In the News

In The News


Ben Root • Western Laundry, Wickenburg, Arizona

Member Fred Anderson Makes News

In June, Member Fred Anderson, Vice President of Operations at Pilgrim Mat Services in Tucker, Georgia had an article published on the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) website. “Walkway Safety in the Commercial Mat Industry” showcases how professional entrance mat services contribute to helping business owners maintain a safe building for their customers. The article can be found online at ANSI’s site HERE and was adapted from a post originally published on Pilgrim’s blog at

Fortune Web Marketing Gets the Word Out

Speaking of Anderson’s success in the media, it has come partially thanks to the hard work of Jennifer Schulman and her team at Universal Preferred Partner Fortune Web Marketing. Anderson worked with Content Specialist Chris Monello of Schulman’s team to craft a content strategy and work on placements for the pieces they drafted together. Anderson spoke about the Fortune team’s work in the May/June issue of this publication, saying, “With technology, you need to partner with people who are able to adapt quickly and help them learn your business, so that as a team, you can work with maximum success. For us, Jennifer and her team have been a very good choice.”

Ecolab Named a Top Green Company by Newsweek

Universal Preferred Supplier Ecolab has been named to Newsweek’s 2016 list of the Top Green Companies in the World. This marks the third consecutive year that the St. Paul, Minnesota-based company has received this honor. This year, Ecolab ranked sixth on the US 500 list and 13th on the Global 500 Green Rankings list.

“We are honored to be recognized for our commitment to sustainability within our own operations and through the positive impact we have at more than one million customer locations around the world,” said Emilio Tenuta, Ecolab Vice President of Corporate Sustainability.

The Newsweek Green Rankings evaluate the 500 largest publicly traded companies in the U.S. and the 500 largest publicly traded companies globally by market capitalization.

 Mountville Introduces Wet Step

Universal Preferred Supplier Mountville Mills is launching a mat for the important – and heretofore underserved – pool and spa category. Specifically designed for wet floors and slip hazard areas, the Wet Step is anti-microbial treated for lifetime protection against odors and degradation. Made from grease and oil-proof rubber, the Wet Step is also UV resistant for outdoor use, and its flow-through holes allow water to freely drain away. Plus, the mat’s unique design makes this it slip-resistant and soft to walk on with bare feet.

“This is a product with a ton of fantastic benefits in an area we didn’t have much to offer previously,” says Joe Rubbelke, National Accounts Manager, Mountville Mills. “It is always exciting when we can help our customers help their customers.”

Coaches Clinic

Performance Matters is launching a 2nd Coaches Clinic to be held in Charlotte NC, September 28th – October 1st. Coaches Clinic is a 4 part Service training seminar designed to produce High Performance Team Coaches who can implement proven strategies and industry specific lesson content within their companies.

The Coaches Clinic will help your Service Management take the next step in delivering world class service, resulting in higher revenue growth and profits within your business. Members receive a discount for the training. Sample topics include:

• Leadership, Coaching, & Training
• Finding and hiring top Route Rep talent
• Holding effective & dynamic Service meetings
• Using KPIs to track & measure your service team’s success
• Value add route ride coaching and evaluations
• Safety Training & Communication
• Route Rep Safety techniques which help prevent injuries
• Safe driving practices to reduce vehicle accidents
• Injury trend analysis to identify and reduce future costly injuries

Class size is limited!
For information, contact Currie Gilbert