1-800-SWEEPER Blog

Sep 28, 2017

Lexington Pavement Sweep – From Bucket to Business


Many of the 1-800-SWEEPER Partner companies started off as small operations. But perhaps none quite as small as Jim Blackerby’s Lexington Pavement Sweep, located in Lexington, KY. Jim got his start in the business cleaning up his Grandfather’s shopping center.

Jim’s grandfather owned a shopping center which, by Jim’s teenage years, had become an extended family business.   Jim’s father, who was managing the retail center, hired Jim to literally pick up trash in the parking lots by hand. As he describes it: “All I had was a bucket; I picked up every single cigarette butt and all pieces of trash by hand – no picker.” This continued until Jim graduated from high school. After Jim headed off to college, his father and grandfather eventually hired a commercial sweeping company, but there was continually dissatisfaction with refuse being left behind.

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Sep 27, 2017

Providing Curb Appeal in South Carolina


SouthCo Commercial Curb Appeal in Darlington, SC, is a pretty typical sweeping service company according to owner Debbie McCaskill. When we ask sweeping company Partners how they got started in business it isn’t unusual to hear that they started based on the experience of a family member. In this case, Debbie’s brother-in-law, David McCaskill of AccuSweep Services, Inc. in Columbia, South Carolina originally told Debbie and her husband, Dale that they should start a sweeping company.

When asked if David was correct that power sweeping was a solid business opportunity, Debbie replied: “He must have been right – that was 27 years ago!”

Two trucks in Southco’s fleet that proudly show support to two great causes!
We stand together to bring awareness to Colon Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Sep 14, 2017

Industry Leaders Schwarze and 1-800-SWEEPER Team Up Creating Raffle Opportunity to Aid Hurricane Victims

Click to View the 2017 Hurricane Recovery Raffle Flier

The devastation created by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma is heartbreaking. Our fellow Americans need our help now more than ever.  Schwarze Industries, together with the 1-800-SWEEPER Foundation, has created a unique opportunity for members of the Power Sweeping industry and others to contribute to the Red Cross Hurricane Relief effort following these catastrophic weather events occurring in August and September 2017.

The Hurricane Recovery Raffle, tickets priced at $100 each, offers a chance to win a brand new Schwarze Supervac Updraft power sweeper, valued at $68,900, as the top prize. Municipalities, landscape companies, professional power sweeping companies and other service industries are encouraged to participate based on the high value and nearly universal industry appeal of the top prize. Second prize, valued at $7,000, is a complete SweeperSim hardware and software package created by 1-800-SWEEPER for sweeper operator driver training simulation. Only 1,000 tickets will be available.

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Sep 8, 2017

Check Out Our Cover Story in NAS


The September 2017 issue of North American Sweeper hits a trifecta of coverage for our group highlighting the relationship between Elgin Sweeper Company, one of our 1-800-SWEEPER Member Partners, ProSweep and vehicle dealer Bell Equipment. All three companies are tied together in a story that highlights Elgin Sweeper Company as one of our newest Vendor/Partners to support our co-op group. Elgin brings exclusive 1-800-SWEEPER discounts and unique social/entertainment value of NASCAR to our membership.

Elgin Sweepers have been an essential part of keeping NASCAR events safe for over 15 years. In 2013, Elgin became the Official Sweeper of NASCAR Green. As the Official Sweeper of NASCAR Green, Elgin sweepers support NASCAR’s Air Titan equipment to dry rain-soaked racetracks, saving jet fuel and reducing NASCAR’s overall carbon footprint.

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Aug 15, 2017

Elgin Sweeper Puts 1-800-SWEEPER Foundation on at NASCAR Track

Elgin Sweeper, the Official Sweeper of NASCAR Green is showing support for the 1-800-SWEEPER Foundation. This summer, Elgin added the Foundation’s logo prominently on the front bumper toolbox of the Elgin Crosswind Specialty Track Sweeper.

In February 2017, Elgin renewed its partnership with NASCAR Green™ for three years continuing to serve as the Official Sweeper of NASCAR Green.

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