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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 10-year anniversary!

I will be traveling to CivEnEx, the largest sweeping-related tradeshow in Australia, as well as to investigate the sweeping industry in India, from May 15th to mid-June. Keep up with my postings by visiting WorldSweeper's Facebook page.

Our May e-newsletter was sent on May 15th. If you didn't get your free copy delivered to your inbox, sign up at our Guestbook.

Elgin Sweeper, the Official Sweeper of NASCAR GreenTM, was recognized during Earth Day week by NASCAR as part of the organization's fourth annual NASCAR Race to GreenTM program.

Check out our latest exclusive advance preview of the next issue of SweeperMarket/PaverMarket, posted on May 4th. 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 World Sweeping Association's Featured Contractor for May is Wisconsin-based Wolf Paving. The interview is held with the company's vice-president, third generation family member, Sean Wolf.

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

Federal Signal has announced it is purchasing Joe Johnson Equipment.

On April 1st, Elgin Sweeper announced a contest to determine which retro sweeper body it would make available in 2017 as an optional body style on its Pelican sweeper, the vintage Elgin White Wing or the Street King.

Soundcore Capital Partners, LLC, a New York-based private equity firm, is actively purchasing sweeping companies. If you'd like to investigate, click here. I also recorded an audio podcast with one of the principals of the company, Erik Emmett, which is accompanied by an article at the World Sweeping Association entitled "The ABCs of Packaging Your Sweeping Business for Sale."

Schwarze Industries' personnel have sent us two press releases. First, that the company has developed a compact wheelbase Freightliner M2 for mounting their A7 Tornado and A9 Monsoon street sweeper models. Secondly, the Schwarze folks tell us will be shipping an enhanced version of the company's Schwarze Gale Force sweeper in March.

Have you seen our extensive National Pavement Expo coverage from NPE 2016? WSA's coverage includes 16 videos and much more that provides the flavor of the recent event!

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 new 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.

Pennichuck Water Works, a New Hampshire watershed association, is targeting parking area sweeping as a less expensive way to control polluted runoff in their area. You'll find the info posted in our 'Best Practices for Street Sweeping' area.

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.

Elgin Sweepers were featured in the Kansas City Royals' World Series Celebration Parade, which had an estimated 800,000 attendees. Check out the great graphics and the 'sweeper operator's eye view accelerated video' of the cleanup put together by Jeff Miles, GM for Elgin's Kansas City dealership.

Elgin's Broom Bear mechanical broom sweeper received the gold award in Roads & Bridges magazine annual Contractor's Choice Awards.

An article I wrote entitled "Sweeping Changes" was published in the August issue of 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.

The American Public Works Association (APWA) announced on September 2nd that major changes are in store for the annual conference and equipment show, which will be known as PWX beginning in 2016.

Can you be too sexy to be a street sweeping employee? After her photos surfaced, a Brazilian street sweeping employee, Rita Mattos, has become an internet sensation.

Frisco, Texas, is one of the latest U.S. cities to explore refunding stormwater runoff fees to businesses that sweep their parking lots.

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.

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.

APEX Awards Logo We are proud to report that our World Sweeping Companies organization was 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 information and related content of the WSA's website.

NiteHawk Sweepers recently held an open house to celebrate the company's move to a new, larger location.

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.

WSA Scholarship Image The World Sweeping Association is soliciting donations to its Carl Austin and Dale McCaskill, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Programs. Contribute to this worthy industry cause so scholarships may continue to be awarded to students of power sweeping company employees.

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."

In two breaking news stories on 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!

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.

If you haven't already seen it, our National Pavement Expo coverage is still online. Included are walkaround videos of sweepers built by Johnston North America, MASCO, NiteHawk and Vacall – and much more.

Award Logo Les Hulicsko, founder of the Sweep-Rite Sweeper line, is the winner of the Sweeping Association Award of Excellence in Power Sweeping for 2015. You'll be fascinated by the life story of this year's winner, who in 1956 escaped from Hungary to Austria with just $2 to his name, and later emigrated to Canada with $75 in his pocket.

Schwarze Industries has been 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.

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.

If you've had trouble with the DPF system on your newer chassis, you will definitely find this article useful.

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!

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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-- Ranger Kidwell-Ross, editor

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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.

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)

Sweeper Online Postcards Site

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.

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


Wolf Paving Sweeps to 75 Years of Excellence

Our World Sweeping Association Contractor Profile for May features an interview with Sean Wolf, a third generation family member of Wolf Paving, which was founded by his grandfather in 1941.

Sean started out emptying garbage cans and performing other low-level tasks for the company before he could drive. Ultimately, he worked his way up through the ranks by running every piece of equipment in the company, including its sweepers.

"I think I was cheap labor," Shawn recalled with a laugh. His brother, Devin, who is somewhat younger, followed the same path. Sean has a degree in marketing and his brother's degree is in finance. Both men and their education are now integral to the company. Article includes an 19-minute podcast interview between the company owner and WorldSweeper's editor.

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.