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Kisco Senior Living Chooses Orbio Technologies’ Orbio® os3 as a Sustainable Cleaning Alternative to Traditional Cleaning Chemicals


April 1, 2015
By Business Wire News

MINNEAPOLIS

Orbio Technologies, a Tennant Company (NYSE:TNC) group and a leading innovator of sustainable cleaning technologies, is pleased to announce that Kisco Senior Living, a leading owner and operator of senior living communities throughout the U.S., has made the sustainable choice to greatly reduce its use of packaged chemicals and, instead, generate commercial cleaning solutions on-site using the award-winning Orbio® os3. The Orbio os3 is attached to the building’s water supply and uses the process of water electrolysis—which combines water, electricity and a small amount of salt—to create an effective cleaning solution and a disinfecting/sanitizing solution that meets U.S. EPA regulatory guidelines for disinfection and sanitization.

Jack Mayse, National Director of Environmental Services for Kisco Senior Living based in Carlsbad, CA, was convinced of the os3 performance when he tested it in one of Kisco’s senior living communities. “We have found the self-generated cleaning solutions from the os3 to be superior in performance to traditional cleaning chemicals we previously used. Also, the cleaning solutions dispensed from the os3 don’t release strong chemical odors into the environment and that contributes to a healthier environment for our residents. That makes the os3 an easy choice,” Mayse said. “For Kisco, it’s important that the Orbio os3 also helps to reduce our carbon footprint.”

Cleaning the 19 Kisco Senior Living communities is no small task. With more than 3 million combined square feet that need to be cleaned daily, the great results and added productivity gained by generating the cleaning solutions on-site are significant. “Having a clean, inviting place to live is paramount to the well-being and satisfaction of our senior residents,” Mayse said. “And, cleanliness has a direct correlation to the health of our residents and we take that very seriously.”

Kisco will ultimately deploy 20 Orbio os3 units throughout its communities and has said that any newly built or acquired communities will be migrated to the Orbio cleaning methodology. “The driving forces behind our decision to go with on-site generation from Orbio include the science behind the system, the proven outcomes, the Tennant Company’s reputation for service and the environmental impact reduction we achieve,” Mayse explained.

“We look forward to growing with Kisco because they are innovative in their thinking about sustainability and passionate about providing the best possible care for their residents,” said Karla Leis, Vice President and General Manager of Orbio Technologies. “On-site generation is a perfect match for Kisco and we’re thrilled to be leading the way with them,” Leis added.

About Orbio Technologies Group
Orbio Technologies Group is the sustainable cleaning technology arm of Tennant Company. Established in 2009 to execute Tennant Company’s vision of becoming a global leader in chemical-free and other sustainable cleaning technologies, Orbio Technologies Group is dedicated to developing and marketing environmentally friendly technologies under the brand name of Orbio® that will set the standard for sustainable cleaning around the world. Orbio Technologies Group will continue to create and deliver sustainable cleaning solutions to Tennant’s existing markets and new markets.

About Tennant Company
Minneapolis-based Tennant Company (NYSE: TNC) is a world leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing solutions that empower customers to achieve quality cleaning performance, significantly reduce their environmental impact and help create a cleaner, safer, healthier world. Its products include equipment for maintaining surfaces in industrial, commercial and outdoor environments; chemical-free and other sustainable cleaning technologies; and coatings for protecting, repairing and upgrading surfaces. Tennant’s global field service network is the most extensive in the industry. Tennant has manufacturing operations in Minneapolis, Minn.; Holland, Mich.; Louisville, Ky.; Uden, The Netherlands; the United Kingdom; São Paulo, Brazil; and Shanghai, China; and sells products directly in 15 countries and through distributors in more than 80 countries. For more information, visit www.tennantco.com.

About Kisco Senior Living
Kisco Senior Living communities offer independent lifestyle options for seniors, as well as licensed assisted living, memory care, and in some locations continuing care, which includes licensed nursing care. Family-owned Kisco Senior Living, based in Carlsbad, California, owns and operates 19 senior living communities in five states. With an award-winning approach to senior lifestyles and wellness, Kisco creates communities where residents and associates share passions, live and work in balance and build a legacy. Kisco is an International Council of Active Aging (ICAA) member and is an ICAA Champion Organization, recognition that is part of ICAA’s Changing the Way We Age® campaign to shift the way society perceives aging. For 25 years, Kisco’s guiding principles of integrity, dignity and compassion have balanced the interests of residents, associates and business partners. www.kiscoseniorliving.com.

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