SBGA offers latest in green technology

Nearly 500 people converged on Skaneateles High School Tuesday Feb. 16 to learn more about green cleaning, new technologies and spend time checking out the latest in custodial services.

The event, the 14th Annual Superintendents of Buildings & Grounds Association Mid-State Chapter Trade Show, was "wonderful," said Skaneateles Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds Vincent Sicignano.

"It's our 14th year doing this and every year we try to add something new that will attract more attendees," he said.

This year, all 27 districts in the Mid-State Chapter were represented along with four districts in Oswego County and four from Cayuga County.

As the trade show grows more each year, the SBGA is able to do more to give back to its members. This year, the association was able to give out cloth bags with the SBGA logo and nametags for every individual who registered.

Marie McDonough, account manager with Linstar and a Skaneateles resident, said the company has been attending the trade show for a couple of years, but this year offered to create name tags for the attendees. Each tag had the name of the attendee and a hole was stamped in it so it could be worn around the person's neck with a lanyard.

According to McDonough, the company, which is based in Buffalo, does a lot of work with law enforcement and holds contracts with New York state, including the Department of Criminal Justice where the company created Operation SAFE CHILD.

Operation SAFE CHILD was launched in 2005 to promote child safety and aid in the safe return of missing children when used in conjunction with the Amber Alert system.

Linstar also provides such things for companies as video surveillance and recording systems, digital photo identification systems and building access control and keyless entry systems.

Around noon, business manager for the United Association Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 267 Greg Lancette was having a name badge printed and stamped by McDonough. Lancette said the reason he was attending this year's trade show was to highlight some of the skill sets from the five-year apprenticeship program through the union. It was the first year he had attended the event and also the first year the plumbers and steamfitters union had signed up to be a vendor.

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