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Cut costs, add flexibility in janitorial services.

For a variety of reasons, the trend towards outsourcing janitorial and other building services continues.

Outsourcing janitorial services allows building managers to focus on their core operations.

Handling janitorial services in-house adds to your costs because you have to hire someone to oversee scheduling, benefits, staffing and all the other details. When you hire a contractor, this administrative overhead is built into the rate.

Outsourcing also makes it less difficult to secure part-time help as needed, based on the peaks and valleys of your building operations. Also, outsourcing often insures better training, more thorough background screening, staff continuity and greater liability coverage, which can be extremely attractive.

While subcontracting of janitorial services has sometimes been viewed as simply a way of keeping down salaries and benefits, it also insures that building owners comply with all federal and state labor laws and regulations.

As the largest employer of 32BJ workers, ABM's New York City area hourly employees enjoy excellent benefits, the finest training and superior management/employee relations, which translates to a workforce retention and satisfaction rate that guarantees the continuity and quality of ABM services.

The big drive for everyone in property management today is how to consolidate operations. Everybody wants to create strategic relationships with each of their vendors, and ABM fills a niche that is ,tough to replicate with divisions spanning, Electrical, Janitorial, Security, Engineering, Parking and Lighting.

We are always trying to align our interest in terms of our clients. One way that top service providers like ABM offer added value is by bringing people with property management backgrounds into the fold, so that our clients can see that we understand the bigger picture as well.

This gives us a better platform for approaching and relating to clients. Enhancing our staff with employees that think as property managers brings in a wider understanding of the management and logistical needs of clients. This formula has garnered excellent feedback and success.

The business of cleaning and maintaining America's office buildings, retail, commercial, industrial, educational and healthcare facilities is huge, with over $50 billion spent annually on janitorial services alone.

Competition in the janitorial service business can be intense, as owners and property managers seek contractors that can provide added value and services not provided by the traditional "mom and pop" operations that still persist in the profession.

At American Building Maintenance of New York, our executive team understands the needs of today's corporate property management decision-makers.

Most of our executives had many years of experience in this field before entering the service industry.

This experience allows us to provide the type of reporting skills and accountability that make ABM stand above the competition and become a true partner in satisfying your janitorial and other building maintenance needs.

SCOTT SALMIRS

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

AMERICAN BUILDING MAINTENANCE OF NY
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