Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Principle Cleaning Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Principle Cleaning Services Ltd.  recently marked its 30th year of business. The independent family-owned business was founded in January 1989 by Douglas Cooke, who currently serves as... Read more

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Mitie Lands Contract Extension With London Airport

Mitie Lands Contract Extension With London AirportMitie Group Plc has been awarded a five-year extension on its facilities management contract with Gatwick Airport in London, England. The US$21.8 million extension calls for... Read more

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Hillyard Honored for Training and Development

Hillyard Honored for Training and DevelopmentHillyard, Inc. was honored in a recent issue of Elearning! Magazine. Hillyard’s training and development department was ranked in the private sector’s top 50 for the... Read more

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AP&G ramps up investments in equipment, people and intelligent pest management solutions


Jonathan Frisch, left, with Chris Ernst, at AP&G’s new facility PHOTO: MARTY WHITFORD

AP&G has changed a lot more than its headquarters address. Prompted by years of steady sales growth, AP&G’s move in 2016 from Brooklyn, N.Y, to Bayonne, N.J., enabled the company to place its operations under one roof — and streamline, automate and expand manufacturing.

In Brooklyn, AP&G had four buildings comprising 190,000 square feet, but only used 110,000 square feet. At its 180,000-square-foot Bayonne facility, AP&G is using 50 percent more manufacturing and storage space. Before the move, AP&G formulated adhesives a few blocks from its main plant. Today, AP&G formulates on-site, and its adhesives flow directly to production lines through overhead pipes.

Now settled in its new digs, AP&G continues to ramp up its investments in equipment, people, and intelligent pest management solutions, including:

  • Adding three glue board manufacturing lines.
  • Bolstering its roster from 100 to 160 employees.
  • Recruiting Dr. Stan Cope (aka “Stan the Mosquito Man”) — a retired U.S. Navy medical entomologist and Terminix International’s former director of entomology and regulatory affairs — to serve as vice president of technical products and services.
  • Promoting Ed Dolshun (aka “Big Ed, Chief Trapping Officer”) to vice president of business development and technical director.
  • Hiring Chris Ernst (aka “The Beard”), a seasoned ad agency account director, to serve as AP&G’s director of brand strategy.
  • Launching the Ovi-Catch AGO Mosquito Trap: Proven successful in testing by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this solution features Catchmaster glue boards with an AP&G adhesive specially formulated to catch female mosquitoes during breeding cycles.
  • Developing Catchmaster Catch Zone: 60-foot-by-12-inch “pest boundary rolls.” Ideal for warehouses, food production and storage, as well as supermarkets, Catchmaster Catch Zone quickly and cost-effectively protects large areas and pallets from mice and insects.

    An AP&G employee fills an order, wearing the company’s GLUECO core values T-shirt. AP&G was founded in 1952 to produce specialty adhesives, and introduced the Catchmaster brand in 1977. PHOTO: MARTY WHITFORD

“Moving to Bayonne from Brooklyn wasn’t easy. My grandfather, Moses Frisch, founded AP&G in Brooklyn in 1952. But it was necessary to accommodate our steady sales growth and ever-expanding family of Catchmaster solutions,” Jonathan Frisch, AP&G’s vice president of sales and marketing, tells PMP.

“We completed the complex relocation while accommodating double-digit sales growth,” Frisch says, adding that the team’s “can-do attitude throughout our move, and subsequent expansion, helped us pen our new GLUECO core values,” as follows:

  • Go Beyond Expectations
  • Laugh
  • Unstoppable
  • Energized
  • Customer Centric
  • Ownership Thinking

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Top Cities for Bed Bug Treatments Revealed

For the third consecutive year, exterminating service Orkin has listed Baltimore, MD, as the U.S. city that has treated the most bedbugs. The list is based on data from areas where Orkin... Read more

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Under The Hood: Investigating Car Mold

mold in car

Cars. You gotta love ‘em, right? Yet along with all their magnificence comes the potential for problems – enough, quite frankly, to Exhaust you (and your bank account).

If you’re wondering what on earth a blog dedicated to mold is doing talking about cars, then you’re in luck, as it means you’ve never experienced the godforsaken relationship between the two. For everyone else, however, you know what’s coming and it’s enough to drive you round the Benz.

Yup, that’s right. Car mold. The unsightly, smelly, unhealthy fungus encroaching on your beloved, dependable, otherwise obedient vehicle that should really, when you think about it, be mutually exclusive. Seats, carpets, steering wheel – nothing is safe – especially when you consider the perfect breeding ground that a car can become when locked up for an extended period during wet weather. It’s just not something you can afFord – especially if you’re hoping to use your car as a Pickup. “WHAT SHALL WE DO? you cry.” Pipe down, dear readers, we have – as ever – got tips by the Truckload in what we will this week call our Mold Manual.

Common causes of Car Mold

Once mold has been discovered, follow these Automatic steps:

  1. Move your car into direct sunlight, if possible.
  2. Remove all contaminated objects.
  3. Open all doors and windows for at least 15 minutes to fully ventilate the vehicle – even using a humidifier, if available.
  4. Wear protective gear.
  5. Inspect all areas of the car to determine the full extent of the invasion (seats, carpet, steering wheel, seatbelts, inside zip covers etc).
  6. Break up large clusters of mold gently with an old toothbrush, getting into all cracks and crevices.
  7. Vacuum loose mold.

Other general tips:

  • As ever, keep away from bleach as not only will it not work well on hard or porous surfaces, it can also permanently stain and damage your car’s interior.
  • We’ll never Tyre of championing white vinegar, either the holy grail of mold removal as its acidic form will burn the mold and its spores – not only killing it permanently but preventing it from coming back. Simply mix eight parts white vinegar to two parts water, sprayed in a bottle and dabbed gently with a soft, clean cloth after leaving it to soak for 15 minutes. Whilst you can rest assured that this will not damage any type of car seats, including leather and vinyl, you may want to test a small amount just to be on the safe side.
  • Salt is another great natural alternative for soft items, such as cloth car seats and carpets. Simply mix a packet of uniodized salt into a large bucket of water, dab on the affected areas, leave to dry – in direct sunlight, if possible, until salt crusts have formed – and softly brush away.
  • Oil of Cloves can also be used – both on hard and soft surfaces – as they are not only a powerful and effective antiseptic that kills mold, but also inhibits its spores from growing, too. For hard surfaces, mix with bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar to form a paste, rub on affected area with a toothbrush and wipe with a soft clean cloth. For soft surfaces, mix a quarter teaspoon with a litre of water, spray onto the affected area, leave for at least 20 minutes until it’s dry and wipe off. Make sure you dilute the concentration to less than 1% as it can irritate the skin – especially on babies and young children.
  • A carpet steam cleaner is another good option, if you have one.
  • Baking soda is great at removing bad smells – simply sprinkle on affected area, leave to sit for several hours and vacuum.
  • Wherever possible, avoid using liquid-based treatments as it will be difficult to dry completely, potentially making the problem worse.
  • Never leave windows open when you’re not in the car to prevent any water from getting in.
  • Clean up any spills immediately.
  • Seal any leaks immediately – preferably with professional help.
  • No matter what method you choose, always make sure you tackle all surrounding areas – as well as the affected part – to kill off the mold spores as well.
  • Leave windows open after treatment to ensure total drying. If the weather doesn’t allow for it, fans are always a good option – as is kitty litter or rice in a sock (yes, really!).


You can always count on us to Mini-mize your problem. When it comes to mold, just think of us as your very own Wing (mirror) man.

Want more? You can read other preventative tips here.

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Bayer ES unit relocates



The Environmental Science (ES) business unit of Bayer’s Crop Science division has officially moved into its U.S. headquarters, in Centre Green Office Park, Cary, N.C. The ES business unit of Bayer is a global organization, with offices located around the globe in France, Germany, Brazil, Japan, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. Bayer will maintain its Research and Educational facility, located in Clayton, N.C.

“Environmental Science has had a steady growth through the years,” says Mark Schneid, head of Environmental Science for Bayer, North America. “We continue to work collaboratively with our customers to deliver innovative and inspiring solutions that foster healthy environments where we all live, work and play. Our new headquarters will give us room to accommodate this growth, provide a modern and interactive environment for our employees, and continue to be part of the fabric of the greater Raleigh-Durham-Cary community.”

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