O-Cedar Announcements

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Angel/Cotton Associates Tapped for Arizona, Nevada and Northern California

Nexstep Commercial Products (Exclusive Licensee of O-Cedar) is proud to announce its appointment of Angel/Cotton Associates as their exclusive manufacturers’ representative in Arizona, Nevada, and Northern California. Angel/Cotton Associates will also represent our line with all JanSan distributors in Southern California.

Angel/Cotton Associates is a janitorial, food service, and industrial agency located in Signal Hill, California. Founded in 1993, Angel/Cotton has a strong and successful history of serving the Jan/San industry. The award-winning rep group is owned and managed by President Keith Angel, who brings over thirty years of experience to Angel/Cotton’s operation. Their dedicated sales team consists of 4 inside sales reps and 8 outside sales reps. The agency attributes their success to the mantra: “we outwork the competition.” Their mission is to support their manufacturers’ growth by supporting sales from production to consumption.

Nexstep President Todd Leventhal says, “We’re extremely happy to have the Angel/Cotton organization represent us, as they are the premier agency for the commercial marketplace. We expect tremendous growth in their market, and we know they’ll provide excellent service to Arizona, California, and Nevada distributors.”

 

MaxiPlus® Microfiber Pocket Wet Mopping System Chosen for 2017 Sanitary Maintenance Distributor Choice Award

Nexstep Commercial Products is proud to announce that our MaxiPlus® Microfiber Pocket Wet Mopping System was chosen as a 2017 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 MaxiPlus® Microfiber Pocket Wet Mopping System is the ultimate in touch-free operation. It’s easy, fast rinsing/wringing system makes cleaning quick and efficient. Stepping on the lever folds the frame in half, allowing the user to wring in a traditional mop bucket. The 16″ x 5″ pad absorbs seven times its weight in liquid and features colored tabs to prevent cross-contamination. The 16” break-away frame can be used with all standard pocket mops. Nothing is better than O-Cedar Clean!

Nexstep Commercial Products Announces 2017 First Half Top Performer – Nancy Pailes of Modern Sales Company

Nexstep Commercial Products (Exclusive Licensee of O-Cedar) is proud to announce Nancy Pailes as their Top Performer for the first half of 2017. She acquired 3 new accounts from January to June.

Nancy Pailes is owner of Modern Sales Company. 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. This is her second time being named our Top Performer. 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.

Nexstep Commercial Products would like to express our appreciation to Nancy and congratulate her on her outstanding accomplishments in 2017.

Nexstep Commercial Products Announces 2016 Sales Rep Agencies of the Year

ModernSalesCompany logoModern Sales has represented Nexstep Commercial Products since April 2013, and this is the third consecutive year Modern has been named Sales Rep Agency of the Year. 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. Today Modern Sales is run by Larry’s children, Charlie Flury and Nancy Pailes, who both joined the agency immediately following graduating from Bowling Green State University. Nancy and her husband, Rick Pailes, have worked together for 18 years, and Charlie’s son, Mike Flury, joined the agency six 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, and Gerid Gee, who joined the team last year from a JanSan distribution background. A large part of Modern’s success is due to Sandi Olbrysh and Kathy Stanich, who cover all the day-to-day operations in the office. The agency has developed long-lasting relationships with their distribution network in Ohio, West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan.

This is the first time Keystone Marketing Group has been named Sales Rep Agency of the Year. Keystone began as Skytte Marketing in 1991 and evolved into Keystone in 2007. Steve Skytte has worked in the JanSan industry since 1974, with experience as both a distributor and manufacturers’ rep. Last fall, Keystone rep Denny Smith also began to represent O-Cedar Commercial products. Denny has been a JanSan rep since 1981. Steve’s wife, Kenya, handles Keystone’s bookkeeping and administrative duties. Keystone specializes in institutional and industrial cleaning supplies. They represent 13 lines. Keystone Marketing Group has represented Nexstep since 2007, serving distributors in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and western Wisconsin.

Nexstep Commercial Products Announces 2016 Second Half Top Performers – Lauren Morrison of Swatzell Sales Co. and Steve Skytte of Keystone Marketing Group

Nexstep Commercial Products (Exclusive Licensee of O-Cedar) is proud to announce Lauren Morrison and Steve Skytte as their Top Performers for the second half of 2016. Each acquired 3 new accounts from July to December.

Lauren Morrison graduated from Texas State University-San Marcos in 2001. She first joined Swatzell Sales Co. in 2003. She then worked in recruitment and staffing for nine years for Aerotek and Emergency Service Partners, L.P. before returning to Swatzell Sales in 2012. Swatzell Sales Company has represented Nexstep since 2006 in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Steve Skytte attended college in his hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota. He started in the JanSan industry in 1974 with Multi-Clean in Minnesota. He worked with a distributor and as a manufacturers’ rep before moving back to Minnesota in 1991 and starting Skytte Marketing, which evolved into Keystone. Keystone Marketing Group has represented Nexstep since 2007. Keystone is Nexstep’s 2016 co-Sales Rep Agency of the Year.

Nexstep Commercial Products would like to express our appreciation to Lauren and Steve and congratulate them on their outstanding accomplishments in 2016.

Rick Pailes of Modern Sales Company and Mark Alexander of JanRep Associates

Joseph Weigandt Named CFO

Nexstep Commercial Products, Exclusive Licensee of O-Cedar, is pleased to announce that Joseph Weigandt joined Nexstep on July 13, 2016, as Chief Financial Officer. He has a wide base of experience, having worked a total of 38 years in manufacturing.  Most recently, Joe served as CFO at FC Industries in Dayton, Ohio – a holding company with four manufacturing subsidiaries.

Joe was born in Sidney, Ohio, and served in the Air Force for four years before marrying his wife of almost 40 years. He has lived various places in Ohio, and he and his wife have four children and eight grandchildren – all who live in the Springfield area. Joe enjoys building model ships in his spare time.

Joe will work out of Nexstep’s Corporate Office in Springfield, Ohio. He can be contacted at (937) 322-5163, Ext. 124, or fax (937) 322-6826 or email.

Please join us in welcoming Joe to the Nexstep team.

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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Nexstep Commercial Products Announces 2016 First Half Top Performers – Lauren Morrison of Swatzell Sales Co. and Steve Skytte of Keystone Marketing Group

Nexstep Commercial Products (Exclusive Licensee of O-Cedar) is proud to announce Rick Pailes and Mark Alexander as their Top Performers for the first half of 2016. Each acquired 3 new accounts from January to June.

Rick Pailes is a representative with Modern Sales Company. Rick graduated from Cleveland State University in 1985. He worked in the franchise industry for years before joining Modern Sales, owned by his wife Nancy and brother-in-law Charlie, in 2000. Rick and Nancy have two grown sons, Danny and Scotty. Modern Sales was founded in 1975 by Rick’s father-in-law, Larry Flury. Modern Sales has represented Nexstep Commercial Products since April 2013 and has twice been named their Sales Rep Agency of the Year. They provide sales and support to distributors in Ohio, West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan markets.

Mark Alexander is a representative with JanRep Associates. Mark started in the JanSan industry in 1990 as a cleaning contractor. In 1993 he joined Century Labs as a distributor sales rep. He began working for JanRep Associates in 2010. Mark has worked with all segments of the industry, specializing in contractors and schools. Mark has two grown children, Brett and Courtney, as well as two grandchildren, Braxton and Lydia. JanRep Associates was founded by Roger Hunt and Tom Landsberg in 2000. JanRep Associates has represented Nexstep since January 2014. Janrep Associates provides sales and support to distributors in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska.

Nexstep Commercial Products would like to express our appreciation to Rick and Mark and congratulate them on their outstanding accomplishments in 2016.

 

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 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.