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(LAS VEGAS, NEV.) ProTeam®, the company that created the original and Next Generation backpack vacuums, was presented with the Rising Star Award by Network Services Company (NETWORK), a leading distribution solutions provider. ProTeam received the Rising Star Award in recognition of outstanding performance results with NETWORK distributors.

“We are extremely grateful for this award and for the thriving relationship we have with NETWORK distributors,” said Rich Steinberg, ProTeam Vice President of Sales. “In 2014, we are looking forward to even more success in our collaboration with NETWORK.”

Several other suppliers were also recognized for outstanding performance in 2013: Georgia-Pacific Professional, Ecolab, GOJO, SCA, Heritage Bag, and Spartan Chemical Company. The award presentation was held at NETWORK's annual Supplier Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"We are proud to have strong partnerships with innovative, industry-leading suppliers", said Robert Mitchum, NETWORK CEO. "Our supplier relationships are vital to our success and we look forward to mutually beneficial success now and in the future."

NETWORK is a collaborative organization that has been providing distribution solutions for over 45 years. With service representatives, fleets, and distribution centers in 34 countries, NETWORK serves more than 1,300,000 customer locations worldwide.


ProTeam (www.pro-team.com) became a global phenomenon in the commercial cleaning world in 1987 after introducing a game-changing design innovation, the lightweight backpack vacuum. Scientific studies and maintenance crews consistently find ProTeam vacuums save time, money and resources while improving indoor air quality. In 2009, Emerson—a diversified global manufacturing and technology company—acquired ProTeam, and the legacy of innovation continues with the Next Generation of backpack vacuums, the Super Coach Pro® and the cordless GoFree® Pro.

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2013 were $24.7 billion. For more information, visit Emerson.com.


Kelly Lynae Robinson, ProTeam
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