Friday, September 25, 2015

Week In Review: Sept 21st - 25th

Joel Willert: Facility Services Manager

I hope everyone is enjoying the last bit of warm weather before the snow starts to fly.

As the newest FSM at City Wide Maintenance of Minnesota, I have been meeting many new people and seeing a lot of different accounts during the transition into my territory.  I am looking forward to building great relationships and helping with everyone’s building maintenance needs.

I have had the opportunity to get carpet cleaning and window washing completed for multiple clients.  Now is a great time to get your facility prepped for the upcoming season, whether it be floor work, window washing, carpet care, lawn maintenance or looking for snow removal bids; we can help with it all.

On a more personal note, I've been trying to get out on the boat, fishing as much as possible before the lakes turn to ice.  I have also been working on multiple projects around the house, to be completed before winter arrives. Hopefully, I will find some time to spend in the woods and do a little hunting in the upcoming weeks as well. 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Week In Review: Sept 14th - 18th

Alex Underwood: Facility Services Manager

Happy Fall Everyone,

I hope that summer has treated you well and that you were able to enjoy some time with family. I was able to make a few trips up to the Brainerd lakes to take the boat out and try to catch some fish.

Now that fall is upon us, I am enjoying some extra time on the weekends, as all the weddings are over. I had a total of 6 weddings this spring and summer, so I am excited to catch up on some projects around the house. I am also looking forward to hunting season starting, which will quickly begin to consume my weekends once again.

At City Wide, we are also getting very busy, prepping all our facilities for fall and winter. Weather it be getting the windows cleaned up or getting lawn and landscape ready for winter, there are plenty of services we can assist with. We have also been actively talking with customers about their snow removal needs for this winter and lawn care needs for next spring and summer. 

My biggest project lately, was helping one of my facilities get prepared for a large customer and supplier show coming up. They are expecting to have 8,000 guests pass through their doors over a 4 day period, so I have been staffing extra day time staff to help monitor and keep the facility looking great.  Our goal is to help them put their best foot forward with their new customers. 

I hope everyone enjoys the fall colors, Halloween, and the coming snow.


Friday, September 11, 2015

Week In Review: Sept 7th - 11th

Mitch Brunette: Director Of Operations

It seems like each time I have the blog post opportunity, I’m entrusted with the need to welcome you into the next season!  The fair is over, humidity is down, fall rains are in effect, and mornings are cool and foggy.  Welcome to Fall everyone, and I hope you had a fun and safe summer!

Here in the office, we’ve recently brought on Joel Willert, our newest FSM to the City Wide team and he is off to a great start!  Joel has been very focused on learning our specific industry, processes, and of course, his clients and their facilities.  He’s had the opportunity to work closely with our FSM team during their routes to the buildings he’ll be taking over.  Additionally, he has periodically toured around town with me , covering for an FSM on vacation or just helping them out on a busy week of visits.  We look forward to seeing Joel take full ownership of his route soon, and grow with the company.

We’ve been wrapping up summer with all kinds of projects and bringing on new business!  One of my favorite projects was a very nice Apartment Complex, that was built in the metro area.  We were able to help do the final cleanup of the entire complex, from top to bottom.  We had interior crews cleaning the individual units, inside windows, installing screens, cleaning carpets following minor construction mishaps, and circling back through the units touching them back up after various small touchup repairs were made.  On the exterior side of the building, we had a 70’ Boom lift ordered and a crew safely setup to remove all window plastic, stickers, construction debris, loose paint, and final clean the windows, so they look great for the new tenants!  In the garage, we have our excellent pressure washing team brining in a truck this week to handle the final garage cleaning.  We did an initial prep cleanup in order for the stripers to paint new lines and stall numbers, now we need to do a final cleanup, so it is prepped and looking good for residents.

Aside from all of that, I spent a lot of time the last couple weeks helping one of our clients get ready for a big visit from their corporate office.  As always, we like to keep our facilities show-ready, however, a little extra TLC can go a long way!  We helped align additional labor to be present during the visit, in order to make sure anything that came up could be handled quickly.  We were also able to mobilize some wax crews, to do some scrub and recoat work, and buffing and polishing of other floors for a great presentation.

Outside of the office, I’ve had a typical Minnesotan’s summer!  Fishing, outdoor jogging and roller skiing, and of course, weddings.  My wife, a few friends, and myself headed up to Cloquet to camp at my favorite camping spot that I’ve been a patron at for nearly my entire life.  We had a great weekend out on the lake- building fires, making s'mores, and enjoying great company.  We didn’t get any chances to get out hiking like we usually do, but hope to get up there one more time during the fall.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Week In Review: Aug 31st - Sep 4th

Tyler Olson: Sales Executive

I have had a very busy last month.  I bought a new house, did some renovations to the house, and have been planning my daughter's first birthday.  It's also been a pretty busy month in the sales department.  We haven't had a large number of new accounts, but the new accounts that we have started, have been larger scale cleans.  Recently, we started a new type of account for us, a Synagogue.  We are conducting all their cleaning and day porting 7 days per week.  There have been many other churches that we have cleaned, but never a synagogue.  So far, we are really enjoying the relationship with them.

As I mentioned above, I recently bought a house in Apple Valley.  I took about a week off of work and did some renovations to our new house.  We painted/replaced all the trim, changing it from oak to white, painted the kitchen cupboards, and painted most of the rooms in the house.  We are now moved in, and working to get all the furniture we need to fill the house.  Our previous house was smaller, so we have some things to get still.  It's nice to live in a great neighborhood that is also only 6 minutes from the office.

Lastly, my Daughter, Millie, is turning one on September 8th.  We are having a party for her on the following Saturday with our friends and family.  Mitch, our DOO, is smoking pork shoulder for the party and we are very excited as he is a great BBQ’er!