ICS 50th Anniversary

ICS Cleaning Specialist is pleased to be celebrating 50 years as a publication, and in addition to our special February 2013 commemorative issue, we’ve built this page to serve as your hotspot for all the 50th-anniversary content we’ve put together. On this page, you’ll not only find the features that ran in the February issue, but web exclusive features and reflections from the hard-working professionals that helped shape the industry into what it is today.


Reflections and Memories: The ICS 50th Anniversary Q&A


Wanda York. Bill Bane. Chuck Monson. Doyle Bloss. Jim Roden. Claude Blackburn. Those are just a sample of some of the great industry pioneers that shared their thoughts and memories with us as we commemorate 50 years as a publication and honor the people that have helped make the industry what it is today. In their own words, they sounded off on significant events, milestones and people, their fondest memories and the future of the cleaning and restoration industry. See what they, and numerous others had to say, and be sure to leave your thoughts, reflections and memories in the comments section at the end of the article.




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Reflecting on 50 Years

By Evan Kessler

Over the past few months as we approached this special 50th anniversary issue, I have had a great deal of fun corresponding with and, in several cases, speaking with many of the people who literally created the professional carpet cleaning and water damage/disaster restoration industry.  

ICS: The Industry's Spokesman from the Beginning

By Harold Arkoff

As a life-long close friend, fellow student and later, business partner for over 34 years with the late, wonderful Howard Olansky, I had the privilege of being there at the beginning of a big, new service industry and helped create a new magazine.

Gadgets Over The Ages

By Gordan Hanks

My first exposure to carpet cleaning came through my Mom who had just bought a new Kirby vacuum cleaner in the mid 60’s.

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The Unsung Women Heroes of the Last 50 Years

By Ruth Travis

A tribute to many of the ladies in the cleaning and restoration industry.

An RIA History

By Patricia Harman

The Restoration Industry Association was formed in 1946 as the National Institute of Rug Cleaners, Inc. (NIRC) in New York.

A History of Carpet Cleaning Chemicals

By Joe Domin

Chemistry as a whole is a unique science and when it comes to carpet cleaning chemistry, it’s a totally different ballgame.

Individual Q&A Respondents 

We asked – they answered. As part of ICS’ 50th anniversary, we asked several prominent figures to reflect on the time they’ve spent in the cleaning and/or restoration industry. Click on any name below to see all of what they had to say about their time and experience in the industry.

Barry Costa Gene Marcinkowski Mike Roden
Bill Bane Huey Miller Neil Atkinson
Bill Foulds IICRC Nick Paolella
Bob Bonwell Jeff Bishop Pete Consigli
Bob Spalton Jim Roden Rob Hanks
Brian Kornet John Sales Steve Kaufman
Chuck Monson Karl Heinrich Tom Hill
Claude Blackburn Ken Snow Tony Legenstein
Craig Jasper Kenway Mead Tryna Cooper
Dave Keiter Larry Cooper Vince Caffarello
Doyle Bloss Mike Lynch Wanda York
Ellen Amirkhan Mike Palmer William Doan


Business Honor Roll

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We here at ICS are thrilled to be celebrating our 50th anniversary this month, but we know that we’re hardly the first to eclipse the 50-year mark in the industry. Here’s a list of businesses 50 years and older that we wanted to recognize, submitted by you, our readers.

  50th Year Industry Honor Roll



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