BURLINGTON, Wash. (March 14, 2017) – Legend Brands and Next Gear Solutions are now partnering to advance the use of DryTrack field documentation software in the cleaning and restoration Industry. Through this partnership, DryTrack field documentation software by Next Gear replaces Dri-Plan, a software platform managed by Legend Brands.
“DryTrack shares the original vision for Dri-Plan – the interface and field data collection system is focused on the needs of the technician,” said Brandon Burton, Legend Brands Technical Director. “We are excited about this new direction, as Next Gear and their range of software solutions represent the same quality and contractor-focused features that we build into our products here at Legend Brands. It’s a great fit.”
Legend Brands will also integrate DryTrack into hands-on Restoration Sciences Academy training classes, allowing students to understand and use digital documentation while restoring an actual water damage.
“As the leader in restoration education, Legend Brands provides Next Gear Solutions with the best platform and partnership to reach this industry with contractor-focused solutions in its RSA classes,” said Garret Gray, CEO of Next Gear Solutions. “By equipping contractors with world-class training, supported by industry leading technology we believe that this collaboration will be very positive for the restoration industry.”
About Legend Brands and RSA Restoration Sciences Academy (RSA) is a part of Legend Brands, which combines over 185 years of experience in providing equipment, accessories and chemicals for professional cleaning, facility maintenance, portable environmental control, and water and fire damage restoration and remediation. RSA provides real-world restoration training in dynamic and engaging learning environments taught by industry experts.
About Next Gear Next Gear Solutions, based in Oxford, MS, was formed in 2008 to address the lack of job and workflow management software solutions in the restoration industry and launched their first software, DASH, in 2009. Next Gear’s software suite has grown to include franchise and insurance solutions, as well as options for home and business owners with losses. Next Gear is passionate about their proven solutions for the restoration industry and about their people and internal culture.
June 23, 2016. Burlington, Wash. Three new account managers, BJ Dubas, Daniel Gibart and Ron Britton join veteran account manager Michael Redd to form one of the strongest Legend Brands account support teams in the industry.
Dan Gibart worked at Rotovac for 15 years as a sales manager after running his own cleaning and restoration business in Redmond, Wash. He said, "I'm totally excited to join the A team here." Dan will be based in Phoenix.
BJ Dubas joins Legend Brands from Interlink Supply where he was an outside sales manager for 8 years. He has over 20 years of sales experience in the restoration and cleaning industry. As BJ noted, "I'm really excited to be on board with this great team. I can't wait to meet everyone in my region so we can get started on our sales strategies." Dubas is based in Omaha, Nebr.
Ron Britton started with Legend Brands in 2015 as Director of Cleaning Products. Britton became part of the industry in 2007 when he joined Turbo Force International/The Masters Touch (TMT) to work with their distributors worldwide.
Current account manager Michael Redd has over 15 years of sales and account management experience, including 8 years as project manager and continuing education instructor. Redd came to Legend Brands in 2013.
Account manager Ben Damiani will focus on rental customers in the U.S. and Canada, and Rick Aranda will continue to support truckmount and cleaning equipment customers.
Director of Sales Dorrel Allsop said, "We're excited about what they each bring to Legend Brands – they represent an amazing pool of knowledge and expertise to help our customers grow their business."
With the addition of a second classroom, Restoration Sciences Academy (RSA) can now host 70 students at one time at its training facilities in Nashville, Tenn. This facility can now offer the complete roster of RSA’s certification courses, including carpet cleaning, estimating, mold remediation, fire/odor and water restoration courses.
The new classroom seats 24 students and includes a hands-on hard surface area to demonstrate cleaning techniques as well as a containment area.
RSA's new classroom space and specialty training areas will give RSA the ability to offer specialized courses such as Carpet Repair and Reinstallation, Color Repair, and Health and Safety, all of which are required to achieve master certification through the IICRC. Until now, these courses have only occasionally been offered anywhere in North America.
This addition complements a 400 sq. ft. expansion completed in 2012, which includes a smoke simulation room and a floor care simulator area with natural and engineered stone flooring.
RSA provides free transportation for participants between the airport, the training facility and their accommodations.
Kevin Fisher, Legend Brands Education Manager, said, “So many years of effort have gone into fulfilling Jim Myers’ vision of education. I think he really saw what education in this industry could be, and now we have the ability to make those dreams a reality in Nashville. To be here on campus with so many classes going on is incredible. The energy, networking, fun – it just can’t be beat!”
The Nashville RSA is called the James C. Myers Education Center, as Meyers was instrumental in establishing the campus in 2003 to make RSA classes easily accessible in the eastern U.S. As Customer Service Manager, Education Manager and Product Development Manager during his time at Dri-Eaz, Myers knew well the importance of education in advancing the cleaning and restoration industry.
RSA course descriptions and the complete schedule are available at www.rsa-hq.com.
ProRestore's new ElectroGen 2000C represents a significant step forward in convenience and efficiency for portable fogging devices. Designed specifically for odor control, the new ElectroGen 2000C produces the extremely fine fog droplets needed for complete deodorization of smoke-damaged environments, trauma scenes, automobile interiors, and other situations with challenging malodors.
At only 11 lbs., ProRestore's new ElectroGen 2000C is significantly smaller and lighter than previous models. When working in smaller spaces such as crawlspaces, attics, automobiles or other cramped areas, the ElectroGen 2000C is much more convenient to maneuver and operate.
The 2000C uses a powerful 900 watt heater to produce up to 5000 cu. ft. of deodorizing fog per minute. This will make quick work of deodorizing larger spaces
Unlike other portable fogger units, the 2000C does not require priming. Operators just refill the built-in container with water-based Unsmoke™ Thermo-2000 and switch it on to resume. Unsmoke's Thermo-2000 product line includes a variety of scents to tackle even the most complex odor control situations.
"This unit will make a great addition to the restorer's tool kit," said Bill Weigand, Director of Restoration Chemicals. "The ease of operation and excellent fogging performance will make it much easier to knock down orders quickly and effectively."
For more information visit ElectroGen2000C.ProRestoreProducts.com
The Sapphire Scientific® 570 truckmount has earned the Carpet and Rug Institute Gold Seal of Approval. Gold Level certification indicates the highest level of extraction performance. The 570 joins Sapphire’s 370 Truckmount in winning this honor.
According to CRI’s Seal of Approval testing program, the 570 was tested for soil extraction performance, residual moisture and surface appearance change. In all categories the 570 exceeded expectations to obtain the CRI Gold rating.
“CRI’s gold approval confirms what our customers have known about the 570 for a long time,” said Ron Britton, Director of Cleaning Equipment at Legend Brands. “The 570 truckmount delivers world-class cleaning and represents a tremendous value.”
The 570 was introduced in June 2010 as Sapphire’s first truckmount to incorporate a liquid-cooled powerplant – the 31 HP Kubota 972 three-cylinder gasoline engine. Water-cooled engines typically provide greater longevity, a real bonus for high-volume cleaning operations. The Kubota is coupled to the Gardner Denver HF408 Helical Tri-Lobe vacuum blower, which employs helix-shaped lobes instead of straight lobes. This substantially reduces vibration, the primary cause of truckmount failure.
To provide the high steady heat that restorers need for successful cleaning, Sapphire paired a tube-and-shell heat exchanger with Sapphire’s patent-pending Thermal Well system. This setup extracts heat from three sources: the engine exhaust, engine coolant and from the blower. This system keeps the engine and blower cooler, helping to extend component life, and produces the hottest water of any comparable system.
The 570 is one of the six slide-in truckmounts in the Sapphire truckmount lineup, including the 370, the 460, 870, 2500HS, and the Rage, as well as the Pro-1200SE Direct Drive unit and the 3500 and 4500 Big Gulp extraction-only truckmounts.
For more information about the 570 truckmount, visit 570.sapphirescientific.com
Professional cleaners now have a better option for high-performance cleaning when a truckmount isn’t feasible – a new line of VersaClean portables with significant advantages over competitive units.
Legend Brands engineers optimized the units’ CFM for better recovery and to operate easily within the limits of 15-amp circuits. VersaClean portables use the best vacuum motor for long-lasting reliability. And they are more compact and balanced, which makes them much easier to move and fit into any van.
The VersaClean lineup includes two 200 PSI models and two 500 PSI models that are ideal for carpet cleaning and an adjustable high pressure unit for multiple surface cleaning called the 1200MS.
All portable models are being built at the Dri-Eaz plant in Burlington, Wash., long known for being the industry’s quality manufacturing leader.
The units incorporate the high quality Ametek Lamb 6.6-inch fan diameter dual-stage vacuum motor. This larger vacuum fan provides greater extraction capability for cleaner and drier surfaces.
A recessed side-mounted control panel helps keep water away from sensitive electrical switches. An integrated hose wrap with carpet wand holder makes for easier transport and set up.
The 1200MS multi-surface cleaning unit offers adjustable pressure plus auto-fill and auto-pumpout functions, making it ideal for continuous cleaning on all surfaces including carpet, upholstery and hard surfaces.
The 1200MS also includes the industrial-grade General three-piston ceramic reciprocating pump. With proper maintenance, this extended-duty pump does not need rebuilding or replacement for 2000¬3000 hours.
“We’re excited to add this line of portables,” said Bob Kline, VP of Product Management for Legend Brands. “They will dramatically expand business opportunities for our customers.”
Visit portables.versacleansystems.com for more details.
Chemspec’s new traffic lane cleaner breaks all the rules – its cleaning performance beats existing products, yet it’s pH neutral and contains no VOCs – which means it can be sold in all 50 states. Express Lane 2.0 is unique in its capability to remove soils safely from all of today’s carpet fibers – including the latest fifth generation carpets – without the use of harsh solvents.
The product contains no butyls, glycol ethers and no phosphates, and it features a neutral pH of 7.3. Extensive testing and early customer feedback show that Express Lane 2.0 delivers superior cleaning on all types of carpets in everyday residential and commercial soiling conditions.
Pat Muller, Cleaning Chemicals Technical Specialist for Legend Brands, notes that “Most of today's most popular pre-sprays rely on butyls, glycol ethers, phosphates, D-limonene and mineral spirits. These cleaning boosters have been the mainstay for most cleaning formulations for many years, but it’s just a matter of time until they all come under regulatory fire.”
“At least 16 states have already implemented tough VOC compliant regulations,” continued Muller. “Butyl is already in the EPA’s SARA 313 Toxic Release Inventory Reporting Requirements.”
Express Lane 2.0 is available for sale in all 50 states, including California. California has the most stringent VOC and regulations in the U.S.
Express Lane 2.0 is CRI-certified and is safe for stain-resistant nylon. It will not cause yellowing, browning or bleed colors – and will not damage waxes, wood floors or painted surfaces. The product has no odor, is fully biodegradable, and does not contain ingredients commonly known to cause allergies.
Express Lane 2.0’s unique formulation was developed in Legend Brands’ new Research and Development Lab. It is available exclusively through Chemspec.
Express Lane 2.0 is sold in 1 gallon (3.8 L) bottles at all Legend Brands distributors that carry Chemspec products.
Legend Brands has released a mobile app that allows participants in the Legend Rewards loyalty program to register points, view account balances and shop the extensive Legend Rewards online catalog.
The free app is available both for Apple and Android mobile devices. Customers can access links to the Apple and Android versions at LegendRewards.com, or go to the Apple Store or Google Play and search for “Legend Rewards.”
The app allows users to check point balances, register new point certificates, and browse and redeem points for rewards merchandise on the online Rewards catalog. The Legend Rewards catalog contains over one million items, including electronics, tools, travel packages and Legend Brands equipment and chemicals.
Legend Rewards certificates are included in Dri-Eaz, Chemspec, ProRestore and Sapphire Scientific product boxes. Points for Sapphire Scientific® truckmounts are awarded after the purchase is registered at warranty.sapphirescientific.com.
The Legend Rewards app also allows users to scan the bar code of an item they see in stores such as Best Buy. The system will confirm whether that particular item is available in the Rewards catalog. Some vendors can even arrange in-store pickup of the item.
The app also delivers app-only promotion announcements and news about Legend Rewards and Legend Brands products that makes it particularly valuable to Legend Brands customers.
Legend Rewards is the only customer rewards program offered by a manufacturer specifically for the restoration industry. Originally launched in 2009, Legend Rewards now has 10,000 members who have redeemed over 111 million reward points.
July 22, 2015. Burlington, Wash. The Carpet and Rug Institute has granted Sapphire’s 370 truckmount the Gold CRI Seal of Approval. Gold Level certification indicates the highest level of extraction performance.
Per its Seal of Approval testing program, CRI tested the 370 both in the restoration mode and in the low-moisture mode.
“This is an important industry recognition of what our customers have known for a long time,” said Ron Britton, Director of Cleaning Products at Legend Brands. “The 370 truckmount delivers world-class cleaning and represents a tremendous value.”
Britton added, "When looking for a superior truckmount, you want the best quality components with a high-performing heat source. Our patented heat exchange system not only heats water to an optimal temperature for cleaning, but also maintains a consistent temperature from start to finish.”
CRI’s test procedure utilizes x-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectroscopy to accurately measure the amount of specific test substances left in the carpet after extraction. XRF is a recognized by the Space Foundation (www.spaceconnection.org) as a “space technology.”
“The 370 is proof that you don't have to spend a ton of money to get an exceptionally built, single wand truckmount,” notes Britton. “The CRI Gold Seal of Approval confirms that!
The 370 was introduced by Sapphire in 2009 and rapidly became one of the industry’s best-selling truckmounts for its superior performance with a streamlined footprint. For more information, go to 370.sapphirescientific.com
Starting July 1, all IICRC Water Restoration Technician courses taught by the Restoration Sciences Academy made have a Spanish language workbook available to students.
Students receive the English language Complete Guide to Cleaning and Restoration as part of their course registration and can now also receive a Spanish language student workbook at no extra charge. Combined with the Spanish language WRT exam available at the end of the course, these new materials will give many more technicians better access to professional certification.
RSA Education Manager Kevin Fisher said, “We are really looking forward to providing this new material to our bilingual Spanish- and English-speaking customers. We’ve seen so many great technicians come through our programs over the years who really know restoration but struggled with the material and exam because it wasn’t in their native language. Now we can help those folks achieve the level of certification they truly deserve.”
RSA published the English version of the 600-page Complete Guide to Cleaning and Restoration in 2014. A copy of the book is provided to every participant in RSA’s restorative drying, fire restoration and mold remediation courses. Every RSA course is represented in the book, including water damage restoration, fire and smoke restoration, odor control, microbial remediation, trauma scene cleanup, upholstery and fabric cleaning, and carpet cleaning.
For their participation in the recent Cleanfax Restoration Benchmarking Survey, three people were selected to receive a case of BotaniClean® antimicrobial cleaner and a Velo™ Pro airmover.
The winners include Chris Jeter of A-Town/Hi-Tech LP in Abilene, Tex., Steven Hirmer of Signature Cleaners in Naperville, Ill., and Scott Powell of Classic Fire and Water Restoration in Mesa, Ariz.
Earlier this year Cleanfax surveyed over 200 restoration professionals to assess the most common business practices among restoration companies. See the full results here.
When notified about his airmover prize, Chris Jeter said, “It’s exciting to try the Velo Pro airmover. I’ve heard a lot about it.”
Steve Hirmer is familiar with Legend Brands products but hadn’t had a chance to use Microban BotaniClean. “Getting a case of BotaniClean is super. I’ve wanted to try it out and now I can.”
Scott Powell is a strong supporter for all Legend Brands products. “I can’t believe I won a Velo Pro! Can’t wait to get it.”
Legend Brands also sent each survey respondent a 500-point Legend Rewards certificate, so they could join the 9700 cleaning and restoration companies in banking rewards from their Legend Brands purchases.
Both Cleanfax and Legend Brands regularly conduct surveys to assess and analyze the restorative drying business climate and customer interest in new products and emerging technologies.
Legend Brands has just released version 4.0 of Dri-Plan, its popular mobile job documentation system.
Dri-Plan offers a simple, flexible, and secure field documentation tool for water damage restoration professionals. The mobile app – and the website (www.Dri-Plan.com) that synchs with it – is designed by restoration experts to enhance adjuster and third party contractor communication, speed data entry and provide tools for instant review of project status and results. Dri Plan is now available for the Apple iPad and iPhone on the Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1bB49P2
“Dri-Plan streamlines water damage mitigation documentation,” said Brandon Burton, Technical Director at Legend Brands. “Technicians can use the data they collect to build dynamic and detailed documentation.” Job site photographs can be pinned right to the reports, and technicians can add an unlimited number of notes to ensure complete job record keeping.
Release 4.0 includes a substantially more robust data synchronization system to ensure user data is securely backed up and available for report generation. A variety of user interface updates are designed to take full advantage of the Apple iOS 8.0 update. Specifics include time -saving features like a button to instantly adjust all wall measurements in the room, increased tap area for icons throughout, and a new edit feature for renaming and removing rooms, zones and floors from the map.
The Dri-Plan website has also been revamped, with an improved user interface and a new, easier-to-use report layouts. The team has also added an all-new “Atmospheric” report, which can be used to present humidity, temperature and other psychrometric data for a project.
With the 4.0 release, the Dri-Plan team has laid the groundwork to introduce a variety of additional improvements later this year. “Version 4.0 is a foundational update,” notes Burton. “We are already working on further improvements to workflow, interface design and website improvements.”
The Dri Plan service costs much less than other job monitoring applications. Creating an account incurs a one-time setup fee of $200 per office location, and just $25 per month for each user. Learn more about Dri-Plan here. www.Dri-Plan.com
Bill Weigand, long-time Restoration Sciences Academy (RSA) cleaning and restoration instructor, is now Director of Restoration Chemicals for Legend Brands.
During his 35 years in the restoration industry, Weigand has helped develop Unsmoke, ODORx and Microban chemicals and industry standard procedures and has worked for many years as an RSA instructor.
Weigand originally joined Unsmoke in 1988 as General Manager of its service company, and in 1992 he was promoted to General Manager of Training and Technical Support for Unsmoke Systems. He has often worked on disaster restoration projects throughout North America and the Caribbean, using and reinforcing his deep knowledge of fire, smoke and water damage restoration.
”As Director of Restoration Chemicals, Bill’s experience and expertise will directly benefit our customers,” said Robert Kline, Executive VP of Product Management for Legend Brands. “Not only does he know the processes and chemistries of restoration inside and out, he is also a skilled product manager. He understands the challenges our customers face and knows how to achieve superior results on restoration jobs.”
Weigand has overall responsibility for Legend Brands restoration chemicals, including Dri-Eaz Milgo products and ProRestore Unsmoke, ODORx and Microban brands.
Bill is an instructor for the Restoration Industry Association’s Certified Restoration Course as well as several courses for the IICRC. He has trained several thousand students for the IICRC. Bill holds multiple designations with the IICRC as well as the Restoration Industry Association and Indoor Air Quality Association.
May 12, 2015. Prescott, Ariz. As the industry’s hottest van-powered direct-drive truckmount, the all-new Pro-1200 SE combines two engine coolant heat exchangers with Sapphire Scientific’s exclusive fin-tubed coil blower exhaust heat exchanger. This triple combination delivers continuous heat up to 220 degrees, eliminating the need for expensive add-on heaters required by many other manufacturers.
“One of the main things that sets us apart from the competition is our innovative heat exchange system, “said Ron Britton, Director of Cleaning Products at Legend Brands. “We have taken the same fin tubing that we use in our current Sapphire slide in models and incorporated it into the Pro-1200SE. It is proven design that works, is efficient and generates a lot of heat!”
The unit also operates more quietly. The unique Gardner Denver 408 HeliFlow blower is equipped with specially-designed helical lobes that reduce noise and vibration while delivering a powerful vacuum at 13 in. and flows up to 500 CFM.
In addition, operators can expect a long service life from the General Emperor HTS2016S high pressure pump, which is fitted with high temperature seals. The General Emperor provides up to 1200 PSI for dual-wand cleaning.
Sapphire engineers designed a completely new driveline. The component includes a U-joint fitted with high temperature grease and seals as well as an easy-access grease fitting to simplify maintenance. The driveline also features a modular front end kit designed to simplify installation.
Altogether, the Pro-1200SE is a clean and simple design focused on performance, durability and serviceability. Sapphire supports the customer’s investment with an industry-exclusive 3-year parts and labor warranty. The Pro-1200 SE retails for $22,950.
Additional information is available at Pro1200SE.SapphireScientific.com
Legend Brands has created a new product management team that provides enhanced technical support, product training and business development for Legend Brands distributors and customers.
Executive Vice President of Products Bob Kline heads the group, and team members include John Otero, Director of Restoration Products; Don Snider, Director of Chemical Products; Ron Britton, Director of Cleaning Products; and Werner Buchman, Director of Chemical R&D.
To round out the team, Legend Brands product specialists ensure prompt, expert assistance related to truckmounts, drying equipment and chemical solutions. Specialists include Rick Aranda, Bryan Thompson, Thom Fielding, Darren Hudema, Pat Muller, Gary Polyoka, and Mike Kerner.
Legend Brands product management experts team up with the sales account managers, headed by Dorrel Allsop, Director of Sales. Like the product management team, the sales group is now ready to help customers with all Legend Brands products. The sales team includes Account Managers Mike Redd, Mike Ellis, Justin Brinkley, Ben Damiani, and Darren Watts.
Legend Brands Director of Strategic Accounts Jim Hassi now oversees strategic account activities. Brad Guth continues as Account Manager for Maintenance/Repair/Operations distributors, and as ProRestore Products National Sales Manager, Richard Price continues working with Microban, Unsmoke and ODORx distributors.
For customers outside the U.S. and Canada, Director of International Business Steve Fane manages all Legend Brands' activities.
John Ormsby, Legend Brands Chief Revenue Officer, said, “We're excited about the changes and believe that customers will be also when they see how our powerful new team is poised to support customers at an all-new level.”
This winter’s snowstorms and icy blasts have wreaked havoc for many property owners, even in southern states that are sometimes spared the worst of winter storms. The Dri-Eaz® DriTec desiccant now provides a solution for restorers struggling to dry buildings in less-than-ideal conditions. The DriTec produces very dry air in cold environments, outperforming LGRs and traditional refrigerant dehumidifiers by a significant margin.
The extremely dry air produced by the DriTec makes it especially valuable for drying dense materials like hardwoods, plaster and concrete.
The unit can also help maintain drying rates on the second half of restorative drying jobs, when traditional LGR dehumidifiers typically pull less water as the humidity decreases.
“When humidity drops below 30 or 40%, the performance of refrigerant dehumidifiers really starts to flatten out,” notes Brandon Burton, Director of Technical Training. “This reduced performance can easily add a day or two to the drying process. Restorers can greatly benefit from adding the DriTec to their drying system.”
The DriTec is highly compact, making it easy to include on the truck – it’s one-third smaller than other portable desiccants and it can fit in the same space as an LGR dehumidifier.
One of the DriTec’s unique features is its dual thermostat control, which allows the user to set both a maximum and minimum humidity setpoint. “There’s a strong perception in the market that desiccants can dry materials like hardwoods too quickly and cause damage,” notes John Otero, Director of Restoration Products. “By allowing the customer to control both minimum and maximum setpoints, the DriTec’s humidistat system will help eliminate this concern.”
The unit’s intelligent controls use internal sensors to monitor system operations and optimize performance in all conditions. The control also displays real-time temperature and relative humidity information, and – an industry first – it displays an average 24-hour water removal rate. For more information, visit DriTec4000i.drieaz.com
Legend Brands engineers designed the new Dri-Eaz Dragon® 3600 indirect-fired furnace for restoration industry – and to be the highest quality, most reliable and easiest to operate heater yet.
A 32 gal. fuel tank offers an extended run time – 35-38 hours of continuous operation on a single tank. That means restorers don’t have to worry about fuel running out overnight. “While we always recommend checking on drying jobs once a day,” said Brandon Burton, Legend Brands Technical Director, “restorers can count on the Dragon to deliver consistent, dependable heat throughout the drying process.”
To achieve the extended runtime, engineers fit the unit with a 32-gallon TIG-welded aluminum tank and fine-tuned the burner housing and heat exchanger to achieve an impressive .8 gal. per hour fuel consumption rate.
Many competitive heaters use aluminized steel for internal components which can rust due to thermal cycling, wet climates and the corrosive effectives of exhaust gasses. In contrast, the Dragon is quality-built in Legend Brands’ Prescott, Ariz., plant with a high-quality Beckett burner and a corrosion-resistant TIG-welded stainless combustion chamber and heat exchanger.
The Dragon also features several “extras” not found on other heaters: an easy-to-adjust external shutter for altitude adjustments and a nozzle heater for sure-fire cold weather startup. A weather guard keeps rain and snow out of the burner, and an external sight gauge helps with tracking fuel consumption.
The Dragon uses a standard, externally-mounted spin-on fuel filter for quick access. Replacement filters are easily purchased at most auto parts stores. The fuel tank is fitted with a drain plug, making periodic tank cleanings a snap.
The Dragon generates 120,000 BTUs of heat, 680 CFM and 145°F (63°C) temperature rise with the
weather guard installed, or 120°F (49°C) of temperature rise and 780 CFM without the weather guard.
More information about the Dragon is available at Dragon3600.DriEaz.com.
Ron Britton has joined the Legend Brands family of companies as Director of Cleaning Products. He is responsible for managing the equipment product lines for Sapphire Scientific and VersaClean.
Britton’s first exposure to the professional cleaning equipment industry was in 2007, when Britton started with Turbo Force International/The Masters Touch (TMT). “I knew within six months that this was the industry to which I wanted to devote the rest of my career,” said Britton. His primary focus at Turbo Force/TMT was to work with distributors worldwide, developing products from concept to implementation and growing the business. Prior to 2007, Britton owned his own business and worked in the automotive retail market.
Britton got first-hand exposure to Sapphire Scientific® truckmounts and accessories in 2010, when TMT began selling Sapphire’s hard surface cleaning truckmount, the 2500HS. In 2013, TMT added 870 truckmounts to their line.
“Ron brings a wealth of experience to Legend Brands,” said Bob Kline, Executive VP of Product Management. “He has worked in all aspects of the business including training, technical support, inventory control, purchasing, logistics and team building. He will add tremendous value to the organization through his professional business acumen in product development and product management.”
Britton looks forward to helping more cleaners benefit from Legend Brands’ products and services. “Every day is an opportunity to change someone's life. I feel this industry gives us the opportunity to do so!”
Britton is based in the Legend Brands offices in Phoenix.
February 6, 2015 – Prescott, Ariz. –Sapphire Scientific is leading the competition with the introduction of a kit specifically designed to accommodate the installation of Sapphire truckmounts in the Transit van, Ford’s new generation of high efficiency utility vans.
Available for the Rage, 370, 460 and 570 truckmounts, the kit creates an opportunity for customers to use a high-performance Sapphire truckmounts with the fuel-efficient and easy-to-handle Transit line. Ford’s newest line of utility vans replaces the former “Econoline” model.
No other truckmount manufacturer provides a kit that addresses Ford’s “no-drill zone” by providing a workable solution as to where to drill safely. The instructions included with the kit provide clear diagrams showing exactly where installers should not drill to avoid damaging the vehicle – and potentially voiding the vehicle warranty.
“We’ve taken the guesswork out of the installation process,” said Bob Kline, president of Sapphire Scientific. “The kits are convenient, easy to install, and provide plenty of bolt-down points for safety. Plus, there’s just one universal Transit kit, helping to simplify the distributor’s investment.”
The kit is economically priced and features quality components throughout. It also includes detailed instructions for the distributor. The kit is streamlined, making for a clean, unobtrusive installation. Due to the Transit’s space limitations, the kit cannot accommodate the submount freshwater tank accessory.
In addition to the Transit kit, Sapphire produces kits for a variety of vehicles commonly used by cleaning companies.
For questions, contact Sapphire Scientific at 800-932-3030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RPM International recently presented Legend Brands with the second annual “2014 Innovation Award.”
The award is presented to “honor an RPM company with the entrepreneurial mindset to develop the most innovated new products and services.”
The award notes that “The focus of [Legend Brands’] innovation is to make its cleaning and restoration equipment more compact, portable, powerful and productive.”
The award makes special notice of the Dri-Pod, Revolution LGR, HVE3000 Portable Flood Pumper, Sapphire Scientific truckmounts, and the VersaCarpet VC700. All of these products have been introduced in the last two years and have quickly become top sellers.
RPM acquired Legend Brands in September 2011. RPM is a multinational holding company with over 90 subsidiaries that manufacture and market high-performance coatings, sealants and specialty chemicals, primarily for maintenance, repair and improvement applications.
RPM industrial companies include Stonhard, Carboline, Tremco, and Flowcrete. Consumer brands include Rust-Oleum, Zinsser, DAP and Wolman. RPM is headquartered in Medina, Ohio.
Legend Brands also received special recognition in RPM’s 2014 annual report as one of the best performing companies in the RPM portfolio.
Additional information about RPM International is available at www.rpminc.com.
Legend Brands has named Don Snider Director of Chemical Products. Snider has over 20 years of industry experience. Most recently, Snider was Director of Sales and Marketing for Chemical Technologies, Inc.
Snider will work with Legend Brands distributors to develop chemical product sales across all Legend Brands product lines, including Chemspec, Microban, Unsmoke, ODORx, Milgo and VersaClean.
The new position of Director of Chemical Products will strengthen the Legend Brands’ position as a leading provider of chemical solutions for cleaning and restoration.
“Don brings tremendous relationships with our existing distributor base,” said Legend Brands CEO Bill Bruders, “and he has strong connections across the industry.”
When asked about his new position, Snider said, “I'm looking forward to helping the professional cleaners in our industry achieve new levels of success with the fusion of powerful chemistry and innovative education.”
Snider will be based at the Legend Brand offices in Phoenix, Ariz.
The new Dri-Eaz® Dragon indirect-fired furnace outstrips all available heaters with its “no compromises” restoration-focused design and engineering. USA-built in the Legend Brands plant in Prescott, Ariz., the new Dragon offers superior reliability and ease of use and maintenance.
The Dragon uses only premium components throughout, including a top-of-the-line Becket burner, a TIG-welded aluminum tank and sturdy no-flat wheels. With 120,000 BTUs of heat and 700 tested CFM, the diesel-fired Dragon can produce up to 120°F (49°C) of temperature rise for pure drying power on every job.
Its onboard 32-gallon tank offers triple the runtimes of other furnaces – up to 36 hours without refueling. The unit is highly mobile, and even when fully fueled, the Dragon rolls up ramps easily on the unit’s ball-bearing semi-pneumatic wide wheels.
Other restoration-friendly features include easy altitude adjustment, a nozzle heater for sure-fire cold weather operation, a rain guard to keep moisture out of the burner and intelligent sensor technology for safer operation.
The Dragon’s indirect-fired design keeps combustion air and exhaust completely separate from the air it heats. With the supplied remote thermostat, the unit helps restorers comply with the “RIA Safe Harbor” clause.
“Clean dry heat is truly indispensible for efficient drying, and the Dragon should be part of every restorer’s tool set,” said Brandon Burton, Restoration Sciences Academy.
More information about the Dragon is available at Dragon3600.DriEaz.com.
December 18, 2014 – Burlington, Wash. In honor of their loyal customers who participate in the Legend Rewards program, Legend Brands has just presented a holiday donation to Atlanta Community ToolBank, a charity that loans out tools to nonprofit organizations for community projects in the Atlanta metropolitan region.
Legend Brands’ gift will be presented by the Atlanta-based company that manages the Legend Rewards program – a highly successful loyalty program in which more than 8,500 Legend Brands purchasers participate.
Atlanta Community ToolBank maintains an inventory of tools to help charitable organizations in the Atlanta area carry out their service projects. For more than 20 years, organizations have used ToolBank tools – all of which are painted a distinct blue color, to perform brick-and-mortar projects, lot cleanups, park beautifications, and community events of all kinds. For more information about ToolBank, visit http://atlanta.toolbank.org/
Operating under the tagline “Tools for Change,” ToolBank hopes to leverage the ability of other non-profits to serve their community more effectively.
Legend Brands is proud to partner with ToolBank this holiday season.
October 13, 2014; Burlington, WA – A new virus is now widespread in the U.S. – Enterovirus D68 (EV D68). This respiratory illness is spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes and touches a surface contacted by others. Already this year the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports:
“From mid-August to October 9, 2014, a total of 678 people in 46 states and the District of Columbia have been confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by EV-D68.”
A number of these patients required hospitalization due to respiratory distress. EV D68 tends to cause illness among younger people and can be quite serious for children with allergies. Adults can contract the disease but usually have milder symptoms.
A great deal of useful information is found at the CDC website. You can search for local statistics by typing “Entovirus D68” and your state into a search engine.
The primary means of preventing transmission is to practice thorough and frequent hand washing. While the cleaning industry can do little to impact the public’s diligence to cover coughs and sneezes or to enforce hand washing practices, the industry can support healthier indoor environments by using suitable products to treat high-contact surfaces and those potentially contaminated.
Here is guidance from the CDC regarding EV D68 treatment: As EV-D68 is a non-enveloped virus, environmental disinfection of surfaces in healthcare settings should be performed using a hospital-grade disinfectant with an EPA label claim for any of several non-enveloped viruses (e.g. Norovirus, poliovirus, rhinovirus)2.
While the CDC addresses healthcare settings specifically, buildings in other environments will also benefit from surface disinfection.
Microban Germicidal Cleaner Concentrate (GCC) is known to be effective against harder-to-kill non-enveloped viruses, such as Norovirus, rotavirus and adenovirus. GCC is a hospital grade, disinfectant, detergent concentrate available in lemon and mint fragrances. A fragrance free version of this product is available as Microban Milgo Plus.
Microban BotaniClean is a one-step cleaner and hospital-grade disinfectant that kills rotavirus.
1. - http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/outbreaks/EV-D68-states.html
2. - http://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00369.asp)
Microban is one of three well-known ProRestore™ Products brands – Microban, Unsmoke and OdorX – that are part of Legend Brands, a family of companies that combines over 185 years of experience in manufacturing equipment, accessories and chemicals for professional cleaning, portable environmental control, and water and fire damage restoration and remediation. Legend Brands includes Dri-Eaz, ProRestore, Sapphire Scientific and Chemspec.
October 8, 2014, Burlington, WA -- People are getting nervous about the Ebola epidemic in Africa, especially as it lands in the US. This nervousness leads to thoughts about what precautions will reduce the probability of transmission and what disinfectants may be effective.
Some product manufacturers have made untested claims to their products’ assumed effectiveness against the Ebola virus. True testing requires the acquisition of the virus which currently represents a problem for several reasons.
Here’s the official word from the Centers for Disease Control website:
“There are no disinfection products with specific label claims against the Ebola virus. Enveloped viruses such as Ebola are susceptible to a broad range of hospital disinfectants used to disinfect hard, non-porous surfaces. In contrast, non-enveloped viruses are more resistant to disinfectants. As an added precaution, use a disinfectant with a higher potency than what is normally required for an enveloped virus to disinfect potentially Ebola-contaminated surfaces. EPA-registered hospital disinfectants with label claims against non-enveloped viruses (e.g., norovirus, rotavirus, adenovirus, poliovirus) are broadly antiviral and capable of inactivating both enveloped and non-enveloped viruses.” (Reference: Centers for Disease Control)
Microban Germicidal Cleaner Concentrate (GCC) is known to be effective against harder-to-kill non-enveloped viruses, such as norovirus, rotavirus and adenovirus. GCC is a hospital grade, disinfectant, detergent concentrate available in lemon and mint fragrances.
Microban BotaniClean is a one-step cleaner and hospital-grade disinfectant that kills rotavirus.
It is always a good practice to use a general purpose cleaner to remove the majority of the body fluid spills. In some cases, the patient experiences extreme vomiting, diarrhea, and bleeding so large amounts of fluids have to be removed. Unsmoke™ DegreaseAll is extremely effective at blood removal. Once the surface is visibly clean, then disinfection with Microban GCC is the final step.
Beyond disinfectant use, should an Ebola decontamination become necessary, get expert help and use extreme precautions and full PPE.
August 5, 2014 – Burlington, Wash. On-the-go professionals can now take online restoration and cleaning courses on their iPads. Restoration Sciences Academy has just released the iPad version of its popular, interactive online courses.
Now designed for use with iPad web browsers, RSA courses may be purchased for as little at $49 in the RSA Store.
RSA Online training covers a wide variety of cleaning and restoration topics, including water and fire damage restoration, microbial remediation, water extraction essentials, rug pre-cleaning inspection, and legal contract and collection issues.
“RSA Online courses are dynamic, interactive and easy to understand,” said Brandon Burton, Technical Education Manager for RSA. “Making the courses available on the iPad will give even greater access to this valuable 24/7 teaching tool.”
RSA currently offers three brief sample courses for free at Store.RSA-HQ.com. Free courses include “Introduction to Fire and Smoke Restoration,” “Introduction to Restorative Drying,” “Introduction to Legal Losses” and “Introduction to Microbial Remediation.”
RSA Online courses were developed by the same restoration experts and industry veterans that teach RSA hands-on classes. The specialty legal and business courses are presented by well-known industry experts, such as Attorney Ed Cross and rug-cleaning guru Lisa Wagner.
RSA also offers a full schedule of hands-on classroom courses at RSA training centers in Burlington, Wash., Nashville and in the United Kingdom, and at Legend Brands distributors throughout North America. Schedules for the classroom-based courses are available at www.RSA-HQ.com.
More information about RSA Online is available at Store.RSA-HQ.com.
RSA has now completed "The Complete Guide to Cleaning and Restoration," a comprehensive textbook for its restoration, cleaning and remediation classroom courses.
A successor to the "New Guide to Restorative Drying" (2006), the new 600-page full-color book covers all courses offered by RSA. This includes courses in trauma scene cleanup, water restoration and applied structural drying, upholstery cleaning, fire and smoke restoration, odor control, microbial remediation, and carpet cleaning.
Extensively peer-reviewed by industry experts before publication, the book will be provided to all paid class participants, a valuable bonus. Participants in the July 31 Trauma Class will be the first to use it, then it will be rolled out to all other RSA classroom courses over the next couple of months.
“The Complete Guide is a summary of everything we’ve learned in the past 40 years about cleaning, restoring and remediation,” notes Kevin Fisher, Legend Brands Technical Education Manager. “We decided to make the entire book available to every class to show our commitment to the professionalism and growth of our industry.”
The original restorative drying book, first published by Dri-Eaz in the 1980s, was written by Dri-Eaz Founder Claude Blackburn and Dri-Eaz education staff. In 2006 the book was updated and expanded and quickly became the standard reference for the restorative drying industry. In 2009, Purdue University selected the New Guide to Restorative Drying to be one of the textbooks for its newly established disaster restoration and reconstruction program.
“The Complete Guide is the definitive collection of RSA expertise,” says John Ormsby, president of Dri-Eaz Products. “It stands alone as the premier guide for today’s restoration, remediation and cleaning challenges.”
For more information about The Complete Guide and RSA’s course offerings, visit www.restorationsciencesacademy.com.
Legend Brands has hired John Otero to be Director of Restoration Products for Dri-Eaz. Otero brings his extensive experience in sales and training to this new position managing the Dri-Eaz restoration product line.
Otero has worked in the cleaning and restoration industry for nearly 25 years - 13 years in the field and 11 years in distribution sales. He was a national sales manager for COIT Services as well as general manager for the Phoenix COIT store, where his efforts helped the franchise earn COIT’s Store of the Year award in 2000.
Otero’s subsequent work with Interlink Supply in Phoenix earned that store Interlink’s Store of the Year award in 2005. In 2006 he opened a new Interlink Supply store in Tampa, and in 2008 he became National Sales Manager for TES: Directed Heat Drying Systems.
“We’re pleased to have John join our team,” said John Ormsby, President of Dri-Eaz and ProRestore. “With his extensive experience, he will greatly enhance our commitment to distributors and customers to provide the very best products and training and support their success.”
Otero is IICRC certified in ASD, CPT, UPH and WRT. In the past two years he has taught over 150 educational seminars to approximately 3000 restorers, insurance agents and adjusters in the United States and Canada.
Otero will be based in Phoenix.
Legend Brands announces the first true technician-friendly and full-featured project documentation application for the water damage restoration industry.
Dri-Plan™ release 3.0 adds several features to its mobile job-documentation app that speed data entry and simplify the overall monitoring process. With these innovations, Dri-Plan becomes the industry's most complete and streamlined field monitoring solution. Dri-Plan is now available for the Apple iPad at the Apple Store. http://bit.ly/1bB49P2
Users can complete job scope forms, sketch rooms, take project photos, record readings and even record customer signatures all inside one simple, easy to use application. No Internet connection is required, and the system completely eliminates the time-consuming and error-prone process of re-entering data.
Dri-Plan is built around a customizable moisture map that allows the user to plot moisture levels and locations and record the equipment used in each room. Built-in drawing tools and templates let users quickly sketch project diagrams and automatically calculate size and quantity of equipment for each room of the job.
Dri-Plan users can now analyze drying trends and equipment usage at a glance using the new timeline table. A remote backup feature has also been added to provide additional data security.
The Dri-Plan service costs a fraction of the fees charged for competitive job monitoring applications, and no other application offers Dri-Plan’s full-range functionality. Creating an account incurs a one-time setup fee of $200 per office location, and just $21 per month for each user. Learn more about Dri-Plan here.
A free trial is available for iPad at the Apple App Store: http://bit.ly/1bB49P2. Users may try out the Dri-Plan iPad app immediately for free by logging in with “Demo” as the username.
Chemspec customers can now earn Legend Rewards for all their Chemspec purchases in addition to rewards for Dri-Eaz, ProRestore and Sapphire Scientific products.
Starting June 1, each Chemspec case (four one-gallon bottles) includes 400 points in Legend Rewards certificates, and 50-pound pails earn 500 points. The program applies to all Chemspec chemicals.
Legend Rewards can be redeemed for electronics, sports equipment, gifts and travel, and much more – the catalog literally contains millions of items, including name brand tools and supplies customers use in their businesses – some for less than 1000 points. Many business owners use Legend Rewards items to recognize exemplary employees.
Customers can also redeem points for select Legend Brands equipment and supplies, further extending the value of this program.
The point values for Legend Brands products, as well as the complete Legend Rewards catalog, are online at www.LegendRewards.com.
When customers first register for the program, they receive 1000 bonus rewards points. Rewards can be accumulated and redeemed any time.
Originally launched in 2009, the Legend Rewards program by May 2014 had grown to include over 8000 participants and more than 75 million points redeemed.
Sean M. Burgess has joined the Restoration Sciences Academy® training team as the lead Estimating class instructor.
As an Xactimate® Affiliate Trainer (XAT), experienced field adjuster and estimator, Burgess has extensive knowledge of Xactimate’s estimating software, including advanced Sketch features. He brings more than 10 years of experience using Xactimate from both the insurer and contractor perspectives.
"When learning Xactimate, it's not unusual for someone to learn from a friend or coworker, and others may be self-taught,” notes Burgess. “There can be gaps in understanding features or workflows.” Sean's Xactimate classes for RSA are designed to fill those gaps by focusing on core Xactimate estimating skills and increasing knowledge and proficiency in writing more thorough and detailed estimates.
Students that have attended Burgess’s RSA Estimating courses are amazed by the immediate value of the training to their bottom line. “I will make it mandatory that my employees take this class,” commented recent attendee and business owner David Rost on the final day of the class. “It has made me more money already than it cost.”
RSA’s Estimating courses (ES283, ES280) prepare students for Xactware® Level 1 and Level 2 certification. Students achieving this level of certification have demonstrated mastery of key Xactimate concepts and can use more intermediate Xactimate procedures to increase efficiency, productivity and accuracy. Each course is also approved for two continuing education credits through the IICRC.
RSA’s Xactimate classes includes Estimating 280 (basic/intermediate, hands-on) and Estimating 283 (basic/intermediate, hands-on, live flood environment). More information on RSA’s Xactimate courses is available at the RSA website: Courses.RestorationSciencesAcademy.com.
Sean Burgess is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He will be teaching the estimating courses at locations throughout the U.S.
Sapphire Scientific is now shipping the popular HOSS 700 rotary carpet cleaning tool with advanced NextGen™ polymer glides that enhance cleaning results and leave carpets drier.
Each new HOSS 700 will ship with three sets of glides. The standard factory-installed stainless steel glides provide strong agitation and are recommended for use on the toughest cleaning jobs, especially restaurants and high-traffic commercial spaces. These stainless shoes provide exceptional durability and are ideal for high volume, high production jobs.
Two new glides are also shipped with the unit. The NextGen 1 glide is manufactured with a durable polymer material and features a wide, flat footprint. This design ensures smooth operation on all carpet types and maximizes water removal for fast-drying carpets. The NextGen 2 glide, also made out of a molded polymer, incorporates a unique rounded surface that enhances performance when using the HOSS 700 with a portable extractor.
All three glides can be changed easily with a Philips screwdriver.
The HOSS 700 Rotary Cleaning Tool, one of the industry's top-selling power head extraction tools, features a 15-inch wide cleaning platform and a patent-pending helical solution injection system. The unit offers fingertip control of solution flow and a fully adjustable handle for fatigue-free cleaning all day long. Industry legend Keith Studebaker discusses the fine points of the HOSS 700 in this video.
Now through June 30, 2014, purchasers of a HOSS 700 with NextGen Glides can receive 4000 Legend Rewards – double the rewards normally awarded this product. Legend Rewards can be redeemed for a wide range electronics, sporting equipment, tools and travel. In addition, purchasers will receive a free VersaClean 5 gallon battery-powered sprayer, a rechargeable 40 PSI sprayer capable of spraying up to 40 gallons without recharging.
Visit HOSS.sapphirescientific.com for product details.
April 15, 2014 – Burlington, Wash. Designed to fill the gap between routine vacuuming and deep extraction, VersaClean’s new low-moisture cleaning system utilizes the superior encapsulation chemistry of Power Encap Plus and the CRB-series counter-rotating brush machines to deliver visibly cleaner results and fast turnaround for time-sensitive jobs.
Power Encap Plus is unique among encapsulation cleaners. It uses a mild acid pH encapsulating polymer formulation fortified with hydrogen peroxide to remove spots, spills and stains. Power Encap Plus clings to soils, “encapsulating” them through electrostatic attraction. The captured particles dry into an easy-to-vacuum crystalline powder.
The resoiling problems associated with traditional encap products won’t happen with Power Encap Plus. “Many products, especially in-tank cleaners, leave behind a sticky, gummy residue that can attract soils,” said Mike Kerner, Senior Scientist with Sapphire. “Power Encap Plus not only prevents yellowing, it can also neutralize wicking and browning from previous cleanings.”
Power Encap Plus is safe for all fibers and delivers superior results on upholstery. Customers appreciate its fresh clean scent, and Power Encap Plus is concentrated for maximum economy – cleaning costs are less than 5 cents per square foot!
The industrial-grade VersaClean CRB1580 and CRB2380 counter-rotating brush machines agitate Power Encap Plus to ensure maximum contact with soils. The CRB2380 can clean 5,000 to 7,000 sq. ft. of carpet per hour while extending carpet life and ensuring cleaner-looking carpets with each subsequent vacuuming.
The VersaClean CRB machines are versatile – they can also be used to agitate prespray into carpet fibers before hot water extraction.
Drying requires only a few minutes, which minimizes any disruption caused by cleaning. This is especially important for customers who want freshly cleaned carpet for a party or event.
Key accessories include the high-airflow VersaClean Backpack HEPA Vacuum and the CRC400 Multi-Tool, a battery-powered scrubbing tool for use in tight spaces, as well as a battery-powered Portable Sprayer and Carpet Spotter tool for touch-up cleaning and spot removal.
The VersaClean Low-Moisture System is available for purchase from Sapphire Scientific and VersaClean distributors. For more details, go to: www.versacleansystems.com
March 26, 2014 – Burlington, Wash. Legend Brands is working with two key restoration and project management software companies to transform Dri-Plan into the ultimate high-efficiency mobile app for restorers. Dri-Plan, Legend Brand’s iOS-based field documentation tool, was released earlier this year.
Integration with Xactware, the leading provider of claims-estimating and management technology for the property insurance and restoration industries, will allow Dri-Plan users to import and export project data directly into Xactware’s solutions. Once completed, users of Dri-Plan will be able to populate scope data, upload photos and documents, and review claim information while eliminating time-consuming and error-prone duplicate data entry.
“The Xactware integration will dramatically reduce the time needed to enter project data, simplifying the overall claims process,” said Brandon Burton, Technical Director for Legend Brands. “The Dri-Plan field app and admin tools are designed with the restorer in mind, allowing rapid production of critical job performance and scope data. Once this integration is complete, the restoration industry will finally have a fully electronic solution that technicians will love to use.”
Dri-Plan is also being integrated with ClientRunner, a web-based restoration job management, relationship marketing, customer relations and analytic reporting service. The ClientRunner integration will give Dri-Plan users complete access to this full suite of job management systems.
“This integration is a perfect synergy, as both ClientRunner and Dri-Plan were created for the restoration industry expressly” said Burton. “Both companies believe in complete but simple approaches to documentation, providing for practical software products. Once this integration is complete, users will be able to synchronize information seamlessly and automatically, allowing for rapid, accurate data recording, analysis and reporting – all critical elements for the disaster restoration industry.”
With the Xactware and ClientRunner integrations, Dri-Plan will become the most comprehensive mobile documentation and job management system available.
Both integration projects are expected to be completed later this year. For more information, visit www.dri-plan.com.
About Legend Brands
Legend Brands combines over 185 years of experience in providing equipment, accessories and chemicals for professional cleaning, facility maintenance, portable environmental control, and water and fire damage restoration and remediation. Legend Brands continually develops new solutions for the restoration and maintenance of healthier indoor environments.
Xactware specializes in technologies for the property insurance, remodeling, restoration, and mortgage and lending industries. Xactware’s tools provide claims estimating, contents replacement, claims management, and property maintenance solutions for desktop, mobile, and online platforms. Xactware’s services include repair cost research and reports, aerial imagery, and real-time business intelligence. Xactware has been providing cloud services for customers since 1995. Xactware is a member of the Verisk Insurance Solutions group at Verisk Analytics (Nasdaq:VRSK). For more information about Xactware’s solutions, contact Xactware at 1-800-424-9228 or visit Xactware.com.
ClientRunner Software Inc is a leading restoration management software company that specializes in providing cloud based workflow management and CRM solutions. ClientRunner's technology and training solutions offer powerfully simple job management tools for contractors servicing property insurance restoration, emergency contractor response for fire, water mitigation and wind, disaster repair companies and remodeling contractors. For more information or a free demo contact ClientRunner at clientrunner.com or at 801-224-4900.
February 27, 2014 – Burlington, Wash. – Dri-Eaz Products’ newest video features the Velo™ and Velo Pro compact airmovers stacked with Revolution™ dehumidifiers in a Ford Transit Connect, showing how even a compact van can be used for restoration jobs to save on fuel and more easily navigate and park in congested urban areas.
This new 90-second video in the Dri-Eaz YouTube channel quickly demonstrates how the streamlined Velo’s restoration-grade features and rugged construction have already made it one of this year’s top sellers in the restoration industry.
The video is available on the Velo product pages (Velo.drieaz.com or VeloPro.drieaz.com) or on YouTube: http://youtu.be/V1wNHzZNuBg
The Velo and the Velo Pro feature maximum amp draw of 1.9 amps and five versatile operating positions. With the Velo Pro’s variable speed control, users can dial down the amp draw to fit up to 10 airmovers on one 15-amp circuit.
With a housing 2.5 inches shorter than competitors’ and half the height of traditional snail shell airmovers, restorers can store and transport twice as many airmovers as before. This maximizes storage space both in the warehouse and in vehicles, and simplifies transport on and off the job. Plus it saves on trips back to the shop to get more equipment.
Users may visit the Dri-Eaz YouTube channel (http://bit.ly/1gqZTsl) to access a full range of product demonstrations, training videos and maintenance procedures.
More information is also available at velo.drieaz.com.
January 22, 2014 – Burlington, Wash. – A new kit from Dri-Eaz converts the Velo and Velo Pro for use as general air scrubbers. Proper air filtration is key to maintaining air quality during restorative drying, remodels and new construction.
The HEPA Kit fits on both the Velo and the Velo Pro airmovers, which were released late last year. These streamlined high-performance airmovers feature low amp draw and multiple operating positions. With a housing 2.5 inches shorter than the closest competitor and half the height of traditional snail shell airmovers, isers can store and transport twice as many airmovers as before. This maximizes storage space both in the warehouse and in vehicles, and simplifies transport on and off the job.
The HEPA Kit lets users take full advantage of the Velo portability and compact size while adding air scrubbing capability. One customer noted: “This Kit takes up a lot less space in your van than a standard HEPA air scrubber.” Another customer observed that the HEPA Kit/Velo combination is much lighter to carry than a standard HEPA filtration unit: “It’s half the weight. That’s nice for carrying.”
The HEPA Kit installs in minutes – no tools are needed – and filters are easily replaced. Filter refills include the Prefilter Cover (sold as a pack of 20), which should be replaced whenever dust accumulation is visible and the HEPA filter (1 pack), to be replaced if airflow is noticeably reduced. Both filter elements should be replaced whenever the airmover is used where dangerous contaminants may exist.
For negative air applications, sensitive environments or odor removal jobs, customers should use a full-featured air filtration device like the Dri-Eaz HEPA 500.
More information about the Kit is available here.
December 18, 2013 – Prescott, Ariz. – Sapphire Scientific introduces the new dual-wand 460 truckmount, combining proven components, solid design and operator convenience to provide the best customer value in a truckmount to date.
The new 460 is well-suited for heavy-duty carpet cleaning and restoration. Delivering heat and pressure along with last-step chemical injection, this unit is geared for optimal performance.
The 460 features a 38HP EPA certified gas powered Kohler engine, backed by Kohler’s 3-year warranty. A tube and shell oil cooler reduces engine oil temperature by 20%, increasing engine life and pre-heating incoming water. This oil cooler also adds an additional quart of oil to the engine lubrication system.
The 460 also incorporates Sapphire’s patented heat exchange technology which maximizes the use of the engine and blower exhaust to deliver higher temperatures to the cleaning tool. The stainless steel water reservoir is vibration isolated to insulate against premature weld failure. Sapphire utilized finned tubing for optimal heat absorption in a non-clogging application. This heat exchange assembly also uses a pressure regulator system, eliminating the problematic float valves.
Operator convenience remains a focal point in Sapphire’s 460’s design. Gauges, switches and controls are located at eye-level, while the thermostatic control system features an easy and reliable four-level temperature selector. The thermostatic system operates with a diverter valve that discharges excess temperature rather than dumping hot water to the recovery tank. This unique feature preserves onboard fresh water supplies and prevents unnecessary filling of the recovery tank.
This new robust design utilizes the Gardner Denver Tri-Flow 408 blower which produces up to 455CFM. The 408 blower utilizes oil on both ends with special clearances machined specifically for Sapphire Scientific cleaning equipment to maximize the heat output and blower efficiency.
The General HTS2016S high-pressure triplex water pump, which comes standard with hot seals and an electric clutch, produces up to 5.6 GPM for dual-wand operation. This pump also comes with a two-year manufacturer’s warranty.
The 22-inch wide rigid steel frame along with changes in the muffler design allows for easier maintenance and serviceability of the vacuum pump belts. Sapphire’s proven belt cooling system is also included into the frame design, which extends belt life significantly over competitive units.
Find more information about the 460 at 460.sapphirescientific.com.
November 15, 2013 – Prescott, Ariz. – Sapphire Scientific has named Superior Cleaning Supplies as the authorized distributor of parts for Vortex truckmount systems.
Superior Cleaning Supplies, located in Orem, Utah, will take over all parts sales for Vortex units.
“Superior has a stellar reputation in the truckmount community and we believe Vortex customers will be well served,” said Bill Bruders, CEO of Legend Brands. “Superior will be able to support Vortex owners for years to come.”
Vortex owners should contact Superior directly at their offices in Orem:
948 North 1610 West
Orem, UT 84057
November 14, 2013 – Burlington, Wash. Restoration Sciences Academy, the training branch of Dri-Eaz Products, Inc., will launch Dri-Plan, an iPad app dedicated to simplifying and automating job site documentation for restorers.
“Dri-Plan is the most comprehensive, convenient documentation tool I’ve ever come across,” said Brandon Burton, Technical Director for Legend Brands. “I know what a headache documentation and billing is for our customers, and I’m excited to be part of bringing this solution to restorers.”
Dri-Plan is built around a customizable moisture map feature that allows the user to plot the presence of moisture, note moisture reading locations, and record the equipment used for each room on the job. Built-in drawing tools and templates let users quickly sketch project diagrams and automatically calculates exact dimensions for each room of the job.
Data recorded in the app can be synched up to a Dri-Plan web account for review, billing, and archiving.
“I’m especially pleased with the reporting and billing capabilities this tool brings to the table,” said Burton. “Restorers will be able to generate complete scoping reports and detailed billing with just a few taps. It’s a great timesaver, and will improve billing accuracy as well.”
Dri-Eaz has obtained an exclusive license for use of the Dri-Plan system from Dri-Plan, LCC. Owner James Hoover is responsible for the original product development.
Restoration Sciences Academy staff are working on adding features to further streamline the documentation process, including integration with Xactimate pricing information, color coding for water damage categories, map tagging, notes and annotations for photos, and barcode scanning for asset tracking and allocation, among other features.
Dri-Plan is available for the Apple iPad at the Apple Store now. Enhanced features are expected to be added in late Fall 2013. http://bit.ly/1bB49P2
October 14, 2013 – Burlington, Wash. To support the flood relief efforts in Boulder, Colo., Restoration Sciences Academy (RSA) will donate 5% of fees from hands-on restorative drying courses held during October in Burlington, Wash., and Nashville, Tenn. In addition, RSA and Dri-Eaz Products have donated equipment valued at over $20,000 to be used by Boulder Flood Relief to assist uninsured homeowners in the stricken region.
Flooding is rare in the area, and many property owners did not carry flood insurance. “The worst hit in this crisis are those who do not have adequate insurance coverage,” said Brandon Burton, Technical Director of Legend Brands. “We hope RSA’s cash donations and the equipment will make it easier to get everyone back into their homes.”
The donated equipment filled four pallets and weighed more than 2000 lbs. Reddaway Trucking, of Tulatin, Ore. (888-420-8960) is shipping the donation to Boulder Flood Relief at no charge.
The fundraising effort is being led by SteamMaster Restoration and Cleaning in Eagle, Colo. According to Raj Manickam, CEO of SteamMaster, “The property damage is horrendous. The restoration and cleaning industry has stepped up,” said Manickam. “We responded promptly. You can’t drive down a street in the impacted area without seeing a restoration or cleaning company vehicle.”
Individuals wishing to contribute directly to the flood relief effort are urged to contact Boulder Flood Relief at 720-943-4482, or email email@example.com. Current needs and relief activities are listed at the organization’s website at boulderfloodrelief.org.
The Colorado Office of Emergency Management reported that more than 17,500 homes have been damaged or destroyed by the floods. Boulder County and surrounding areas received about 20 inches of rain in four days. In many areas, that exceeds the total amount of rainfall for an entire year.
September 24, 2013 – Burlington, Wash. All restorers face hassles with getting paid and ensuring that their business isn’t legally vulnerable or at risk. Now restoration professionals can get convenient training in how to avoid these legal problems through the new web-based “Legal Issues” training courses from their offices or homes 24/7.
“Restoration Lawyer” Ed Cross, Esq., principal attorney for Cross & Associates, partnered with Restoration Sciences Academy to present the courses, which cover contracts, collections, and risk management.
“We focus on the basic questions every restoration contractor should be asking,” said Cross. “Are you getting paid without a hassle? Is your business at risk? And most importantly, are you legally vulnerable?”
The Legal Issues series includes a free 30-minute introductory course, followed by two 60-minute Contracts and Documents modules and two 60-minute Collections modules. The modules may be purchased individually for $149, or in discounted packages of two or more modules. Customers can complete the modules at their own pace and from any web browser, 24 hours a day 7 days a week
The modules cover what written contracts and proper documents should always including how to "Hope for the best and prepare for the worst" with proper pre-litigation planning, recovering compensation for breach of contract, and special issues such as mold remediation, insurance disputes, and mechanics liens.
The Legal Issues courses are the newest additions to Restoration Science Academy’s selection of web-based training programs. These include Drying Equipment Essentials and Water Extraction Essentials. Three introductory courses are available for free – Introduction to Fire and Smoke Restoration, Introduction to Microbial Remediation, and Introduction to Restorative Drying –allowing customers to experience the dynamic RSA Online learning environment at no cost.
More information is available at Store.RSA-HQ.com.
September 16, 2013 – Burlington, Wash. Dri-Eaz Products has hired Michael Redd to lead sales efforts in the western U.S. and Canada.
Redd brings over 12 years of sales and account management experience to the position. Most recently Redd was market relationship manager and continuing education instructor for CRDN of Western Washington. In that role he worked alongside mitigation contractors on hundreds of fire and water damage jobs.
“With over eight years in business-to-business sales and a solid background in restorative cleaning,” said Jim Hassi, Dri-Eaz Sales Manager, “Mike brings just the right experience to the company.”
When asked why he chose Dri-Eaz Products, Redd said, “I am honored and excited to be joining the Dri-Eaz team. It’s a customer-focused company that builds products and services around what the customer needs. I am looking forward to serving our loyal distributors and customers.”
Redd has an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a B.S. in psychology from Brigham Young University.
Redd will be based out of the Dri-Eaz offices in Burlington, Wash.
September 3, 2013 – Burlington, Wash. Legend Brands sponsored one of this year’s “Outstanding Cleaning Worker Awards,” granted by the Simon Institute.
This year’s recipient of the award is Melody Hartford, The (OS1) Certified Trainer for the DEA and FBI Training Academies operated by Rappahannock Goodwill Industries, Inc.
Hartford became a lead worker at the DEA about the time the Simon Institute initiated their pilot cleaning program (OS1) with the FBI. “She took charge of the (OS1) pilot and never looked back,” said John Walker, president of ManageMen, the organization that created (OS1) Process for Cleaning. “It is because of her dedication and attention to detail that the (OS1) program at the DEA and FBI has been so successful.”
The Outstanding Cleaning Workers Award is presented annually by the Simon Institute at the Simon Institute Symposium. Established in 2006, the non-profit 501(c) 3 organization is led by representatives from all segments of the cleaning industry, including facility managers, in-house custodial services, building service contractors and non-profit organizations. The Institute focuses on creating benchmarks for cleaning industry best practices utilizing the Philosophy of Cleaning.
According to the Simon Institute, recipients of the award “must display a commitment to professional pride and care; be self-motivated and accountable; demonstrate a positive, conscientious and considerate attitude toward customers, fellow employees and others; provide continual outstanding performance’ and consistently demonstrate excellence in the performance of the job.”
This is the fourth year the award has been granted.
September 3, 2013 – Burlington, Wash. Cleaning and restoration professionals will see new equipment and green-certified cleaning chemicals in the Legend Brands booths at this week’s Experience Show.
Inside the Las Vegas Hilton, Dri-Eaz booth staff will be showing the new streamlined Velo™ and Velo™ Pro airmovers and Revolution™ LGR dehumidifier, while Sapphire Scientific staff highlight new One Earth™ cleaning chemicals. Come by the Legend Brands booth (#501) to also see what’s also new at ProRestore and Chemspec. And Restoration Sciences Academy will demo its new Dri-Plan documentation mobile app and latest RSA Online courses on legal loss issues.
In the outdoor demonstration area, Sapphire staff will demonstrate truckmounts, the HOSS 700 Carpet Cleaning Tool and HVE 3000 Truckmount Booster/Inline Filter and Flood Pumper with the Dri-Eaz Extraction Tool.
Customers will want to see firsthand the Velo airmover’s narrow profile and light weight (21 lbs.) housing. Users can easily carry two or even four units through doorways, halls, and up stairs – or haul up to six units on a standard handtruck.
USA made like most Dri-Eaz products, the Velo features a tough-tested rotomolded housing, low amp draw of only 1.9 amps, and two onboard GFCI-protected outlets for daisy-chaining. The Velo Pro includes a variable speed control, digital amp readout, and a kickstand for easy wall and stair drying.
The new Dri-Eaz Revolution LGR dehumidifier packs Xactimate “large” performance and state-of-the-art LGR technology into the most compact design ever for the restoration industry. The Revolution is about half the size of traditional portable dehumidifiers, but offers superior dehumidification performance – 81 pints of water at AHAM conditions (80°F/60% RH).
“We’re extremely pleased with our new product lineup this year,” said John Ormsby, President of Dri-Eaz. “Our new dehumidifier and two new airmovers pack all the performance restorers expect in the smallest form-factors in the industry.”
Sapphire Scientific One Earth™ products are designed for use wherever green-certified products are preferred. The products do not contain any petroleum-based surfactants or solvents. Concentrated, high dilution ratio solutions mean fewer containers, lower shipping costs, and less packaging. One Earth products are effective in cold water to save energy.
One Earth products are reviewed by a variety of agencies, depending on product type. Agencies include GreenSeal, Design for the Environment (DfE), EcoLogo, WoolSafe, and Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI).
August 21, 2013 – Prescott, Ariz. – Sapphire Scientific announces new One Earth™ cleaning chemicals, a full line of products for use where green-certified products are preferred.
One Earth products are reviewed by a variety of agencies, depending on product type. Agencies include GreenSeal, Design for the Environment (DfE), EcoLogo, WoolSafe, and Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI).
One Earth products do not contain any petroleum-based surfactants or solvents. Solution and rinsewater can be safely disposed into sewer or septic systems according to local regulations. Concentrated, high dilution ratio solutions mean fewer containers, lower shipping costs, and less packaging. One Earth products are effective in cold water to save energy.
All One Earth products share these characteristics:
• Surfactants, where used, are plant based.
• No petroleum-based solvents.
• Encapsulation formulations for better cleaning.
• Solution and rinsewater can be disposed into sewer or septic systems according to local regulations.
• Concentrated for fewer containers, lower shipping costs, and less packaging.
• Effective in cold water to save energy
One Earth product labels are color-coded for three cleaning categories, making it easy to choose the best cleaning system for the project. The categories include Hard Surface Floors, Soft Surfaces (which includes carpets, rugs and upholstery), and Janitorial (glass, restroom fixtures and general purpose cleaning).
Testing has shown that One Earth products are just as effective as traditional products containing detergents, although they may require more agitation and a longer dwell time.
The Hard Surface System removes stains, grime and hard water scale from tile, grout and concrete and other non-resilient hard surfaces. The products include Concrete, Tile and Grout Cleaner (76-340) and Concrete, and Tile and Grout Brightener (76-350).
The Soft Surfaces system includes Carpet Prespray and Rinse (76-380), Traffic Lane Cleaner (76-390), Rug and Upholstery Cleaner (76-420).
The janitorial products are designed for commercial quality daily cleaning of interior surfaces such as windows and mirrors. These products includes Glass Cleaner (76-410), Tub, Tile and Bowl Cleaner (76-430), Floor Cleaner (76-370) and Cleanser (76-400). The Cleanser does not carry any certifications at this time.
Visit oneearth.sapphirescientific.com for more details.
August 14, 2013 – Burlington, Wash. Legend Brands has promoted Brandon Burton and Kevin Fisher into two key leadership positions with Legend Brands.
Brandon Burton is now Technical Director for Legend Brands. He will focus his technical and training expertise across all product lines in the Legend Brands family of companies.
John Ormsby, President of Dri-Eaz Products and ProRestore, said, “As our organization continues to grow and our customer base continues to diversify, our need for coordinating the technical and application-related information has grown dramatically. There is no one I know who has broader recognition in our industry or who brings a deeper understanding of the field than Brandon.”
Burton works at Legend Brands headquarters in Burlington, Wash. He has been with Dri-Eaz and Restoration Sciences Academy since 1995, most recently as Education Manager.
Kevin Fisher has been promoted to Education Manager and now has direct responsibility for the daily administration of Restoration Sciences Academy’s Education Department, including all course scheduling, registration, technical support, curriculum development, and marketing and sales-related activities.
Fisher has been with the industry as a Technical Training Instructor since 1999, and previously served the RSA as Education Program Manager. As Education Manager, he will continue to be based in RSA’s Nashville offices.
“Kevin has been a tremendous asset to the education group as a leader in curriculum design and development,” said Burton. “He has grown to be a recognized leader in our industry, and especially in technical circles. I am excited to see him take on this new responsibility.”
Legend Brands is a global leader in cleaning, restoration and environmental control products and processes, and the preeminent provider of water and smoke damage restoration education through its Restoration Sciences Academy.
July 25, 2013 – Baltimore, MD. Chemspec, an industry leader in cleaning chemicals for the past 45 years, is enhancing its position by hiring Sean Eubanks to be the company’s Director of Product Development.
Eubanks is responsible for developing and producing industry-leading specialty chemical technologies for the professional carpet and hard surface flooring and upholstery care and maintenance industries. He will direct research and development, product formulation, and efficacy and performance testing.
Eubanks has over 15 years of experience in laboratory management, formulation, research and development, and quality control. He also operated his own truckmount carpet cleaning business, offering low-residue, low resoil cleaning, and developed a line of allergen removal cleaners for carpets and hard surfaces. Most recently, Eubanks was Research Scientist with Clean Control Corporation as well as Assistant Professor at Georgia Military College in Warner Robins, Ga., where he taught biology, microbiology and environmental science.
Eubanks has an MS in Applied Biology and a BS in Molecular Biology and Industrial Microbiology, both from Georgia Tech.
Earlier this year, Chemspec entered into a strategic marketing alliance with the Legend Brands family of companies, which includes Sapphire Scientific, ProRestore and Dri-Eaz Products.
Chemspec intends to develop enhanced analytical lab capabilities and to build an efficacy testing lab. It is expected that these facilities will boost the development of chemical products for all Legend Brands companies.
Legend Brands is a global leader in cleaning, restoration and dehumidification products and processes, and the preeminent provider of water and smoke damage restoration education through its Restoration Sciences Academy.
July 8, 2013, Burlington, Wash. – Dri-Eaz Products has promoted Jim Hassi to Sales Manager for the U.S. and Canada.
Hassi brings more than 20 years of sales and distribution management experience to the role, including residential and light construction project sales and Director of Sales for a manufacturer of high quality timber-frame residential and commercial structures.
Jim Hassi joined Dri-Eaz as an Account Manager in October, and was responsible for the western U.S. and Canada regions. In his new position, he will supervise all Dri-Eaz sales operations in North America.
When he joined Dri-Eaz, Hassi said "I chose Dri-Eaz because of the company's great reputation for quality, innovation and customer support. Every person I've met is dedicated to building and bringing the best products to our customers so that they can be successful in their own businesses. I look forward to building relationships with our distributors and the customers you serve."
Hassi is based in Dri-Eaz' Burlington, Wash., office.
June 27, 2013 – Burlington, Wash. – The new Dri-Eaz® Velo airmover from Dri-Eaz utilizes a revolutionary design to deliver restoration-grade performance in a market-changing compact package.
The unit’s patent-pending internal housing design propels a strong current of air directly through the outlet, ensuring fast, consistent drying across walls and floors. The Velo’s narrow profile and light weight (only 21 lbs.) make it much easier to deploy on the job than traditional airmovers. Users can easily carry up to four units through doorways, halls, and up stairs without damaging walls or doors. Users can also stack five on a handtruck for fast, efficient transport.
At 2.5 inches shorter than its closest competitor and half the height of snail shell airmovers, customers can store up to twice the Velos in the space of other airmovers. That maximizes storage space both in the warehouse and on the truck.
One customer noted, “When there’s limited space in a vehicle and in a warehouse, it’s nice to be able to fit more in less. Time is money for me. If I don’t have to take two trucks or make two trips, that saves me money on a job.”
The Velo accelerates the evaporation of moisture in walls, floors, crawlspaces, hallways, and under cabinets. In recent tests, the Velo airmover achieved faster drying than other airmovers using up to twice the amps.
The Velo is built in the Dri-Eaz manufacturing facility in Burlington, Wash., and features a durable rotomolded housing, a low amp draw of only 1.9 amps, and two onboard GFCI-protected outlets for daisy-chaining. More information is available at Velo.drieaz.com.
Thermal imaging shows half-height airmover achieves superior results using half the amps
May 21, 2013 – Burlington, Wash. – Thanks to a truly breakthrough airmover design – the first in over 25 years – the new Dri-Eaz® Velo airmover achieved faster drying in a controlled test than other airmovers with up to twice the amps. The secret behind the Velo’s amazing results isn’t magic – it’s engineering – a patent pending internal housing design that propels a strong wave of air directly onto and out across the carpet. This ensures fast, consistent drying across the walls and floors.
The Velo achieves this superior performance in the industry’s slimmest housing. At 2.5 inches shorter than its closest competitor and half the height of snail shell airmovers, customers can store up to twice the Velos in the space of other airmovers. That maximizes storage space both in the warehouse and on the truck.
One restorer who reviewed the product noted, “When there’s limited space in a vehicle and in the warehouse, it’s nice to be able to fit more in less. Time is money for me. If I don’t have to take two trucks or go back to the shop for more airmovers, that saves me money on a job.”
The Velo’s narrow profile and light weight (21 lbs.) also make it much easier to deploy airmovers on the job. Users can easily carry two or even four units through doorways, halls, and up stairs without banging into doorjambs. “It’s like carrying a couple of briefcases,” noted another customer reviewer. Users can also stack five on a handtruck for fast, efficient transport.
The Velo is built in the Dri-Eaz manufacturing facility in Burlington, Wash., and features a rotomolded housing, low amp draw of only 1.9 amps, and two onboard GFCI-protected outlets for daisy-chaining.
The unit was subjected to extensive testing, including 5,000-plus tethered drops to check the strength of the handle and mounting, and 1,000 drops from 6 in. height to simulate rough handling. Engineers also tested the overall durability with a “toss the Velo” test caught on video and now available at Velo.drieaz.com.