Friday, February 15, 2019

The United Group Names New CEO

The United Group (TUG) has promoted Jeff Albritton to CEO. Albritton has been with TUG since 2007 and previously served as the company’s chief financial officer. TUG also promoted Ty Huffer... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/the-united-group-names-new-ceo/
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NPMA adds Kurtz to Legislative Day

Legislative Day 2019 LOGO: NPMA

LOGO: NPMA

On Friday, Feb. 15, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) announced that Howard Kurtz will be a keynote speaker for its Legislative Day event later this month. Kurtz is a political analyst, author and the host of Media Buzz for Fox News. He replaces KT McFarland, who had to withdraw from the program for a family emergency.

Kurtz will join Legislative Day attendees for the breakfast and keynote presentation sponsored by Control Solutions Inc. (CSI) on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 8 a.m.

In Kurtz’s no-holds-barred presentation, attendees will gain a sharper understanding of how today’s media environment shapes opinions and, ultimately, policies that will determine the future of their organizations. His career has also included serving as Washington bureau chief of Newsweek, host of the CNN program Reliable Sources, and New York bureau chief for The Washington Post.

“We are very happy to have Howard join us for Legislative Day this year,” says Ty Ferraro, CSI marketing director. “We are longtime supporters of the structural pest management industry and through our sponsorship of the Tuesday morning breakfast at Legislative Day each year, we strive to offer attendees informative and enjoyable speakers. It’s unfortunate that KT couldn’t join us this year, but we wish her the best and know that Howard is a gifted presenter that will be remembered by all those in attendance.

NPMA’s annual Legislative Day event is continuing in its 32nd year, amid a new Congress and counting down to the 2020 election cycle.

“This year, we are anticipating a great Legislative Day program, as nearly 400 PMPs gather in Washington, D.C. to advocate for issues that are important to the pest management industry,” says NPMA CEO Dominique Stumpf, CMP, CAE. “We appreciate CSI for their ongoing support of this event in addition to all our conference sponsors.”

The event allows the pest management industry to speak with a unified voice on Capitol Hill to build and enhance relationships with parties on both sides of the aisle.



from Pest Management Professional https://www.mypmp.net/2019/02/15/npma-adds-kurtz-to-legislative-day/
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Eastman Chemical Announces Quarterly Dividend

Eastman Chemical Announces Quarterly DividendEastman Chemical Co. has declared a quarterly dividend of US$0.62 per share on the company’s common stock. The dividend―$2.48 annualized with a yield of 3.03 percent―is payable April 5... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/eastman-chemical-announces-quarterly-dividend_5/
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Mats Inc Teams With Sourcewell

Mats Inc. has been awarded a group purchasing contract with Sourcewell. The four-year agreement calls for Sourcewell’s network of more than 50,000 government, education, and nonprofit... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/mats-inc-teams-with-sourcewell/
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CDC Reports Flu Levels Remain Elevated

As flu levels remain elevated nationwide, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report this year’s  vaccination is 47 percent effective overall against preventing... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/cdc-reports-flu-levels-remain-elevated/
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MCS Achieves CIMS-GB Certification

MCS Achieves CIMS-GB CertificationMoura’s Cleaning Service, Inc. (MCS) has successfully completed certification to the ISSA Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) and CIMS-Green Building... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/mcs-achieves-cims-gb-certification/
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PMP‘s inaugural 1933 issue: Exterminators Log

inaugural issue of Exterminators Log 1933 cover

Click to read a full PDF.

Here’s an excerpt from the inaugural 1933 issue of the Exterminators Log, Pest Management Professional’s original name.

“At last we have it. When you first received a letter calling your attention to a magazine for exterminators and fumigators about to be placed in circulation, you no doubt thought what it would be like. Your curiosity was aroused and other thoughts flitted through your mind. With an anxious heart you were waiting to obtain and look the first issue over. So now you have it and are no doubt please with it’s contents.

“We hope you will enjoy every article and be so enthused that you will support it by sending information, suggestions, and personal items, that it will be of interest to your fellowmen. Up to the present time the exterminating and fumigating concerns have been without a magazine of their own. As these concerns have been increasing throughout the land many have felt the need of a magazine devoted entirely to the fumigators and exterminators, which should prove interesting and valuable.

“They realize that through the magazine they could keep in touch with their fellowmen. New information would be obtainable, new methods would be discussed through its pages, which would be valuable to the business. So the purpose and object of the Exterminators Log is to be devoted entirely to exterminators, fumigators and concerns that manufacture insecticides for the public.”



from Pest Management Professional https://www.mypmp.net/2019/02/15/pmps-inaugural-1933-issue-exterminators-log/
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Innolytics: Redesigned OvoControl Feeder

OvoControl Feeder 2017

Photo: OvoControl

An automatic wildlife feeder is a critical component of an effective OvoControl contraceptive program. The feeder triggers once a day, at precisely the same time, dispensing the necessary quantity of bait to the waiting pigeons. Model IN-17608 now features the feeder controller and battery directly under the motor, thereby eliminating a separate compartment. Programming, format and operation are identical to the previous model.

OvoControl.com



from Pest Management Professional https://www.mypmp.net/2019/02/15/innolytics-redesigned-ovocontrol-feeder/
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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Mitie Awarded Contract With British Food Wholesaler

Mitie Awarded Contract With British Food WholesalerMitie Group Plc has secured a contract with food wholesaler Bidfood. The five-year deal calls for Mitie to provide waste management and recycling services to 37 Bidfood distribution centers... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/mitie-awarded-contract-with-british-food-wholesaler/
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ISSA Members Among Barron's Most Sustainable

Five ISSA-member companies have been included in Barron’s 2019 list of the 100 Most Sustainable Companies in the U.S. In developing the second-annual index, the financial publication analyzed... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/issa-members-among-barrons-most-sustainable/
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Nyco Names New VP of Sales

Nyco Names New VP of SalesNyco Products Co. has promoted Brendan Cavanagh to vice president of sales. Cavanagh joined Nyco in 2007 and has served as the company’s Midwest director of sales since 2013. In his new... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/nyco-names-new-vp-of-sales/
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Top 10 U.S. cities for vector pests this winter

IMAGE: NPMA

IMAGE: NPMA

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) released its bi-annual Vector Sectors list, naming the top 10 U.S. cities most likely to experience increased pressure from vector pests, like rodents and cockroaches, for the rest of the winter.

As vectors of disease, these pests can transmit pathogens such as Salmonella and hantavirus to humans. They may also trigger allergy and asthma symptoms, especially in children, making awareness and prevention vital to protecting public health.

“People shouldn’t let their guard down against household pests just because it’s winter. Frigid temps, mild seasons and moisture all contribute to the pest pressure we experience in some way,” says Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “Extreme cold during the winter months can drive rodents indoors in search of food and shelter, and excessive moisture in warmer states this time of year can also enable cockroach populations to multiply rapidly.”

Pests inside the home are more than just an annoyance. “Many pests can have a negative impact on our health. From respiratory issues to food contamination, common winter pests such as mice, rats and cockroaches carry and transmit all kinds of bacteria, and they leave behind hair and shed skin all over the house,” says Mannes. “It’s critical to get them controlled and out of the house for a healthier home environment.”

The top 10 U.S. cities* named to the NPMA’s Vector Sectors list include:

  • Atlanta, Ga.: After an already chilly fall, expected low temperatures in February may cause rodents to seek shelter indoors.
  • Baltimore, Md.: Significantly below-average temperatures in November may have driven rodents indoors for the winter.
  • Chicago, Ill.: Severely below-average temperatures in November coupled with extreme cold predicted for February may drive rodents indoors for the remainder of winter.
  • Cleveland, Ohio: An uncharacteristically cold fall may have driven rodents indoors, and excessive amounts of snow predicted for February will likely keep them there.
  • Dallas, Texas: With mild temperatures for most of fall and winter, expect increased cockroach activity should average temperatures continue to hover around 50°F.
  • Detroit, Mich.: Well below-average temperatures in November may have driven rodents indoors early, and heavy snow predicted for February could cause them to stay put for winter.
  • Los Angeles, Calif.: Drier fall and winter conditions may cause some cockroaches to seek harborage near or inside buildings in search of food and water.
  • New York, N.Y.: Significantly below-average temperatures in November likely drove rodents indoors early and predicted low temperatures for the remainder of winter could keep them there.
  • Tampa, Fla.: Above-average precipitation levels in December and mild temperatures predicted throughout winter may cause an increase in cockroach pressure.
  • Washington, D.C.: Sustained temperatures around freezing throughout the remainder of winter could drive rodents indoors in search of food and shelter.

*Listed in alphabetical order; no numeric ranking.

Regardless of where you live, teach your customers how to take extra precautions this winter to protect against vector pests. Be sure they store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly. Clean up any crumbs on floors and counters, and vacuum or mop floors to eliminate attractive food sources. Fix leaking pipes and clogged drains, as standing water can attract pests, and be sure to seal potential entry points such as cracks, gaps or areas where plumbing pipes and utility lines enter the home.



from Pest Management Professional https://www.mypmp.net/2019/02/14/top-10-u-s-cities-for-vector-pests-this-winter/
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Video helps improve safety on the road

Truly Nolen, the Tuscon, Ariz.-based pest management company known for its iconic “mouse cars” and stretch limousines, relies on technology that can review driver behavior.

With a fleet of 933 vehicles for technicians and salespeople, ensuring the safety of drivers and the public is critical. That’s why it uses the Lytx DriveCam safety program.

George Lawlor, Truly Nolen

George Lawlor, IT Director, Truly Nolen

“DriveCam allows us to record and review driver behavior based on certain conditions, and coach employees to become better drivers,” says George Lawlor, Truly Nolen’s director of IT.

It entails a forward-facing camera and a driver-facing camera that record video when triggered. Any number of scenarios could result in a recording, including hitting a bump in the road or colliding with an object.

When an event is recorded, management reviews the video footage with the driver of the vehicle and offers tips on how to be a better, safer driver.

“We trust our drivers, and we can back that up with video,” he says. “The key component is that feedback cycle.”

Watching the video footage together and pinpointing bad habits has a bigger impact than giving a verbal warning, Lawlor adds.

The Lytx platform tracks offenses, and the frequency with which they are repeated. As a result, management can see whether its coaches and their teaching style are effective.

“The number of times the same offense is repeated means you may not be an effective coach, and we have to teach you to be better,” he says. “The constant feedback cycle is very important.”

Anyone who drives a Truly Nolen vehicle knows not to use a mobile device when behind the wheel. Lawlor says drivers are required to follow the law and the company’s safety policy.

“Everybody thinks they are a great driver, until they see themselves on video,” he says. “Then they realize they are not so great.”

Company policy prohibits mobile device use when driving. Drivers must wait until they get to their next stop to check their messages.

Truly Nolen

Truly Nolen takes advantage of technology to ensure driver safety. PHOTO: Truly Nolen

“The safety of yourself as the driver and the people around you is far more important than anything we need to tell you in the 10 or 1five minutes between service calls,” he says. “Because if we’re routing you efficiently, you’re not driving very far.”

Lawlor says at first, some employees had a problem with being monitored. But that doesn’t happen anymore, now that video technology is widely used by consumers. Video cameras are not only in cellphones, but doorbells, clocks and lamps, too.

He notes the company is not spying on its employees, as DriveCam will not record unless it is triggered.

“This is about recorded events that are triggered by something, so we’re not spying or snooping on them,” Lawlor says. “We’re protecting our employees and the other drivers on the road.”

Truly Nolen is always thinking about how we can do things better, he says, and DriveCam allows the company to have a big impact on safety.

Fleet management begins with the purchase of a vehicle and continues through its entire lifecycle. Sometimes, a vehicle’s lifecycle ends with an accident or litigious situation. Video helps prove who is or is not at fault.

“It has been a huge help in cutting down on accidents and behaviors drivers shouldn’t be doing,” Lawlor says.



from Pest Management Professional https://www.mypmp.net/2019/02/14/video-helps-improve-safety-on-the-road/
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PBC: ProSight Program

PBCThe pest control program from Program Brokerage Corp. (PBC)  is underwritten by ProSight. The specialized insurance solution includes general liability, property, inland marine and crime coverages. Endorsements protecting against client loss of income, professional liability and chemical exposure are also available. Through its Weisburger division, PBC has been one of the largest providers of insurance products and services to the pest control industry since 1934 and is the official endorsed broker of the National Pest Management Association.

ProgramBrokerage.com



from Pest Management Professional https://www.mypmp.net/2019/02/14/pbc-prosight-program/
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Waxie Honors EnvirOx

Envirox, LLC has been named the 2018 New Vendor of the Year by Waxie Sanitary Supply’s Las Vegas, NV, branch. Waxie’s annual award honors vendors for developing an innovative product... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/waxie-honors-envirox/
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Clorox Details Quarterly Dividend

The Clorox Co., parent company of Clorox Professional Products Co., has announced a quarterly dividend of US$0.96 per share on the company’s common stock. The dividend―$3.84... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/clorox-details-quarterly-dividend/
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Ecolab Purchases Online Training Provider

Ecolab Purchases Online Training ProviderEcolab, Inc. has purchased Lobster Ink. Ecolab’s acquisition of the Geneva, Switzerland, based provider of online educational solutions expands the company’s digital content curation... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/ecolab-purchases-online-training-provider/
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Truly Nolen promotes Augie Hooker

(PHOTO: TRULY NOLEN PEST CONTROL)

PHOTO: TRULY NOLEN PEST CONTROL

Truly Nolen Pest Control promoted Augie Hooker to manager of the company’s Tempe, Ariz., service office.

Hooker joined Truly Nolen in August 2016 and was most recently the assistant manager of the company’s Phoenix service office. Prior to joining the company, he spent eight years managing valet and self-parking operations at several of San Diego’s largest hotels. He is also a University of California at Santa Barbara graduate.

Hooker’s new responsibilities include helping the service office gain more visibility in Tempe and instilling the company’s core values in his team. “I am excited to have the opportunity to lead an awesome team and help them continue to grow,” says Hooker, who relocated with his family from California for this opportunity. “I love working for this company because you never feel alone, and everyone supports you no matter what questions you may have.”

“Augie has successfully implemented servicing at the highest level and has elevated the technician’s ability to communicate better with customers,” said Leo Gomes, district manager in Phoenix. “He has assisted in three different Western U.S. districts, and I am happy to have him as part of my team.”



from Pest Management Professional https://www.mypmp.net/2019/02/13/truly-nolen-promotes-augie-hooker/
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LA continues to battle flea-borne Typhus outbreak

As we recently shared from Buzzfeed, a Typhus outbreak began in downtown Los Angeles in October. It has continued, and made its way to City Hall, according to local CBS Los Angeles. City Hall removed carpets and called a pest control company, City Council President Herb Wesson told CBS Los Angeles.

The outbreak, caused by fleas carrying Typhus, was most likely brought by rats because of the excess garbage and homeless camps around the area. Skid Row, where an estimated 2,000 homeless people stay, was included as part of the outbreak area. Typhus is typically spread by fleas that have been infected by rats, cats and opossums.

Along with treating for pests, a city spokesperson told CBS Los Angeles that there has been an effort to pick up trash more often in and around City Hall.

According to Buzzfeed, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is reporting that the average number of reported cases has doubled to about 60 cases each year.



from Pest Management Professional https://www.mypmp.net/2019/02/13/la-continues-to-battle-flea-borne-typhus-outbreak/
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“The Future of Mosquito-Borne Illness” By Dr. Stan Cope

Dr. Stan Cope, AP&G’s VP of technical products and services, talks to attendees at the 2018 New York Pest Expo presented by Bug Off Pest Control Center. “The Future of Mosquito-Borne Illness: What is the Next Zika?” reviews the diseases spread by mosquitoes and what diseases have the potential to spread and turn into an outbreak.

Click here to read a recap of the event by PMP‘s Marty Whitford.

Click here to watch more videos from the event.



from Pest Management Professional https://www.mypmp.net/2019/02/13/the-future-of-mosquito-borne-illness-by-dr-stan-cope/
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Trécé: StorGard Quick-Change WCM+CMCM Combi Kit

PHOTO: TRÉCÉ

PHOTO: TRÉCÉ

Webbing clothes moths (Tineola bisselliella) and casemaking clothes moths (Tinea pellionella) are serious pests of retail, distribution and self-storage sites, to name a few. To help pest management professionals actively monitor for these two important, yet often overlooked pests, Trécé offers the StorGard Quick-Change WCM+CMCM Combi Kit. The kit is available with StorGard II or StorGard III adhesive traps, and have the Combination lure pre-installed (six per kit). Trécé has combined the quality pheromones for the webbing and casemaking clothes moths to enhance the ability to monitor both pests without the excessive cost of stocking two different items in inventory — and virtually zero labor in the field.

Trece.com



from Pest Management Professional https://www.mypmp.net/2019/02/13/trece-storgard-quick-change-wcmcmcm-combi-kit/
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Mitie Secures Deal With British Distribution Group

Mitie Secures Deal With British Distribution GroupMitie Group Plc has secured a US$9.7 million contract with British publication distributor Connect Group Plc. The five-year deal calls for Mitie to provide cleaning, security, landscaping, and... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/mitie-secures-deal-with-british-distribution-group/
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PJP Honors Top Vendors

Penn Jersey Paper Co. (PJP) honored its top vendors for 2018 at the company’s annual sales kickoff meeting, which took place last month at the Sheraton Bucks County Hotel in Langhorne,... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/pjp-honors-top-vendors/
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BSCAI Announces 2019 Board of Directors

BSCAI Announces 2019 Board of DirectorsThe Building Service Contractors Association International (BSCAI) has announced the installation of newly elected officers and directors to its board. The following directors were elected to... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/bscai-announces-2019-board-of-directors/
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SP Richards Names New Executive VP

S.P. Richards Co. has appointed Steve Schultz executive vice president. Schultz joins S.P. Richards from GOJO Industries, Inc., where he served as president and chief operating officer of the... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/sp-richards-names-new-executive-vp/
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PWIPM announces upcoming events

Logo: Professional Women in Pest Management (PWIPM)

LOGO: NPMA

The National Pest Management Association’s (NPMA’s) Professional Women in Pest Management (PWIPM) group is encouraging pest management professionals worldwide to participate in International Women’s Day on Mar. 8, 2019. The global event acknowledges the social, economic, cultural and political achievements women leaders have made and continue to make.

If you plan to celebrate, PWIPM asks that you email pwipm@pestworld.org and share on social media by tagging @NationalPestMgt, using the official hashtags #BalanceforBetter and #IWD2019. The group will then feature you in an industry press release after the event. Learn more at InternationalWomensDay.com.

PWIPM is also holding two events during Legislative Day 2019 in Washington, D.C.:

-PWIPM Networking Lunch: Feb. 24, noon to 1 p.m.

-PWIPM Sponsored Presentation: Attracting Top Talent panel discussion, Feb. 25, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Check your area for local events at PWIPM.org. For example, the Minnesota chapter (PWIPM MN) is hosting a table at the Minnesota Structural Pest Management Conference and Reception on Monday, Mar. 4, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The group will also host its first Meet and Greet Networking event on Thursday, Mar. 28, at Jake’s City Grill at 3005 Harbor Lane N., Plymouth, Minn., from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (please RSVP to julieb@adamspestcontrol.com).



from Pest Management Professional https://www.mypmp.net/2019/02/12/pwipm-announces-upcoming-events/
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ISSA Submits Comments on Colorado VOC Limitations

On February 11, ISSA submitted comments in response to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Air Pollution Control Division’s request for public input on the potential... Read more

from ISSA News feed for the Cleaning Industry https://www.issa.com/news/news-details/all/issa-submits-comments-on-colorado-voc-limitations/
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An industry tradition: Posing at Purdue

The agenda for the 83rd Purdue Pest Management Conference held last month listed a day, time and place for the “Annual Conference Photo.” For decades now, this group gathering has shown the smiling faces and future industry leaders present to learn about pests and the business of controlling them. On this page, with the invaluable help of Purdue Conference Manager Holly Fletcher-Timmons, we’ve gathered just a few from over the years. Got a photo from a year not shown? Share it with us on Facebook.

PHOTO: PURDUE UNIVERSITY

PHOTO: PURDUE UNIVERSITY

This 1937 photo includes PMP Hall of Famers Prof. John June Davis, considered to be the father of the Purdue program, and national industry association founder Bill Buettner. Buettner is the third man kneeling from left, front row. Prof. Davis stands behind him, hand on shoulder.

PHOTO: PURDUE UNIVERSITY

PHOTO: PURDUE UNIVERSITY

Here’s the class of 1944, right at the peak of World War II.

PHOTO: PURDUE UNIVERSITY

PHOTO: PURDUE UNIVERSITY

Here’s the class of 1955.

PHOTO: PURDUE UNIVERSITY

PHOTO: PURDUE UNIVERSITY

Here’s the class of 1963.

PHOTO: PURDUE UNIVERSITY

PHOTO: PURDUE UNIVERSITY

PMP Hall of Famer Dr. Gary Bennett, BCE, is in this 1972 group photo. The conference was actually his third; the 2019 conference was his 50th. Watch a video of Bennett get honored for attending his 50th Purdue Pest Management Conference.

PHOTO: PURDUE UNIVERSITY

PHOTO: PURDUE UNIVERSITY

Purdue Conference attendees are a hardy bunch, but a blizzard forced the 2014 photo to be taken indoors — by one of the attendees. Thanks to the snow, the campus was closed and the official photographer couldn’t make it in that day.

PHOTO: DIANE SOFRANEC

PHOTO: DIANE SOFRANEC

PMP Senior Editor Diane Sofranec snapped this shot of the 2018 conference photo as it happened.

PHOTO: PURDUE UNIVERSITY

PHOTO: PURDUE UNIVERSITY

On Jan. 7, 2019, the day this photo was taken, it was 55°F on the West Lafayette, Ind., Purdue University campus. By Jan. 8, it was a more-seasonal 24°F.



from Pest Management Professional https://www.mypmp.net/2019/02/12/an-industry-tradition-posing-at-purdue/
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