1-800-SWEEPER Blog

Mar 14, 2019

1-800-SWEEPER Partner Profile: Air Sweep, Inc.


Somewhere, in a family scrapbook or photo album, there is a photo of five-year-old Gary and six-year old Caroline Megliola standing in front of a sweeper. In the early 1970s, their dad, a full-time firefighter, started a parking lot maintenance job sweeping and picking by hand, eventually purchasing a small Tenant sweeper. By 1979 he purchased a new MASCO sweeper to develop a side business driving cross-country to CA to pick up a new Masco sweeper.

Air Sweep Inc. is currently helmed by Gary Megliola and partner, Nikki Serafino, along with Gary’s sister Caroline, and is still very much a family owned and operated company based in Agawam, Massachusetts. All told, the company has over forty-five years of commercial service under its belt.

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Feb 8, 2019

Mark Carter Receives 2019 Alan Curtis Industry Service Award

Mark Carter

Mark Carter

Mark Carter of Peloton Sweeping Service in Orange, CA has provided ongoing efforts in the role of improving professionalism, image and even profitability within the sweeping industry.

Based on this story in ForConstructionPros.com, Pavement Maintenance magazine will be awarding Carter for his service in the power sweeping industry during a ceremony on February 27, 2017 at NPE – National Pavement Expo.

He will be the recipient of the Alan Curtis Industry Service Award based on among other criteria, his extensive involvement with the North American Power Sweeping Association (NAPSA) in all its incarnations. In 2019, Carter will become the longest-tenured NAPSA Board member.

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Feb 7, 2019

“Sweeper of the Year” Awarded by Pavement Maintenance Magazine to Contract Sweepers & Equipment


People, Pride, Purpose: The Glue that Binds Team Members at Award-winning Company

Employee “buy-in” to understanding how the company is run, and ultimately the profitability of Contract Sweepers and Equipment, started in 2004 when a 100% employee buyout of the company from original owners was initiated.

Originally developed to help explain what conversion to an ESOP – an Employee Stock Ownership Plan – meant to all employees, Contract Sweepers & Equipment’s management developed the “People, Pride & Purpose” campaign.

“We were trying to explain the ESOP to our folks in a way that was simple, meaningful and frankly marketable,” Kesselring says. “We needed them to understand what we were doing and why we were doing it.”

And today, with over 100 people working at the award-winning company, Contract Sweepers & Equipment makes it a point to make sure all those people are healthy and feeling part of the team.

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Jan 31, 2019

Can Electronic Vehicle Inspections Save Time or Money?


Before sending your sweeper operators out on the road, it has become mandatory to have the driver perform a physical inspection of the vehicle before his or her shift begins.

An inspection confirms vehicle safety and identifies any required maintenance issues. A beginning-of-shift equipment assessment also helps the driver and equipment manager confirm that all systems are working correctly from lights to sweeping components. These inspections have traditionally been completed as a paper checklist and stored in a drawer.

Recently, Matt Dziak, the Content Marketing Manager at Fleetio, published a Vehicle Inspection Checklist: A Guide to Smarter, More Efficient Inspections. Fleetio is a 1-800-SWEEPER Vendor Partner that provides a unique customizable vehicle inspection, repair logging and maintenance notification software.

Although the software was generic at start and could apply to almost any type of fleet of vehicles, 1-800-SWEEPER Partners have been developing and fine-tuning a version specific to the needs of sweeping service contractors.

As Matt’s article points out, drivers can only complete daily vehicle inspection forms as quickly as they can assess vehicles and write. If a maintenance issue pops up, more time is added as the driver writes or draws a description of the failure. The same issues apply to post-trip inspections and identification of issues that came up during a shift as well.

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Jan 30, 2019

Introducing the 1-800-SWEEPER App!


By leveraging mobile phone technology, the 800 App improves customer service and speed of interaction between our partners and customers. The 1-800-SWEEPER App is another way 1-800-SWEEPER differentiates itself from others in the power sweeping industry.

Download the 1-800-SWEEPER App today!

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