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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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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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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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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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