BIM: So you have an entire holistic approach looking at the whole facility, not just the clean room, which has been the main focus of manufacturers for a long time. I can tell you’re very passionate about what you do. So what drives you? What gives you that passion to get up in the morning and help the end users and the distributors that you’re working with?
THOMAS: For myself, this has been a career. I’ve been doing this for 23 years. I’m personally excited for the challenge to bring solutions to the marketplace. I’m excited about the team that I have, who are professionals in contamination control. We have a representation throughout the Americas. I’m excited about the technical department that we have and the marketing folks and customer service. And I’m also excited about Vileda Professional’s commitment to innovation. Our innovation pipeline in the controlled environment space in extremely healthy, with new products being introduced every single year and a pipeline that is healthy for the next five years. And with that in mind, with people and product and happy customers, it allows me to get up easily in the morning with a smile on my face.
BIM: What would be your best advice to an end user manufacturer who’s considering this whole clean facility approach?
THOMAS: The best advice really is to sit down with one of our sales managers and best understand how Vileda Professional and their systems can help bring the customer to their goals, which are typically to control contamination. But also to keep complete open mind that we can’t look at product and price in the marketplace. We need to look at solution-based approach. And what I mean by this is: let’s look at all the areas of potential contamination within the facility. So let’s look at any potential area that can bring in the most amount, or the gross amount of stuff all the way into that core cleaning room, and allow us to show you how we can get the gross contaminants all the way to the fine contaminants and help you can control that. So let’s not just look at a mop or a wipe for a solution. Let’s look at the total system in removing the spills that are on the floor, cleaning the floor, sanitizing the floor, cleaning the surfaces themselves, with wipes and sponges and things of that nature.
BIM: That’s great advice. So if the end users would like to find out more about your company, your product, your clean facility approach as well as contact you and possibly even set up a facility visit, how do they go about doing that?
THOMAS: We can do this at our website at ce.Vileda-professional.com. Or they can call 630-270-1437 and let Gina know that they’d like a site visit or a phone call, or call 1-800-838-0151 extension 1437 and do the same.
BIM: Thank you, Tom. You really have given us a lot of golden nuggets for our readers.