1-800-SWEEPER Blog

1-800-SWEEPER’s Past, Present, and Future

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Though 1-800-SWEEPER has become an industry giant, it wasn’t always that way. What started as an option to make it easier for regional customers to reach Progressive Sweeping has grown into a national organization that provides lead generation, support, education, and networking for other contractors in the power sweeping industry. But how did it grow into this industry resource? We took the opportunity to speak with Michael Lucht, President of 1-800-SWEEPER to get the dirt on how the organization was developed, how it helps professionals in the sweeping industry, and the challenges it has faced along the way.

Early History and Concept

Founded in 1978, Progressive Sweeping was working on expanding its market in 1984 when area codes were being decentralized. Given the growing number of phone numbers with different area codes that were fed into their office, they knew that as populations grew and the number of area codes was continually expanded, they would need to find a better option for current and prospective clients to connect with them. The first attempt to get the 1-800-SWEEPER number was stifled because, even though the number was domiciled with and available from the company’s phone carrier at the time, it was designated as a national account number with a $40k minimum expense in long-distance calling fees required before they would release the number! However, soon thereafter, upon reading a Wall Street Journal article announcing the de-regulation of 800-vanity numbers that allowed for portability, Mr. Lucht got back in touch with his phone company and was able to secure 1-800-SWEEPER for his business. However, as time moved forward, Mr. Lucht started to think about what he could do to leverage his company’s 800 number. Because his company was regional, he began to consider how he could expand the use of the number to help other companies in the industry. After a year of contemplation and planning, he introduced the co-operative concept to a dozen fellow contractors during an NPE West meeting in Las Vegas in November 2010 that would evolve into becoming the first nationally recognized brand and only co-op buying group in the power sweeping industry. But his initial concept of creating a marketing/lead generation and purchasing co-op has since grown significantly to include a range of other benefits for member companies, including relationships with over 40 vendors in the buying cooperative, education, training and hiring tools, and the Sweeper Summit & Equipment Expo.

“It was my vision but, of course, it took a lot of people to commit to getting involved, and we launched the business in July 2011. I believe we had 21 companies committed to the organization at that time.”

For full article from North American Sweeper Magazine click here.

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Partner Profile TSS Facility Services, Inc.

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TSS Facility Services, Inc. (TSS) was established in 1986 by Kenny Battiato with a very personal approach to business; knocking on doors and providing unparalleled customer service to build and maintain relationships. Today, this hands-on approach and customer-centric philosophy has fueled TSS into a successful and respected facility service company. Even through their extraordinary growth and market leadership position, Kenny’s core philosophy has never wavered…”to treat every property like it’s his own.”

Today, TSS has become a proven leader in the industry by offering a superior level of service to over 700 clients ― providing a broad range of services to national and local accounts, institutional and corporate clients for over 30 years. Their services include parking lot sweeping, broom sweeping, construction work, pressure washing, snow removal, commercial and facility cleaning services.

The TSS reputation has been earned by building a reputation for integrity, reliability and trust. They take great satisfaction in building relationships with their customers by listening to their concerns, understanding their needs and making good on our promises. Every employee feels that they are part of the team and makes it their business to exceed expectations and deliver excellent service.

TSS Facilities Services is located in Union, NJ and covers Northern New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York, representing area codes 201, 973, 845 and 718. TSS has been a part of the 1-800-SWEEPER family since 2019. Please welcome Kenny and his team to our organization.

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2021 Virtual Mid-Year Meeting

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As the pandemic is still affecting the in-person meeting and trade show schedules for most of us, the 1-800-SWEEPER Mid-Year meeting planned for Dallas, TX was once again moved to a virtual format. When life gives you lemons…. make lemonade! And that’s just what 1-800-SWEEPER did for their annual Mid-Year Meeting, the pre-curser to the organization’s premiere event, the 2021 Sweeper Summit & Equipment Expo which will take place in-person in November at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas.

The meeting was supported by Gold Sponsor Schwarze Industries and was held on June 9th & 10th in two, 2-hour sessions. Other vendor sponsors included Silver Sponsors Elgin, Go Canvas and Keystone Plastics and Bronze Sponsors Kimball Midwest, Baldwin Filters and Liquitube.

The agenda consisted of an update on the activities and new programs rolled out by 1-800-SWEEPER, including 2 new initiatives: The Mentor Program and a Business Ownership Transition Planning Program. Vendor presentations were made by Schwarze Industries, Go Canvas, Keystone Plastics and Elgin. The highlight of the meeting was the presentation by 1-800-SWEEPER Partner, Mark Carter of Peloton Sweeping, titled Beast Mode Hiring. Mark gave an informative 75-minute presentation on guerrilla marketing tactics and hiring practices, that are very beneficial and timely in today’s hiring climate.

We’d like to thank our 30 Partner companies for taking the time to participate in the 2-day event! Ben Steyer, Executive Director of 1-800-SWEEPER says “Our Partners have so much experience running successful sweeping businesses, sharing that experience with other Partners is the cornerstone of our organization and what makes us so successful. We are very proud of the engagement that our Partners have shown through our virtual events over the past year and are excited for November when we can all get back together in person at the Sweeper Summit & Equipment Expo!” All participating Partners will receive a custom Yeti Slim Beverage Cooler as a thank you for their support of the 1-800-SWEEPER brand and making the organization a collective group of industry professionals, second to none!

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The Perfect Storm: How Jake’s Sweeping Tornados is Sweeping Up San Francisco Bay

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How does taking over a friend’s side hustle turned into a wildly successful business? Growing up in a family full of entrepreneurs, is it any wonder that Darren Estrada of Jake’s Sweeping Tornados had the entrepreneurial spirit at a young age? After selling a prior business, Mr. Estrada was looking for a new opportunity when a close friend mentioned wanting to get out of a side business. In early 2000, Jake’s Sweeping Tornados was born, purchased its first truck, and started working a few existing contracts.  Read More…

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SE Louisiana’s Sweeping and Exterior Maintenance Professionals

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Power Sweep Services

David Powell, Kenner, LA

Power Sweep Services, LLC is a locally owned and operated company that keeps quality and customer service at the top of their priorities. Since Power Sweep Services began in 2005, business has increased each year along with the range of services that are provided. Owned and led by David Powell, they provide services to SE Louisiana and surrounding areas. Power Sweep Services pride themselves on their reputation for providing the exterior maintenance services wanted by their customers.

“We have added a number of services in order to better serve our new and existing customers,” says owner, David Powell.

“We quickly learned that our sweeping customers would prefer working with one capable company on all of their exterior maintenance needs. In the years since we began back in 2005, we have strived to become that type of full-service company.”

Communication is a key factor in our quality.

Along with providing a wide variety of exterior maintenance services, Power Sweep Services, LLC ensures an extremely responsive line of communication with all of their existing and potential customers.

“The one thing that we have always made sure throughout the years is to remain responsive to our customers,” says Powell.

“We always make a point to return phone calls and emails the same day they are received. We have had situations where a customer has requested an emergency clean up in the middle of the night. We were there to take the call when it came in and provide immediate service to our customer.”

Power Sweep Services not only provides sweeping services but also line striping pressure washing and graffiti removal.

We are glad to have David a part of the 1-800-SWEEPER organization.

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