Friday, February 26, 2016

Week In Review: Feb 22nd - 26th

Jarrad Nickolite: Facility Services Manager

Hello from the West Metro:

Things are steady as always.  I just finished up some floor work in a surgery center for one of my larger clients.  The floors turned out very well and it's always nice to get compliments from the staff working in that area.  Not only does the floor finish look nice and shiny, but it actually makes a big difference when it comes to the cleaning.  Floors that are maintained well, clean up a lot better and tend to have a much longer life span.

With spring right around the corner, please get in touch with your FSM to schedule the top 4 services in your facility.  We have windows, carpet cleaning, VCT floor work, and ceramic tile cleaning coming up quick.  Don't forget about lawn and landscaping services either.  Now is the time to start budgeting and getting numbers lined out.

Hope everyone has a chance to get out this weekend and enjoy the nice 50 degree weather coming our way.  I'm going to take advantage of the weather on Saturday, and head to the Mississippi River for some non-stop action, catching small mouth bass before the season ends.

Next weekend, I will be in Tulsa, Oklahoma, watching the Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake.  Can't wait to be at the Super Bowl of bass fishing!  I'm hoping Edwin Evers can pull it off this year!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Week In Review: Feb 15th - 19th

Joel Willert: Facility Services Manager

Hello from the Central Metro

Over the past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to get some duct cleaning scheduled up for a facility that is continuously dusty.  As the furnaces have been running for months on end now, the ducts are filling up with contaminants.  Not only does duct cleaning keep your facility cleaner and provide better indoor air quality, but it also saves energy which in turn is saving you money. 
Things are picking up, as the weather is warming and thoughts of spring are right around the corner.  Make sure to contact your FSM to get your carpets cleaned, floors waxed, and windows washed or any other services you need taken care of around your facility. 
Away from work, I have been able to spend a little bit of time on the ice and even more time on the open water of the upper Mississippi River.  Jarrad and I spent a couple days a few weekends ago, targeting some nice smallmouth bass. 
I hope everyone has enjoyed the nice mid-February weather we've had this past week and will also enjoy the beautiful weather coming this weekend.  You know you’re from Minnesota when 30 degrees starts feeling really warm!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Week In Review: Feb 8th-12th

Alex Underwood: Facility Services Manager

Greetings, from the Northwest Metro! I hope that winter is treating everyone great and that all are managing the cold weather and snow. Overall, I think that it has been a fairly mild winter, with only a couple large snow storms and minimal days of below zero temps.

Clients that we provide snow removal and parking lot salting for, are able to stick to business as usual, knowing that their lots and sidewalks will be well taken care of if it snows. Providing these types of services to our clients, also gives them an opportunity to review other maintenance items within their building.  It's great having the peace of mind, knowing the exterior of their building is being taken care of.

This time of year also brings us great opportunity to sit down with clients and review the yearly maintenance plans for their buildings.  We focus on putting together a structured plan for the upcoming year, which ensures that all items are taken care of when needed.  Additionally, maintenance plans are an excellent way to budget costs for the year.

I have been actively sitting down with my clients to diagnose the needs of their buildings and determine the services that are most valuable to keeping the facility looking great. This takes a lot of the building maintenance burden off of their shoulders, as I manage the process from beginning to end.

On a personal note, I have had a few opportunities to get out on the ice and catch some fish. Although, I have not been as successful at bringing home dinner as I had hoped, it is still fun to get out and enjoy the Minnesota winter. Also, my girlfriend and I just got a very energetic golden retriever puppy, which gives us more of a reason to get outside on walks. We spent a sunny afternoon down at Minnehaha Falls, just walking around. It is amazing how the falls freeze! We were able to crawl up inside them and get some great pictures.

I hope that everyone is having a good winter and as always, if there is anything that we can help you with, please let us know.

Cheers

Friday, February 5, 2016

Week In Review: Feb 1st - Feb 5th

Mitch Brunette: Director of Operations

Well, the new year has gotten off to a great start.  We are very excited about the opportunities in 2016!  New business, new opportunities and the ability to retool, while helping out our existing clients.  Our FSM team continues to look for ways to add value to your facilities during their regular visits, by identifying opportunities to improve and minimizing your overall vendor pool. 

This coming year, I’m looking forward to the organized management of Yearly Maintenance Plans for our clients. Included are: basic floor care, carpet cleaning, rest room deep cleaning, lighting services, and more.  These programs allow us to streamline processes for our clients and generate predictable budget items, that improve the look and feel of your facility for your employees and visitors.

Outside of the office, I saw that Jarrad mentioned a quick fishing trip a couple weeks back.  Like he said, we found a mess of perch!  It was a great trip, despite the 2 below temps we walked out onto the ice in.  Last weekend, we made another run down on Cedar and weren’t so lucky.  Fortunately, it was nearly 35 degrees, so it was just great to be outside in the middle of January and not be freezing!  Aside from that, I continue to chase Tyler Olson on the Cross Country Ski’s.  I’ve been training much more regularly than I did last year.  I've actively been getting ready for our big race up in Hayward and I'm incredibly confident that I should beat last year's time!  Enjoy the rest of winter all!