1-800-SWEEPER Blog

May 30, 2013

1-800-SWEEPER Welcomes PAM Sweeping, Inc.

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1-800-SWEEPER is proud to introduce another new partner, James Roy of PAM Sweeping, Inc.  in New York.  PAM is a family owned and operated company, 3rd generation sweeping company started by Kenneth Roy Sr. back in 1963.  Although parking lot and street sweeping were originally at the core of the family business, competition and changing market conditions in the 1980’s prompted the formation of two additional related businesses, Powerhouse Paving and Orange Sewer and Drain.

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Mar 20, 2013

From the 1-800-SWEEPER Newsroom: Construction and Street Sweeping Calls Prompt New Equipment Purchase

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Movie buffs may remember the “If you build it, they will come” line from Field of Dreams.  It is a great line from a fantastic movie….a quote that can apply to a lot of things in life.  It may be a stretch of the imagination to use lines from baseball movies when writing about the sweeping industry, but today is the first day of spring, baseball is in the air, and the snow that has blanketed much of the country this winter will soon be a fading memory.  The spring cleanup season will soon be upon us.

When we began work on the 1-800-SWEEPER website in the summer of 2011, a core group of companies rallied around a shared vision of a cooperative business alliance to generate sales leads and create the collective buying power of a $50 million dollar a year business.  Although nobody uttered the phrase, we believed “if you build it, they will come.”  We did build it…..and the business did come.

Perhaps one of the best examples of this analogy is Jim Larko’s decision to invest in a reconditioned Stewart-Amos Starfire S-4 sweeper.

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Mar 20, 2013

1-800-SWEEPER Welcomes Buckeye Sweeping, Inc.

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For those not already familiar with our newest partner, Buckeye Sweeping’s Mitch Barkman has been involved in the sweeping business since 1985.  Although a native of Northeastern Ohio, Mitch headed south in the early 80’s to work in the booming Texas construction business.  When the oil business fell on hard times, Mitch left the construction industry and started his first sweeping company, which he sold in 1989.  Mitch then moved back to Ohio, and founded Akron-based Buckeye Sweeping.

According to Mitch, the sweeping industry has seen many changes since he first broke into the business, but advertising and promotion has always been important.  For years he relied on phone directory programs, but when property managers and contractors migrated to the internet, he knew it was time to make a change, so he partnered with NAPSA to create a company website.  Because Mitch has had positive response to his website, the decision to join 1-800-SWEEPER seemed like a “no brainer”.

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Nov 28, 2012

The Keys to Developing A Successful Power Sweeping Business: Spotlight on Progressive Sweeping Contractors

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Priscilla Tsai’s recent Allied Pavement Equipment profile of Progressive Sweeping Contractors, Inc. not only offers President Mike Lucht’s formula for success; her story also provides readers with helpful hints that will ensure their experiences with sweeping contractors are positive.

Headquartered in the Toledo, Ohio area with an additional service center in Detroit, Michigan, Lucht’s Progressive Sweeping has offered parking lot and commercial sweeping services since 1978.  One of Mike’s guiding principles is training his staff to work quietly and efficiently.   “A sweeper gets noticed most when his machine is broken, when he is late, or not where he is needed, rather than when he is performing effectively,” says Lucht.

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