Friday, April 29, 2011

Week in Review: April 25th - 29th

Kelly Mansfield - Business Development:
Well it has been quite the ride as of late! Between spending all of my time (with Greg and the crew of course) at the new account for 2 weeks, keeping up with daily duties, and having fun with new spring projects to bid... it has been quite the busy past few weeks!

We're all so happy to report that the new account is going well. It took a lot of hard work, tons of extra hours on the weekends and evenings, and many miles logged, but we have a great crew and we're getting to know the facility like the back of our hands.

Even though it may not feel quite like spring, we have been busy, Busy, BUSY with projects galore! Repairing and maintaining parking lots have obviously been on many people's minds as we've had countless requests for proposals. Sweeping, striping, and repairing lots with sealcoats and patching are many avenues that our current and potential clients are asking for. This keeps me busy! Finding the location, measuring the lot on our satellite software, and then bidding the project takes some time, but I thoroughly enjoy it!

As well as parking lot maintenance, we've all been busy with window washing, carpet cleaning, and hard floor care as well. There is no doubt that Minnesota Winter takes a toll on the facilities and buildings in this great state! Thankfully City Wide is there to help clean you up just in time for spring :-)

On a personal note, this weekend is my birthday! I'm looking forward to doing some shopping, spending company with friends, and (maybe if we're lucky?) enjoying some nice spring weather. Shalee and Diane were even nice enough to decorate my office area for my birthday this morning!! Time to celebrate :-D

~Your City Wide Team

Friday, April 22, 2011

Week in Review: April 18th - 22nd

Mitch - Quality Control Manager:

What a busy 3 weeks it has been! I can’t believe it has been that long since my last post! As we mentioned before on several posts we started a very large account up in the North Metro that required great effort from everyone within our organization here in MN and some borrowed help from Kansas! A special thanks again out to Joe and Dwayne from Kansas for coming up to help us out to get things off to a fantastic start! A special thanks to Greg and Kelly who lived and breathed this new building and lived out of a hotel for a week and a half to get it up and running! A special thanks to our night managers Steve and Mark for their heavy attention on top of other responsibilities to get it done! And of course a major thanks to our crew and Service Providers that did the actual physical bulk of the labor. It was fun to be a part of kicking off such a big project and ten years from now looking back it will be all worth it, heck even a year from now it will be worth it! I bet we could go on for hours on what we saw, learned, solved, and changed to get it all set and into a great routine.

Meanwhile in the south metro we have added a handful of new accounts in the midst of all of this… Thankfully they have all gone of without a hitch as Eric and Myself have been on site making sure the crews were started off properly in multiple areas of the buildings and all aspects of the scope of work. We have already expanded the business at each of the new accounts by providing some strip and wax, carpet cleaning, and upholstery cleaning for them to get their facility up to a great standard for us to maintain.

This month is a big month for us in carpet and wax work. Very normal part of our spring cleaning and facility cleanup process for these jobs to come up in April-June. One of our group clients gives us approximately 500 exam rooms for wax work and 150k sq ft of carpet to clean spread across our 10 clinics we clean for them. So far we are ¾ through the projects and we have had zero issues, errors, or missed work and intend to continue that high quality service through the end.

Window washing is about to pickup if spring EVER decides to fully present itself, rain and get out of the way so we can clean up those dirty winter water spots, streaks and soils. We have crews that do simple ground level, ladder and lift window washing as well as the drop cleaning crews. The only drop clean I currently have scheduled is for early June which is a 8 story high rise property that we cleaned last year as well.

Life is getting busy in and out of work as we continue to grow and as I build on my current hobbies…. A few weeks ago I was given a 1970s boat that needed some restoration work done and after some basic diagnosis found that it not only runs, but runs well! I am very excited to get going on the 5-6 repairs that are needed in various areas and clean it up and start buffing etc to get it looking good and presentable, right now it looks like a lost cause but I have hope! Aside from that it is time to train train and train some more for a few running events this summer. I have a 5K for my wifes company (General Mills). My wife, sister/brother in law and I are all running a half marathon on the 4th of July which is my brother in laws 30th birthday. And finally I still look forward to the Warrior Dash in July, that will be a unique event and not easily forgotten!

~Your City Wide Team

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

City Wide Tips & Tricks: Green Cleaning

With Earth Day fast approaching, it's time to reflect on how we are each contributing to a healthier planet. Green cleaning is no longer just a trend-- clients are beginning to choose who they do business with based on a company's commitment to sustainability. If you're late leaving the gate, there's still time!

In this month's video, City Wide has a few pointers for making the transition. There have been incredible strides in the Green Cleaning movement. City Wide's Performance Plus program has made it more affordable to be green and reduce your carbon footprint while increasing your company's marketability. Call today to receive a free building survey and on April 22nd, celebrate Earth Day with pride!

~Your City Wide Team

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Hard Floor Care: The Twister Pad

Check out a new hard floor procedure, the HTC Diamond Twister Pad, that we've successfully been using at our newest account!

The Twister Pad is a revolutionary cleaning system that seemingly-instantly cleans and polishes flooring without the use of harsh chemicals. The Twister Pad is embedded with microscopic diamonds which transforms common floor surfaces such as terrazzo, ceramic tiles, linoleum, vinyl flooring, and/or natural stone from dull, diry, and worn floors to clean, glossy, and polished floors in a matter of minutes!

With Twister Pads, you get:
Outstanding quality
Cost efficiency
Enionmental sustainability
User friendly product

At our newest account this week, we literarily transformed one of their breakrooms! The flooring was worn, yellow, and diry-looking. Using the three-step Twister Pad process, the breakroom really does look like it's had a floor upgrade! The compliments and praise that we've received is the proof-- The Twister Pad is the new way to quickly, thoroughly, and easily scrub and polish your floors!

Check out the video below to learn more about this procedure:

~Your City Wide Team

Friday, April 8, 2011

Week In Review: April 4 - April 8

Shalee - Administration Manager

Where has the time flown?  I turn my head and now it's Spring!  I'm just so happy to see the grass again.  :)

We're hard at work here at City Wide.  We have several new starts for wonderful clients.  From what I hear, they are all extremely happy with the new, clean feel of their facilities!  So good to hear that the work and effort is worth the time and energy it takes to satisfy customers.

We're looking at lots of spring cleaning for many of our present clients as well as clients-to-be!  On the line up so far are:
  • Window Washing Contracts
  • Parking Lot Maintenance Repairs from Striping to Sweeping to Asphalt work
  • Carpet Cleaning to take away all the salt and sand from the (good riddance!) snow
There are a few other things in the works too.  It's just nice to have the weather and inclination to start anew.

On the personal side, this weekend we're going to get out and enjoy the great outdoors as much as possible!  I'm so out of shape, but I think I see a trail with my name on it somewhere in the area.  I need to start some time... it might as well be now!

~Your City Wide Team