5 Reasons to Use OEM Parts

5 Reasons to Use OEM Parts

One of the big concerns owning a sweeper is maximizing your sweeper’s uptime. What do you do when it’s time for repairs or maintenance? Do you order parts from the manufacturer or one of its dealers? Or do you scour aftermarket and will-fit vendors to find the cheapest option available? What are Aftermarket and OEM […]

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1-800-Sweeper Summit 2017 Another Success!

1-800-Sweeper Summit 2017 Another Success!

It is a tough call, but for the 120+ attendees at Sweeper Summit 2017, the highlight of the event may have been the 2-hour outdoor Equipment Exhibit and Reception held at the base of the Tower of the Americas in Downtown San Antonio. One part luxury magazine photo shoot, and one part opportunity for in-cab, […]

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Ace Surface Maintenance Inc. – An Interview with Ira Schwartz

Ace Surface Maintenance Inc. – An Interview with Ira Schwartz

Ace Surface Maintenance is a company with a big heart. In this interview with the owner, Ira Schwartz, you’ll see just how he started his company on a whim over 30 years ago. His adventures over the years and his dedication to his brand are what makes Ace exactly what is it. An award-winning company […]

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Winter Woes: Maintain Your Fleet, and Keep Drivers Safe

Winter Woes: Maintain Your Fleet, and Keep Drivers Safe

Winter is fast approaching, and maintaining your fleet in adverse weather conditions is always a challenge. Some small, preventative maintenance efforts paired with seasonal driver training can go a long way toward protecting your equipment, avoiding disruptions in service, and decreasing the risks of accidents during the winter months. Safe driving in the winter requires […]

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Great Holiday Gift Ideas For Your Employees

Great Holiday Gift Ideas For Your Employees

In the classic holiday movie starring Chevy Chase, “Christmas Vacation,” Clark W. Griswold was expecting a significant holiday bonus but ended up with a “jelly of the month” club gift instead from his company. Needless to say, he was beyond upset. He might have kidnapped his boss after that. Anyway, that’s an extreme, and funny […]

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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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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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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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