O-Cedar Announcements

Announcements

Nexstep Remembers Fred Leventhal

FredFred Leventhal passed away a week shy of his 95th birthday on Thursday June 16, 2016. Born in Cleveland, Ohio on June 22nd, 1921, Fred was the youngest of seven siblings. Fred is survived by his wife and constant companion of 69 years, Maxine, their two children, Fern (husband, Augustine) and Todd (wife, Gabriele), five grandchildren, three step grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Fred was considered by some as the last member of a golden generation of Springfield, OH business leaders who were also philanthropists deeply committed to the community.

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MaxiSweep™ Angle Brooms Chosen for 2016 Sanitary Maintenance Distributor Choice Award

SM-awardNexstep Commercial Products is proud to announce that our MaxiSweep™ Angle Brooms with Fiberglass Handles were chosen as a 2016 Sanitary Maintenance Distributor Choice Award Winner. The Sanitary Maintenance Distributor Choice Awards Program recognizes the most innovative and useful sanitary supply products of the year, as determined by sanitary supply distributors who voted in an online campaign. The voters are readers of Sanitary Maintenance magazine, which reaches 15,000 of every type of distributor active in the sanitary supply marketplace, including janitorial, paper, foodservice, industrial and wholesale.

Our flagged MaxiSweep™ Angle Brooms, available in red, yellow, or green, sweep the finest particles. The 13″ sweeping surface cleans larger areas in less time and the fiberglass handle is easy to sanitize. An unflagged MaxiSweep™ is also available to prevent bristles from matting together. The flagged MaxiSweep™ Brooms are great for front-of-the-house, and the unflagged broom is perfect for back-of-the-house use in foodservice. Nothing is better than O-Cedar Clean!

Nexstep Named Constant Contact All Star

Nexstep Commercial Products is proud to announce that we have been named a 2015 All Star by Constant Contact! This award is only given to 10% of Constant Contact users. Constant Contact refers to winners as “power users” who are great at building relationships with their customers, prospects, and members. They make the most of the company’s marketing tools – both in how well they use Constant Contact to meet their goals and the results they get in return.

Criteria include communication with our customers in all four quarters of 2015, updating our mailing lists often, obtaining permission from our subscribers to contact them, having high open and click-through rates, and having low bounce rates. At Nexstep we strive to give our customers the information they need, and only the information they need. To be added to our mailing list and start receiving promotions, product news, and sales tips, please select Contact Us.

Nexstep Commercial Products Announces 2015 Top Performers – Nancy Pailes of Modern Sales Company and Harrison Waldman of Waldco Sales

Nexstep Commercial Products (Exclusive Licensee of O-Cedar) is proud to announce Nancy Pailes and Harrison Waldman as their 2015 Top Performers. Nancy acquired the most new accounts from January to June, and Harrison acquired the most new accounts from July to December.

Nancy Pailes is owner of Modern Sales Company. She acquired 3 new accounts from January to June 2015. Modern Sales was founded in 1975 by Nancy’s father, Larry Flury. Nancy started with the company after graduating from Bowling Green State University in 1983. They have represented Nexstep Commercial Products since April 2013. Nancy runs the business today along with her brother, Charlie Flury. Over the years, Modern Sales has developed long-lasting relationships with their distributor network in the Ohio, West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan markets.

Harrison Waldman is a representative with Waldco Sales. He acquired 5 new accounts from July to December 2015. Waldco Sales was founded in 1988 by Steve and Kerry Waldman, Harrison’s parents. They have represented Nexstep since March 2003. Harrison started doing marketing and inside sales for the company in 2011. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from Stony Brook University, he became a manufacturers’ rep in January 2014. Waldco Sales provides sales and support to distributors in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area.

Nexstep Commercial Products would like to express our appreciation to Nancy and Harrison and congratulate them on their outstanding accomplishments in 2015.

Nexstep Commercial Products Announces 2015 Sales Rep Agency of the Year

ModernSalesCompany logoNexstep Commercial Products (Exclusive Licensee of O-Cedar) is proud to announce Modern Sales Company of Olmsted, Ohio as its 2015 Sales Rep Agency of the Year. This is the second consecutive year for Modern Sales.

Modern Sales has represented Nexstep Commercial Products since April 2013. The agency was founded by Larry Flury in 1975 after spending many years as the national sales manager of a large polyethylene can liner manufacturer. His philosophy was to help distributors build their businesses by offering quality manufactured products at competitive prices. Over the years, Modern Sales has developed long lasting relationships with their distributor network in the Ohio, West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan markets.

Today, Modern Sales is run by Larry’s children Charlie Flury and Nancy Pailes, who each joined the agency immediately after graduating from Bowling Green State University. Modern Sales specializes in janitorial and disposable foodservice items, and is still very much a family business. Nancy and her husband Rick Pailes have worked together for 15 years, and Charlie’s son Mike Flury joined the agency 3 years ago. In addition to these four reps, Modern Sales also employs Bob Foeller and Bill Umbarger, two very experienced reps in the JanSan industry. Of course, they will tell you the real success of the company lies in Sandi Olbrysh and Kathy Stanich who cover all the day-to-day operations in the office.

Nexstep Commercial Products would like to express our appreciation to Modern Sales Company and congratulate them on their outstanding accomplishments in 2015.

Nexstep Commercial Products Announces Acquisition of Southern Broom and Mop Co.

Nexstep Commercial Products, Exclusive Licensee of O-Cedar, is happy to announce its purchase of the assets of Southern Broom & Mop Company in Nashville, Tennessee, from its owner James Rollins. Southern Broom & Mop Company was a regional manufacturer of mopheads and mopsticks who carried an assortment of other cleaning products such as brooms, brushes and handles.

Southern Broom & Mop’s facility in Nashville was closed and consolidated into Nexstep’s facility in Paxton, Illinois. Todd Leventhal, President of Nexstep Commercial Products, says this acquisition will strengthen Nexstep’s presence in the growing Sun Belt.

Nexstep looks forward to serving all of Southern Broom & Mop’s customers and offering them the opportunity to expand their product assortment due to Nexstep’s broad product line.

Nexstep Commercial Products is pleased to announce that Jamie Daugherty-Weaver has been promoted to the position of Director of Marketing.

Jamie Daugherty-WeaverJamie started with Nexstep in January, 2014 as a Sales Support Specialist. She graduated from Wittenberg University with a B.F.A. in 2008.

Jamie’s job responsibilities will include making arrangements for all trade shows and conferences; managing creation of catalogs and price lists; communicating with our customers, trade journals, and sales force on new products, promotions, and programs; coordinating all graphic projects and website improvements for Nexstep; and maintaining our online presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

Please join us in congratulating Jamie on her promotion.

Nexstep Commercial Products Announces Two New Hires.

Nexstep Commercial Products is pleased to announce new additions to our staff:

» Jeff Stewart is now Director of Sales at Nexstep.

» Jessica Broughton has been hired to fill the position of Bid Coordinator.