Lo­cal man­u­fac­turer wins in­ter­na­tional in­no­va­tion award

The Peterborough Examiner - - Front Page - JES­SICA NYZNIK Ex­am­iner Staff Writer

A Pe­ter­bor­ough man­u­fac­turer re­cently won an in­ter­na­tional in­no­va­tion award for one of its clean­ing pro­grams.

Char­lotte Prod­ucts Ltd. earned the 2018 ISSA In­no­va­tion Award in the clean­ing agents cat­e­gory for its En­viro-So­lu­tions Ter­razzo and Con­crete pro­gram, which in­cludes three prod­ucts.

The Fisher Dr. com­pany is a lead­ing for­mu­la­tor and man­u­fac­turer that cre­ates en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble clean­ing so­lu­tions.

Matt Strano, Char­lotte Prod­ucts CEO, said he couldn’t be prouder of the Char­lotte Prod­ucts team.

“As a Pe­ter­bor­ough com­pany, to be rec­og­nized in­ter­na­tion­ally by the clean­ing-in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als for our lead­er­ship as per­for­mance for­mu­la­tors and man­u­fac­turer of in­no­va­tive prod­ucts is very honor­able,” Strano said.

ISSA is a world­wide trade as­so­ci­a­tion for the clean­ing in­dus­try. Its mem­ber­ship base in­cludes

more than 9,200 or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Char­lotte Prod­ucts’ En­vi­roSo­lu­tions brand re­cently de­vel­oped the Ter­razzo and Con­crete pro­gram, launch­ing it in May.

Jen­nifer Meek, di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing for Char­lotte Prod­ucts, said the new pro­gram is rev­o­lu­tion­ary.

It takes away the need for deep strip­ping, scrub­bing, seal­ing, ap­ply­ing floor fin­ish, and di­a­mond grind­ing the floor­ing.

It’s also re­duces labour up to 60 per cent over con­ven­tional meth­ods.

When it comes to ter­razzo or con­crete, in most cases, spe­cial­ized clean­ers and prod­ucts need to be brought in.

It’s costly and labour in­ten­sive, Meek said.

“So, what we’ve put to­gether is a pro­gram that peo­ple can do with their own equip­ment… to get a bet­ter end re­sult that’s more sus­tain­able and in­creases the shine and the ac­tual qual­ity of it over time,” she said.

The pro­gram was nom­i­nated for the award and faced eight larger and more well-known com­pa­nies.

“It’s in­cred­i­ble,” Meek said of the win. “It’s ac­tu­ally quite an hon­our, just look­ing at the peo­ple and the com­pa­nies we were up against, and the pro­grams and in­no­va­tive prod­ucts we were up against.”

Char­lotte Prod­ucts also won New Prod­uct awards from School Plan­ning and Man­age­ment and Col­lege Plan­ning and Man­age­ment, which are both Amer­i­can pub­li­ca­tions serv­ing all col­leges and schools in the United States.

Char­lotte Prod­ucts was es­tab­lished in Pe­ter­bor­ough in 1986. It’s lo­cated on Fisher Drive and em­ploys ap­prox­i­mately 50 em­ploy­ees.

In 1994, its founder de­vel­oped En­viro-So­lu­tions to tran­si­tion tra­di­tional clean­ing over to healthy and sus­tain­able clean­ing meth­ods.

CLIF­FORD SKARSTEDT EX­AM­INER

Jen­nifer Meek, next to Asquith Wil­liams, back from left, Jim Flieler, David Jones and Matt Strano of Char­lotte Prod­ucts Ltd. and the new En­viro-So­lu­tions Ter­razzo and Con­crete Pro­gram on Fri­day.

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