Friday, April 4, 2014

Week In Review: March 31st - April 4th

Andrew Chapman: Sales Associate:

It seems that the City Wide team has been very focused on the weather which comes of no surprise.  As I write this, we are being blanketed by another snow storm that could reach up to a foot in depth.  I thought it being Spring time and seeing grass meant we were heading out of winter.  Looks like we’ll be plowing and shoveling for at least another week.

But not all is bad for Minnesota this time of the year.  The Minnesota Gophers won the Basketball Championship in the NIT.  Not the true March Madness but nevertheless, enjoyable to watch.  Our City Wide team also had a big victory recently.  At our Annual Convention that was in Florida this year, City Wide of Minnesota was announced as the top franchise of the year.  This was a huge honor for us as we’ve been aware of our great success but there were a lot of great markets across the country that we had to beat out to earn this award.  The sales team has been in overdrive throughout the winter and a lot of our success has come from that consistency.  I have to give props to our entire operations team, though.  They have kept all of our clients happy with continual communication, proactive attention to details, and overwhelming hard work.  Great job team we all deserve this!

For me, I’ve been living a more quiet life.  I think most of us are still in hibernation until Spring comes.  I mean actual Spring; with birds singing, doing yard work, and being able to ENJOY grilling.  Last weekend was a lot of family time.  Jessica’s brother and grandpa had their birthdays last week so we celebrated with them most of the weekend.  My grandpa, Dick Chapman, turned 84 last weekend, as well.  We threw him a big party with a lot of friends and family that came.  My dad also surprised him with some of his old buddies from WCCO.  Some of the friends were Steve Murphy, Erik Escola, Rob Brown, and Bruce Hagevik.  A little difficult getting a word in with any of them because the stories didn’t stop until they walked out the door.  I could tell my grandpa enjoyed it and that’s what it was all about!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Week In Review: March 17th - 21st

Kirsten Engels: Facility Service Manager

March has had some strange weather this year. I never know whether or not to bring a coat to work.

This winter has been pretty busy in the south metro. I have a couple of accounts where I handle the snow removal for them. Trust me, it has been a pretty busy year for this. Hopefully with it finally being Spring, it will start to get warmer in the next couple weeks and we don't have to plow snow anymore!

Coming up next month we have a lot of spring projects going on at our facilities. As soon as the snow melts, our floor crews become the busiest getting the building ready for spring. Spring cleaning is just around the corner. Carpet cleaning and wax work is a big priority to many of my customers because it helps to remove all the remaining salt from the floors.

I know I have been talking about how I want the snow to be gone, but this week I am actually heading out to Colorado to go snowboarding at Vail and Keystone. I haven’t been to the mountains since high school and I am very excited to get back there. Unfortunately we will be driving there which is roughly a 15 hour drive. I am hoping this will go by fast and that we have a fun time!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Week In Review: March 10th - 14th

Tyler DuBord: Facility Service Manager

February marked a record year for coldest temps and snowfall. We’ve stayed busy helping customers manage their snow removal as well as preventative maintenance measures such as carpet cleaning and floor waxing. Spring is typically our busiest season for this work. Customers consider these projects as “Spring cleaning” projects and they help to remove salt build up from the winter months. We use truck mounted carpet extractors for our cleaning and we find this process produces the best results. Floor waxing is also considered a Spring project. VCT tile floors have wax covering the tile surface to protect the tile and to provide a long lasting shine. Throughout winter, this wax is eaten away by the breakdown of salt. Regular floor maintenance is key in providing a long lasting protection and shine for your tile.
 
With all the snow this past winter I’ve enjoyed several weekends of snowmobiling up north. Some of the best trails are located in northern Minnesota. I am also able to ride right out of my garage as there is a trail just a couple blocks away. I typically ride from my house up to our cabin in Pine City. There are several stops along the way to warm up and get a drink or bite to eat. I enjoy the heavy snow falls to provide excellent snowmobiling conditions but when the temperature drops past 10 degrees and below zero, I tend to stay away from the trails. This winter provided several days below zero making it difficult to get out. I can only consider the warm temperatures of Spring and Summer where golf takes over!