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Here's the latest in sweeping news from our Editor:
As is reflected in our new masthead, above, last June 21st marked WorldSweeper's 12-year anniversary!
Kellermeyer Bergensons Services, LLC (KBS) has announced the acquisition of East Coast Lot and Pavement Maintenance (East Coast)/National Maintenance Systems (NMS), an independently-owned exterior facility services company previously owned by Uri Ben-Yashar and headquartered in Rhode Island.
Check out our latest exclusive advance preview of the next issue of SweeperMarket/PaverMarket, posted on February 6th. Our monthly online preview provides our readers with at least a full week's headstart on those who won't see the ads until the magazine arrives by mail.
Elgin Sweeper has introduced a single-engine configuration of its popular Crosswind® regenerative air sweeper. Specifically, a variable-speed device is now installed between the chassis engine and transmission on the new configuration. This allows the engine to simultaneously power both the truck and the sweeper.
Global Environmental has produced an outstanding product line promo video that utilizes aerial, distant and closeup camera viewpoints to showcase the capability of its Global M3 and M4HSD street sweepers.
Risk transfer clauses are becoming a regular part of mall and third party contracts. Every sweeping contractor needs to read this article that discusses how to recognize and defend against risk transfer clauses.
If you've been in the industry for a few decades perhaps you'll remember the Wayne Sweep Loader, circa 1971.
Are you aware of the latest generation of oils, which offer lower viscosity, higher fuel economy and longer drain cycles? Check it out with this link to FleetOwner.
1-800-SWEEPER recently celebrated its 6th invitational Sweeper Summit.
Craig Crissman, owner of Shenandoah Supervac has over two decades of experience as a diesel mechanic. That's what led him to doing a test with his Schwarze Gale Force to see if he could maximize the longevity of the DPF system. What you read may surprise you.
Richard Scott spent nearly 40 years repairing sweepers and other equipment at the Highway Division of the Northampton, Massachusetts, Department of Public Works. In this article Scott is remembered by Northampton's management team and provides some advice for keeping Elgin mechanical broom sweepers in top operational condition.
Roots Multiclean, a sweeper manufacturer based in Coimbatore, India, has purchased Victory Sweepers. Roots' company management has also reported that it recently won a tender to supply nine high-speed runway sweepers to the Royal Thai Airforce (RTAF).
When it comes to NASCAR there's only one vehicle that is featured at every race: That's the Elgin Track Sweeper. A recent segment of 'NASCAR Jobs' featured the Track Sweeper.
Beauty pageant veteran Nicole Doz – the first runner-up for Miss Staten Island 2017 – says that getting to her new title of street sweeper operator was even more grueling than going through talent, interview and swimsuit contests.
A UK engineering company is partnering with Johnston Sweepers to develop an autonomous electric street sweeper that will offer 90 percent utilization.
Next time one of your sweeper operators complains about their job, we suggest to show them the dangers of being a sweeper in Jamaica, where most of the sweeping is done manually amidst drivers that a U.S. contractor calls "maniacs." Is one of your operator's problems that they might have to "jump into the nearby crocodile-infested swamp"?!
Schwarze Industries, Inc. has announced the development of its new HyperVAC pure vacuum sweeper. According to the company, its HyperVAC will offer a "revolutionary material transfer system that will improve sweeping quality and a new three-fold dust-laden air separator system that reduces the release of contaminants from the exhaust typically seen in previous vacuum sweepers."
Whether you were there or not, you'll want to check out coverage of the World Sweeping Association's 2017 Sweeper Roundup,TM – America's first-ever manufacturer-independent power sweeping conference and tradeshow, which was held in Kansas City, MO, the middle weekend of September.
A cheaper, cleaner biofuel may soon be gleaned from, of all places, sweeper waste! Check out how the University of Illinois' Prairie Research Institute is examining the use of a processing catalyst made from palladium metal – perhaps gleaned from street sweeper waste – and bacteria.
Are you ready for implementation of OSHA's Silica Dust Rule, which started on September 23rd for construction work by companies with 10 or more employees?
The City of Los Angeles is developing a pilot program to notify residents when the sweeper has passed their address. The intent is to reduce the number of parking citations issued for street sweeping.
Two recent articles tout the advantages of power sweeping for reducing stormwater pollution runoff. One, by four members of Schwarze Industries' management team, called 'Runoff Pollution Prevention,' appears in Storm Water Solutions. The other, written by WorldSweeper's editor, is entitled 'Power Sweeping Contractors: Leading in the Defense of Clean Water,' appeared in PAVEMENT Magazine.
Our Australia/India blog about power sweeping in Australia and India has won a prestigious APEX Award for Publication excellence! Click on the logo to learn more.
Contractors: If you are presented with contracts with wording regarding 'omissions' then you need to read this article.
Did you see our first of April story about Kangaroos that have been trained to pick up litter?
We are pleased to announce the WorldSweeper/World Sweeping Association's winner of the 2017 Award of Excellence in Power Sweeping, which is the sweeping industry's highest honor. The Award was presented to Pete Phillips and his company, Clean Sweep, Inc., at the recent National Pavement Exposition in Nashville, Tennessee.
Sweeper aficionado, McKinley "Kenny" Page, was the subject of an 18-minute video about his life-long fascination with street sweepers; most specifically, Elgin's classic Street King.
The World Sweeping Association is offering to the industry a WSA Featured Podcast that was conducted between 'The Sweepin' Preacher, American Sweeping's Gale Holsman, and an anonymous sweeping contractor who needed help in getting profitable. The approximately 1-hour podcast, which includes an article edited from the podcast, is a must for any sweeping contractor that wants to get a better handle on expense and revenue info in their company.
Have you read the India-based conclusion of our editor's APEX Award for Publication Excellence-winning 2016 Australia/India Sweeping Odyssey? If you haven't yet read any of it, we suggest you start with my trip 'down under' with the extensive coverage of sweeper and related equipment that was at Civenex 2016, Australia's premier tradeshow, as well as nine more articles that showcase the Australian sweeping industry. If you've already read that part, use this link to get started on your 'sweeping trip to India!'
Remind yourself of the basics with our 'Broom Sweeping 101' article.
Porous pavement is the gaining popularity very rapidly. WorldSweeper offers BMP information about keeping it clean and functioning well.
Have you seen the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's BMP fact sheet for street sweeping? If not, perhaps you should take a look.
An article I wrote entitled "Sweeping Changes" was published in Public Works Magazine. In it, I provide information about the cost-effectiveness of sweeping when compared to the expense of other types of stormwater management 'end-of-the-pipe' techniques.
We now have on the site a well-researched document by Washington State's Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) on how the sweeping of paved surfaces can reduce stormwater pollution runoff.
Ever have a problem with drag shoes scraping newly sealed asphalt? If so, you'll want to read our article entitled "Ways to Eliminate Drag Shoe Scraping."
Where do you think they use sweepers with twin main brooms? One sweeps the street and the other transfers debris to the hopper. Owners believe the wear on the second broom is more cost-effective than dealing with conveyor belts. Read about it.
Have you wondered how to tell a prospect or client how they can tell a quality sweeping contractor? Check out the article I wrote for Retail Facility Business on this topic.
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"If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, like Shakespeare wrote poetry.
"Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well."
April 9, 1967
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