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Tennant Company Honors Three, Round One Finalists in K-12 Custodians Are Key Contest

Winners Hail from Alaska, Montana and Colorado. Finalists Vie for $15,000 Prize Package; Program Runs Sept 9, 2019-May 6, 2020


MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 4, 2019 – Tennant Company (NYSE: TNC), a world leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing of solutions to reinvent how the world cleans, today announced the first round of winning finalists chosen in the company’s inaugural Custodians Are Key contest. The 8-month recognition program rewards the great work K-12 school custodians are doing in schools around the country and honors them and their school with a $15,000 prize package.


The round one winners are:

  • Natasha Fitzpatrick, Haines Borough School District, Haines, Alaska 
  • Mark Cease, Powell County High School, Deer Lodge, Montana
  • Mike Bieser, Plateau Valley School, Collbran, Colorado


Round One Winners

Natasha Fitzpatrick has been with the Haines Borough School District in Haines, Alaska for 11 years. An extremely hard worker, Ms. Fitzpatrick is said to treat the students like her own children. She volunteers for chaperone duty so students can compete in other cities, makes sure students are fed, have appropriate clothing, and that they are safe to travel to and from school when the weather turns nasty in Southeast Alaska.


Mark Cease of Powell County High School in Deer Lodge, Montana has been with the school for 18 years. A cancer survivor who lost his arm to the disease 32 years ago, Mr. Cease is said to do more than a person with two arms. He volunteers to help wherever he can, whether in the cafeteria or making sure children have the necessities they need.  He even makes custom office furniture to accommodate special requests.


Mike Bieser of Plateau Valley School in Colbran, Colorado is a positive force at the school, making sure each child feels welcome and important. He thoughtfully ensures children with special needs by removing barriers for them and helping them easily integrate with the rest of the student body. He also supplies necessities for students in need.


“These three custodians were among dozens of extremely well-qualified nominees we received during the initial months of this campaign. It was challenging to make a choice of only three. Each of these finalists makes a significant and positive difference in the lives of the students, staff and teachers they serve. Those who nominated them all agree that their school would be lost without them,” said Lisa Kingsley, Channel Marketing Manager, Tennant Company.


The Custodians Are Key program launched September 9thand concludes on May 6, 2020. The finalists receive a $500 gift card. By May 20th, Tennant will select a grand prize winner from a group of 12 finalists. The winner receives a prize valued at $5,000 while his or her school receives $10,000.


Custodians Are KeyProgram Details

Tennant received hundreds of nominations from around the country of school custodians who are making their schools better, going above and beyond their daily job duties, and showing students and staff they care.


It is not too late to nominate your favorite custodian. Tennant is accepting nominations throughout the campaign. Simply submit your nomination a committee of judges will select finalists and winners based on the quality of the nomination and the impact the custodian makes on his or her school. View this videoto learn more.


Round 2: The next three finalists will be chosen from all qualified submissions. The nomination period opened November 2 and closes January 3, 2020. The winning finalists will be notified by January 17th, 2020. Those finalists will be considered for the single grand prize to be awarded by May 20, 2020.


Round 3: The third nomination period opens January 4, 2020 and closes March 4, 2020. The winning finalists will be notified by March 18, 2020.


Round 4: The final round of nominations opens March 5, 2020 and closes May 6, 2020. These nominees, along with the nominees gathered throughout the campaign, will result in an additional three finalists. Those three finalists, and the nine winners selected from the previous rounds, will be considered for the grand prize of $15,000. The single winner will be notified by May 20thand will win the $5,000 individual prize with an additional $10,000 going to his or her school.


Visit learn more about Custodians Are Key and to submit your nomination.


About Tennant:


Founded in 1870, Tennant Company (TNC), headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a world leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing solutions that empower customers to achieve quality cleaning performance, reduce their environmental impact and help create a cleaner, safer, healthier world. Its products include equipment for maintaining surfaces in industrial, commercial and outdoor environments; detergent-free and other sustainable cleaning technologies; cleaning tools and supplies; and coatings for protecting, repairing and upgrading surfaces. Tennant’s global field service network is the most extensive in the industry. Tennant Company had sales of $1.0 billion in 2017 and has approximately 4,300 employees. Tennant has manufacturing operations throughout the world; and sells products directly in 15 countries and through distributors in more than 100 countries. For more information, visit www.tennantco.comand The Tennant Company logo and other trademarks designated with the symbol “®” are trademarks of Tennant Company registered in the United States and/or other countries.