Maintenance Innovation Awards Winners Announced

Milwaukee, WI —December 21, 2021 — Facility Maintenance Decisions readers voted on the winning products for the Inaugural Maintenance Innovations Awards. The awards honor innovation and excellence in products that contribute to the efficient and profitable operations and management of institutional and commercial buildings in the United States. FMD readers voted the following as the champions of the inaugural Maintenance Innovation Awards:

Building Maintenance Category

  • Mintie Viruskiller by Alliance Environmental Group
  • AIWX Connect by Aramark Facility Services
  • SkyVault Series by Solatube International

Grounds and Exterior Management Category

  • Entry Chloride-Free Ice Melt by Secure Winter Products
  • Hard Water Glass Removal System by Barry’s Restore It All Products Inc.
  • Z700 Series by Kubota Tractor Company

Material Handling and Safety Category

  • FlexCart FC-100 Maintenance Cart by FlexCart
  • Mintie Environmental Containment Unit (ECU4) by Alliance Environmental Group
  • Structurally Integrated Accessible Floor by SIAFS

Tools and Accessories Category

  • The PreVent System – Equipment Air Intake Filter Screens by PERMATRON
  • Scratch-B-Gone by Barry’s Restore It All Products Inc.
  • Flood Eliminator by AGF Manufacturing

“The Maintenance Innovation Awards quickly became a popular program in the facilities industry,” said Brian Terry, publisher of Facility Maintenance Decisions. “We received a large volume of entries from manufacturers of all sizes and all types of products, and many of our readers took time to vote for their favorites. I’m pleased that Facility Maintenance Decisions can shine a spotlight on these companies.”

Maintenance Innovation Award winners will be recognized on

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Airtek Indoor Air Solutions, Mintie Service, and Coast IAQ & Life Safety Services effective January 1 2022, will become Alliance Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) & Life Safety Services

AZUSA, Calif., Oct. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Alliance Environmental’s Co-founders Jeff and Joe McLean are proud to introduce Alliance IAQ & Life Safety Services. The company combines the expertise of Airtek Indoor Air Solutions, Mintie Service (part of Mintie, LLC.) and Coast Environmental also known as Coast IAQ and Life Safety Services. Mintie products will continue to operate as its own company and is independent of this merger.

“As part of our market positioning strategy, we are excited to announce the formation of Alliance IAQ & Life Safety Services. We believe that Airtek, Mintie service, and Coast Environmental should have this natural transition with their respective skillset and industry experience. Through this consolidation, we will continue to serve the various verticals of Indoor Air Quality & Life Safety Services across all industries such as healthcare, hospitality, industrial, education, government, commercial, retail, the private sector and residential,” said Jeff McLean, Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Environmental Group.

“Alliance Environmental Group has always been a leader in environmental remediation. It was always my vision for our group to expand into the Indoor Air Quality arena. Having the three companies come together makes strategic business sense. It allows us to better serve our customer segments with the added resources from a leadership and labor workforce perspective,” said Joe McLean, Co-founder of Alliance Environmental Group.

The uniting of Airtek, Mintie service and Coast brings together more than 100 years of experience in the field, in management, and across projects of various sizes over multiple industries. Together, these companies have completed hundreds of thousands of projects over the last century. Satisfied clients have received safer, remediated, cleaner places to live, work, learn, and play. With COVID-19 and the increased need for optimal clean air and indoor air quality, Alliance IAQ & Life Safety Services leads the way in providing outstanding service through exceptional processes and the highest quality solutions and equipment.

Highlights of the Companies in the Group

Airtek Indoor Air Solutions has created cleaner, healthier, more energy-efficient indoor environments for more than three decades. Airtek is a leader in commercial and residential duct cleaning, commercial kitchen exhaust hood cleaning and commercial dryer vent cleaning. Airtek has successfully completed over 95,000 projects throughout the western United States.

Founded in 1940, Mintie LLC, began as a specialty maintenance service company and has grown into a company with an International reputation for excellent service and indoor environmental systems. Mintie provides indoor air quality management and preventative maintenance solutions. Mintie has focused on leading the industry with the highest quality services to provide clients with safer, healthier, and more productive environments with minimal disruption and the highest levels of satisfaction and effectiveness.

Coast Environmental also known as Coast IAQ & Life Safety Service focuses on the healthcare sector providing indoor air quality through its infection control, HVAC duct and coil cleaning, HVAC refurbishment as well as life safety services through its fire damping testing and repair, and firewall penetration repairs since 1979. Working with hospitals and medical facilities requires an exceptionally high level of sterilization and documentation – which Coast excels at

Services offered and industries served

Alliance IAQ & Life Safety Services handles projects of all sizes across the commercial, industrial, healthcare, education, government, hospitality, entertainment, retail, maritime, and residential sectors. Services offered include but are not limited to HVAC duct and coil cleaning; HVAC AHU refurbishment; fire damper testing and repair; fire stop services; infection control services; commercial kitchen exhaust systems cleaning and commercial dryer duct cleaning. Alliance IAQ & Life Safety Services combines experience and innovation to provide HVAC and IAQ services to all industries.

Technician certification and ongoing training are of the utmost importance to Alliance IAQ & Life Safety Services. The company is proud to be a part of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) and International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association (IKECA).

A cleaner & healthier future across the Western States

Alliance IAQ & Life Safety Services, the largest and most qualified IAQ company on the West Coast, looks forward to serving California, Arizona, Nevada, and beyond with safer, cleaner air quality and fire life safety solutions for all. Learn more about the companies under the Alliance IAQ & Life Safety Services banner by clicking the links above.

Contact Details:
Vinay Panday
Director of Marketing
Alliance Environmental Group

MINTIE Provides Proven Worldwide COVID Surge Capacity Solution as International Infection Prevention Week Highlights Tireless Efforts and Bravery of Worldwide Infection Control Community

AZUSA, Calif., Oct. 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — With the worldwide healthcare industry commemorating International Infection Prevention Week, October 17-23, MINTIE LLC, a third-generation healthcare product innovator and an Alliance Environmental Group company, continues its efforts at infection prevention in the fight against COVID-19 and the Delta Variant. The company introduced its first line of Environmental Containment Units (ECUs) in 2003 to control the spread of harmful airborne particles during construction or maintenance activities. Since then, MINTIE has continued to push the innovation process forward and now, its ECU4 mobile environmental containment units are currently being used to support surge requirements for airborne isolation in the continued fight against the transmission of COVID-19.

Since January 2021, over 1,500 ECU4s have been deployed in 400+ Japanese healthcare facilities to provide temporary airborne isolation support as part of Japan’s effort to control the spread of COVID-19. The MINTIE ECU4 also played a critical role during the Tokyo Summer Olympics – supporting 20 Olympic-designated healthcare facilities with additional airborne isolation capabilities.

According to Tsuneki (Neki) Kusaba, President & CEO, Moraine Corporation, MINTIE’s exclusive Japanese distributor, “The main purpose of the ECU4 is to create zoning to distinguish between risk and safety areas in hospitals where regular medical care must be continued to accommodate an ever-growing number of patients. We needed as many ECU4s as possible to handle this emergency, so we have made unreasonable demands on MINTIE. However, MINTIE has definitely supplied the ECU4 in response to our request.”

“We are delighted with the success of the ECU4 business, however more than that, we are proud to have saved the lives of many Japanese healthcare workers and patients. The ECU4 provides a safe and secure medical system for many healthcare workers, and we have received messages of gratitude from many customers,” Mr. Kusaba added.

According to Toshihiro Mitsuda, Ph. D CICD, Director and Associate Professor, Yokohama City University Hospital, “Without the MINTIE product, zoning couldn’t be achieved in healthcare facilities in Japan. It wouldn’t be exaggerating to say that HAI didn’t trigger the collapse of the Japanese medical system because Moraine supplied MINTIE products all over the country. MINTIE and Moraine supported the Japanese government at a critical time and saved many lives.”

The adoption of MINTIE’s ECU4s in hundreds of hospitals has drawn the attention of a number of Asian media outlets, including Japan’s News 8 and TVK news station as well as in South Korea on MBN TV News, Money Today, MBC News, KBS News, and JIBS News. In the US, MINTIE has been named a finalist in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s inaugural 2021 International Business Forum & Awards in the Global Trade Leader of the Year and Private Company — Medium-Sized Business categories.

The MINTIE ECU4 is a product that provides a variety of airborne containment solutions. The ECU4 is patented and has been clinically evaluated and rigorously tested for efficacy of particle containment, ventilation, and stability in healthcare environments where ICRA containment requirement sits in levels 1 to 4. If a hospital is a step away from reaching ICU capacity for COVID-19 patients, ECU4s can be set up with negative air machines to provide temporary, total isolation rooms.

The ECU4’s simple, yet advanced design makes it user-friendly from setup to tear down, and because of their portability, can be setup virtually anywhere. This allows hospitals to create as many isolations rooms as space allows. “Sometimes setting up multiple ECU4s might not be enough – maybe a whole section of a hospital needs to be isolated. The MINTIE ECU4 corridor flange enables an ECU4 to function as a portable anteroom. The corridor flange is used to seal off the entryway of a hallway, creating a larger isolated space,” according to Kyle Hourraney, Director of Facilities at Orange County Global Medical Center, Santa Ana, CA.

MINTIE’s product portfolio also includes multi-use negative air machines, when combined with an ECU4 to create an anteroom, a negative air machine is the “engine” that pulls air out of the anteroom space. As the air passes through the negative air machine’s 99.97% HEPA filter, it creates a negative pressure airlock to protect the general patient population and caregivers. MINTIE’s ECU4s are utilized in all 50 U.S. states. MINTIE is also currently partners with distribution channels in Japan, South Korea, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and other countries.

Founded in 1940, MINTIE LLC began as specialty maintenance service company and has grown into a company with an international reputation for excellent service and innovative indoor environmental systems. MINTIE provides indoor air quality management, preventative maintenance solutions, and portable containment products for airborne particulates, infection control, and bio-security. MINTIE has focused on leading the industry with innovative products and the highest quality services to provide clients with safer, healthier, and more productive environments with minimal disruption and the highest levels of satisfaction and effectiveness. The company serves a diverse mix of companies, ranging from market leaders to entrepreneurial start-ups within healthcare, biotechnology, entertainment, aerospace, manufacturing, and commercial real estate. MINTIE is an Alliance Environmental Group Company. For more information, visit

History of IIPW
Established in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan, International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) focuses attention on the importance of infection prevention in saving lives and healthcare dollars. APIC has spearheaded this annual effort to highlight the significance of infection prevention among healthcare professionals, administrators, legislators, and consumers.

Over the years, this week of recognition has vastly expanded to every corner of the globe, including Australia, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. As the reach of IIPW widens, more patients benefit from safer healthcare practices and reduced the threat of healthcare-associated infections.

Contact Details:
Vinay Panday
Director of Marketing
Alliance Environmental Group
Source: Mintie, LLC

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