VP of Commercial Sales

Americo Promotes Rusty Heinsman to Vice President of Commercial Sales

Acworth, GA, December 26, 2018— Americo Manufacturing Company, a leading manufacturer of commercial cleaning products, which include Green Seal® certified floor pads with Full Cycle® technology, hand pads, utility pads, and floor matting, is pleased to announce the promotion of Russell “Rusty” Heinsman to Vice President of Commercial Sales.

Rusty has been a member of the Americo team for six years. With more than 13 years in the Jan/San industry, Rusty joined the team as National Sales Manager in 2012. In this role, Rusty managed Americo’s network of independent sales brokers as well as the Commercial Products Regional Sales Directors. Rusty has been instrumental in delivering the company’s value proposition to commercial clients throughout the US.

In his expanded role, Rusty will be responsible for helping to create and implement the Company’s strategic nationwide sales plan for the Commercial Products Division. Rusty will continue to manage the Commercial Products Regional Sales Directors along with our network of independent sales brokers. He also becomes a member of Americo’s Executive Management Team.

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About Americo Manufacturing Company

Americo Manufacturing Company is a leading manufacturer of commercial cleaning products, which include Green Seal Certified® floor pads with Full Cycle® technology, hand pads, utility pads, and floor matting.  Throughout its 50-year history, Americo has been recognized for innovation and quality as well as a global reach with products currently sold in all 50 states and over 70 countries worldwide.


Partnership with Essendant

Americo Announces a New Partnership with Leading Wholesaler, Essendant Inc.

Customers gain the benefit of quick-fill orders, while lowering minimum order quantities with the new alliance

Acworth, GA, June 27, 2018—Americo Manufacturing Company, a leading manufacturer of commercial cleaning products, which include floor pads with Full Cycle technology, hand pads, utility pads, and floor matting, is pleased to announce the new partnership with Essendant, Inc., the leading wholesaler of janitorial and sanitation supplies.  Essendant will now carry the Americo line as part of their nationwide fulfillment network.

“Essendant strives to find strong business fit with our partners where the combination of our collective capabilities will serve our customers.  We are pleased to welcome Americo Manufacturing into our partner network and offer our customers the quality products they provide,” said Essendant VP, Merchandising   Business and Facility Essentials, Jeffrey Bobroff.

The benefits of this new partnership for the reseller will include competitive pricing, and easy access to Americo products.  Essendant’s nationwide fulfillment network can deliver Americo products to customers across the U.S. within 24-72 hours.

“This is a win-win for Americo and our customer base. Our distributors will receive the same high quality Americo products they are accustomed to, but now with greater flexibility when ordering and access to quick replenishment inventory as needed,” said National Sales Manager of Americo Manufacturing Company, Rusty Heinsman.

For more information, contact your local Essendant or Americo Representative.

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About Essendant
Essendant Inc. is a leading national distributor of workplace items, with 2017 net sales of $5.0 billion. The company provides access to a broad assortment of over 170,000 items, including janitorial and breakroom supplies, technology products, traditional office products, industrial supplies, cut sheet paper products, automotive products and office furniture. Essendant serves a diverse group of customers, including independent resellers, national resellers and e-commerce businesses. The Company's network of distribution centers enables the Company to ship most products overnight to more than ninety percent of the U.S. For more information visit www.essendant.com

About Americo Manufacturing Company

Americo Manufacturing Company is a leading manufacturer of commercial cleaning products, which include Green Seal Certified® floor pads with Full Cycle® technology, hand pads, utility pads, and floor matting.  Throughout its 48-year history, Americo has been recognized for innovation and quality as well as a global reach with products currently sold in all 50 states and over 70 countries worldwide. For more information on Americo, visit https://www.americomfg.com.


TrapEze Disposable Dusting Sheets

Americo Manufacturing Introduces TrapEze® Disposable Dusting Sheets

Acworth, GA May 2, 2018 – Americo Manufacturing Company, a leading manufacturer of commercial cleaning products, introduces TrapEze Disposable Dusting Sheets.  TrapEze is a single-ply, double-sided, disposable, adhesive-coated dusting cloth, manufactured to conveniently fit current dusting tools.

TrapEze employs a patent pending design which externally coats non-woven fibers with a proprietary adhesive on both sides material.  Exposed adhesive removes more dust and dirt than traditional dusting without leaving a sticky residue behind.

“We are excited to bring this product to the market.  Americo prides itself on innovation and we believe our patent-pending design will change the commercial surface cleaning game,” said President of Americo, Richard Rones.

Designed to be used with any existing dusting tool, TrapEze is available in 5” and 8” widths.  Sheets are perforated every 6” allowing the user to select the size that’s needed for their dusting application.  Ideal for dust and debris removal on any hard surface floor, TrapEze can also be used clean high and hard to reach places, along with baseboards, moldings, ceiling fans, bookshelves, cabinets, radiators and lamp shades.

“Disposable dusting sheets prevent the cross contamination and are perfect for facilities with high hygienic standards like hospitals, physician offices and nursing homes,” stated John Miller, Amerio Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  “Disposable dusting sheets also reduce the cost associated with laundering traditional dust mops and the need to store unsightly soiled mops,” he added.

TrapEze Disposable Dusting Sheets are also available with distributor private labeling.  Included with Americo’s established standard private label program, TrapEze can be privately name branded and offers a full sales, marketing and customer service support team.

TrapEze Disposable Dusting Sheets are now available nation-wide.  Those interested in learning more can visit www.americotrapeze.com or contact an Americo Representative.

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About Americo Manufacturing Company

Americo Manufacturing Company is a leading manufacturer of commercial cleaning products, which include Green Seal Certified® floor pads with Full Cycle® technology, hand pads, utility pads, and floor matting.  Throughout its 48-year history, Americo has been recognized for innovation and quality as well as a global reach with products currently sold in all 50 states and over 70 countries worldwide.


Blue Sage Capital

Blue Sage Capital Makes Strategic Investment in Americo Manufacturing Company

ACWORTH, Georgia — Americo Manufacturing Company (“Americo” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that Blue Sage Capital (“Blue Sage”) has become a majority equity partner in the Company. Headquartered in Acworth, GA, with additional facilities in Cartersville, GA and Los Angeles, CA, Americo is a globally recognized, leading manufacturer of floor maintenance pads as well as one of the top manufacturers of commercial and retail floor matting products in the USA. The Company produces a diverse range of high-loft, nonwoven products, which include floor maintenance pads as well as specialty fabrics which are utilized in a variety of industries. Aside from nonwovens, Americo also designs and manufactures a complete line of vinyl-backed, walk-off floor mats for use in industrial, promotional, retail, custom and specialty market applications.

Americo’s CEO, Lenny Shutzberg, commented, “We are delighted to be partnering with Blue Sage as we continue to grow our business from the solid foundation established nearly 50 years ago. Blue Sage’s expertise of investing in family-owned businesses, along with their vast strategic and financial resources, will provide us the ability to significantly increase the growth trajectory for our company.” Americo’s products are currently sold in all 50 states and in over 70 countries around the world.

Jim McBride, Co-Founder and Managing Member of Blue Sage, stated, “Americo is the quintessential investment for Blue Sage Capital. We look for partnerships with market-leading, family-owned and managed businesses, which have demonstrated a long-term defensible competitive advantage and established significant barriers of entry in their respective industries. Americo has a proven business model and an extremely capable management team. Highlighted by the receipt of the only Green Seal Certification issued to any floor pad manufacturer in the world, the Company continues to demonstrate innovative leadership in the cleaning industry.  We are excited about our new partnership with Americo and look forward to working with their entire management team.”


About Americo Manufacturing Company

Americo Manufacturing Company, headquartered in Acworth, Georgia is a leading manufacturer of sustainable products such as synthetic and natural fiber floor pads, hand pads, utility pads and floor matting. 100% of the polyester fiber used in pads produced by Americo comes from recycled material from post-industrial and post-consumer waste and the only binders used in their manufacturing process are water-based. Americo’s products are currently sold worldwide as the company enters into their 49th year of operation.

For questions or inquiries, please contact Lenny Shutzberg at 770-974-7000 or email Lshutzberg@americomfg.com.

Americo Manufacturing Company was represented in the transaction by Genesis Capital (Investment Bankers), Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough LLP (Legal), and Bennett Thrasher, LLP (Accounting).


About Blue Sage Capital

Blue Sage Capital has over $200 million in assets under management and invests in profitable, growing, lower middle-market industrial, manufacturing, service and distribution companies with revenue of $20 to $100 million. Of particular interest are opportunities to partner with founders as the first round of institutional capital in a recapitalization transaction and companies that enjoy leadership positions in niche industries. For more information on Blue Sage, visit www.bluesage.com

For questions or inquiries, please contact Jim McBride at 512-536-1900 or email Jim.McBride@bluesage.com

Blue Sage was represented in the transaction by Queen Saenz + Schutz PLLC (Legal), Lockton Companies (Insurance), BDO USA, LLP (Accounting) and Flieller, Kruger, Skelton & Plyler, PLLC (Tax). Senior financing was provided by Cadence Bank.


New DiaMEND™ Screens

Americo Introduces New Diamond Screens
NOW AVAILABLE from Americo – DiaMENDTM Floor Restoration System

Acworth, GA, October 2, 2017 – Americo announces the introduction of a new floor restoration system, DiaMEND. The DiaMEND system employs proprietary electroplated technology and restores heavily damaged polished concrete, natural stone and terrazzo floors to like new condition, without the use of special equipment. Americo showcased the new screens, available in 220, 400 and 600 grit, during ISSA’s 2017 conference in September. Compared to other diamond restoration systems, the DiaMEND system lasts up to three times longer and provides equal performance vs the competition.

“Americo has a long history of high quality in product design and performance. The company's product line expansion provides solutions for many and continues our strategy of delivering exceptional products to clients in over 70 countries worldwide,”

-  John Miller, Executive VP of Sales and Marketing

The new products are currently available and additional details may be found at www.AmericoMfg.com or by downloading the company’s mobile app for Android and Apple users.

iOS Version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/americo/id1033321914?mt=8

Android Version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pixid.americo.lakecity


 About Americo Manufacturing Company

Americo Manufacturing Company is a leading manufacturer of nonwoven products, which include OEM products, floor pads with Full Cycle® enhanced biodegradation technology, hand pads, utility pads, and floor matting. Throughout its 48-year history, Americo has been recognized for innovation and quality as well as its global reach with products currently sold in all 50 states and over 70 countries worldwide. For more information about Americo and its products, visit www.americomfg.com.

Americo® and Full Cycle® are trademarks of Americo Manufacturing Company, Inc. ©2017 All rights reserved worldwide.

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Green Seal™ Certified

Americo Full Cycle® Floor Pads First to
Achieve New Green Seal™ Certification

Entire Product Line with Enhanced Biodegradation Meets GS-20 Standard for Environmental Innovation

Washington, DC (April 10, 2017) - Green Seal, the nation's premier nonprofit ecolabel, is excited to announce that the first products certified to its Standard for Environmental Innovation (GS-20) are a complete line of floor-care pads from Americo Manufacturing Company. The certified products include all of Americo’s Full Cycle® Floor Pads, both abrasive and non-abrasive, which have been proven to offer enhanced biodegradation in landfill conditions and to contain 100% recycled content and natural fiber.

“Green Seal is delighted to have Americo’s Full Cycle® Floor Pads lead the way as the first products to earn GS-20 certification,” stated Arthur B. Weissman, Ph.D., Green Seal’s President and CEO. “The pads are a stellar example of what happens when sustainability, innovation, and performance combine in product design,” he added.

"With Green Seal being one of the most well-known and respected environmentally based certification organizations in our industry, Americo is proud to be recognized and awarded with their first GS-20 Environmental Innovation certification for our Full Cycle® floor pads,” stated Richard Rones, President of Americo Manufacturing Company.

In order to become certified under GS-20, Americo submitted an application to Green Seal describing its product line and the environmental benefits it claimed for validation. Green Seal examined these benefits in a life-cycle context and also determined whether the product line could be considered innovative, as defined by the standard.

Americo’s Full Cycle® floor pads are made with 100% recycled PET fiber or a combination of that and natural fibers. The company also uses water-based latex in the manufacturing process, avoiding phenolic-based resins. The pads have been tested by an independent lab to demonstrate that they biodegrade at a faster rate than conventional floor pads in a simulated landfill environment. The enhanced biodegradation helps to reduce landfill volume over time. In addition, this significantly shorter time frame allows landfills that have methane-to-energy collection systems in place to capture landfill gas and convert it to energy. Americo provides end-of-life instructions to the market for disposing of the pads in landfills that capture landfill gas and convert it to energy at www.americofullcycle.com/waste-to-energy.

The full list of criteria developed for this specific product group under the GS-20 standard and details on certification can be downloaded at www.GreenSeal.org. Additional information about the GS-20 standard itself can be found at www.greenseal.org/GS20.

ABOUT GREEN SEAL, INC. 

Green Seal™, a nonprofit organization founded in 1989, is the nation's premier ecolabel, symbolizing transparency, integrity, and environmental leadership. Its flagship program develops life-cycle-based environmental standards and certifies products and services that meet these standards. Green Seal standards cover 450 categories – from janitorial supplies, paints, and windows to restaurants and hotels – and are specified by 23 states and countless institutions. Green Seal’s science-based programs help manufacturers, purchasers, and consumers to make choices and improvements that are beneficial to human health, the environment, and the marketplace. For more information, visit GreenSeal.org, or call 202-872-6400. Connect with Green Seal on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

ABOUT AMERICO 

Americo Manufacturing Company is a leading manufacturer of commercial cleaning products, which include floor pads with Full Cycle® technology, hand pads, utility pads, and floor matting. Throughout its 48-year history, Americo has been recognized for innovation and quality as well as a global reach with products currently sold in all 50 states and over 70 countries worldwide. For more information about Americo and its products, visit www.americomfg.com.

Americo® and Full Cycle® are trademarks of Americo Manufacturing Company, Inc. ©2017 All rights reserved worldwide.


CONTACT:
Kat Danaher
Green Seal
202-872-6400 x4167
kdanaher(at)greenseal.org


Setting a New Standard

New Equipment Acquisition Doubles Production Capability in Brazil

Américo do Brasil Sets new industry standard

ACWORTH, GA, September 2016 – Americo’s converting partner, Américo do Brasil is currently enjoying strong and sustained growth, selling the widest variety of floor pads on the market. Earlier this month the company announced the acquisition of a state-of-the-art cutting machine. This makes the company’s second cutting production line, doubling their cutting capability which has enhanced Américo do Brasil’s volumes overall. “We see service as a crucial element for our success in South America. This new cutting equipment will reduce delivery times and allow us to continue to serve our customers in this region, while exceeding their expectations”, said Giuliano Santin, Owner, Américo do Brasil.

The new production capacity ensures the company can meet the region’s sharply rising demand for years to come. Leonard Shutzberg, Chief Executive Officer, Americo Manufacturing Company, says, “In the last six years, our sales have steadily grown, and we’re seeing accelerated growth in the demand for our floor pads in Brazil and the other 70+ countries we serve. We can do this by collaborating with professional and flexible production partners like Américo do Brasil, who holistically shares our view of quality. I applaud the work that Américo do Brasil is doing in the South American market, as well as their decision to expand their infrastructure with equipment that will be essential to handle the growth in that region.”


Americo Manufacturing Company, headquartered in Acworth, Georgia, is a world leading manufacturer of environmentally friendly cleaning products such as synthetic and natural fiber floor pads, hand pads, utility pads and floor matting. 100% of the polyester fiber used in pads manufactured by Americo is produced using recycled material from post-industrial and post-consumer waste and the binders we use are water-based technology. Our Full Cycle® pads are specially formulated to rapidly biodegrade* once discarded into an active landfill. Americo’s products are currently sold in over 70 countries worldwide as we enter into our 46th year of operation. For more information on Americo, visit www.americomfg.com. Americo® and Full Cycle® are trademarks of Americo Manufacturing Company, Inc.

©2016 All rights reserved worldwide.

*The actual rate of biodegradation of Americo’s Full Cycle® pads, as well as the rate of all plastic materials in landfills, will be slower and will vary, depending upon actual landfill conditions. For more information on Full Cycle® or to view ASTM D5511 test results visit www.AmericoFullCycle.com.

About Americo Manufacturing Company

AMERICO MANUFACTURING CO., INC.

6224 North Main Street Acworth, GA 30101
Phone: +1 770-974-7000


Spotlight Award:
Kim Sanders

The Customer Service Group, a publisher recognized for honoring customer service “heroes”, selected Kim for their Spotlight Award recipient in last month’s issue. All recipients of the accolade are nominated based on superlatives such as exceptional customer service skills, problem-solving, being a team-player and outstanding leader in their field. “Kim’s work will serve as an inspiration to readers of The Customer Communicator,” says Margaret DeWitt, TCSG, Publisher.

Kim is always very responsive to her internal and external customers when needed. She clearly derives enjoyment from her duties and her enthusiasm has contributed to the fun working atmosphere in Americo’s Customer Service Department. “One of the great things about Kim is that she is always very organized, thorough, and detail-oriented—which is very important when you are handling customer call issues. But first and foremost, she just cares about the quality of the work that she does,” stated Vanecia Lord, Americo Customer Service Manager.

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Regional Sales Promotions

Americo Manufacturing Company is pleased to announce the promotion Todd Spencer and Cameron Dunagan to sales director positions at Americo.

Americo Manufacturing Company, one of the world’s largest floor pad manufacturers, is pleased to announce the promotion Todd Spencer and Cameron Dunagan to sales director positions at Americo. Americo CEO, Leonard Shutzberg said, “I congratulate both Todd and Cameron as they are both deserving of their respective promotions. I have every confidence that they will be successful in their new roles as sales directors, and I look forward to their continued contributions to Americo.”

Effective immediately, the two sales director positions will focus on working within specific geographies to enhance and grow the company’s footprint. Both directors will manage their Manufacturer’s Rep organizations and support Americo customers.

Todd Spencer, Sales Director, Western USA – Commercial Division

Spencer joined Americo in 2014. During this time, he had multiple responsibilities that included directing business development activities to expand Americo’s sales opportunities and opening new distribution channels. In addition to his new role as Sales Director with a concentrated effort in Pacific, Mountain, and Upper Midwest states, Spencer will continue developing and driving key accounts to foster strategic evolution nationally. “Americo continues to experience such
an exciting and dynamic growth pattern all across the nation, and I am honored to be able to continue to be a part of it. I look forward to offering all within my assigned territory the concentrated attention it takes to promote and share our growth capabilities within the floor pad segment,” stated Todd Spencer, Sales Director, Western USA – Commercial Division.

Cameron Dunagan, Sales Director, Eastern USA – Commercial Division

Since 2013, Dunagan has served Americo in various capacities and has been responsible for working with sales representatives to develop sales and maintain current customer relationships. Most recently, Dunagan received a Sales Excellence Award for his superior performance in 2015. His new role includes a geographic territory of Southeast, Gulf Coast States, Midwest and the Great Lakes region. “As a leader in Jan/San, Americo continues to bring new and innovative products to the market. The combination of leadership, innovation, strong customer partnerships and the best independent rep groups in the business, has led to substantial growth for the company. I look forward to working with more of our commercial customers and our reps to continue the development,” stated Cameron Dunagan, Sales Director, Eastern USA – Commercial Division.

These advancements are an example of the company’s ongoing leadership succession process and efforts to cultivate top industry talent at Americo. “Healthy companies both retain top talent and implement leadership plans as a means to remain competitive. Todd and Cameron each have almost 30 years of combined industry experience, and these promotions demonstrate the value that Americo places upon the two individuals, their roles and the company’s overall continued advancement,” commented, Rusty Heinsman, National Sales Director.

The promotions will further enhance Americo’s management team. “The dynamics of our multi-talented leadership team will have a tremendous impact on the overall progression of our commercial division at Americo Manufacturing Company as a whole,” said John Miller, Executive VP of Sales and Marketing. “I’m highly confident that these new appointments will allow us to continue to deliver high quality products and service to our customers and, ultimately, put us in the best position for strategic growth within the markets we serve.”


Still a Nut

Ohio State celebrated the milestone for the iconic mascot back in November 2015. OSU paid special tribute to former Brutus alumni, students and those who helped found their beloved Buckeye mascot. Americo’s very own Leonard Shutzberg was among those who were honored during the weekend events for his role as “Brutus” from 1979-1980.

All Brutus alumni were recognized during a sold out gala, held in the Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom in the Ohio Union. The event took on a story telling theme, with former Ohio State football player and Heisman Trophy winner, Eddie George as the narrator of the Brutus Buckeye story. Guests also heard Brutus tales told by alumni over the past fifty years. Nearly every student who has portrayed Brutus was on hand for the festivities. The fundraising event brought together sponsors, donors and supporters, along with Brutus alumni and those who have shaped the history of the mascot over half a century. All proceeds from the event went toward endowing scholarships through the Office of Student Life for students who perform as Brutus.

BrutusWhen interviewed, Americo’s Chief Executive Officer, Leonard Shutzberg (former Brutus 1979-1980) stated, “Prior to 1979, you had to try out for cheerleading to be selected as Brutus Buckeye. I spent 6 months going to cheerleading workouts and preparing for the cheerleading tryouts. I was horrible....I can assure you I came in last place! But when the guy that they asked to be Brutus declined the offer, Ohio State had a dilemma as this had never happened before. I went to Dick Delaney (former Associate Athletic Director OSU 1970-1984) and said you have a problem and I’ll solve your problem...let me be Brutus and promise to have separate tryouts for Brutus Buckeye going forward! It was one of the greatest experiences of my life.”

Those who’ve had the honor to represent Brutus know that it takes tremendous integrity, dedication and a positive mental attitude to carry the great legacy of Brutus—all qualities that make a great leader. Leonard Shutzberg, who’s still a nut, possesses all of those characteristics and more. “I’ve always said that to work in the cleaning supplies industry, it helps if you’re a little nuts, but Lenny’s experience as Ohio State’s Buckeye mascot takes being a nut to a whole new level,” snickered, Richard Rones, Americo President.