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

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

The World Sweeping Association's Featured Contractor for November is Long Island-based Bloomfield Parking Lot Maintenance, Inc. The article includes a 40-minute podcast with the firm's founders, the husband-and-wife team of Barbara Johnson and Kirk Bloomfield.

Check out our latest exclusive advance preview of the next issue of SweeperMarket, posted on November 1st. Our monthly online preview provides our readers with at least a full week's headstart on those who won't see the ads until the magazine arrives by mail.

The TYMCO organization has announced its model 500x will now be offered as a CNG-powered machine.

Have you ever been asked to sign an agreement that included using your sweeper to remove plants in the curbline? Is this advisable – or even possible? I was asked to write my professional opinion on the topic. We also have a link to an article I wrote for Retail Facility Business on how to choose a quality sweeping contractor.

The (former) Python Manufacturing of Regina, Saskatchewan, has announced that it will now be operating under the new name, SuperiorRoads Solutions. Also, Cygnus Business Media (home of National Pavement Expo, For Construction Pros and PAVEMENT Maintenance & Reconstruction magazine) recently disclosed that it has been sold to AC Business Media, Inc.

United Rotary Brush (URB) has announced 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.

Victory Sweepers has announced the return of previous employee, Dustin Beaver. Beaver, who was at Victory from 2007 to 2010, has returned as a sales associate. He will also provide website and owner's manual update support.

Schwarze Industries has announced its new Supervac UpdraftTM is ready to be sold. The sweeper model has a stainless steel hopper and is a low profile twin engine sweeper on a half-ton V6 chassis. Height is 6' 8" for parking garage access.

APEX Awards Logo We are proud to report that our World Sweeping Companies were recently honored to receive two national APEX Awards for Publication Excellence. One is for the quality of's monthly e-newsletter. The other was given to the World Sweeping Association for the quality and depth of the content of the Association's largely Members-only website.

We have two recent articles with information about previously unreported sweepers. One, the NewGen Sweeper, is mounted onto a golf cart. The other is a Swedish-made sweeper, the DISA-CLEAN 130, is a high-efficiency sweeper that specializes in PM-10 removal.

Several contractors have reported problems with the DPF system on Isuzu chassis. Read the article to find out more and to read Isuzu's response.

In a serious reminder to make sure your sweeper operators get enough sleep, don't get distracted while driving, etc., this link is to a fatal accident where a sweeper in New Jersey rear-ended another vehicle. Preach and teach safety, Safety, SAFETY!

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

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

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

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

Award of Excellence Logo Have you read about the winner of the Sweeping Association Award of Excellence in Power Sweeping for 2014?

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

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

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

Did you spot the square, black-and-white QR Code toward the top of the website? If you have a smartphone you may want to scan it – and then read our article about how QR Codes are taking the U.S. internet by storm!

Are you a Facebook Fan of yet? Our Fans often receive advance notice of our newsletter, as well as a variety of industry tidbits not meriting an actual article.

If you're buying a sweeper or other capital equipment, be sure to use's 'One Click' Finance Program. It's the easiest way we know of to get quotes from a number of lenders by filling out just one form. When vendors compete -- you win!

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

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

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First time here? Please read my introductory welcome message.

Take a look at our featured items below, or check out the complete contents of the site by choosing from the list to the left.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Need to fix your sweeper, buy a new one or find the best deals and suppliers for sweeping-related products? As a way to show them you appreciate their support for this site, please do your shopping from manufacturers who support If you sell to the sweeping industry, be sure to sign up for your free or enhanced product listing! (opens in new window)

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

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Bloomfield Provides Service Dependability to Long Island

Kirk Bloomfield spent a number of years working for others in the business of sweeping, snowplowing and landscaping. When he wanted to get married he knew he'd want to have more income, so he decided to strike out on his own in the field of parking area cleanup. That the couple had no sweeper and no clients were simply seen as obstacles to be overcome, which they did.

"I was sure that if I did a good job for every single customer every single time, and did so at a reasonable price, that I would be able to build a positive reputation and get more customers," said Bloomfield. "Ultimately, that's exactly what has happened. Fast forward 14 years from when the company was founded and you'll find five sweepers running routes each night of the week.

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

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"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.

He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well."

-- Martin Luther King, Jr.