Awards of Excellence in Sweeping
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HISTORY OF THE AWARDS
As the founder and editor of American Sweeper magazine, in 1995 our editor, Ranger Kidwell-Ross, began the tradition of recognizing outstanding individuals in the sweeping industry. Through the intervening years the honor, called the Award of Excellence in Power Sweeping, has become the top distinction in the world of power sweeping.
Says Kidwell-Ross, "The World Sweeper / World Sweeping Association Award of Excellence in Power Sweeping continues a tradition I began in 1995. This was spurred because I had won, the previous year, a national APEX Award for Publication Excellence for my American Sweeper magazine. This motivated me to start a similar award for the power sweeping industry.
Through the intervening years the Award has been received by a notable 'Who's Who' list of dedicated, involved companies and individuals in the power sweeping industry.
The Award qualifications, which include more than just success in the sweeping industry, encompass time devoted to building professionalism in the industry and in assisting others involved in sweeping."
In 2005, American Sweeper magazine transitioned into this WorldSweeper.com website, which resumed this tradition. This is the place on the expansive WorldSweeper website where you may read about the current recipient of this special Award, as well as information about other winners in past years. Starting with the 2014 presentation, the Award has also been co-sponsored by the World Sweeping Association.
Bruce Christianson and Pro Sweep, Inc. receive the WorldSweeper.com/World Sweeping Association's 2022 Award of Excellence in Power Sweeping, the United States power sweeping industry's highest honor.
For its admirable operation in one of America's most difficult geographical areas – which includes an unblemished safety record for its entire existence of 21 years, this Award goes to the company's General Manager, Bruce Christianson, and the company he operates, North Dakota-based Pro Sweep, Inc.
Normally, the WorldSweeper.com/World Sweeping Association's Award of Excellence in Power Sweeping is awarded at the National Pavement Exposition, typically held in late January or early February. However, this year due to the pandemic WorldSweeper's Editor declined to attend NPE. Our intended recipient was not there either.
As a result, our 2022 Award was presented via a Zoomcast with Bruce Christianson, the founder and General Manager of Pro Sweep, Inc. Christianson started the company with a used Tennant, a dump truck and a single parking lot sweeping customer. However, since then the company has expanded significantly, especially into the highway sweeping arena for North Dakota DOT and others. Although Christianson sold the company a decade after founding it, in 2010, he has stayed on as the General Manager.
The company was chosen as this year's recipient for two reasons: One is its significant success in one of America's harshest operating environments. When the company was featured by the World Sweeping Association in 2016, the mid-January temperature was 25-degrees by day and minus 8-degrees at night, though the a few days previously, Bruce told us, the daytime temperature had been minus 20-degrees below zero.
Today, the company sweeps the streets of 60 municipalities and a total of 4,000 parking areas in its yearly 10 months of operation. Plus, the work encompasses three different states, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. Since joining the American General Contractors in 2015, Pro Sweep has also been awarded Certificates of Commendation from the AGC from that year forward.
Perhaps the biggest factor in the choice of Pro Sweep for the 2022 Award, however, is the firm has not had a single injury or accident in its 21 years of operation. The only caveat to that is there was a person who chose running headlong into a sweeper as a way to commit suicide. This was termed by the highway patrol as such and the company and its sweeper operator were completely exonerated from the incident, tragic though it was.
Since we couldn't present the Award in person, WorldSweeper.com's Editor (who is also Director of the World Sweeping Association) called Bruce about doing another feature story on his company. The @15-minute Zoomcast interview, which ended in the Award presentation, is a thoroughly enjoyable and informative video that discusses Pro Sweep's safety program in detail and is one that any contractor or other concerned with safety should watch. Click on the image below and the video will open to the YouTube file in a new browser window.
For more information about Pro Sweep, Inc., we invite you to visit the company's website, which is located at www.prosweepinc.com. Pro Sweep's phone number is 701.640.3256 and you may also contact the company via email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Some Previous Award of Excellence in Power Sweeping Winners
Winner for 2021, Louisville Power Sweep, commemorating its development of the Sweep Inspect! app for contractors.
Winner for 2020, Elgin Sweeper Company, commemorating its user involvement in designing its RegenX sweeper model.
Winner for 2019, Warren & Bridget Burge, founder of Baton Rouge-based Clean Sweep, Inc.
Winner for 2016, Larry Dyck, founder of MASCO Sweepers.
Winner for 2015, Les Huliscko, founder of SweepRite Sweepers.
Winner for 2010, Allan Heydorn, editor of PAVEMENT Maintenance & Reconstruction Magazine.
Winner for 2009, South Carolina-based Dale McCaskill and his company, Southco Sweeping.
Winner for 2008, Seattle-based Davidson-Macri Sweeping and SweeperMarket Magazine.
First Award Winner, Gabriel Vitale, owner of C and L Sweeping in New Jersey.
Winner for 2006, Gale Holsman, owner of American Sweeping, Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri.
Eugene Hansen, the founder of Minnesota-based Clean Sweep, Inc.
Mark Carter, co-owner of Los Angeles-based Bill's Sweeping.
Bob Schwarze, founder of Schwarze Industries, Inc., and his son, Mark, were the winners for 2002.
Winner for 2018, Michael Nawa, founder of Pennsylvania-based Custom Maintenance.
Winner for 2017, Pete Phillips, founder of Chattanooga-based Clean Sweep.
Winner for 2014, NiteHawk Sweepers
Winner for 2013, Karl Stauty and his company, Commercial Power Sweeping, Inc.
Winner for 2012, John "Johnny D" Dubbioso. John's companies include NE-based Tri-State Industrial Maintenance, Three-D Equipment Rebuilding and several others. He was also one of the inventors of the Broom Bear sweeper, which was sold to Elgin.
Winner for 2011, Ray Confer of Michigan-based C & J Sweeping, Inc.
In 2007, the WorldSweeper.com Award of Excellence in Power Sweeping was awarded to the B.W. Young family and the company he founded, The Young Manufacturing Company -- better known in the sweeping industry as the TYMCO sweeper company.
Tom Ostuni is a man who in 1966 looked at an industry in its infancy and saw its potential. He took a single sweeper and a single account and turned it into a full-scale success, helping many others along the way.