In 1970, Albanese had been out of the service for a few years and was looking for opportunity. He saw it in the construction field, and after buying a dump truck and a bulldozer he founded the Staten Island, NY, company known today as Quality 800 Asphalt in April of that year.
Because our industry requires a somewhat unique set of safety controls, most of which do not appear in OSHA or State safety codes, we present these safety tips for our Members to adopt into their daily work activities. These are practical tips and techniques, and represent Best Safety Practices for sweeping professionals.
I recently invested a day-and-a-half in personally going through all the results from WSA’s Third Party Vendor Survey. This included setting up an individual results’ page for each individual vendor company included in the Survey. The reason this process was not delegated was that I wanted to see what insights I might gain about the way these companies operate, so as to pass along that information to the sweeping contractor community.
The following story of ‘Larry the Pool Guy’ is presented in hopes it will inspire better business methods and understanding of the power of building a company on the cornerstones of professionalism, quality work product and ethics.
A profile of Joe Samuelian and how his sweeping company has grown since being founded in 1968. Includes input from Ani Samuelian, daughter of Joe and part of the second generation management team overseeing what is billed as the largest street sweeping company in America. Includes a Podcast interview with Ani Samuelian, which is embedded at the bottom of the article.
A tribute to Carl Austin, a man known as a “fixture” at Schwarze Industries for his class, professionalism, and guidance. Raymond Massey, Malcolm Cameron, and Mark Schwarze add their reflections of the late Carl Austin, as does the World Sweeping Association’s Executive Director, Ranger Kidwell-Ross.