Join Target Specialty Products and Dan Gordon, certified public accountant, as he will discuss how operating both efficiently and profitably are crucial components to overall financial health. In this session, you will learn about the “Operational Hit List” critical to building and maintaining a profitable operation. The “Hit List” provides users a key source of benchmarking and Key Performance Indicators used in operational improvement, internal analysis and making an Acquisition.
Gordon has personally been involved with building two pest control companies that employ over 100 full time employees. He was employed by Deloitte LLP, an international accounting and consulting firm, as an auditor and tax consultant working on deal structures and tax planning for private business owners. Currently he owns an accounting, consulting & M&A firm in Northern New Jersey that specializes in building pest control businesses as well as exit planning. CLICK HERE to register.
“We are excited to offer our customers this opportunity to learn how to maintain financial health by operating both efficiently and profitably,” said David Helt, Target Specialty Products’ President.
Pest professionals can join this webinar free of charge on Jan. 20 at 10:30 a.m. (PST)/1:30 p.m. (EST).. Attendees are invited to ask questions at the conclusion of the webinar.
Brandenburg has become a wholly owned subsidiary with all its 110 employees, customers and suppliers transferring to Pelsis.
The deal marks the second acquisition made by Pelsis in the last two months. The first was the purchase of Madrid-based professional pest control products businesses Sanitrade and distributor Vesta Distribuciones in December.
Brandenburg, which is headquartered near Dudley in the West Midlands, also has operations in North America based out of its facility in Saint Charles, Mo. In addition, the company has a manufacturing plant in the Pune region of India
Established more than 70 years ago the company delivers its products to 140 countries through an international distributor network.
Following the acquisition, Pelsis now has a turnover approaching €200m ($229 million) and employs more than 700 people across 18 sites located throughout Western Europe, the US and India.
Brandenburg founder and chief executive, Mathew Kaye, said: “It has been a long and rewarding journey to have built Brandenburg into the company it is today.
“We feel that our business is ready for the next stage in its journey. Joining the Pelsis Group presents a great opportunity for deep collaboration and further investment in product innovation. Ultimately, it improves our ability to grow and develop our business to serve our customers even better. We are very excited about the future.”
Last year, Pelsis purchased Lyon-based pest control supplier Edialux France in February and California-based manufacturer of humane bird deterrents Bird-B-Gone in May.
Pelsis Group chief executive, Derek Whitworth, commented: “We are very pleased to be bringing Brandenburg into the Pelsis Group family of brands as the business shares similar goals, values and aspirations for the future.
“Operationally, it fits very well within our strategy of adding companies that are leaders in their category which can help to deliver synergies for our group.
“We see great potential for ongoing growth opportunities and there are many clear benefits of working together that will provide customers with enhanced levels of product innovation, service and support.”
Pelsis was advised on the legal and financial aspects of the Brandenburg acquisition by DLA Piper and EY respectively. For further information on Pelsis visit www.pelsis.com.
PELSIS APPOINTMENTS. The appointment of Derek Whitworth as interim chief executive officer (CEO) of Pelsis Group has been confirmed by the company’s Board.
Whitworth brings a wealth of experience to support the next stage of the development of Pelsis. He was previously CEO of TMD Friction, a global automotive tier one supplier, from 2005 to 2012 and acted as executive chairman of automotive remanufacturer BBB Industries from 2014 to 2017.
Whitworth is currently executive chairman of silicone release liner manufacturer Loparex BV, and of laundry solutions and air vending services provider CSC Serviceworks Inc, among other appointments.
He has extensive experience in both the improvement of service and manufacturing businesses and in the digitalization of large and medium sized organizations.
The Board has also agreed the appointment of Jan-Derck van Karnebeek as Pelsis’s interim chief commercial officer (CCO). He is a 19-year veteran of The Heineken Company, culminating in six years as the global CCO.
van Karnebeek has an impressive record of organic growth in a fast-moving business-to-business and business-to-consumer environment. He was responsible for the development and roll out of Heineken’s digital commercial strategy, launching two successful e-commerce platforms.
Pelsis Chairman Martin Schwab said: “I am very pleased to welcome Derek and Jan-Derck to Pelsis and look forward to accelerating the development of the company as a major international player in the global pest control industry.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Pest management professionals gathered in person and virtually for the 86th annual Purdue Pest Management Conference this week. The three-day event, one of the premier training conferences in the pest control industry, was back in-person, but also retained its virtual capabilities, which were developed last year in response to COVID-19.
Conference chair Carrie Campbell, owner of Hatfield Pest Control, La Porte, Ind., welcomed attendees. Campbell thanked the conference’s planning committee for “keeping their thumb on the industry, feeling the pulse and really diving into what we need to learn about in the climate that we're doing business.”
A fitting launch to this year’s conference was a 2021 review of pest control issues provided by Mark VanderWerp, manager of education and training at Rose Pest Solutions, Troy, Mich. VanderWerp focused on three areas: medical, technology and pest. One of the topics VanderWerp discussed was a new PLOS Biology paper which cited lizards as a possible factor in Lyme disease being more prevalent in the North than in the South. That paper noted that in the Northeast, black-legged ticks latch onto small mammals like the white-footed mouse, which are notorious for transmitting the Lyme disease bacteria to the bugs. But in the South, the ticks prefer to feed on lizards, particularly skinks. Read a recap of VanderWerp’s presentation.
Other highlights from this year’s conference included:
- Face the ladder while climbing; maintain contact with at least one hand; and don’t carry something that could cause loss of balance.
- Employers should establish rules or expectations for ladder usage that, through evidence, are shown to be comprehensive to employees.
- Employers should have an effective process to discover deviations from usage rules as well as an effective enforcement program.
- Examine ladders for damaged or missing parts that may compromise their security while in use. Damaged equipment should be clearly tagged and not used until it is fixed or replaced.
Always use equipment as the manufacturer specified. For example, make sure that A-frame ladders are secured into the proper shape before climbing.
OSHA’s general duty clause states “each employer shall furnish a place of employment free of recognizable hazards that are likely to cause death or serious, physical harm.” For questions, report potential violations or to file a complaints, call OSHA at 1-800-321-6742 (OSHA). Complaints may also be filed on its website, www.osha.gov.
- A Burmese python that ate an alligator, which served as a “wakeup call” for how big of an issue the invasive animal is in South Florida, Bargeron said. The diet of the larger variety of the snakes could explain major decreases of mammals observed in Everglades National Park compared to the ‘90s.
- The population of feral pigs has increased considerably across the country during the last few decades. In addition to the threat they present to local ecosystems, they have been known to destroy yards and can potentially carry disease. Trapping and hunting are the best forms of control, but laws vary state by state.
- Cane toad sightings have been recorded mainly in South Florida, but their presence is expanding northward. They typically grow to 4 to 6 inches long, but smaller varieties are easy to confuse with native toads. They are poisonous to humans and domestic pets. The best control for them, Bargeron said, is hand capturing them with gloves and euthanasia. However, never euthanize a small toad because it might be a native species of toad.
People in the U.S. and Canada can use an application called “EDDMapS.” The acronym stands for “Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System.” People can use the site or the corresponding phone app to report potential sightings of invasive animals.
STINGING INSECTS. Dr. Kathy Heinsohn, training and technical entomologist, American Pest, also talked about the importance of ladder safety during her presentation about stinging insects. The nests of baldfaced hornets, for example, can be found a few feet above the ground, potentially on the eaves of houses. As PMPs regularly need to climb ladders to treat these pests, Heinsohn urged they exercise extreme caution while doing so. Be sure to wear protective equipment, too — they will chase perceived predators for over 300 feet, she said.
Always be sure to remove the nests even after the hornets have been mitigated, she added. It gives peace of mind to the customer.
Carpenter bees rarely sting people, but their habit of returning to nesting locations year after year can create quite a nuisance. Heinsohn suggested PMPs use coat hangers to destroy carpenter bee nests. Hangers can be maneuvered in these 5-inch-long “galleries” to break up the membrane walls separating the eggs. Apply a residual in the gallery and wait a few days before returning to plug the hole, but sure to always read and follow the product's label for guidelines as to when to plug the hole, as they will differ.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Forshaw has teamed up with national anti-trafficking non-profit Safe House Project to train thousands of pest management technicians across the country on how to spot, report and prevent child trafficking.
Hundreds of thousands of children are trafficked each year in the U.S, the company said. The International Labor Organization reported that victim identification is only 1 percent.
According to Kristi Wells, CEO, Safe House Project, more than 40 percent of trafficking is done by a family member, often from the home. On the front lines of public health, pest technicians are in a unique position to spot indicators of child trafficking.
Trafficking survivor Ria Story consulted on the new training and emphasized the importance of educating everyone about the signs and stories of trafficking.
“Many people don't know what trafficking looks like. It doesn't always look like what we expect,” said Story. “In my case, I wish someone had gotten involved sooner, asked questions, and reported that a situation wasn’t normal.”
Tom Forshaw, president, Forshaw, is spearheading the initiative to take a nationwide stand against trafficking.
In collaboration with survivors, Forshaw and Safe House have developed a free 30-minute training that allows companies to easily educate their teams on the signs to look for and how to anonymously report suspicious activity. By creating an “army” of pest control technicians and even other household service providers, everyone is one step closer to exterminating human trafficking, said Forshaw.
“Every year, pest management professionals service millions of homes and businesses,” he said. “We are the eyes and ears of the community. We are committed to do more than donate to a cause. Through our partnership with Safe House Project, we jumped in to be part of the solution and train thousands, and we will continue to train thousands more. I think we all agree that saving just one girl or boy is a victory.”
Fred Wingate, chief bugman, Noosa Pest Management, expressed his support for the training.“As with a lot of pest control firms, we are a family within our company,” he said. “Our family takes care of the community and any time we can partner and be part of the solution to something as serious and heartbreaking as human trafficking, we are honored to participate.”