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ISSA heralds 2018's innovators
The Team ISSA Welcome Reception was an occasion to not only renew business relationships for hundreds of cleaning industry professionals, but also to announce the winners of some well-deserved awards.
As an event marking the kick-off of ISSA Show North America 2018, taking place in Dallas, Texas and finishing today, the reception was selected as the venue to reveal the Category Award winners of the 2018 ISSA Innovation Award Program; a platform to gather and recognise the cleaning industry's most innovative products and services from top manufacturers and suppliers.
Entries were organised into five categories-Cleaning Agents, Dispensers, Equipment, Services and Technology, and Supplies and Accessories - and were voted on by cleaning-industry distributors, building service contractors, in-house service providers, and residential cleaners.
Category winners were determined by an online voting process in the months leading up to the Show. One innovative company from each category earned the honour of taking home the illuminated trophy:
* Cleaning Agents: Enviro-Solutions Terrazzo and Concrete Floor Care Program by Charlotte Products
* Dispensers: The Complete Menstrual Care System for Your Facility by Hospeco
* Equipment: KIRA B50 Intelligent Cleaning Robot by Karcher North America
* Services and Technology: KOLO Smart Monitoring System by GP Pro
* Supplies and Accessories: Unger Excella by Unger Enterprises
Fifteen voters were winners, too, as online voters were entered into a monthly draw to win one of five US$50 MasterCard gift cards each month that voting was open.
Show attendees-and the entire cleaning industry-will be left in suspense for a while longer since the overall winner of the 2018 ISSA Innovation of the Year Award will be announced towards the end of the Show.
"Congratulations to the Category Award winners for 2018," ISSA Executive Director John Barrett said. "Kudos to all entries for bringing such wonderful products to market. Whether or not you received an award, your ideas continue to move the cleaning industry forward."
1st November 2018