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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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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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Sweeping South Inc – An Interview With Nicki Knapp, President and Owner

Sweeping South Inc – An Interview With Nicki Knapp, President and Owner

How did your sweeping company start out? My husband and I purchased the company back in March of 2011. It was smaller back then. The previous owner had two trucks and just one employee before we bought the company. Why did you get into the power sweeping industry in the first place? We were friends […]

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Should Your Sweeping Company Offer Paternity Leave?

Should Your Sweeping Company Offer Paternity Leave?

Paternity leave is a hot button topic in our country right now. Of course, maternity leave is mainly focused on because it involves the mother, but shouldn’t the father of a new baby have some consideration too? As a business owner of a sweeping company, it’s up to you on your procedures and policies regarding […]

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5 Reasons For 
Tire Failure

5 Reasons For 
Tire Failure

Nothing is more frustrating than a blown tire. When this happens, we often think the tire wasn’t strong enough, or there was some defect in the tire but 99% of the time, the causes of tire failure is entirely avoidable with a little more care and attention during routine maintenance or while sweeping. Here are […]

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Why Move Your Car?

Why Move Your Car?

Street sweepers cannot eliminate all garbage and pollutants completely. People and businesses contribute such a significant amount of waste to the environment every day, over 250 million tons each year according to the EPA, that there are simply not enough street sweepers to keep up with the volume of work. Studies have shown that the […]

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Non-CDL

Non-CDL

With their smaller wheelbases, non-CDL sweepers are very maneuverable, which is important when sweeping tight, confined areas. Non-CDL sweepers also tend to be lower in operating and maintenance costs and total cost of ownership. Municipalities are very budget conscious. Non-CDL sweepers are less expensive than full-size sweepers, and a non-CDL sweeper operator can be paid […]

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10 Steps To A Safer Fleet

10 Steps To A Safer Fleet

Despite yellow warning signs flashing strobes and lights, sweepers can still be a magnet for mayhem. They move slow, and are highly visible, but there are still many crashes involving sweepers. Safety is more important in the sweeping industry than ever before, and technology is providing new and more comprehensive ways to keep your sweepers […]

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Keeping Employees Motivated

Keeping Employees Motivated

I don’t claim to be a tremendous motivational speaker, but I do get excited talking about business. I especially enjoy working with small and medium-sized companies, so dealing with sweeping contractors is right up my alley. I love learning from our industry and have met some of the best people on the planet. This includes […]

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Foreign Object Debris

Foreign Object Debris

FOD, or Foreign Object Debris, costs the aviation industry millions of dollars every year. This financial impact comes from direct costs such as damage to engines or airframes as well as indirect costs such as flight delays, cancellations, and lost revenues, schedule disruptions, and additional work by employees. More significant than the financial impact, however, […]

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