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

As is reflected in our new masthead, above, this past June 21st marked WorldSweeper's 11-year anniversary!

Our October e-newsletter has been sent. If you didn't get your free copy delivered to your inbox, sign up at our Guestbook.

AC Business Media has announced that Emerald Expositions will be the new owner of National Pavement Expo.

The World Sweeping Association's Featured Contractor for October is British Columbia, Canada-based SuperSweep Street Cleaning, Inc. AC Business Media Announcement10.16.pdf

Sweeping Around the World - Australia and India Have you read the India-based conclusion of my 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!'

Check out our latest exclusive advance preview of the next issue of SweeperMarket/PaverMarket, posted on October 3rd. 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.

A front debris hose option is now available for Elgin's waterless Pelican® sweeper.

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The World Sweeping Association has announced the winners of its 4th annual Carl J. Austin and Dale McCaskill, Sr. Memorial Scholarships.

In a sign the EPA may be getting more serious about stormwater violations, see the article 'Nevada DOT Hit With Stormwater Runoff Decree.'

The TYMCO organization is central to an overview of the history and effectiveness of street sweeping technology through the years. Compiled for the 16th Annual EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference in Texas.

Remind yourself of the basics with our new 'Broom Sweeping 101' article.

APEX Award Logo This WorldSweeper website has been awarded a 2016 national APEX Award for Publication Excellence for its overall quality and content. In addition, our sister organization, the World Sweeping Association, won a third consecutive APEX. WSA's Award this year was for the value provided to its sweeping contractor members in its bi-monthly e-Newsletter, the WSA Update. If you are a sweeping contractor but not a member of WSA, there's no better time to join!

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.

Elgin SweeperThe Old Motor offers a number of photos of old street sweeping equipment, including this vintage Elgin machine to the right. Here is where you can see more.

Did you read our feature story on McKinley Page, perhaps the greatest U.S. fan of vintage street sweepers?

MASCO Award The winner of the WorldSweeper/World Sweeping Association's 2016 Award of Excellence in Power Sweeping is MASCO Sweepers. What is now the MASCO organization was co-founded in 1976 as Mr. Air Sweepers by Larry Dyck. The company is credited with two 'firsts' in the sweeping industry: The company began the first newsletter for sweeping contractors, NewsSweep, and founded the first sweeping association, the 'National Contract Sweepers' Institute.'

NiteHawk Sweepers was the first U.S. sweeper manufacturer to offer alternative-fueled parking area sweepers. Our feature article includes interviews with three U.S. contractors, all of whom are bullish on the LPG/gasoline sweeper technology; the facts about government tax credits for alternative fuel; the difference between a gallon of gasoline or diesel and LPG or CNG; and, an interview with the principal in the company that converts the chassis engines for NiteHawk.

John Meola, who is a frequent contributor to the WorldSweeper website and provides World Sweeping Association Members with a monthly bulletin on the topic of safety, recently offered a webinar showing how best to proceed for sustainable, long-term success in attaining a zero safety incidents culture in an organization. We now offer a link to Meola's on-demand webinar, as well as the webinar notes.

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.

Based upon data that show initial street sweeping to cost between 4-and-10 times less than treating polluted water with conventional stormwater treatment, the City of Seattle is doubling its sweeping program. We offer an in-depth article as well as an @30-minute podcast with the program manager.

We have added a new section to the website entitled 'Noteworthy in Sweeping.' We will use this to tell the stories of individuals around the world who are making a difference in their area via sweeping. Our inspiration is an English schoolboy who's dedicated to keeping his community clean.

In its June issue, Stormwater Magazine published an article entitled "Clean Streets, Clean Cities," which conducts a review of how five U.S. cities are gaining the water quality benefits of street sweeping.

In two breaking news stories last April 1st, Schwarze Industries announced its new SuperVac Breeze model sweeper, and the consortium of Google and Dyson has announced the first-ever driverless street sweeper.

Did you know that the modified 'Gen 6' Elgin Crosswind sweeper is the ONLY vehicle that is scheduled to appear at all 38 NASCAR Cup Races this year? Our coverage includes an entertaining 42-minute audio podcast with Jeff Miles, manager of Key Equipment's Kansas City location, a driver for the Richard Petty Driving Experience and the lead in Elgin's NASCAR partnership. No sweeping industry racing fan will want to miss this one!

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.

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!

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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.

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-- Ranger Kidwell-Ross, editor

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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.

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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.

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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?!

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

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


Super Sweep Bringing Super Quality to Metro Vancouver Sweeping Market

Andrew Hunter, the founder of Super Sweep Street Cleaning, Inc., began the company just one year ago when he saw an opportunity to support the booming construction business in Greater Vancouver. "I was formerly an area builder and renovator," said Hunter, "and had used a number of sweeping companies to support my projects. As a result, I felt I knew from experience what to expect from a well-run sweeping operation. I could also see that the power sweeping companies currently in business in the Metro Vancouver area were getting busier and busier and that their prices had been going up even though, in my opinion, I saw a need for improvement in how many of them operated."

Super Sweep operates three Elgin Crosswind sweepers, as well as uses Green Machines and Tennant scrubbers in its daily business. The company also provides snow abatement services as well as others.

Check it out.

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.