ISSA expands global footprint with two acquisitions

Worldwide cleaning association announces merger deals.

ISSA has entered into a joint ownership agreement with E-2 publications, the owner and organiser of Africa’s leading cleaning and hygiene exhibition, CleantexPulire, and publisher of African Cleaning Review. 

CleantexPulire brings together contract cleaners; distributors; and facility, health care, retail, and food service managers as well as other professionals within the cleaning, hygiene, hospitality, property maintenance, and government sectors.

ISSA executive director John Barrett, said: “We are quite excited to develop more local benefits for our members, starting with greater involvement in the region’s major exhibition.

“We see this as the first of many investments we hope to make in the African cleaning industry as part of our mission to raise professionalism, increase business success, and change the way the world views cleaning.”

ISSA has a current network of members throughout Africa via direct membership or alliances with groups such as the National Contract Cleaners Association (NCCA) and the Contract Cleaners Association of Ghana (CCAG).

Exhibition director Johann van Vuuren, said: “By building on an already established and successful brand, this amalgamation will add a new and exciting dimension to the African professional cleaning and hygiene sector showcase.

“We will be able to make use of the ISSA’s vast experience and international network to bolster industry investment opportunities in South Africa as the gateway to the rest of Africa.

“It is our mutual vision to exponentially grow the local industry sector and to continually introduce internationally renowned brands, quality education, and the latest technology to this ever-evolving and solutions-driven market.”

Currently in its 18th year of publication, the African Cleaning Review magazine, e-newsletters, and interactive website will continue to play a prominent supporting role as the official media partner for CleantexPulire events.

ISSA, IEHA merge

The new agreement follows the merger between ISSA and facility housekeeping association IEHA, announced last week.

The merger was voted on and approved by IEHA on May 25, 2017, and will take effect from July 1, 2017.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this merger and the benefits, resources, and power it will bring to our membership,” IEHA president Michael Patterson, said.

“Drawing on ISSA’s resources, we will be able to grow our membership and provide wider options for educational programs.”

Under the terms of the agreement, IEHA memberships will have access to global ISSA membership and benefits.

IEHA is a 3500-plus professional member organisation of management level individuals who direct housekeeping programs in commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities.

The association hosts an annual convention and trade show, and publishes a bi-monthly electronic trade publication, Executive Housekeeping Today. 

Commenting on the deal, ISSA executive director John Barrett said: “The merger of ISSA and IEHA is yet another move toward creating one strong, unified industry.”

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