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Gem State Paper & Supply: Family Leadership, Great Employees Keep Distributorship On Right Path

June 11, 2024

By Harrell Kerkhoff, Maintenance Sales News Editor As was the case for many people returning to civilian life after World War II, the late Armour Anderson returned to his hometown after serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and began his next chapter. On June 15, 1946, he and a partner founded Gem State Paper &…


Teamwork, Expansion & Service: A Recipe For Success At Supply Solutions

May 8, 2024

By Harrell Kerkhoff, Maintenance Sales News Editor The funny thing about business, as companies grow and become larger within an industry, that growth can leave room in the marketplace for new entrants — often in the form of small startups. Through hard work and determination, success often follows, helping the startups become larger themselves. Case…


Miller Janitor Supply Enjoys Success With Its Customer-Centric Approach

April 2, 2024

By Harrell Kerkhoff Maintenance Sales News Editor The true value of a good jan/san distributorship is helping people find success as they maintain various types of away-from-home facilities. This process can involve a myriad of settings (schools, churches, office buildings, factories, restaurants, arenas, etc.), and a wide variety of locations within each setting (restrooms, entryways,…


Brame Celebrates 100 Years Of Helping Customers Prosper

February 9, 2024

By Harrell Kerkhoff, Maintenance Sales News Editor Service, knowledge, dedication, and trust have served Brame well as a leading independent distributor of jan/san and other supplies over the past 100 years. It’s an achievement that will be celebrated throughout 2024, the company’s centennial. “It’s an exciting time for us with everything we have planned,” Brame…


ACTION JPS Keeps Focus On Customers, Employees While Servicing Memphis, TN, And Beyond

November 29, 2023

By Harrell Kerkhoff Maintenance Sales News Editor Education and training, quality products at a fair price, dependable service after the sale, and timely delivery — such hallmarks have stood the test of time for many successful jan/san distributorships. They continue to be the steady foundation for ACTION Janitorial*Paper*Safety (ACTION JPS), which has serviced Memphis, TN,…


For 70-Plus Years And 4 Generations: Kenway Distributors Remains Dedicated To Helping ‘Anyone Who Cleans’

October 3, 2023

By Harrell Kerkhoff, Maintenance Sales News Editor No matter the size of a facility, cleaning is hard work. From large sports arenas to schools to airports, keeping away-from-home locations clean and healthy is no job for the timid. Help is needed in every facet, from using the right products and systems to making sure inventories…


The Janitors Supply Company Continues 90-Year Tradition Of Fine Service, Expertise

August 1, 2023

By Harrell Kerkhoff, Maintenance Sales News Editor Although not entirely recession proof, one of the nice things about selling cleaning supplies and services is that the “need to clean” is always present. Even an empty building gets dirty — as demonstrated most recently during the recent pandemic. There is much more, however, than simply supplying…


Honesty And Value: Hallmarks At Beacon Distributors For 33 Years

June 6, 2023

By Harrell Kerkhoff Maintenance Sales News Editor Surviving the ebb and flow of business can be tricky in the best of times. It often takes experience, fortitude, talented employees, quality products, proper customer service and old-fashioned hard work — all qualities that have helped Beacon Distributors, Inc., of Harrisville, RI, survive and thrive for 33…


Allegheny Supply officials

Allegheny Supply: Providing Customers With Essential Products, Services & Knowledge For 5-Plus Decades

April 5, 2023

By Harrell Kerkhoff, Maintenance Sales News Magazine Editor The “secret” to succeeding in business sometimes gets lost in today’s fast-paced work environment and the seemingly over-abundance of communication tools. For a successful jan/san distributorship, however, nothing quite works as well as “old-fashioned” customer service. Officials at Allegheny Supply, located in Duncansville, PA, have relied on…


Officials at MASCO Packaging Products

Teamwork Prevails At Springfield, IL, Distributorship To Keep Facilities Clean, Inhabitants Safe & Customers Happy

February 20, 2023

By Harrell Kerkhoff Maintenance Sales News Editor It’s been an eventful past three years — since the start of the COVID pandemic — for professionals involved in the cleaning industry. That includes distributors who cater to jan/san, packaging, food service and related business segments. What will develop in 2023, and beyond, is open to speculation,…