Latest East-West Pest Control News
May 1, 2019
Clements Acquires East-West Pest Control East-West Pest Control was founded in 1995 by David Zack, Sr., and provides pest control and termite services throughout Orlando. East-West Pest Control was founded in 1995 by David Zack, Sr., and currently services residential and commercial clients throughout central Florida. The Zacks plan to retire from the industry following the transaction, while the remaining East-West team have all joined Clements, including Vice President Ramon Almodovar. He will continue to oversee daily operations in a management capacity. “We are excited to work with the entire East-West team and their customers. They have built a quality business with a great reputation, and we look forward to building on that foundation. The Orlando market continues to expand and this acquisition helps position us for long term growth throughout central Florida,” said Christopher Slade, Chief Operating Officer of Clements. This is Clements second acquisition within the past nine months. In mid-2018 Clements purchased Douglas Horticulture LLC., based in West Palm Beach. Nozzle Nolen Earns BBB 2019 Torch Award for Ethics The awards recognize businesses whose leaders demonstrate a high level of personal character and ensure that the organization's practices meet high ethical standards. (Pictured, from left to right, Nozzle Nolen GM Mark Carran, HR Director Lisa Galloway, and President Mickey Nolen accepting the Torch Award.) WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Better Business Bureau Serving Southeast Florida and the Caribbean honored Nozzle Nolen Pest Solutions and its president and CEO Mickey Nolen by selecting the company to receive one of this year's Torch Awards for Ethics. Torch Awards recognize businesses whose leaders demonstrate a high level of personal character and ensure that the organization's practices meet the highest standards of ethics. These great leaders inspire excellence, building trust with their employees, customers, and vendors. Mickey Nolen leads his team by example. He was raised by hard working parents who inspired him to always do the right thing. In a letter to the BBB, he wrote: "Some people say 'ethical business' is an oxymoron. I disagree. Ethics is what separates the average companies from the great ones. " "The BBB Torch Awards for Ethics was established to further BBB's mission of advancing marketplace trust by recognizing businesses for the commitment made to build trust with their customers through exceptional business practices that can help provide an example for other businesses to emulate," said Rod Davis, president and CEO of the local BBB. Medium Business Category (10-49 employees) - Allied Property Group, Miami Small Business Category (1-9 employees) – ServiceMaster by Glenn's, Vero Beach Nozzle Nolen was founded by Ken Nolen in West Palm Beach in 1951. It is a family owned and operated pest control company proudly serving customers in Palm Beach, Martin, Saint Lucie, and Broward County. SALT LAKE CITY - S ix Brothers Pest Control r ecently opened a new branch in Salt Lake City, the company’s third branch to date. Six Brothers Pest Control gets its name from the owners, literally 6 brothers who are all equal partners in the business. Dennis, Barry, Grant, Aaron, Bryan and Mark each got their start in the pest control industry selling door-to-door for various companies. After each seeing great success, they decided to start a pest control company. Since 2004, the 6 Christensen brothers have served tens of thousands of customers in Kansas City and Dallas. The decision to open a branch in Salt Lake City stems from the massive population growth happening in the area. Utah ranks No. 1 among the states for population growth rate over the past decade. Six Brothers plans to offer services in Salt Lake City similar to their other branches, including residential and commercial general pest, bed bug and termite control. Folino joined the company in February 2018 and was most recently a Manager-in-Training. Prior to joining Truly Nolen, he spent 17 years in the retail industry as a store manager for OfficeMax/Office Depot in Tucson. Some of Folino’s new responsibilities will include helping the service office continue to maintain visibility with the local Tucson community as well as instilling the company’s core values throughout his team. “The collective sales and service experience of my team is amazing and I look forward to working with and growing alongside them,” said Folino. “I love that I can call anyone in our company with a question and they can and will help me find the answer.” “Robert excelled as a Manager-in-Training by working with both our residential and national commercial teams over the last few months,” said Desi Rodriguez, Truly Nolen District Manager, Tucson. “His previous retail experience and success made him the natural choice to lead our Tucson service office into the future and I know that he is very excited and looking forward to the challenge.” University of Florida researchers behind Florida Insect Control Group , a pest control device company, originally intended to protect deployed military personnel from insect-borne diseases, shared the story of their #Research2Startup path at the University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Showcase in Washington, D.C.. Organized by the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities and the Association of American Universities, the D.C. showcase highlights the role of federally-funded university research in fueling entrepreneurship, innovation and economic opportunity nationwide. The Florida Insect Control Group, which offers environmentally safe, long-lasting and cost-effective solutions for control of both adult and larvae mosquitoes and flies, is one of 20 startups participating in the event. “The initial goal for the research was to protect deployed warfighters from flies and mosquitoes,” explained Philip Koehler, a professor at UF’s Department of Entomology & Nematology, Urban Entomology Laboratory, and head of research for the Florida Insect Control Group startup. “Deployed troops are often in temporary positions and are limited in the size and weight of supplies. Flies and mosquitoes threaten their health and ability to respond to the enemy,” Koehler said. “We developed fly and mosquito traps and larvicidal chips to deal with the problems of insects for deployed warfighters.” Florida Insect Control Group develops products that are easily manufactured and shipped. Instead of releasing pesticides into the air or water, the startup embeds the pesticide in micro-porous plastic polymers or within porous fabrics, providing the exact minimum lethal dose needed to kill. The products attract the insect by providing the right shape, color, odor, surface, and materials mosquitoes and flies like. “The major problem with mosquitoes is that they need water, and water breaks down insecticide,” Koehler explained. “We used polymer-embedded insecticide to allow the devices to deliver insecticide to mosquito larvae and adults for months. The trap kills mosquitoes when they land inside the container to rest or lay eggs. The larvicidal chips release insect growth regulator into water to prevent larvae from turning into adults. According to WHO standards, the water is potable and safe for humans, domestic animals, and wildlife.” Grants from the Deployed WarFighter Protection program (DWFP) enabled Koehler, fellow researcher Dr. Roberto Pereira and their team to develop the fly trap and the mosquito traps and chips. The military provided military students to do a lot of the research; these were preventive medicine technicians familiar with issues associated with deployed warfighters worldwide. “Their experience was invaluable to incorporate their knowledge of vectors in other countries so that the products would work in virtually any part of the world,” Koehler said. UF obtained about six patents on the technologies the team developed; Florida Insect Control Group, led by founder and CEO Enrico Paolo Levi, licensed the technologies. “Enrico has worked very well and very closely with UF’s scientists (Drs. Koehler and Pereira) to develop and refine both the mosquito and fly control products,” said Dr. John Byatt, associate director at UF Innovate | Tech Licensing, which coordinates the transfer of technology from the lab to startups and industry partners. “He also has brought in key investors who have helped guide the regulatory pathway and open up partnering and distribution channels.” Florida Insect Control Group’s products target container-breeding mosquitoes (the carriers of Dengue, Zika, West Nile, Chikungunya, and Yellow Fever) and house flies that are responsible for spreading more than 60 different diseases (including typhoid fever, dysentery, anthrax, and tuberculosis). “The story of being funded for research for the military, providing education for military students, publication of results in theses, dissertations, and peer-reviewed journals, and, finally, commercialization by Florida Insect Control Group so that products become available to the military as well as the general public is a compelling story,” said Koehler. The mosquito products are in the last phases of approval by the Environmental Protection Agency and the European Union. Florida Insect Control Group has the attention of firms all over the world interested in distributing or using the products. A selection committee of innovation experts chose participating startups based on level of student engagement and the strength of the technology and its connection to research. Members of Congress, their staff, and national economic development and innovation policy members will be present at this widely attended event.