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With thousands of announcements each year regarding new green products and services, it is important to have one “go to” news source. Green Lodging News includes product news and much more. Got news to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or contact him by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com. Articles posted in the Vendor News section are press releases submitted by vendors and/or their public relations representatives. They are occasionally written by the editor.

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With thousands of announcements each year regarding new green products and services, it is important to have one “go to” news source. Green Lodging News includes product news and much more. Got news to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or contact him by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com. Articles posted in the Vendor News section are press releases submitted by vendors and/or their public relations representatives. They are occasionally written by the editor.

Krystal Aire Inn & Suites Installs Odor-Neutralizing Light Bulbs

SPRINGFIELD, MO.—Less than two years after opening as the first all nonsmoking hotel in Missouri’s third-largest city, Springfield’s Krystal Aire Inn & Suites recently introduced yet another amenity designed to provide guests with even greater comfort during their stays—specially designed light bulbs that eliminate airborne odors. The Fresh Bulb light bulbs, developed by Aurora, Ohio-based Technical Consumer Products and introduced to the hospitality industry earlier this year by St. Charles, Mo.-based Pineapple Hospitality Inc., are titanium dioxide-coated fluorescent light bulbs that consume one-fourth the wattage of a regular light bulb—cutting lighting costs by as much as 77 percent....

Scotsman Ice Systems Releases Self-Monitoring Ice Machine System

VERNON HILLS, ILL.—Scotsman Ice Systems has released Prodigy, an ice machine self-monitoring system that provides up-to-the-minute reporting on the machine’s performance, as well as maintenance needs. This latest advance in ice making visually indicates when it’s making ice, as well as when it’s due for critical maintenance procedures. The external diagnostic light panel makes it easy for anyone in the kitchen to read and understand—from senior managers to dishwashers. Scotsman says Prodigy is one of the most energy-efficient machines on the market today. Prodigy’s energy standards make it one of the first cubers to exceed both the 2008...

Green Suites International Rolls out New Website

UPLAND, CALIF.—Green Suites International, a leading supplier of environmental products and programs to the lodging industry, recently launched a new website— www.greensuites.com—to provide easier navigation, more information, and several new products for its more than 2,500 hotel customers. The home page allows users to scroll over the company’s three main product departments (Housekeeping, Engineering, and Marketing Programs) to see what lies beneath and with one click they are taken to the item, description, PDF brochures and more. “When people visit websites, they should be able to quickly and easily get the information they are looking for and...

Intracoastal Introduces Alternative to Chafing Fuels, Gels

LAKE PLACID, FLA.—Intracoastal Innovations Inc. introduces the Buffet Burner, an environmentally friendly alternative to chafing fuels and gels. Green benefits include the elimination of harmful emissions, continual waste, and unending replacement costs. This heater features a “smart” controller, allowing the user to adjust the temperature. It easily attaches to full-size chafing dishes. Go to Buffet Burners.

GOJO Hand Cleaners EcoLogo and Green Seal Certified

AKRON, OHIO—GOJO is the first company to provide a family of environmentally preferable products that meet the new EcoLogo (Environmental Choice) and Green Seal certifications (CCD-104/GS-41) for hand cleaners and hand soaps. The family of products, which will be available in early fall 2006, includes GOJO’s Green Certified Foam Hand Cleaner and Green Certified Lotion Hand Cleaner. Once a manufacturer attains certification from one of these organizations, the company may place the widely recognized EcoLogo and/or Green Seal logo on the product. This helps buyers—both consumer and corporate—select sustainable products that help protect the environment. “GOJO has...

Green Lodging News Welcomes greenhotelier as Directory Partner

CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes greenhotelier as a Green Product Directory Partner. The quarterly magazine is published in the United Kingdom by the Tourism Partnership, the tourism program of The Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum. It is targeted toward those who care about a more environmentally and socially responsible hotel industry and its contribution to sustainable travel and tourism. Go to greenhotelier for more information.

Enviro-Solutions Unveils Concentrated Floor Stripper

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO—Enviro-Solutions introduces its new ES90 Clean Cut Concentrated Floor Stripper. It is Green Seal and EcoLogo certified, and is fast acting with little or no odor, helping to protect indoor air quality. With a dilution ratio of as much as 1:24, ES90 competes in price with most conventional strippers. Go to Enviro-Solutions.

Amana Brand DigiSmart Wireless Control System Offers Centralized Energy Management Capability

HOUSTON—Goodman Company, L.P., a subsidiary of Goodman Global, Inc. (NYSE: GGL), maker of Amana brand heating and air conditioning products and packaged terminal air conditioners (PTACs), announced the introduction of its new wirelessly networked DigiSmart Control System, an operations management tool designed to be used with the company’s Amana brand PTACs. The company says it is the first wireless PTAC management product of its kind. “Our new DigiSmart Control System will allow our customers to not only control the environmental conditions in individual rooms—it will also help them to manage their energy costs,” says Dave Craven, Goodman’s director...

Hobart’s WastePro System Reduces Waste, Water Costs

CHICAGO—Hobart introduces its WastePro System that can result in savings of up to 88 percent on waste volume for foodservice operations while cutting water costs, improving employee productivity, improving sanitary conditions and reducing the waste impact on landfills. Foodservice operations are constantly evaluating ways to better manage their costs and improve productivity, according to a recent Technomic Inc. study commissioned by Hobart. The WastePro systems from Hobart, which include engineered systems and self-contained systems, address these issues for dishroom operations in many ways, and offer a payback on investment. “Hobart WastePro systems help our customers save money...

U.S. Products Extractor Receives Carpet and Rug Institute Award

COEUR D’ALENE, IDAHO—The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) recently awarded the Agitator 20 low moisture carpet extractor, manufactured by U.S. Products, with the Gold Seal of Approval for Deep Cleaning Systems. The award is the top designation given to cleaning systems that demonstrate the highest level of measurable performance. U.S. Products, based in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, manufactures professional carpet and floor care products as well as restoration equipment. To achieve the recognition, cleaning systems are performance tested by CRI-selected professional laboratories. The testing criteria include: • How well the extractor removes soil and prevents re-soiling; • The...