1-800-SWEEPER Blog

Mar 24, 2020

COVID-19 Action Plan for Continued Operations


As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to affect people and businesses across our county, 1-800-SWEEPER and our Partner service providers want to share with you our plans to protect our employees, customers and operations during these difficult times.

Based on guidance and input from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and best practices from other health officials, our sanitation service work is continuing.

We are committed to keeping your roadways, parking lots and city streets safe and clean even during times of “shelter-in-place” orders.

We have, however, also taken steps to protect our employees and the community to help combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority. For that reason, we have increased the quantity of PPE (personal protective equipment) for each of our drivers and other employees based on guidelines outlined by state departments of health and other government agencies.

We will continue to follow their guidance and take appropriate measures as needed, including:

  • Monitoring inventory to identify any potential risks to client employees.
  • Limiting non-essential vendor visits to our offices.
  • Employees are being encouraged to conduct meetings by phone or video conference wherever possible.

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Feb 18, 2020

The 1-800-SWEEPER’s National Pavement Maintenance Leadership Academy Graduates its First Class


The National Pavement Maintenance Leadership Academy graduated its first class of 17 in Stone Mountain, GA on November 6, 2019. The Leadership Academy is designed to help leaders in the pavement industry succeed through effective management training. Demands in our industry are constantly changing and the Leadership Academy provides essential tools to ensure success. The classes cover the essentials of becoming an effective leader; such as effective communication, fundamentals of leadership, conflict management, problem solving, motivating and accountability. Led by nationally recognized executive coach John Lankford of Premier Executive Forums, the Leadership Academy is a first-class program.

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Dec 2, 2019

Sweeper Summit 2019 Wrap-up


From the opportunity to share information and knowledge with fellow power sweeping company leaders, to fantastic educational opportunities with ideas that can be implemented immediately by Partners, the Sweeper Summit & Equipment Expo, produced by 1-800-SWEEPER with Title Sponsor Elgin, has become a must-attend event. The following recap includes many of the highlights of this year’s successful event.

On Tuesday, the final in-person session was held for the inaugural class of 17 people who participated in the National Pavement Maintenance Leadership Academy, or NPMLA. This unique leadership training program was developed and implemented by 1-800-SWEEPER and John Lankford, of Premier Executive Forums, and Julie Kowalski, a highly accomplished performance strategist and speaker. Julie and John kicked off the Leadership Academy on February 15th, 2019 in Detroit, MI. Attendees had 3 sessions held “on location” with additional training through a combination of online classes, e-learning and individual and group coaching and mentoring sessions.

Benchmarking Amongst Peers

Tom Noon, of Industry Insights, presented the 1-800-SWEEPER Partners with their 2018-2019 Benchmarking results. Tom’s amazing session allowed participating partner companies to share detailed data which is then combined to present an amazing set of sweeping industry-specific statistics. This allows participants to see where their company is positioned within a multitude of financial metrics and industry key performance indicators related to costs, employment taxes and more. Highly anticipated each year, the Benchmarking study is a key benefit that sets 1-800-SWEEPER Partners apart from other companies in the power sweeping services industry.

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Nov 26, 2019

Cleaning Up After Kid Rock


When Jason Lucht at Progressive Sweeping in Toledo, Ohio first got the call to look at quoting the cleanup efforts after a Kid Rock concert, there was much enthusiasm for the project. After all, Kid Rock hails from “just up the road” in Detroit, Michigan.

Kid Rock’s show was the headlining event of Bash on the Bay — a full-day event organized for the third time on Put-In-Bay, arguably Ohio’s most popular island. Past Bash on the Bay events had featured Rascal Flatts and Toby Keith. The August 2019 five-act show featuring Kid Rock and Uncle Kracker was being described by the concert promoters as the biggest concert in the history of the island with more than 15,000 people expected to attend.

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