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Employee Newsletter January 2024

Steve Hamil, Director of Operations, Populist Cleaning Co

Making Life Better Through Quality Partnering

January 2024 marks the 44th anniversary of Populist Cleaning Co. As we reflect on 44 years of progress, development, and growth, we can’t help but be filled with pride at the accomplishments of everyone on our hardworking team.

Back in 1980, our founders, Dan Eller and John Wagner, took a leap of faith. They traded in their artistic background for an entrepreneurial adventure, building something far bigger than just a cleaning company.

“Populist” isn’t just a name, it’s a mission. We believe in providing opportunities for hardworking people to support themselves and their families. This idea along with our core values: commitment, hard work, individual responsibility, respect, and professionalism, have guided us from the very beginning. As John Wagner, co-owner, says, “Mike Eller has poured his heart and soul into Populist. He’s shown unwavering leadership, and under his guidance, our family business has grown into a network of nearly 300 employees, customers, and vendors.”

Today’s world throws challenges at every turn, but one thing remains constant: the soul of Populist Cleaning Co. We may be a cleaning company, but at our core, we’re a people company. That’s who we are, and that’s who we’ll always be.

We strive every day to make Populist a good place to work, and to appreciate everyone on our team. You perform a very important role in the facilities for which we are responsible, impacting the lives of thousands of people every day. We extend hearty thanks to all our partners – but especially to you: our hard-working staff. Thank you for 44 years of success, and we look forward to another 44 years of development and opportunity!

When you get a chance, please take a deeper dive into what makes Populist different from other cleaning companies. Each of the buttons below will take you to information on our company mission and structure. 

Populist Cleaning Co manager crew: Steve, Rick, Lora, Ashly at Toledo Drive Train Plant

Part of our awesome Quality Partnering Team at Dana Drive Train Plant, Toledo OH

Steve H, Director of Operations

Rick A, Site Lead

Lora B, Account Manager

Ashly M, Branch Manager

culture Corner with Steve Amayo

What’s in Your Elevator speech?

Hey Populist Team,

New year, same Populist values! Instead of resolutions, let’s embrace what makes us awesome: living our core values every day and bringing a great attitude to every workspace. We’re proud of our impact, creating safe, clean spaces that help our partners thrive.

Think of it like an elevator speech: you’re a Populist rockstar, explaining what we do (cleaning, yeah, but with a purpose!). Highlight strong values, empowering teams, and happy partners. Brag about Populist and yourself – you deserve it!

Cheers to a fantastic month ahead!

Steve A

Company Meeting Save the Date

Make Life Better: Unlock Your Financial Potential with Sqwire, Free for Populist Employees and Families!

Sqwire and Populist financial awareness poster

We are excited about our new partnership with Sqwire, a platform offering free financial education for you and your family. As a Populist employee, you’re eligible to enroll in Sqwire after your six-week mark.

Sqwire provides a wealth of resources to help you achieve your financial goals, including:

  • Comprehensive online courses: Learn about topics like debt management, retirement planning, investing basics, and more.
  • Helpful resources: Downloadable Word documents, PDFs, and Excel templates to help you manage your money effectively.
  • Short, engaging videos: Gain financial knowledge in just 5 minutes!
  • Topics for everyone: From buying a home to navigating taxes, Sqwire covers it all.

Here’s how Sqwire can benefit you:

  • Improve your financial literacy: Gain valuable knowledge and skills to make informed financial decisions.
  • Plan for the future: Prepare for retirement, save for a home, and reach your financial goals.
  • Empower yourself: Become financially independent and confident.
  • Help your family: Share access to Sqwire with your spouse and children, building a financially secure future together.

Ready to get started?

  • Register for Sqwire: It takes just one minute! Visit SQWIRE+POPULIST
  • Explore the platform: Discover the wealth of courses and resources available.
  • Start learning: Take control of your finances and build a brighter future.

Don’t hesitate to contact your account manager if you have any questions.

We believe that financial education is essential for everyone. With Sqwire, you and your family have access to the tools and knowledge you need to make smart financial decisions and achieve your goals.

Happy learning!

Happy January Birthday Wishes

Jose Munoz-Islas

Denise Zacharias

April Redd

Diane Hicks-Brown

Mike Eller

Lee Ellis

Dametria Watts

Sarah Fugate

Bethany Merrow

Work Anniversaries

Congratulations & Many Thanks

Mike Eller, 30 years

Randy Cook, 8 years

Trevon Williams, 3 years

Matt Eller, 2 years