Roland Rhodes, founder and president of Rhodes Chemical Co., Kansas City, Kan., was recognized by PCT and Syngenta during a ceremony at PestWorld 2013 (click here to read his Leadership profile).
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MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Liphatech’s Eraticate tour continued to rock pest management professionals with a stop at PestWorld 2013 in Phoenix. Attendees were treated to an Eraticate presentation by Liphatech’s own John Murphy. Liphatech soft baits, FirstStrike and Resolv, and their uses were highlighted. Attendees had a chance to win a Samsung tablet during the show. The four lucky tablet winners were:
Clint Eberley – Northern States Pest Control in Sandpoint, Idaho
Mel Farris – New Mexico Pest Control in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Rich Becker – Wagner Pest Solutions in Phoenix, Arizona
Brian Freese – Cannon Services in Markham, Ontario
In addition, attendees were treated to a variety of prizes including t-shirts, lanyards, as well as informative CDs that included iTunes gift codes. Visitors to the booth enjoyed a freshly-baked cookie while learning about Liphatech’s other rodenticides and complete line of Aegis bait stations. Videos outlining soft bait and the Aegis anchor bait station were viewed on tablets in the booth and free samples of FirstStrike and Resolv were available.
“The mini-Eraticate tour in our booth created a high energy atmosphere. More importantly, it generated awareness for soft baits and the integral role they play for pest management professionals in their rodent control efforts,” observed Manny Martinez, Liphatech executive director. “We’d like to thank all of those who visited our booth and attended the Eraticate presentation.”
For more information about Liphatech products and services, visit www.liphatech.com or call
DURHAM, N.C. — The North Carolina Pest Management Association's 64th annual Pest Control Technicians’ School will be held Jan. 27-30, 2014, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center.
Description: The North Carolina Pest Management Association, in cooperation with the North Carolina State University Department of Entomology, presents the 64th Annual Pest Control Technicians’ School. The program was designed for pest control technicians, their suppliers, nuisance wildlife control agents and others closely involved with pest control operations. The school’s general program offers phase training with the opportunity to earn continuing certification units and information for technicians, owners and managers on the latest developments in pest control. This year’s guest speakers offer a wealth of knowledge to share based on both academic and practical experience.
For registration information visit www.ncpestmanagement.org, or download the brochure, or call NPMA at 800/678-6722.
NORWALK, Conn. — William Grey, director of operations, ABC Exterminating, Norwalk, Conn., was announced as the winner of the 2013 Actisol Sweepstakes, which ran throughout September and October on PCT Online.
Grey’s name was randomly drawn from a pool of entrants. He wins an Actisol Compact Unit, a system that mixes a low volume of insecticide with a high volume of air to provide effective elimination of insects in deep harborage environments.
A member of ABC for 25 years, Grey oversees the day-to-day operations of the company. He said ABC has previously used Actisol sprayers in commercial accounts. ABC is a small, family-owned business (6 technicians, 2 office workers) owned by Emmett Lee, Jr., servicing all of Fairfield County and parts of New Haven and Litchfield counties. “We try to cater to the customer and offer a plan that fits their need, as opposed to signing them up for a multi-service program they may not need,” Grey said.
Grey said he likes the variety of jobs and people he encounters working in pest control. “You see all walks of life, from the poorest of homes to $50 million homes in the same day.”
MEMPHIS - ServiceMaster plans to spin TruGreen as a stand-alone company. According to the company's third-quarter financial report, Rob Gillette, ServiceMaster's CEO said: "The company plans to separate the TruGreen business from the ServiceMaster portfolio on or about December 31, 2013. "This separation should enable ServiceMaster to concentrate on growth while providing TruGreen the time and focus it needs to make the changes necessary to complete the turnaround of its business. Separating TruGreen from ServiceMaster should allow both companies to realize their full potential faster."
The financial report went on to say:
The separation of the TruGreen business from ServiceMaster is being planned as a tax-free spin-off of TruGreen through a pro rata dividend to the stockholders of ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc., the ultimate parent company of ServiceMaster. The separation is subject to a number of important closing conditions, which once completed will result in TruGreen being an independent, private company. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Natixis are acting as financial advisors to ServiceMaster in connection with the proposed separation.
"We believe the most effective way to realize TruGreen's long-term value is to have it operate as a standalone company," said TruGreen president David Alexander. "We have the right team and the right plan, and we're excited about the opportunity ahead of us. What we need to do now is stay focused, execute well and deliver more consistent, reliable performance over the long haul."
ServiceMaster had third-quatrter operating revenue of $929 million, an increase of approximately 3 percent compared to the same period in 2012. The increase in revenue was primarily attributable to a strong performance at Terminix versus the prior year period and revenue stabilization at TruGreen.
The company reported third-quarter 2013 net income of $46 million. This compares to a net loss of $704 million one year ago, which included goodwill and trade name impairment charges at TruGreen totaling $845 million. The company reported third-quarter 2013 Operating Performance of $169 million, which was comparable to the same period in 2012. The impact of higher revenue on gross profit in third-quarter 2013 was offset by higher selling expenses, primarily at TruGreen.
“Our third-quarter 2013 financial results met our expectations,” Gillette said. “While the increase in revenue compared to the third quarter of 2012 was primarily attributable to the strong performance at Terminix, all of our business segments produced revenue growth versus prior year.”
“We’ve talked a lot over the past few months about the TruGreen turnaround, and it has now become clear that while we’re making progress,” said Gillette, “TruGreen is on a different earnings growth timeline than the rest of ServiceMaster.”
Alexander pointed out that TruGreen has made steady progress over the past several months implementing process and technology improvements that should stabilize its operations and deliver better results.