Air Filters

Air Filters

Diesel engines are tough and today’s engines are no less durable than before. But due to changes in exhaust emissions technology, they require extremely clean fuel and air to function properly. Today’s Tier 4 engines turbocharge high volumes of air to help with emissions control. These turbochargers are precision components, and failure can present you […]

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An Interview with Jim Dodson, Mid-State Industrial

An Interview with Jim Dodson, Mid-State Industrial

How did your company get its start? Mid-State Industrial Service, Inc. was purchased by my parents in 1970. At the time it consisted of one Tymco 300 sweeper and several Waynes, a tenant, and American Lincoln ride-on sweepers. There were my parents and two employees. The billing office was at the kitchen table. Within a […]

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Creating a Culture of Safety: Best Practices for Managing Driver Risk

Creating a Culture of Safety: Best Practices for Managing Driver Risk

Recently in Illinois, a Waste Management truck ran into a power pole, knocking down powerlines and cutting electricity for 75 local residents. Last winter in New York, a speeding snowplow driver caused thousands of dollars of damage when he plowed too close to a car dealership, pushing several parked vehicles into each other. This year […]

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Fuel Filters

Fuel Filters

“I have used non-OEM brand filters for years and never had any issues,” we often hear customers say, and when you’re talking about older fuel systems, this is not a surprising response. However, as demands for lower emissions, improved performance, and reduced fuel consumption have intensified, fuel injection system designs have changed. The most prominent […]

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Improving Employee Attitudes

When you run a sweeper company, you know that your crews are everything. They are the ones out there on a daily and nightly basis representing your business getting the difficult work done for your contracts. Hopefully, you’ve hired great people that make your enterprise the best it can be. Sometimes people’s attitudes can change, […]

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Why Buying Used is a Better Value than Renting

Why Buying Used is a Better Value than Renting

The increasing costs of buying new machinery makes renting sweepers more appealing for contractors. The general rule-of-thumb rental representatives tell you is that if you do not plan to utilize a machine for 65 to 80 percent of the time, you are better off renting. By renting, you only pay for equipment when you are […]

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BZ & Son’s Sweeping and Washing Inc., An Interview with Bob Stumpf

BZ & Son’s Sweeping and Washing Inc., An Interview with Bob Stumpf

How did your company begin? My dad started in 1986, working for a gentleman that got into it by accident. I was 25 years old and in the Navy at the time. His health was starting to fail in the later part of his life and I was overseas in Spain at the time. He […]

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Fleet Optimization: Alternative Strategies Before You Buy

Fleet Optimization: Alternative Strategies Before You Buy

At NiteHawk, we’ve been building the highest quality sweepers on the market for over twenty years. We’re driven beyond manufacturing goals. For us, the real joy of our work comes from helping small businesses grow and succeed. It’s important to us that any customer looking to purchase a new sweeper does so at the right […]

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10 Tips How You Can Help Prevent Stormwater Pollution

10 Tips How You Can Help Prevent Stormwater Pollution

Stormwater runoff is rain that falls on streets, parking areas, sports fields, gravel lots, rooftops and other developed land. This rain picks up and mixes with what’s on the ground such as Oil, grease, metals, coolants, fertilizers, pesticides, bacteria from pet wastes and failing septic systems, soil from construction sites, soaps from car or equipment […]

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Dealing With Tough Stains

Dealing With Tough Stains

For general cleaning, pressure washing is a great cleaning option to remove stains and discoloration. But consider your stain type before you use a pressure washer. The use of a pressure washer on oil patches or set-in stains can make the stain worse, driving the stains deeper into the surface pores. For grease and oil […]

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Elgin Sweeper Company Brings 1-800-SWEEPER to the Track at NASCAR!

Elgin Sweeper Company Brings 1-800-SWEEPER to the Track at NASCAR!

As the eponymous hero of “Talledaga Nights,” NASCAR superstar Ricky Bobby famously says: “If you’re not first, you’re last.” Well, Elgin Sweeper company may not have been the first sweeper manufacturing company to join the roster of Vendor/Partners joining forces with power sweeping co-op 1-800-SWEEPER, but they certainly have brought their “A game” to the […]

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CAM South Sweeping- An Interview with Andy Coolidge

CAM South Sweeping- An Interview with Andy Coolidge

How did your journey with CAM South begin? CAM South originally started in 2007. I acquired the operating assets in May of 2014, which included 1 1/2 cabover sweepers. Both were very old, one required a new chassis engine (that’s the 1/2 unit), and neither were regularly serviced. If I wasn’t so eager to build […]

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Overcoming Economic Challenges

Overcoming Economic Challenges

Although the recession officially ended in 2009, its negative effects are still felt in many US industries. This is especially true for small businesses. As the country returns to its pre-recession growth and employment rates, it’s the little guys who bear the biggest consequences. If you’ve made it this far, you’re probably running a pretty […]

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