Friday, May 20, 2016

St Jude's Bass Classic

Joel Willert: Facility Services Manager

The Minnesota fishing season is officially open!  I am looking forward to some nice weather and spending as much time as possible on the water this year.

A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to fish in the St. Jude’s Bass Classic, on the Mississippi River, on pools 4 & 5.  The St. Jude’s Bass Classic was founded in 1998, by a group of anglers from Minnesota and Wisconsin.  The inspirational tournament unites two passions: fishing and raising money to support the children and families of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  To date, there has been over 2 million dollars raised! This year was another record-breaking year, with a total of $341,483 raised in support of St. Jude’s!  Because of its supporters, countless children at St. Jude’s have enjoyed a lifetime of moments they might otherwise have missed. 

This year, there was approximately 70 2-man teams fishing in the tournament.  In order to enter the tournament, each fishing team must pay an entry fee as well as raise a minimum of $500.00, which goes directly to support the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.   My tournament partner felt a lot of pressure going into this year, as we had taken 1st place in 2015.  We figured out a good fishing pattern, and were feeling pretty confident about our chances going into the event.  However, we ended up falling a little short, and finished in 2nd place.  This tournament has yet to be won by the same team in 2 consecutive years. 

I would personally like to thank City Wide Maintenance of Minnesota, as well as everyone else involved, for their contributions to this amazing event.  It is truly heartwarming to hear patients’ families speaking at the event and expressing how grateful they are of events like these that have impacted their lives!



Friday, May 13, 2016

Week In Review: May 9th - 13th

Alex Underwood: Facility Services Manager

Happy Spring/Early Summer from the Northwest Territory,
It's been a good start to quarter 2! We've been helping our customers accomplish their spring cleaning needs and prepping their buildings for the warmer weather ahead.

Lately, our schedules have been filling up with regular interior cleaning projects such as: carpet cleaning and floor waxing.  These are typical services after the wear and tear of the winter months. We have also had some customers request exterior building cleaning services as well. 
There are several large projects happening this spring. We have many parking lot and ramp pressure washing and sweeping projects scheduled, as well as, getting loading docks and front entrance walk ways pressure washed to remove salt and sand build up from the winter.  I am assisting another one of my customers with patching, crack filling, seal coating, and stripping their parking, in effort to amp up the curb appeal for customers visiting their building. 

On a personal note, the warmer weather has made it possible to get in a few rounds of golf so far. I had a long weekend in the Brainerd Lakes area with some friends, on a Golfing trip ,where we were all able to get in our first 72 holes of the year. With the moderate winter and rain this spring, the courses are off to a good start and in great shape. I hope you've been able to enjoy some of the sunny days, yourself!
As always, I hope you have a great rest of spring and beginning of summer. We are always here to assist with whatever projects you need at your facility.  Just give us a call!


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Week In Review: April 25th - 29th

Mitch Brunette: Director of Operations

Happy Spring to all, even though it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster so far!  It seems like the mornings and evenings have been cooler lately, and the mid-day hasn’t been quite as hot as it was for a couple weeks there in March.  A weird start to the year, but we’ll take it! 

There is a lot going on in our territory, around the entire metro, as we support existing clients and bring aboard new ones.  These last few weeks, we started up a large group of medical facilities that required 10-12 of us out on the weekend, helping kick off the cleaning with our new crews!  Jarrad had mentioned it a bit last week, but now it’s mostly behind us.  We’ve started cleaning these new locations, fine-tuned the crews, and established good relationships with our new client base.  Not a bad way to kick off Q2!

As for supporting our existing clients, you probably hear a lot from us in the spring time, as we discuss projects, spring cleaning, and organization of these maintenance programs.  It’s that time and we are in full swing!  Every day, it seems that I have someone reaching out for some new project to be priced or considered, new types of services being offered, and old ones being rescheduled to keep our buildings in order. 

Outside the office, I’ve been very busy turning my jungle of a backyard into a much better view!  I’ve been pulling buck thorn, small trees that don’t belong, weeds, old stumps, and exposing black dirt that needs some wood-like grasses planted.  I’m on the hunt for the perfect seed to take on the space and require minimal maintenance.  Aside from that, I’ve been moving furniture around the house, rearranging rooms, painting and getting things in order for an eventful summer!  Have a great spring everyone, and please reach out if you need any quotes or ideas for your property!