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Here's the latest in sweeping news from our Editor:
June 21st of 2022 will mark WorldSweeper's 17-year anniversary.
It is with great pleasure that we report WorldSweeper's free monthly e-newsletter is the recipient of an international APEX Award for Publication Excellence. This marks the 9th year in a row that our newsletter has won an APEX and the 15th year in a row of the 16-year existence of the WorldSweeper.com website that some aspect of the overall project has won an APEX. Sign up here to receive our newsletter in your in-box each month.
Our May e-newsletter included: info that the SweeperMarket publication has been discontinued; news about the $4.25 million award against Schwarze Industries for its M6 Avalance safety violations; a reminder that the World Sweeping Association's scholarship application deadline is July 1st.
Bruce Christianson and ND-based Pro Sweep, Inc. won the Award of Excellence in Power Sweeping for 2022. Pro Sweep cleans the streets of 60 cities and does 4,000 parking areas in their 10 months of weather-available operation. And, most importantly, the company hasn't had a safety infraction or on-the-job injury in its 21-year existence!Global Environmental Products (Global) introduces its M4HSDEV, a class 7 street sweeper it calls "The first and only 100% electric drive, plug-in, rechargeable street sweeper."
WorldSweeper provided coverage for the National Pavement Expo, held February 23rd-26th.
Have you seen the great results from Trombia's autonomous sweeping trial in Finland?
Canadian-based Holder Tractors is bringing Karcher Sweepers to North America.
No one has yet identified the sweeper shown to the right. If you're the first, you'll receive a scale model of a Johnston sweeper! Click on the image to see a larger version and, if you know the manufacturer, let us know..
In one of the most important developments ever for street sweeping, both Florida and Minnesota will be providing credits worth millions of dollars to municipal MS4s in those respective states. These are being paid because studies done by those states have found that removal of phosphorus to be from seven to 150 times more cost-effective to do than the next best BMP, which involves catchbasins.
Bike lane sweeping has become serious business in many locales. Read about someone developing a bike lane sweeper designed to be pulled by a bicycle.
If you care about phosphorus removal from the runoff stream, our article and Zoomcast with Randy Neprash is a 'must watch.' Randy is a leader in Minnesota's move to providing phosphorus removal credits to MS4s based directly upon amount of debris collected via a sweeper.
Have you read our profile about Rainier Truck & Chassis, an up-and-coming chassis manufacturer based in Yakima, WA?
Prices of sweepers and wear items are starting to increase significantly due to the increase in the price of steel and plastic as raw materials.
We offer a Zoomcast with a private equity principal and two long-time sweeping contractors that explains in detail the private equity buyout process.
Did you know that Charles Brooks, a Black man, was one of the first US inventors of a street sweeper?
We invite you to check out what a night of street sweeping looks like in NYC. While you're at it, read the story about how NJ's Somerset County has become the first in that state to offer a sweeper sharing program between municipalities.
Check out this article and video on sweeping's value for the environment.
What do you think about my industry predictions for 2021?
We love the heart-warming story about a group of kids in India who built their school's elderly custodian a 'grounds sweeper.'
The pavement-based pollutant removal ability of a wide variety of BMPs has shown street sweeping to be the most cost-effective of all by a significant margin. Check out the new comprehensive study that involved 14 Florida municipalities.
Our editor interviewed Rod Moore, general manager for 40+ year C&J Parking Lot Sweeping, about what accounted for the company's continuing success. What Rod has to say about the concept of providing outstanding customer service in this 17-minute video is food for thought for most any type of service business.
GPS is one of the best ways to monitor performance; here is an article telling how to get more 'operator buy-in' via turning GPS data into a positive experience via game-playing.
After a cost assessment of implementing Chesapeake Bay requirements tallied up to more than $1 billion, the county sought a less expensive solution. A study on the costs of storm water management practices prepared for the Maryland Department of the Environment Science Services Administration found that air street sweepers provided the lowest average annual cost over 20 years per impervious acre treated.
WorldSweeper surveyed eight U.S. cities about their sweeping practices. The results may surprise you.Did you know that over 40% of the tickets nationwide are for not moving vehicles prior to sweeping?
We now have on the WorldSweeper website an in-depth analysis of the City of San Jose, California's street sweeping program. The report – which is 72 pages in length – is entitled "Street Sweeping: Significant Investment and Re-tooling are Needed to Achieve Cleaner Streets." We highly recommend anyone involved with street sweeping read the report. Complete info is at this link.
Risk transfer clauses are becoming a regular part of mall and third party contracts. Every sweeping contractor needs to read this article that discusses how to recognize and defend against risk transfer clauses.
Next time one of your sweeper operators complains about their job, we suggest to show them the dangers of being a sweeper in Jamaica, where most of the sweeping is done manually amidst drivers that a U.S. contractor calls "maniacs." Is one of your operator's problems that they might have to "jump into the nearby crocodile-infested swamp"?!
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.
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"If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, like Shakespeare wrote poetry.
"Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well."
April 9, 1967
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