2013 – For the 2014 year, NiteHawk Sweepers has decided to 'step outside the box' with a host of promotional projects designed to raise money for disabled veterans.

NiteHawk Sweepers has created a wide variety of "Military Special Ops" gear as part of its 2014 program designed to benefit disabled U.S. veterans. These include calendars, tshirts – even sweeper trucks and more – to help raise money for the Disabled American Veterans group. Donation collection will take place at the upcoming National Pavement Expo and throughout the year via the company's website.

Read about it.

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Mystic Washer® Now Offering Indoor/Outdoor and Water Reclamation Models

December, 2013 – Mystic Washer has announced several additions to its line of all-in-one pressure washers designed for more efficient and cost-effective flat surface cleaning. In addition to its standard 24" and 30" all-in-one flat surface cleaners and 24" recapture model, the company is now offering a 16" model in both gas- and electric-powered configurations. Two electric 15" wastewater recapture models have also been introduced. The latter operate on 115-volt, single-phase power and are designed for both indoor and outdoor cleaning. Read about it.

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TYMCO Announces Full Availability of Interim Tier 4 Model 500x

November, 2013 – TYMCO® has announced the full availability of Interim Tier 4 (iT4) auxiliary engines for the Model 500x High Side Dump Regenerative Air Street Sweeper. For the past several years, the Model 500x has been powered by a John Deere Tier 3 auxiliary engine. John Deere iT4 engines in the horsepower class required by the Model 500x have recently become available and TYMCO is now offering full availability of the 115 hp Interim Tier 4 engine. Read about it.

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TYMCO Announces Training School Schedule and Availability

November, 2013 – "At TYMCO®," said the company's communications manager, Tom Rokas, "we want you to understand the Regenerative Air® System and your TYMCO® Sweeper completely in order to get optimal performance from your investment. That's why, for over 30 years, TYMCO has offered two-day training classes at our manufacturing facility in Waco, Texas." For complete information, as well as to register for one of the 32 school sessions set for 2013, use the link below. Read about it.

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Advance SW4000TM Rider Sweeper Increases Productivity for Diverse Indoor and Outdoor Sweeping Applications

October, 2013 – Advance's newest rider sweeper is designed to tackle demanding sweeping challenges. With a wide, highly maneuverable 49-inch cleaning path and long machine run-time of up to 4.5 hours on a single battery charge, the SW4000 provides high cleaning productivity and superior dust control for indoor and outdoor sweeping applications. Read about it.

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Victory Sweepers' 'Scrubber Vac' Built to Handle Lead Abatement

October, 2013 – Victory Sweepers built the 'Scrubber VacSM' as a result of a customer request. Now, the question is whether or not there is a further demand for the units. Read about it.

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Schwarze® Industries unveils state-of-the art Schwarze Training Academy

October, 2013 – Schwarze Industries unveiled its new Schwarze® Training Academy this week in Huntsville, AL in response to increased demand for more hands-on training and as part of their ongoing initiative to further strengthen customer satisfaction. The new facility will provide advanced, maintenance and hands-on training for all Schwarze products. Read about it.

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Schwarze® Industries introduces cutting-edge enhancements on the Schwarze M6 AvalancheTM

August, 2013 – Attention was not only given to performance and ease of operation, but also to vastly improve the ease of general maintenance. Service tasks that may have taken hours before, now can be done in mere minutes. Read about it.

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Green Sweep Tow-Behind Offers All-Electric Operation

July, 2013 – The Green Sweep is an entirely new concept in small street sweepers. It's meant to fill the void between push broom and diesel- or gas-powered street sweeping trucks and parking lot sweepers. Read about it.

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TYMCO Introduces New Model 210h on Ford Super Duty F-450 / F-350

May, 2013 – TYMCO® has introduced the new Model 210h® mounted on a Ford Super Duty F-450 or Ford F-350. The Model 210h is a Model 210® parking lot sweeper powered by the TYMCO hDrive® Power System. hDrive is an optimized hydraulic power system that gives Model 210h owners all the simplicity and low maintenance of sweeping without an auxiliary engine. Read about it.

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Elgin Sweeper Introduces Pelican Sweeper With EcoInfusedTM Technology Configuration

February, 2013 – Elgin Sweeper has introduced a Pelican three-wheel mechanical sweeper featuring a Tier 4 Interim EcoInfusedTM Technology configuration. The new Pelican configuration meets the latest emission levels, performance and engine simplicity expectations as current Pelican models—without the cost and complexity associated with current emission-level engines. Read about it.

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Elgin Sweeper Introduces Pelican Sweeper With EcoInfusedTM Technology Configuration

February, 2013 – Elgin Sweeper has introduced a Pelican three-wheel mechanical sweeper featuring a Tier 4 Interim EcoInfusedTM Technology configuration. The new Pelican configuration meets the latest emission levels, performance and engine simplicity expectations as current Pelican models—without the cost and complexity associated with current emission-level engines. Read about it.

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Victory Sweepers Donates T600 Sweeper to Dale McCaskill Memorial Scholarship Fund + Announces WSA Discount

February, 2013 – "When we heard about the formation of World Sweeping Association's scholarship fund named after the late Dale McCaskill, we knew immediately we wanted to get involved," said Mark Schwarze, president of Victory Sweepers, Inc. What we came up with is to provide to WSA a new Victory T600 tow-behind sweeper. These sell for $14,800. The World Sweeping Association can then auction the machine off, with proceeds going to the scholarship fund. Read about it.

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Elgin Sweeper Introduces Crosswind Specialty Track Sweeper for Racetrack Sweeping and Maintenance Applications

February, 2013 – Elgin Sweeper has introduced a modified Crosswind® Specialty Track Sweeper that is set to make its debut at NASCAR racetracks around the country this racing season, beginning with the Daytona 500 on February 24th. Elgin's Crosswind Track Sweeper plays a supporting role in a new racetrack drying initiative that features a combination of air power and vacuum suction to dry rain-soaked racetracks. Read about it.

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Advance Launches First-of-its-Kind Fuel Cell-Powered Industrial Floor Cleaning Machine

February, 2013 – The Advance CS7000TM Combination Sweeper-Scrubber Fuel Cell unit was unveiled by Nilfisk-Advance's U.S. President & General Manager Jeff Barna at the ProMat 2013 Expo in Chicago. This innovative machine responds to the growing industrial demand for cost-effective, alternative fuel solutions. Read about it.

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New Advance SC350TM Micro Scrubber Provides Efficient, Versatile Cleaning Performance with a Compact Design

February, 2013 – Advance introduces the SW8000TM, the company's newest industrial-sized rider sweeper. Featuring a 50-inch main broom–the widest in this sweeper class–and DustGuardTM side broom dust suppression system, the SW8000 provides the widest dust controlled sweeping path in the industry. Read about it.

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Rich Arlington Named a Green Industry's Most Influential Person

December, 2012 – Rich Arlington, founder and president of Rich Arlington & Associates, was recently named one of the Most Influential People in the Green Industry. Individuals are nominated by their peers.

Arlington is also Business Manager for Affiliated Grounds Maintenance Group, Inc. In that capacity, Arlington was featured in a WorldSweeper.com podcast presentation on ways for sweeping contractors to effectively deal with third party vendors. Read about it.

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Schwarze Industries Makes Branding and Personnel Changes

November, 2012 – The Schwarze Industries organization has announced a number of significant changes. These include both the addition of engineering personnel and what might be called a 'comprehensive branding makeover.'

Read about it.

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Elgin Sweepers' Manager Explains Details of Company's EcoInfusedTM Technology Initiative

November, 2012 – Last August, when Federal Signal Corporation's Environmental Solutions Group announced its EcoInfusedTM Technology initiative, we wanted to know more about how that might affect future sweepers made by the company. In this article, we offer a more detailed overview on the initiative, in combination with a 10-minute audio interview with James Crockett, the Air Sweeper Product Manager for Elgin.

Read about it and listen to audio interview.

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Remembering Schwarze Chief Engineer, Tony Libhart

October, 2012 – Long-time sweeper engineer extraordinaire, Tony Libhart, passed away on the morning of October 23rd, 2012. Tony made his mark in the sweeping world early on as one of the principal designers of one of the most successful air sweeper designs ever, the TYMCO model 210.

WorldSweeper's editor interviewed Kenneth Young, President of TYMCO, as well as Mark Schwarze, formerly President of Schwarze Industries, Inc. and now President of Victory Sweepers, as part of the remembrance article on Tony Libhart.

Read and listen.

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Ground Zero Contractors at Hurricane Sandy

October, 31, 2012 – In the midst of cleanup and assessment of Hurricane Sandy, a Boston- and a New York-based contractor provide audio interviews with how they prepared for, prepared their customers for, and are now coping with cleanup assistance resulting from the disaster. These interviews were held on October 30, 2012.

Listen to two contractors caught up in Hurricane Sandy cleanup.

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The TYMCO Organization Remembers Richard "Dick" Grassey

October, 23, 2012 – Richard "Dick" Grassey, who headed up one of the first TYMCO dealerships in America, is remembered as a "first class, stand-up guy respected as a businessman, mentor and friend." Mr. Grassey passed away on September 19, 2012.

Read about Dick Grassey and his impact on power sweeping.

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Johnston Introduces VS650 CNG Sweeper

October, 2012 – Johnston North America introduces the new VS650 CNG, delivering high-performance and environmentally-friendly CNG all in one powerful package.

Check out the details.

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Victory Sweepers' new Liberator model targets shrinking contractor margins situation

September, 2012 – Victory Sweepers' Liberator is designed to primarily be an inexpensive 'paper chaser' sweeper to allow profitable sweeping on low margin parking lot sweeping accounts.

Check out the details.

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Technology delivers increased fuel efficiency, reduced CO2 emissions and reduced noise

August, 2012 – Federal Signal Corporation's Environmental Solutions Group has announced an initiative to develop and deploy environmentally sustainable products that have the potential to increase energy efficiency and enhance air and water quality in communities around the world.

Check out the details.

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TYMCO Introduces Conventional Truck Package for the Model 435

August, 2012 – TYMCO® has introduced a conventional truck package for the TYMCO Model 435® based on the International® DuraStar® that brings all of the advantages of a conventional truck while maintaining features existing TYMCO owners with cabover trucks expect. This package delivers operator-friendly ergonomics and easy truck engine serviceability as well as excellent maneuverability and visibility.

Check out the details.

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Thousands of Public Works Professionals Set to Converge in Anaheim for APWA's 2012 International Public Works Congress

August, 2012 – Thousands of public and private sector public works professionals are expected to converge in Anaheim, California during August 26-29, 2012 for the American Public Works Association (APWA) "Best Show in Public Works."

Check out the details.

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Affiliated Grounds Maintenance Group President Wins Women in Leadership Development (W.I.L.D.) Legacy Award

July 18, 2012 – Crystal Arlington was the first female in North America to hold both a certification in landscape and snow and ice management. Recently, she was selected among several nominations and reviewed by an independent panel of community judges from Gannon University's Leadership program including employees of Gannon University, the Gannon University Small Business Development Center and members of the W.I.L.D. Steering Committee.

Click here to see the details.

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Schwarze Industries Introduces Lance Wolf as New Design Engineering Manager

July 13, 2012 – Schwarze is pleased to announce the arrival of Lance Wolf as Design Engineering Manager. Mr. Wolf's first day on the job was Monday, July 9th. Lance will report to Howard May, President of Schwarze Industries.

Click here to see the details.

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Schwarze Industries Announces New Managing Director for Schwarze Australia Pty Ltd.

July 3, 2012 – Schwarze Industries announces Neil MacLeod as Managing Director for Schwarze Australia Pty Ltd. effective July 2nd 2012.

Click here to see the details.

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Elgin Sweeper To Represent Challenger Brand in North America Through Sales and Support of Mechanical Sweeper

June 4, 2012 – Elgin Sweeper today announced it has entered into a marketing agreement with Challenger Manufacturing Ltd. to market and distribute a mechanical broom sweeper under the Elgin Sweeper brand name in North America. The Elgin Broom BadgerTM dual-engine sweeper, mounted on an Isuzu NRR 19,500 lb. Class 5 cabover chassis, is easy to operate and maintain and does not require a commercial driver's license (CDL) to operate.

Click here to see the details.

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APWA Names 2012 National Top Ten Public Works Leaders

May 18, 2012 – The American Public Works Association (APWA) has announced the 2012 Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year. Marking the 52nd anniversary of the award, the honor is among the most coveted and prestigious presented by APWA. Each Top Ten Public Works Leader is recognized at local, community-oriented events, as well as during the Awards Ceremony as part of the APWA 2012 International Public Works Congress – Exposition in Anaheim, California during August 26-29.

Click here to see the winners.

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Schwarze Industries Announces Executive Appointments to Management Team

May 17, 2012 – The Schwarze Industries organization has announced a number of significant changes in its management team, most notably at the positions of President, VP of Sales and Marketing, and at Plant Manager. Read the press release information to learn more about the new personnel that have become part of the Schwarze Team.

Click here to check out the details.

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D.C. Adds Two Alternative-Fuel Pelican Sweepers to Public Works Fleet

April 12, 2012 – The District of Columbia has added two new compressed natural gas- (CNG) fueled Pelican® broom sweepers – as well as two CNG-fueled refuse trucks and six ethanol-fueled heavy-duty trucks – to the city's public works fleet.

Click here to check out the details.

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Swiss Street Sweeper Powered by Hydrogen Fuel Cells

March 30, 2012 – For the past couple of years, a street cleaning vehicle has been washing, brushing and vacuuming the streets of Basel in northwest Switzerland. While there's nothing unusual about that, what is noteworthy is that the vehicle, known as the CityCat H2, is powered completely by hydrogen fuel cells.

Click here to check out the details.

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Tennant Drops Unverifiable ec-H2OTM Claims

March 30, 2012 – Nilfisk-Advance today announced that ongoing efforts to expose Tennant's misleading advertising claims regarding the performance of its ec-H20 technology have resulted in Tennant's abandonment of those claims.

Click here to check out the details.

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Stewart-Amos Sweeper Company Unveils New Website

March 23, 2012 – "We are proud to announce a newly designed and informative website," said Frank Chulick, Stewart-Amos Sweeper Company president. "There are many new product photos, as well as complete literature on all of our sweeper models. In addition, those not familiar with the Stewart-Amos organization can learn about our company's strong roots in the heavy equipment industry."

Click here to check out the details.

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Nite-Hawk Unveils New CNG-Powered Raptor at 2012 NPE

March 20, 2012 – The biggest news in parking area sweepers at the 2012 NPE was captured by Nite-Hawk Sweepers, which unveiled a new 'concept sweeper' powered by either gasoline or compressed natural gas (CNG).

Click here to check out the details.

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MadVac LR50 Cleans Up Amidst Pedestrians at Superbowl 2012

January 31, 2012 – It's a big job getting a city ready for an event like the Superbowl and there's no question that Indianapolis was very presentable for this year's event. However, one of the lesser known stories about the cleanup before and after this year's Superbowl was the debris collected by a compact-class sweeper, the Madvac LR50.

Click here to check out the details.

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Vactor Celebrates 101 Years in Business;
Looks Ahead to Next 100 Years of Growth and Innovation

January 31, 2012 – This year, Vactor Manufacturing proudly celebrates 101 years of providing customers around the world with a wide range of material handling equipment. Read about the company's growth and see photos of old equipment.

Click here to check out the details.

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Want Free Sweeper Parts?
Enter the Schwarze Parts Giveaway Sweepstakes!

January 23, 2012 – Through March 31, 2012, participants can enter on Schwarze's Facebook page to win one of up to 18 prizes for their designated Schwarze sweeper.

Click here to check out the details.

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Feature-Rich Website for the Street Sweeping Industry Offers Resources for Brooms and Brushes

January 20, 2012 – Keystone Plastics, a leading manufacturer of street sweeping brooms and brushes, has launched a new redesigned website, www.KPBrush.com.

Click here to check out the details.

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Hand-held Cell Phones Banned for Commercial Drivers

January 3, 2012 – Nationwide, beginning January 3, 2012, all commercial drivers, including truck and bus drivers are banned from using hand-held cell phones.

Click here to check out the details.

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Brad Humphrey, Cygnus, Start "The Contractors Best Friend" Weekly Newsletter

December 14, 2011 – Longtime presenter at National Pavement Expo starts a subscription-only weekly newsletter for pavement contractors.

Click here to check out the first newsletter.

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Sweeper Regulatory Update: How to Comply with California's Recently Amended On-Road Regs

December 9, 2011 – California Air Resources Board offers information link to those affected by its rulings. Deadlines are coming up fast.

Click here to check out the story.

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Dale McCaskill of Southco Sweeping Passes Away 11.19.2011

November 19, 2011 – On November 19th long-time sweeping contractor, Dale McCaskill, Sr. tragically lost his life in an automobile accident. Dale was a past president and founding member of the North American Power Sweeping Association (NAPSA). In addition, McCaskill was the recipient of WorldSweeper.com's Award of Excellence in Power Sweeping for 2009.

Click here to check out the press release.

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Affiliated Grounds Maintenance Group Receives Award

November, 2011 – The international Professional Landcare Network Association (known as PLANET) recently recognized Affiliated Grounds Maintenance Group, Inc., (AGMG), a national exterior maintenance service company, for their consistent demonstration and commitment to safety from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010.

Click here to check out the press release.

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Nationwide Contract Sweeping Service Organization Launched

October 10, 2011 – 1-800-SWEEPER, a new service network of independently owned power sweeping companies across the United States has been launched. The organization brings companies from coast-to-coast under a unified marketing and service structure.

Click here to check out the press release.

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AdfinityTM X20R REVTM Automatic Floor Scrubber Announced as ISSA Innovation Award Recipient

October 7, 2011 – The Advance AdfinityTM X20R REVTM has been named the winner of the 2011 ISSA Innovation Awards in the Equipment Category.

Click here to check out the press release.

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Sweepster VS Features Vacuum Dust Abatement System For Cleaner Sweeping

October 7, 2011 – The high-volume fan on the Sweepster VS pulls air from the sweeping chamber, filtering dust as small as 10 micron with a PTFE impregnated washable filter.

Click here to check out the press release.

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Sweepster's CS High Dump Collector Sweeper Reduces Dust While Sweeping with Efficient Vacuum Action

September 22, 2011 – The CS model sweepers utilize existing equipment at the jobsite or in the city garage. 7- and 8-foot wide sweepers with 26" diameter brushes are designed to operate with TLBs, Telehandlers and Compact Wheel Loaders up to 1.5 cubic yard capacity.

Click here to check out the press release.

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Autocar and Elgin Sweeper Company Announce Partnership

September 2, 2011 – Elgin partnership leads Autocar to develop industry's first Class 7 cabover chassis specifically designed for the street sweeper application.

Click here to check out the press release.

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Global Environmental Products Awarded Sale of Allianz 3000 and 4000 Mechanical Sweeper Line

August 25, 2011 – Global Environmental Products announced today that it has purchased the inventory and the rights to the Mechanical 3000 and 4000 Allianz Sweeper Product Lines.

Click here to check out the press release.

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Richard Arlington Awarded Snow Industry Commitment Award

August 2011 – Businessperson and national speaker, Richard Arlington, Certified Landscape Professional 'CLP' and Certified Snow Professional 'CSP,' and PLANET Trailblazer was recently honored with the Snow Industry Commitment Award by the international Snow and Ice Management Association known as 'SIMA' during their 14th Annual Symposium in Schaumburg, IL.

Click here to check out the press release.

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WalMart Now Requires Exterior Maintenance Contractors to Use Service Channel

August 4, 2011 – We received an email from a sweeping contractor located in the southern part of the U.S. about WalMart's new requirement to use Service Channel. We offer a copy of the notification document.

Click here to check out the press release.

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Exprolink Partners With Global Sweeping Solutions on Sale of MS/MT350 Spare Parts

July 27, 2011 – Exprolink Inc, a Viconnex Company is pleased to announce a newly formed partnership with Global Sweeping Solutions to provide OEM spare parts for the Allianz MS/MT350 Truck-Mounted Mechanical Sweeper to the US and Canadian markets.

Click here to check out the press release.

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Global Environmental Products, Inc. Now Represents Johnston North America in New York City

July 25, 2011 – Johnston North America and Global Environmental Products, Inc. announced today an exciting partnership to continue offering Johnston's reputable products to the Boroughs of New York City.

Click here to check out the press release.

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Exprolink Acquires All Madvac and Certain Allianz Product Line Assets

July 8, 2011 – Madvac Products has become Exprolink Inc., a Viconnex company and its partners. The company announced that it has acquired certain assets of the Allianz Madvac sweeper and vacuum collector product lines, in addition to, the entire existing spare parts inventory pertaining to those assets.

Click here to check out the press release.

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Wells Sweeping Installs First-ever DPF System on Mobil Sweeper

June 13, 2011 – When the California Air Resources Board (C.A.R.B.) enacted its regulations for On-Road Diesel trucks, the Mobil immediately came into question. The conversion pioneered by Wells Sweeping is a feasible solution to continued Mobil operation where C.A.R.B. rules must be followed.

Click here to check out the press release.

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Emcor Group, Inc. Announces Agreement to Acquire USM Services Holdings, Inc.

May 18, 2011 – EMCOR Group, Inc. (NYSE: EME) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire USM Services Holdings, Inc.

Click here to check out the press release.

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Industry's First Hybrid Drive Combination Sweeper-Scrubbers Slash Fuel Costs, Emissions and Hydraulic System Maintenance

May 10, 2011 – Energy-efficient Advance CS7000 doubles operating run time while virtually eliminating 98 percent of high-maintenance hydraulic systems.

Click here to check out the press release.

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TYMCO Announces COMDEX: Streamlined Sweeper Packaging for Conventional Truck Chassis

May 5, 2011 – New COMDEX (Compact Design Extra Water) package allows TYMCO owners to have all the extra water and storage capacity of having their Model 600 mounted on a cabover truck without giving up the advantages of a conventional truck.

Click here to check out the press release.

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Global Sweeping Solutions Represents Python Manufacturing in North American Partnership

May 3, 2011 – Python Manufacturing Inc. and Global Sweeping Solutions today announced an historic partnership to dramatically expand Python Manufacturing's presence in the North American road maintenance equipment market.

Click here to check out the press release.

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Victory Sweepers' President, Mark Schwarze, Reports on Tornado in Alabama

May 2, 2011 – Mark Schwarze provides a 17-minute, first-person audio account of the devastation in and around Madison County, Alabama, home to Victory Sweepers, Inc. as well as his former company, Schwarze Industries, Inc.

Click here to listen to the first-person audio conversation with Mark Schwarze.

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Info Pages re: USM's Ongoing Contract (or not) with WalMart and with Best Buy

April 27, 2011 – Many questions surround whether or not WalMart and/or Best Buy continue to utilize US Maintenance (USM) as a service provider. Since none of the media departments of those entities will respond to WorldSweeper, we have set up information files on both topics.

Click here to read about USM and WalMart.

Click here to read about USM and Best Buy.

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Nilfisk-Advance: Tennant ec-H2OTM Claims Cannot Be Verified

March 15, 2011 – Nilfisk-Advance claims it has conducted three sets of independent tests, all of which the company says confirm that ec-H2O performs no better than tap water. Read about it.

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LET THEM EAT CAKE – Allianz Madvac President/CEO Does Not Pay US Workers; He Does Pay His Canadian Workers

April 12, 2011 – In what may be an unauthorized posting onto the Allianz Sweepers website, a linked article we have duplicated at WorldSweeper.com details alleged non-payment of wages to US workers upon closing. Read about it.

Sweeper Parts Sales Inc. is a "One-Stop Shop" Carrying Replacement Parts for Johnston and, Now, Madvac & Allianz

April 11, 2011 – Since 2009, Sweeper Parts Sales, Inc. has been a supplier of Johnston Brand Vacuum Sweeper replacements parts. The company has announced they now carry an inventory of OEM and aftermarket replacement parts for the Madvac Vacuum Litter collection and Allianz's Mechanical Sweeper line. Read about it.

New Advance Website Features Improved Design to Facilitate Easy Product Selection By Product Type or Vertical Market

April 6, 2011 – Advance announces its new website with an enhanced structural design and efficient navigation tools for improved product selection and comprehensive service information. Providing a clean layout, the new website allows users to quickly access product information–including service manuals and parts list–by browsing various product categories or searching within multiple vertical markets. Read about it.

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Allianz Sweeper Parts Needs Being Supported by Nixon-Egli

April 6, 2011 – Nixon-Egli Equipment Co. has considerable experience in supplying parts support when a manufacturer is no longer in business, being the industry's leading supplier of Athey/Mobil parts. With the un-timely demise of Allianz Sweeper Co, many sweeper owners are scrambling to find parts sources. Ontario, California-based Nixon-Egli has been an Allianz dealer for over 10 years and stocks a full selection of parts for those sweeper models. Read about it.

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WalMart Dissolves Relationship With USM in at Least 14 States

April 1, 2011 – This is no joke: Fax sent to WalMart stores references cessation of USM service in CO, IL, IN, OH, IA, MA, ME, MI, MN, NE, NM, NY, VT & WI. Our ongoing coverage includes comments and related info being sent by contractors around the U.S. Read about it.

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Former Allianz Sweeping Management Filling OEM Parts Void

March 21, 2011 – Global Sweeping Solutions, Inc. will specialize in offering both Genuine OEM Allianz/Johnston sweeper spare parts, as well as after-market parts and components for all other makes and models of street sweepers. Read about it.

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Coal Tar-Based Pavement Sealcoat, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), and Environmental Health

March 16, 2011 – Several PAHs are suspected human carcinogens and are toxic to aquatic life. Read about it.

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Elgin Sweeper Announces Sale of Pelican Sweeper to Japan

March 2, 2011 – Street sweeper manufacturer Elgin Sweeper completed a Pelican three-wheel broom sweeper sale to Keiyo-Kogyo, based in Tokyo, Japan. Read about it.

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TYMCO Introduces New Model 210h with hDrive and BlueLogic

February 2, 2011 – TYMCO® has introduced the Model 210h,TM a single-engine Model 210® parking lot sweeper powered by the TYMCO hDriveTM Power System. Read about it.

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Schwarze Industries Set to Offer New Line of Hydraulic Road Brooms

January 25, 2011 – Schwarze Industries announced that the company will be showing a new range of trailer and road brooms at the upcoming National Pavement Expo in Nashville, Tennessee, February 3-5, 2011. Read about it.

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Stewart-Amos Sweeper Company Welcomes New VP of Sales & Marketing

January 24, 2011 – Stewart-Amos' new VP, John Paraschack, brings three decades of related industry experience to his new post. Read about it.

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Schwarze Industries to Unveil New S-Series Machines

January 18, 2011 – Schwarze Industries announced they will be unveiling their all-new lineup of S-Series machines at the National Pavement Expo in Nashville, Tennessee on February 3, 2011 at 11:30 AM. Read about it.

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Schwarze Industries Appoints Chris Crews New S-Series National Sales Manager

January 17, 2011 – Schwarze Industries announced the promotion of Chris Crews to National Sales Manager for the S-Series sales team. Read about it.

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NAPSA Announces Move to New Association Management Company

January 7, 2011 – NAPSA's Board of Directors has decided to move from its previous management company, Association Headquarters, and as of January 1st transferred management to Dayton, Ohio-based Advanced Management Concepts, Inc. Read about it.

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Pacific Water Resources Merges With AMEC

January 2, 2011 – Noted sweeper tester and stormwater researcher, Roger Sutherland, announced the merger of his firm, Pacific Water Resources, with global powerhouse, AMEC Earth & Environmental, Inc. Read about it.

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NAPSA Announces Board Members for 2011

December 22, 2010 – The current Board of the North American Power Sweeping Association has announced that at the last board meeting on December 15, 2010 it approved the listed slate of nominees for member review. Read about it.

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Schwarze Industries and Enova Systems Set to Develop Fully Electric Green Sweeper for U.S. Air Force

November 19, 2010 – Schwarze Industries has partnered with Enova Systems, a leading innovator of electric vehicle and hybrid electric vehicle solutions for medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses, to develop a fully electric green sweeper for the United States Air Force (USAF). Read about it.

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Schwarze Industries Provides Unique and Competitive Finance Program for Customers

November 12, 2010 – Schwarze Industries and Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Inc. (WFEFI) have teamed up to offer a new financing program for Schwarze sweeping and road maintenance equipment. Read about it.

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Wayne Sweepers Unveils New Truck at International Trade Show

September 27, 2010 – Wayne Sweepers Unveils New Truck at International Trade Show. Read about it.

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Allianz Introduces World's First Purpose-Built Electric Hybrid Sweeper: The Allianz 4000 Electric Hybrid

August 27, 2010 – Allianz Sweeper Company introduces the world's first purpose-built electric hybrid street sweeper – the Allianz 4000 Electric Hybrid. Read about it.

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Analyzing the Alliance Between Stewart-Amos and Victory Sweepers

August 24, 2010 – This past June, Frank Chulick and Mark Schwarze, presidents of Stewart-Amos Sweeper Co. and Victory Sweepers, Inc., respectively, announced a strategic partnership agreement. Under the joint agreement, Victory Sweepers will be designing and building regenerative air street sweepers that will be marketed by the Stewart-Amos Sweeper Co. This article, written by WorldSweeper.com editor, Ranger Kidwell-Ross, discusses the likely impact on other sweeping manufacturers and the sweeping industry at large.Read about it.

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Elgin Sweeper Introduces Crosswind Specialty Sweeper For Racetrack Sweeping And Maintenance Applications

August 20, 2010 – The new Crosswind Specialty Track Sweeper from Elgin Sweeper is making its debut at NASCAR racetracks around the country this racing season. The new sweeper ideal for vacuuming water off track surface and picking up debris and oil-dry. Read about it.

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Schwarze Teams Up with Lafayette, Indiana to Help Clean More than Streets

July 28, 2010 – Schwarze Industries announced today that, with the help of the Water Pollution Control Department, the city of Lafayette, Indiana's Street Department has purchased two Schwarze model DXR street sweepers. Read about it.

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Suburban Chicago Conservation Group Gets Tips on Keeping Surface Water Clean

July 27, 2010 – If you want clean streams, you need clean streets. That's the message Brian Giles, sweeper product manager for Elgin Sweeper, shared with Chicago-area municipal officials and consulting engineers. Read about it.

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One.7, Inc. Donating Elgin Crosswind to Promote Breast Cancer Cure

July 2010 – Management of One.7, Inc., donating 50% of sweeper's selling price to benefit breast cancer awareness. Get the details and buy it!

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Schwarze Industries Appoints New Product Manager

July 23, 2010 – Schwarze Industries announced that Joe Hendrickson will now take on the role of Product Manager for the A & M and S-Series sales team. Get the details.

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Schwarze M6000 Broom Sweeper Gets Load Leveler Option

July 7, 2010 – Schwarze Industries announced a Load Leveler option available for all M6000 mechanical street sweepers. Get the details.

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Schwarze Sweeps into Mexico City

June 21, 2010 – Schwarze Industries, one of the world's largest street sweeper manufacturers, announced today that they have secured a sizeable sweeper purchase order from Mexico City. Get the details.

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Stewart-Amos Sweeper Co. and Victory Sweepers, Inc. Announce Strategic Partnership

June 2, 2010 – Frank Chulick and Mark Schwarze, presidents of Stewart-Amos Sweeper Co. and Victory Sweepers, Inc., respectively, have entered into a strategic partnership agreement. Under the joint agreement, Victory Sweepers will produce regenerative air street sweepers that will be marketed by Stewart-Amos and its growing dealer network. Get the details.

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Compact Schwarze A4000 Sweeper Gets Some Big Upgrades

May 21, 2010 – Schwarze Industries, one of the world's largest street sweeper manufacturers, introduced updates to its model A4000 street sweeper. Get the details.

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New Schwarze GS6 Sweeper Designed to Reduce Cost, Increase Profit for End User

May 21, 2010 – Schwarze Industries, one of the world's largest street sweeper manufacturers, today introduced the new GS6 regenerative air street sweeper to the North and South American markets.

The Schwarze model GS6 is a heavy duty, chassis-mounted, regenerative air sweeper. Engineered with a completely new approach to sweeper frame design, the GS6 can be manufactured without the need for a chassis on site. It can then be shipped in a container to the mounting location for final installation on the chassis. This approach drastically reduces freight costs worldwide making the GS6 more competitive in a global market. Read more.

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New Health Insurance Incentives Designed to Help Small Businesses

May 15, 2010 – The Internal Revenue Service has mailed postcards to more than four million small businesses and tax-exempt organizations to make them aware of the benefits of the recently-enacted small business health care tax credit. Read about it.

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Victory Sweepers' R4 Road Sweeper Prototype Spotted at Darlington Raceways

May 13, 2010 – An alert contractor spotted a never-before-seen sweeper model from Victory Sweepers, Inc. at the Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington last weekend. Our investigation reveals it was a prototype for Victory's first road sweeper model, called the 'R4.'

Mark Schwarze, President of Victory Sweepers, Inc., says the 4-yard road sweeper will be formally introduced in the coming weeks, along with a new 6-yard road sweeper the company has kept under wraps to date. Until then, here is what we know so far.

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Redesigned Road Wizard From Elgin Sweeper Offers Many New Features

May 10, 2010 – Intent of Elgin Sweeper's makeover of the original Wittke-designed Road Wizard it to position the machine as leader among heavy-duty construction cleanup broom sweepers.

Federal Signal, parent company of Elgin Sweeper, purchased Wittke Waste about five years ago. The acquisition included Wittke's Road Wizard mechanical sweeper. Although the rest of Wittke was subsequently re-sold, the Road Wizard was retained and included in the Elgin Sweeper model lineup.

Elgin engineers have come up with a re-design that addresses a few issues with the original Wittke design. After 6 months in the testing process, Elgin is now ready to offer the newly updated Road Wizard as a standard production unit. Link includes more details and an audio interview on the topic with Elgin's sweeper products manager, Brian Giles. Read about it.

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Tax Reduction Incentives Key Around New Employees, Equipment Purchases

May 3, 2010 – The President signed into law HR 2847, the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act on March 18, 2010. The primary focus of this new law is to provide a tax incentive to employers hiring certain new employees.

The legislation signed into law also includes depreciation incentives for small businesses purchasing equipment and puts an additional $20 billion into highway spending. Read about it.

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Update on Raw Materials Pricing for Brooms and Brushes

April, 2010 – The raw material for sweeper brooms and brushes is now exceeding its all-time wholesale pricing high. Read about it.

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Keystone Introduces New Poly/Wire Combo Strip Broom

March, 2010 – Keystone's new poly and wire, All-Pro Strip Broom is designed for heavy duty construction and milling applications. Read about it.

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National Pavement Expo Returns to Nashville

January, 2010 – The National Pavement Expo (NPE) is pleased to return to the Nashville Convention Center this January 20-23. Because of its nationally recognized conference, a packed exhibit hall and unprecedented networking opportunities, thousands of paving and pavement maintenance professionals rely on NPE as an annual educational and purchasing resource. Read about it.

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Introducing the 'Green Sweeper:' the First Electrical Sweeping System for Chassis-Mounted Sweepers

January, 2010 – Long-time Tennessee-based sweeping contractor, Scott Graby, announced his new Green Sweeper electrical changeover kit designed to fit many popular makes and models of parking area sweepers. The innovative, environmentally-friendly design uses a chassis-mounted alternator that develops 6,000 volts of three-phase electric current. This powers a three-phase motor that replaces current pony engines or hydraulic (single-engine) hookups. Read about it.

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Elgin Sweeper Introduces Crosswind NX Regenerative Sweeper

December, 2009 – Patented filtration system ideal for efficient removal of fine dust particles. Read about it.

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Elgin Sweeper Launches Web Portal to Raise Awareness of Air, Water Pollution Issues

December, 2009 – As part of its efforts to help provide simple answers to questions about air and water pollution and clear up certain misconceptions in the marketplace about pollution control, Elgin Sweeper recently unveiled a dynamic Internet portal to serve as an information resource for the industry. Read about it.

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Wayne Sweepers, LLC Awarded Chicago Bid

October, 2009 – Wayne Sweepers, LLC was awarded a contract to provide up to 20 street sweepers to the City of Chicago. The award, which was issued for Wayne's Gladiator mechanical street sweeper, will be carried out over the next three years. Read about it.

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Parker West Wins Patent Infringement Case Against Clean Up America, Inc.

October, 2009 – Parker West International, LLC is pleased to announce that their patented technology for transportable pressure washing, steam cleaning, wastewater recovery and treatment systems has been successfully defended in recent litigation. Read about it.

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Elgin Sweeper Gives New Life to Used Sweepers With Rebuild Program

September, 2009 – Elgin Sweeper has introduced a factory authorized sweeper rebuild program for customers unable to purchase new sweepers due to budget constraints in the current economy. Available to municipal and contractor customers until Dec. 29, 2009, and established in conjunction with Elgin Sweeper’s North American dealer network. Read about it.

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New German-Made Multifunction Machine Now Available

September, 2009 – German-based GmbH and Co. Announces New Compact Multifunction Machine Combining Sweeping With Many Other Uses. Read about it.

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Victory Sweepers Introduces Gas/Gas Parking Area Sweeper, The Liberty GX

August, 2009 – In August of 2009, Victory Sweepers, Inc. announced a new gas/gas model in its line of parking area sweepers, the 4.35 cubic yard capacity Liberty GX. Read about it.

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Elgin Sweeper Test Results Highlight Impact of Sweeping on Dust Control and Air Quality

May 14, 2009 – Elgin Sweeper, a provider of environmentally efficient street sweepers, announced that Canada's Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Program has verified the data from air quality performance tests conducted by the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) on two Elgin Sweeper models - a Crosswind NX regenerative air street sweeper and a mechanical Waterless Eagle FW mechanical street sweeper. Read about it.

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Elgin Sweeper Announces Pelican Now Waterless

April 3, 2009 – New waterless Pelican version offers year-round sweeping that has proven to significantly increase pick-up of fine particles over traditional, wet-dust control sweepers. Read about it.

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New Centurion Showing at National Pavement Expo 2009

January 26, 2009 – Wayne Sweepers, LLC is showing the new Centurion full-size, highly automated street sweeper for the first time at the National Pavement Expo. Read about it.

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Victory Sweepers, Inc. Launches Liberty and Liberator Models

January 19, 2009 – New Liberty model and Liberator refurbishment sweeper seek to respond to contractors needs. Read about it.

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Wayne Sweepers Completes Move with Plant Expansion

December 4, 2008 – Wayne Sweepers moves to Cedar Falls to join sister company Wayne Engineering. Expanded sales and manufacturing stimulates plant expansion. Read about it.

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Elgin Sweeper Equipment Featured in 36th Anniversary Celebration of Clean Water Act

November 6, 2008 – Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the District of Columbia, the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority (DC WASA), the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation recently met along the banks of the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C., for a news conference to celebrate the 36th anniversary of the U.S. Clean Water Act. Read about it.

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Victory Sweepers' Mark I Now Has An Aluminum Hopper

October 30, 2008 – A heavy-duty aluminum hopper is now standard on all Victory Sweepers' Mark I, single-engine sweepers. Read about it.

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Wayne Sweepers' President Discusses Company's Entry to Sweeping and Purchase of Tennant Centurion

October 22, 2008 – An interview with Kevin Watje, president of Wayne Engineering, on Wayne's purchase of the Tennant Centurion and what is planned for the company's future in the sweeping industry. Read about it.

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Elgin Sweeper Announces New Chassis Configuration for Eagle Sweeper

October 21, 2008 – New M2 Freightliner chassis optimized to reduce wheelbase and enhance maneuverability. Read about it.

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NAPSA to be Aligned with Trade Association Management Company

October 17, 2008 – The North American Power Sweeping Association has aligned itself with Association Headquarters, Inc., a 30-year-old professional association management company headquartered in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. Read about it.

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Allianz Sweepers introduces the Allianz Johnston RT655 Regenerative Air Sweeper

September 2008 – The new Allianz Johnston RT655 boasts the largest hopper in its class. Read about it.

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Madvac Introduces New LR50 All Wheel Drive Outdoor Vacuum Sweeper

August 2008 – The Madvac LR50 is a high profile, cost-efficient cleaning machine that safely and effectively cleans city sidewalks and parks. Read about it.

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FS Depot Introduces Line of Carbide Drag Shoes for Most Sweeper Makes and Models

August 2008 – FS Depot, the official parts distribution network for Federal Signal Corporation, has introduced the WearMaxTM line of carbide drag shoes available for Elgin Sweeper machines as well as most other sweeper makes and models. Read about it.

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July 2008 – Wayne Sweepers, LLC to acquire Centurion® Street Sweeper Assets

Wayne Sweepers, LLC today announced that it has acquired the assets for the Centurion street sweeper product line from Tennant Company. Read about it.

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June 2008 – Broom Bear Being Donated to Promote Breast Cancer Cure

Noted NW used sweeper dealer, One.Seven, Inc., is auctioning off a 2001 Broom Bear sweeper as a benefit project. Proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to increase breast cancer awareness and effect a cure. A brief audio explanation by Tina McDonough, president, is included. Read and hear about it.

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Manufacturer and Other Info From NPE 2008

Audio and video information, primarily from manufacturers, from interviews conducted at the 2008 National Pavement Exposition. All of the audio and video interviews are on host servers, so no files will download to your computer.See the products and other info.

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Latest California Emissions Standards Hit Sweepers Hard

In this audio interview with Mark Carter, principal in Orange County, California-based Bill's Sweeping, he provides information about the engine restrictions now occurring in his area.Listen to the story.

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Using 1-800-SWEEPING Can Bring New Business

In this audio interview with 1-800-SWEEPING owner and entrepreneur, Mike Musto, which was taped at the National Pavement Exposition, Musto discusses his concept and what it can mean for the contractors who sign up with his program. Read/listen to the story.

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Wayne Engineering Announces Intent to Build Street Sweeper

Wayne Industrial Holdings has a new street sweeper division, Wayne Sweeper, which will be located in Traer, Iowa. This has been the announced location of an assembly plant for the company. Read the story.

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New Mystic Washer Offers Promise of Better, More Cost-Effective Pressure Cleaning, With Water Reclamation Option

Product allows faster washing of flat or vertical surfaces and allows used water to be reclaimed in environmentally-sensitive areas and situations. Read the story.

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Jack Rodgers, Inventor of Hydraulic Sweeping, Passes Away.

Jack, 'the Old Bear,' one of the pioneers of the parking lot sweeping industry, passed away on December 9, 2006. Read the story.

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