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Dear Sweeping Industry Professional-
I did not attend this year's NPE for only the second time in about 25 years. That was because of the ongoing pandemic, since from my Pacific NW location the trip would require six airports and flights coming and going. However, our capable stand-in is Michael Nawa, long-time NPE Board member and current member of the World Sweeping Association's Advisory Board.
Michael and his former company, Custom Maintenance, were also the 2018 winners of WorldSweeper's coveted Award of Excellence in Power Sweeping. Although we since 1995 we have typically presented this yearly award at NPE, this year the winner will be announced in March on this page and in our newsletter.
As we continue to receive information about the recent NPE after it has concluded we will add it to this coverage page. We already know that pre-registration this year was down by about a reported 20%, with overall attendance down probably 35% from the last NPE in 2020. Then, once the show started, there were apparently many pre-registered people who did not show up.
This was thought to be caused by a combination of pandemic fears and the snowstorm that hit the midwest and upper northeast around showtime. Another factor that may have come into play is that Mecklenberg County, where Charlotte is located, had a mask requirement mandate.
On opening day, Michael reported there was somewhat of a 'kerfuffle' when the show organizers chose to enforce their fine print that says children under 16 won't be allowed on the show floor, an enforcement that hadn't occurred in prior years. Since many attendees are part of family-run businesses and had brought their kids along, as one might imagine this wasn't a popular decision. Ultimately, kids were allowed on the show floor.
Since NPE attendance was reportedly down so sharply in 2022, we're glad to be able to bring you at least a 'slice' of what went on at the event!
– Ranger Kidwell-Ross,
World Sweeping Association
The PAVEMENT magazine/NPE' eighth annual award for Sweeper of the Year was announced before the show. This year's winner is long-time sweeping contractor, David Ross, and his Massachusetts-based Millennium Maintenance and Power Sweeping.
After years of working in waste management and some other areas, David Ross researched the sweeping industry and decided to enter the business. He purchased his first sweeper in 2000. As many startup contractors do, at first Ross personally performed the sweeping services for his customers at night. By day, he was the company's salesperson.
Accelerated growth soon helped him decide to branch out from a parking lot sweeping company into a construction and municipal sweeping contractor. Later, MMPS diversified further into exterior and interior facility maintenance. More recently, MMPS started a waste division that includes roll-off work.
In addition to overseeing MMPS' operations, since the World Sweeping Association's inception Ross has a been a member of the organization's Advisory Board and an altogether enthusiastic supporter of WSA. Here's a link to read more details about the award.
Each year the PAVEMENT/NPE organizations choose a worthy company for its Alan Curtis Industry Service Award, which this year went to B.W. Young, founder of TYMCO.
The founder of TYMCO, B.W. Young, received the award for envisioning multiple applications for the regenerative air sweeper as well as the positive environmental effects the equipment would have – and continues to have – on the power sweeping industry.
A self-educated road contractor, Mr. Young developed many pieces of equipment for the road building industry. His patented regenerative air street sweeper was developed in response to the demands of one of his earlier inventions – which the industry now knows as 'slurry seal.' The TYMCO regenerative air sweeper quickly set a new standard for sweepers as the best method for cleaning roads, parking lots and runways.
Check out the fascinating story.
Note that by arrangement with the organizers of NPE, members of the World Sweeping Association are able to view the seminars in their entirety, via videos taken by WSA representative, Michael Nawa, at the show. For info about WSA, use this link.
Bochung is displaying its new, all-electric sweeper. Called the Urban-Sweeper S2.0, the machine also includes an autonomous driving feature. It has what one observer called a "nice cheesebox euro design."
Stewart Amos has an empty booth with photos because, a sign says, they sold all their sweepers! In the TYMCO booth the company is displaying its models 210 and 500X. Both of these are machines that the TYMCO organization have had for years, just tweaking in minor ways through the years. If you'd like to read a review on the 500X, done by long-time sweeping contractor, Karl Stauty, click here.
Karcher, represented in the U.S. by Canadian-based Holder Tractors, has same three sweepers that WorldSweeper reviewed in December of 2021. These are their MC 130 and MC 250 City Sweeper models, and the company's MCM 600 Vacuum Sweeper.
The sweepers in the Schwarze booth have lots of colorful wraps, though we don't have photos available. This year Schwarze brought their A7 and Gale Force models, along with the company's new M4 mechanical broom machine.
Elgin Sweeper is displaying one of its RegenX models, which were introduced in 2019. There's also one of the new non-CDL Elgin Eagle machines in their booth. To find out more about the non-CDL Eagle, as well as Elgin's future plans, check out the feature interview WorldSweeper's Editor conducted in January of this year with the New Product Development and Program Manager at Elgin Sweeper, Eric Marx.
France's FAYAT, which now owns the Dulevo, Ravo, Mathieu and Scarab lines of sweepers brought one of its Scarab Maven 65 units to its booth along with a Mathieu path sweeper. Nite-Hawk brought one of its Raptor models. ODRA is also at the show with its MT4H mechanical broom machine, as is Merit Sweeprite. XBroom has two units on the floor and MB brought its all-electric Schmidt eSwingo 200. Bucher had several sweepers there, including its V65t.
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