PROVIDENCE, R.I. – As one of the most recognizable figures in the Providence, R.I., skyline, the 58-foot, 4,000-pound Big Blue Bug is seen daily by thousands of Rhode Islanders. With the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent need to raise awareness about mask-wearing, it was only natural that the bug — whose actual name is Nibbles Woodaway — was called into action.
The bug has been adorned with a painted-on facemask and Big Blue Bug Solutions added a banner thanking essential workers.
“The community reached out to us and overwhelmingly said ‘the bug needs a mask,’” said Brian Goldman, president of Big Blue Bug Solutions. “We are right down the street from some of the major hospitals in Rhode Island, and we work with a lot of [hospital personnel]. We felt it was a great way to spread the message [about the importance of mask wearing] and also to say thanks to all of the frontline workers.”
How did the Big Blue team make a mask that big? “It’s actually painted on, which was the suggestion of one of our employees. It was the right decision because it can withstand the weather,” said Goldman, who enlisted local painter Mike Moffitt, from Dennis Moffitt Painting, Providence, R.I. Moffitt, who has experience with specialized painting projects, painted the mask on from a lift.
The Providence community also got involved when it came to deciding how to decorate the Big Blue Bug for the holidays. In a normal year, the bug is adorned with antlers, bulbs and a red nose. “People were proactive and said, ‘You know the proper way to wear a mask is to have it cover the nose,’” said Goldman, who agreed and made sure that the bug’s nose remained covered during the holidays.
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WEST CHESTER, Pa. - Green Lawn Fertilizing/Green Pest Solutions Senior Vice President of Operations Josh Willey was named to Chester County’s 40 Superstars Under 40 List by Vista. The 2021 List of Vista Millennial Superstars celebrates Chester County’s most dynamic business and professional leaders under the age of 40, who are shaping the county’s future.
In his current role, Willey is at the pulse of everything at the firm, from sales to customer service and operations.
“Josh is just an overall great person both personally and professionally! Josh is an incredible leader! He has made an impact at Green Lawn Fertilizing and Green Pest Solutions since his first day and has been instrumental in helping build our leadership team and drive continuous improvement in all aspects of our business,” said Matt Jesson, president/owner. Since 2017 the company’s revenue has more than doubled from $10 million to $23 million.
Willey has put an emphasis on training, development and education. He created a leadership development program at Green Lawn and Green Pest to assist front line employee’s development into management. In October 2019, Willey completed a three month executive education program at Stanford University.
“It’s an honor to be listed among this group of 40 young professionals who are having a huge impact on Chester County businesses. I certainly would not be where I am today without the help of countless colleagues throughout my career and I try whenever possible to pay things forward by helping others advance their careers,” said Josh Willey.
Vista Today received over 200 nominations of millennials from all across Chester County who are breaking down walls, shattering expectations and doing remarkable work in both their profession and their community.
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The total U.S. pest control index increased 8.8 percent year-over-year in December 2020. On a sequential basis, the index decreased 3.8 percent from November 2020, which is slightly better than the historical trend. The index declined 5 percent sequentially in December 2019 and 10 percent sequentially in December 2018. This index includes recurring and nonrecurring revenue for the residential pest, commercial pest and termite markets. It does not include residential door-to-door companies.
The 9 percent year-over-year U.S. pest index increase in December marks an acceleration from November (+7 percent) and October (+5 percent). The improving trend was driven by a step up in the residential pest market throughout the quarter, combined with stronger commercial growth in December.
“We are again surprised by another positive monthly report as trends continued to steadily improve throughout the quarter,” said William Blair Equity Researchers Tim Mulrooney and Sam Kusswurm, pointing to the work-from-home environment and favorable weather as factors supporting stronger residential volumes and retention rates. “Meanwhile, the commercial market appears to continue to recover as mandatory restrictions are lifted and businesses continue to reopen.”