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Dec 4, 2017

Sweeper Summit 2017 Wrap-Up


With over 120 attendees representing 42 different Member Partner companies and 17 Vendor Partners of 1-800-SWEEPER the 3-day, 2017 Sweeper Summit was a resounding success! For the fifth consecutive year, attendance at Sweeper Summit grew significantly, as did the opportunities for Partners to interact. Before the Summit even got underway, equipment manufacturer TYMCO hosted 1-800-SWEEPER Partners at the company’s Waco, TX training facility.

As in previous years, the Benchmark sessions started on the first official day, allowing participants to discuss in an open, non-competitive atmosphere key business costs for labor, insurance, equipment maintenance, tires, employee turnover, etc. as well as other, relevant metrics that drive bottom line profits and day-to-day operations within our niche sweeping service industry. This highly anticipated part of Sweeper Summit was again led by Tom Noon of Industry Insights.

As Michael Cantel President of Cantel Sweeping commented: “Sweeper Summit attendees came looking to view their numbers as cross-compared with sweeper service peers. The best part is the attendees are not your competitors, you can ask questions and they will be open and honest with you.”

Many participants consider the Benchmarking feature of Sweeper Summit to be enough for it to be recognized as the premier executive level workshop retreat in the power sweeping industry.

Best Practices Training Featured Partners and Vendors

Over the course of the first 2 days, vendor presentations were intermixed with Best Practices workshops led by Member Partners.

Some specifics: Electronic data control for fleet maintenance via Fleetio was led by Scott Duscher of Agua Trucks, Inc. in Phoenix, AZ. Gerry Kesselring (Contract Sweeping, Columbus, OH) shared his company’s experience setting up a structure and procedures for use of dashcam video recording technology provided by Drive Cam and proper review of videos following an incident. Mark Carter of Peloton Sweeping in Orange County CA took on hiring and employment screening best practices.

Digital marketing sessions included best practices for website marketing within your local reach market led by Rick Brown of NetTrack Marketing in Cleveland OH. Social media marketing – with a focus on optimizing Facebook presence – was facilitated by Derek Rayburn of Scenic City Studios in Chattanooga, TN.

Bob Holdridge of Toledo, OH demonstrated how his company – Progressive Sweeping – uses Eagle Eye Tracking which is a robust web based enterprise management tool for route and job scheduling and reporting, and also includes a billing export feature that allows export to QuickBooks.

Equipment Showcase is the Highlight

Held at the base of the Tower of the Americas in Downtown San Antonio, for many attendees the highlight of the event was a 2-hour hands-on Equipment Showcase / Cocktail Reception which provided a unique opportunity to experience some of the very newest power sweeping vehicles in the industry.

Thanks to enthusiastic participation by Elgin, Global Equipment, Masco, Nitehawk, Schwarze, TYMCO, and Well Made, this newest addition to the Sweeper Summit agenda was incredibly well received. Immediately following the Equipment Showcase, guests ascended 750 feet to the final group dinner of the 3-day event, enjoying a spectacular, panoramic view from the Observation Deck atop the Tower of the Americas.

The final half-day session featured a highly engaging, memorable keynote presentation by “Antarctic” Mike Pierce. Mike – a two-time polar marathoner – shared lessons learned about himself, business and life in general derived from his Antarctic adventures and the training required to compete in sub-zero, white-out weather conditions.

Get Ready for 2018!

Sweeper Summit is an exclusive opportunity designed for management and CEOs in the power sweeping field to receive top-tier training, industry-specific benchmarking, and more. Next year’s event is already scheduled according to 1-800-SWEEPER Marketing Director Carolyn Bell. It will be held November 7th through 9th in Las Vegas at the Lake Las Vegas Hilton. For advance notice of the event, contact Carolyn by email  or visit the Sweeper Summit website.

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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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