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Ranger Kidwell-Ross, editor Here's the latest in sweeping news from our Editor:

June 21st of 2022 marked WorldSweeper's 17-year anniversary.

APEX2021_MultipleYears75 It is with great pleasure that we report WorldSweeper's free monthly e-newsletter is the recipient of an international APEX Award for Publication Excellence. This marks the 10th year in a row that our newsletter has won an APEX and the 16th year in a row of the 17-year existence of the WorldSweeper.com website that some aspect of the overall project has won an APEX. Sign up here to receive our newsletter in your in-box each month.

WorldSweeper's November e-newsletter has been distributed. Sign our guestbook to get on the reception list.

Our October e-newsletter contained news that Trombia has been purchased by FAUN; an article that discussed the problem of sweeping for dust abatement; an Elgin Street King addition to our collection of old sweeper brochures; the link to a YouTube video we did on pollution insurance; the efforts by San Francisco sweeper operators to retain the City's separate Dept. of Sanitation and Streets; and some entertaining photos that included street sweepers from the 1940s.

Do you have any info to offer about this 'mystery sweeper?' Alpha Sweeper A reader asked us to see what info we could find out about the sweeper shown in the photo to the right. If you know any info about it, please let us know..

Other important past news included...
WorldSweeperAward2022_400 Bruce Christianson and ND-based Pro Sweep, Inc. won the Award of Excellence in Power Sweeping for 2022. Pro Sweep cleans the streets of 60 cities and does 4,000 parking areas in their 10 months of weather-available operation. And, most importantly, the company hasn't had a safety infraction or on-the-job injury in its 21-year existence!

If you are a sweeping contractor, you might want to read Mark Schwarze's suggestions for you.

In one of the most important developments ever for street sweeping, both Florida and Minnesota will be providing credits worth millions of dollars to municipal MS4s in those respective states. These are being paid because studies done by those states have found that removal of phosphorus to be from seven to 150 times more cost-effective to do than the next best BMP, which involves catchbasins.

If you care about phosphorus removal from the runoff stream, our article and Zoomcast with Randy Neprash is a 'must watch.' Randy is a leader in Minnesota's move to providing phosphorus removal credits to MS4s based directly upon amount of debris collected via a sweeper.

Did you know that Charles Brooks, a Black man, was one of the first US inventors of a street sweeper?

Check out this article and video on sweeping's value for the environment.

How many of my industry predictions for 2021 would you say actually took place?

We love the heart-warming story about a group of kids in India who built their school's elderly custodian a 'grounds sweeper.'

The pavement-based pollutant removal ability of a wide variety of BMPs has shown street sweeping to be the most cost-effective of all by a significant margin. Check out the new comprehensive study that involved 14 Florida municipalities.

Our editor interviewed Rod Moore, general manager for 40+ year C&J Parking Lot Sweeping, about what accounted for the company's continuing success. What Rod has to say about the concept of providing outstanding customer service in this 17-minute video is food for thought for most any type of service business.

GPS is one of the best ways to monitor performance; here is an article telling how to get more 'operator buy-in' via turning GPS data into a positive experience via game-playing.

After a cost assessment of implementing Chesapeake Bay requirements tallied up to more than $1 billion, the county sought a less expensive solution. A study on the costs of storm water management practices prepared for the Maryland Department of the Environment Science Services Administration found that air street sweepers provided the lowest average annual cost over 20 years per impervious acre treated.

WorldSweeper surveyed eight U.S. cities about their sweeping practices. The results may surprise you.

Did you know that over 40% of the tickets nationwide are for not moving vehicles prior to sweeping?

We now have on the WorldSweeper website an in-depth analysis of the City of San Jose, California's street sweeping program. The report – which is 72 pages in length – is entitled "Street Sweeping: Significant Investment and Re-tooling are Needed to Achieve Cleaner Streets." We highly recommend anyone involved with street sweeping read the report. Complete info is at this link.

Risk transfer clauses are becoming a regular part of mall and third party contracts. Every sweeping contractor needs to read this article that discusses how to recognize and defend against risk transfer clauses.

Next time one of your sweeper operators complains about their job, we suggest to show them the dangers of being a sweeper in Jamaica, where most of the sweeping is done manually amidst drivers that a U.S. contractor calls "maniacs." Is one of your operator's problems that they might have to "jump into the nearby crocodile-infested swamp"?!

Have you wondered how to tell a prospect or client how they can tell a quality sweeping contractor? Check out the article I wrote for Retail Facility Business on this topic.

Are you a Facebook Fan of WorldSweeper.com yet? Our Fans often receive advance notice of our newsletter, as well as a variety of industry tidbits not meriting an actual article.

Finally, if you are a vendor to the sweeping industry and don't yet advertise here, please consider doing so with either a banner ad or a Sweeping Products listing.

As you can see from the logos above the headline, we have an RSS feed on the website, as well as links to our Twitter and Facebook accounts. These are easy ways to keep up with news at WorldSweeper.com. We also offer a web page that contains the latest articles we've added to the site.

Good Sweeping,
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-- Ranger Kidwell-Ross, editor

First time here? Please read my introductory welcome message.


Take a look at our featured items below, or check out the complete contents of the site by choosing from the list to the left.

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If you haven't filled out our Guestbook, we can't send you late-breaking industry information. If you're involved with sweeping, please take time to provide us with your contact information.

CONTRACTOR LOCATOR
Do you offer sweeping or related services, or would you like to hire a sweeping contractor? If so, you'll want to check out our contractor locator section. (opens in new window)

SWEEPING AROUND THE WORLD
Sweeping is a worldwide industry, but the techniques vary enormously depending upon where it's being done. We have a number of stories about how sweeping is done in various locations of the world, many from the award-winning online travelogues penned by our editor while traveling in Asia, Australia and Europe. You'll want to take a look.

WHAT'S NEW
Here is where you'll find the latest stories we've posted online. You'll want to check often to find out the latest in industry news.

STREET SWEEPING
You'll find everything to do with street sweeping here. If that is the segment of the sweeping industry you are involved with, you'll want to check it out.

SWEEPER SLIDESHOWS
Want to see what sweepers used to be like? If so, you'll definitely want to check out our collection of old sweeper pictures. Some of the photos are even for sale, and what would look better on your office wall?!

SWEEPING PRODUCTS
Need to fix your sweeper, buy a new one or find the best deals and suppliers for sweeping-related products? As a way to show them you appreciate their support for this site, please do your shopping from manufacturers who support WorldSweeper.com. If you sell to the sweeping industry, be sure to sign up for your free or enhanced product listing! (opens in new window)


FEATURED SWEEPING ORGANIZATION
We're proud to offer this feature story on our home page.

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21 Years of Safety in North Dakota Rewarded

WorldSweeperAward2022_400 Our current featured contractor is North Dakota-based Pro Sweep, managed by Bruce Christianson. The company is the 2022 winner of the WorldSweeper/World Sweeping Association's Award of Excellence in Power Sweeping.

Pro Sweep's story is one of continuous safety in one of the harshest environments in the United States. Plus, the company has continued to expand to gain its status today as one of the largest power sweeping companies in that region of the U.S.

If you'd like you or your organization to be considered for this honor, please let us know.

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"If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, like Shakespeare wrote poetry.

"Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well."

-- Martin Luther King, Jr.
April 9, 1967

If you'd like an 8.5 x 11 copy of the certificate shown above, suitable for framing, click here or on the certificate image.