Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas from City Wide!

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~ Your City Wide Team

Monday, December 13, 2010

City Wide Tips: Keeping Your Floors Clean

As the new year comes upon us, it's important to take into account the areas of your building that can receive the most wear and tear - your floors. Whether its rain, snow, or increased amounts of grit brought in on visitors' shoes, your floors will need to be proactively maintained in order to prevent major work down the line.

No matter if you have carpet, tile, marble, or stone the best place to start is with the day to day maintenance. Vacuuming can reduce the wear on your flooring exponentially and having the larger work done once or twice a year can also help your floors last longer.

Check out City Wide's tips on keeping tile and grout, in addition to carpet, maintained throughout the year here!

~Your City Wide Team

Friday, December 10, 2010

Week in Review: December 6th - 10th

Greg - President:
Another great work week has passed here at City Wide. The week started out on a great note-- we officially hired Engelo full time in a position that helps with account management and sales development. A lot of his job description and focus in the next few months will be to really learn the ways of City Wide. We're truely excited to have him in this position here at City Wide!

From there, we got the great news that a bank branch and a new medical building have signed on with us for janitorial services beginning at the first of the year. As always, we're extra excited to show them how City Wide can make their job easier!

On Wednesday, I got a chance to meet up for lunch with our Hillyard representative, Jim. Mitch and Tyler joined us as well. We had a nice time catching up and most importantly reviewing how our change over to performance plus cleaning as gone.

As for this weekend, our friends and colleagues who own City Wide of Boston are coming to visit for four days. Since Mitch, Tyler, and I enjoy ice fishing and the Boston guys are always up for an adventure, we figured we'd make a fishing weekend of their trip as well. We're headed up to Lake of the Woods this afternoon. Us Minnesotans are hoping to show the Boston guys a great time-- with loads of fish caught and true Minnesotan weather.

Speaking of Minnesota weather, keep dry, warm, and safe out there this week! Once again, it looks like we're forecasted to get another dumping of weekend snow. As always, our crews will be out in full force to take care of our contracted lots. Big thanks goes out to our wonderful snow removal crews as well as City Wide's night managers Mark and Eric!


 Mitch - Quality Control Manager:
It is nice to have a normal week where I can just get out and see all of my customers without major interruptions in the middle of the day for meetings, bids, and other various needs. This week I’ve completed a lot of high quality inspections for my customers and found some improvements needed-- but nothing major thankfully.

This month we are all set for Top Scrub and Wax at our group of dialysis unit customers. Much work goes into the process by each site staff to move machines around for us to be able to properly complete the floors. Once this is done, that will wrap up our 2010 work and we will do a Jan-March wet burnish and a strip and wax in spring to get the floors ready again for the beating of winter! Also we have two wet burnishes for another set of group customers that provide day care services for adults with special needs. This is the smaller process, which is much easier, very minimal moving of items for us to get in and complete the work.

I am super excited along with Greg, and Tyler to welcome up the owners of City Wide of Boston and take them to Lake of the Woods for some high quality ice fishing this weekend! It’s going to be freezing cold, but that will be well worth it provided that we catch tons of fish! The other exciting part about it is getting to know the guys from Boston and what they are doing to drive their growing business each and every day. Hopefully it will be a good learning experience to bounce ideas off of each other back and forth and gain knowledge about how to continue and improve upon our individual roles as well as the overall performance of the company.

I’m sad to say that it is the end of the hunting season for me… the next four weekends I will be out of town or busy with the holidays. This weekend we head to Lake of the Woods, next week we are doing family Christmas down at the in-laws farm, the following week is Christmas, and the week after we head to Duluth for New Years Eve. Usually I’m not a big NYE celebrator, but this year our two closest friends are in a wedding the following day in Duluth so we are headed up to hang out with them, hopefully it is a great night.


Tyler - Quality Control Manager:
Hello everyone! What a week it’s already been. With that large snowfall we had last weekend, our crews were out in full force keeping parking lots and sidewalks clear of snow and ice. So far this winter season our snow plowing contracts have gone off without a hitch. This year we have great crews set in place who follow our new procedures in updating us when lots are plowed. This has helped ensure we don’t miss any service. Additionally, we have our night managers involved with making sure evening plows run smoothly and are completed on time.

Our City Wide operations team is getting extremely excited for the Boston crew coming to town. We have an ice fishing trip set up for this weekend at Lake of the Woods! We’re hoping for great fishing conditions and good times had by all. I have been to Lake of the Woods when I was really young but have no memories of that trip. I hope we SLAY the walleyes this weekend! I believe we’re bringing our snowmobiles as well so that should add to the fun we’ll have. Stay tuned next week for an update on how we did.

I’m a fantasy football player and I’m in the playoffs yet again this season. They start next weekend and I’m favored to win. Being involved with fantasy football gets my mind off the terrible season the Vikings are having. Wish me luck this weekend fantasy!

Lastly, a few projects happening this week include: carpet cleaning in Roseville, strip and wax work and carpet cleaning up in Blaine. I’m also planning on making a YouTube video for a carpet extraction I have scheduled this week. It should showcase a good “before and after” shot on how out hot water carpet extraction can really improve the look of any carpet. Stay tuned!


Shalee - Administration Manager
Wowzers!  Thanksgiving has past and Christmas is just around the corner... where does the time go?! 

I know why my time is being spent to quickly during the day... We're rocking the work clock, marketing to prospects and setting up new accounts.  It oft surprises me when Isee that I only have an hour left at work.  I'm so consumed in the daily tasks and the rhythm of the workflow that I lose myself in them.  That's a great way to spend a workday if you ask me.

What a true joy to have a place I like to work with people with whom I like to spend my day!  I still say that we have the best office around town and in the City Wide Maintenance company too.  (Don't tell the other offices though.  They will be mighty jealous of us should they discover this truth.)  :)

Last week, I really enjoyed my first NHL experience last week!  Oh my lands... who knew that hockey was fun!  We had great seats and an even greater time as Greg and Kelly explained the game, even if Stuart turned out to to be a cooler who made us lose the game.  (Just kidding, Stuart!)

My family and I got out into that good snowfall and enjoyed ourselves in a little sledding.  We were the first to go down the new powder, making our tracks completely markable.  Smiles abounded and hot chocolate was definitey on the menu in order to warm our hands from the inside out.

This week been the week for our son to show his skills in a myriad of ways: drama performance, band concert (he plays the trombone), performance for a church video and finally a choir concert.  I'll be glad for this week to be done just so that I can have a night off, even if it's just to do laundry...
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~Your City Wide Team

Monday, December 6, 2010

City Wide Tips: Keeping The Dirt Out Of Your Mats

Keeping your lobby and entryway well maintained just got a lot easier. By implementing a matting system, you can collect nearly 85% of the dirt tracked into your building. Capturing more dirt before it enters your building can reduce the time and money spent on on-going maintenance.

You want to make sure that the money you spend to make your floors look great doesn't go to waste. Interested in learning more? Click here for some facts about the power of a matting system.

City Wide recommends a rental program to ensure that the mats in your building are consistently being cleaned and collecting the most dirt possible. Contact City Wide today for information on the benefits of this program. We'll make sure your mats are switched out on a regular basis to ensure your building stays as clean, safe, and dry as possible!

~Your City Wide Team

Friday, December 3, 2010

Week in Review: November 29th - December 3rd

Greg - President:
And just like that Thanksgiving is over and we’re already into the month of December! All of us at City Wide hope that you had a fantastic Thanksgiving holiday. Kelly and I traveled down to Kansas to surprise her family for Thanksgiving and it is a surprise that none of us will quickly forget. The weather was beautiful, the food was delicious, we spent some quality time with the family, and I even had a chance to go hunting with Joe Choplin, Director of Operations at the home office in Kansas City! Overall it was a very nice weekend.

Transitioning into the work week after a long weekend seemed quite easy—just this week we have signed up two nice-sized accounts; one is a bank branch and the other is a medical facility. We’re excited to get in there and show them what City Wide can do!

The threat of snow and ice has been keeping us on our toes this weekend as well. With the forecast of snow tonight, our crews are ready and prepared to service our accounts in the best, most efficient way. We’re hoping that this snowfall event will go over as smoothly and easily as the last dumping of snow that we got a few weeks ago!

Stuart Moyer, our Regional Sales Manager from the home office in Kansas City was here this week visiting us as well. I had a wonderful time driving around from sales calls to building survey appointments with Stuart. It was great to learn from him, gain support, and get to know him. Both of us graduated from the School of Business at the University of Kansas—but two years apart. Crazy to think that we probably had classes together!

Wednesday night we were able to score some tickets to the Minnesota Wild/Phoenix Coyotes hockey game. Stuart and Shalee have never been to an NHL game, so it was a lot of fun to introduce them to the sport of professional hockey. Even though we lost, we all had a great time!!


Mitch - Quality Control Manager:
Looking back on the month of November it was a bit of a wild month! Within it I can see we covered a wide variety of services from the standard carpet cleaning, window washing, hard floor waxing, warehouse machine scrubbing, light bulb changing, high volume wall cleaning (lifts, multiple crews to clean heavy ink and grease), turn cleaning, snow removal, and HVAC maintenance. November was definitely a diverse month for completing such various special projects for many of our customers in the south.

This week has been busy as always, working on snow removal invoicing is very time consuming to make sure you bill each customer properly and that you have the same information that the service provider does for each event. The proper upfront time and attention makes it much easier to explain to your customer why/how you billed them. The hard work definitely pays off!

This week I also scheduled up quarterly wax work for a group of our customer. All seven of my locations for this company are due for top scrub and wax recoats this month and are scheduled to be completed in the weekends leading up to the Christmas holiday and New Years Eve evening.

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving! I personally had a great time in Baton Rouge. We flew in on Tuesday afternoon and it was 81 degrees outside, with low humidity! Wednesday was around 71 degrees most of the day which was basically the perfect day. Then it cooled off to low 50s for Thanksgiving and I met my sister-in-law’s soon to be in-laws and that was a fun event! The man of the house heard about my deer hunting background so I pulled up some pictures online from our trail cameras, and of course pictures of the deer we have taken in our hunting group. That cued a three-hour hunting conversation with him being completely fascinated because they just don’t see deer down south like we do here in Minnesota. It was fun to be considered the “seasoned veteran” of hunting… whereas here, I’m barely an apprentice. Quite entertaining either way and to top it off we were able to (begrudgingly) cheer on the New Orleans Saints as they beat the Cowboys.

This weekend its back to hunting, hunting, and MORE hunting! I’m hoping to start this afternoon/evening, as well as Saturday morning into the afternoon. We’re getting down to the wire here and I really need a second deer in the ice box since my first one primarily went to sticks and steaks… I’ll need some jerky and ground meat in the freezer to get me through the year! I’m hoping for the best out there and as always, for a little R&R the rest of the weekend as well!


Tyler - Quality Control Manager:
Hello everyone! I hope you all had great Thanksgiving holidays! Thanksgiving has been one of my favorite holidays every since I’ve began appreciating good food, football and family gatherings. Every year I participate in a family/friend football game on the morning of Thanksgiving. This year, the “white meat” prevailed over the “dark meat” in the 34th annual Turkey Bowl. Might I add, I was a member of the white meat this year ;-) Oh, and we won 22 – 0. I can’t remember that last time a team was shut-out; but I can say it felt great to put a whoopin’ on the other team!

I am currently wrapping up a very busy week here at City Wide. Snow removal has been at the top of the list. It has been a relatively snowy November compared to last year. Last year we didn’t have a single snow event until December. Speaking of December 2009, it was one of the snowiest months in quite some time. It seemed we had crews working around the clock to keep drives clear, lots salted, and sidewalks shoveled. Big thanks to our snow removal teams for their hard work and dedication to the blustery winters we have here in Minnesota. We’re off to a great start!

Speaking of Minnesota… do we have any sports teams left? Or should I say, any sports team that really stand a chance at making playoffs and making a run at a title? What happened to the VIKES?! And the Twins? Granted, the Twins made it to the playoffs but can never seem to make it past the first round! I suppose I need to stop creating any false hope and wait until we’re in the Super Bowl or the World Series; then jump on the bandwagon! Twins done, Favre too old, Moss gone, Vikes season over, Wild are nothing special, I’M OUT!

Have a great weekend everyone!

~Your City Wide Team