1-800-SWEEPER Blog

May 17, 2018

Look Who’s Turning Forty!


Milestones are something to celebrate. And Progressive Sweeping Contractors, LLC. headquartered out of Toledo, Ohio just hit the 4-decade marker.

Started by 1-800-SWEEPER Board President, Mike Lucht in 1978 with a single sweeper truck, ProSweep is celebrating its 40-year anniversary in March 2018.

Over the years, Prosweep has grown from a 1-truck operation to a multi-city operation with a second location in Redford Michigan, outside Detroit. The Redford operation is helmed by one of Mike’s sons, Jason. To help commemorate the milestone, their website www.ProSweep.com was completely overhauled.

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May 3, 2018

An Interview with 1-800-SWEEPER Partner: Pat Connor of Connor Sweeping (Newark, DE)


At Connor Sweeping, it’s All in the Family

Pat Connor is a man of many talents – and companies. Together with his brothers, the three men run three companies around Wilmington, Delaware. Pat is responsible for two of the companies – a roll off container (dumpster) company founded in 1995 and Connor Sweeping, which began in January 2005.

“Our sweeping business started because there was a need for construction clean up in the community and it was natural to kind of combine with our other businesses; so we filled the need.” Connor Sweeping works to clear sites of dust and debris including: construction, municipalities, industrial, and commercial.  The company has an excellent reputation and a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.

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Apr 23, 2018

Meet the First 1-800-SWEEPER Affiliate: Mark Chamberlain of EnviroSweep (Colorado Springs, CO)


Mark Chamberlain had an early start in business creating an office furniture and cubicle company at just 23 years old. Four years later he sold the business, but continued working for the new owners for 10 years after that. At night, Mark would sweep parking lots as a side business.

Mark’s Inspiration

Often it seems, sweepers learn about the business from a family member who already has one. But not Mark. “I heard about sweeping from a guy in Denver – Kerry Armstrong” (also a 1-800-Sweeper partner). “I bought my first truck (a Tymco sweeper) from Kerry. He gave me a quick driving lesson in the truck, and then I had to head right back home.” The year was 1999, and that was the beginning of EnviroSweep in Colorado Springs, CO. Mark and his wife run the company together.

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Apr 10, 2018

Meet our Vendor Partner – Elgin Sweeper

Since 1914, Elgin Sweeper has been hard at work cleaning America’s roadways.

Elgin has evolved its line of sweepers through the years and continues designing new products. Today, Elgin equipment utilizes every variation of current sweeping technology — mechanical, pure vacuum sweepers, regenerative air, alternative fuel sweepers, waterless dust control and high efficiency filtration — providing customers a sweeper to best match their environment and meet the customer’s needs.

In January 2018, Elgin introduced a new and innovative configuration of its popular Crosswind® regenerative air sweeper. This newest model utilizes a single-engine with a variable-speed device installed between the chassis engine and transmission allowing the engine to simultaneously power both the truck and the sweeper.

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Apr 2, 2018

2018 Regional Meetings – Four Great Opportunities to Meet Current Partners

If you missed connecting with us at NPE 2018 in Cleveland, now is your opportunity to meet with current Partners and review the many benefits of joining 1-800-SWEEPER.

Current Partners in the 1-800-SWEEPER co-op consistently request additional opportunities to interact with other sweeping company owners and managers who are part of our organization. In addition to the annual Sweeper Summit — this year in Las Vegas — our regional, one-day meetings have proven to be a perfect way to do that.

The events typically run from ~8:30 am to 4:00 pm, with breakfast and lunch served. Complete agenda details and specific information for each meeting are sent two weeks prior to each meeting date.

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