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!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Week In Review: March 3rd - 7th

Mitch Brunette: Director of Operations

March has been very well received by all at City Wide and pretty much every client I’ve spoken with in the last few days!  The brutal winter has to come to an end at some point and the sun being at the right angle and seeing melting snow/ice of lots and roads is a bit of a sigh of relief for all Minnesotans!  This week, I messaged a picture of a snow drift so tall that it had snowed in a door and several windows at one of our facilities to my brother in law from Baton Rouge.

So speaking of, we’ve been very busy in the snow removal world this last month, making sure timely pushes are handled and excellent communication gets out to our clients when there are difficult events.  The most difficult events to handle are the snowfalls that begin at 3am or later and you don’t see an inch or 2 of snow until 6 or 7am.  By that point most people are arriving to work and traffic has begun for all and our plows as well.  We take pride in our proactive approach of notifying clients in advance about the game plan. This open communication about when to expect a truck to clear their lot is what keeps everyone happy!

Additionally, we are also getting ready to prep and plan for our big floor wax and carpet cleaning season.  The rush is on for a large group of our clients that have mandatory floor care that gets done in the month of April.  An excellent group of wax crews, carpet crews and our management team gets out to tackle countless jobs between April and May.  They ensure that your spring cleaning is being handled and that the dirt, debris, salt and mess from winter is gone.

We’ve had an excellent start to 2014 so far and am very thankful for our new group of Night Management that we’ve brought on.  They’ve all taken on the job well and are quickly making strides here in their new positions.  I’d like to welcome and thank Tyler DeVries, Jose Alatriste, Aaron Bowen, and soon to start Matt Carpenter! They’ve been a great addition to our CW Team this year!

In my world outside of City Wide, I’ve been working hard the last weeks with my golf coach at the outdoor heated ranges on getting my swing in shape for spring.  Hard work with the irons and driver are beginning to pay off and I am dying to see some green grass out there to go get out and play!  We are heading to Florida for the Annual Convention today and I look forward to swinging my clubs down there.  Liz and I are planning some travel to Texas in May, but aside from that it has been a pretty quiet winter here at our new house in Burnsville!