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Hill & Markes Inc. offers green technology that makes water behave like a powerful detergent, without adding chemicals. Patent-pending ec-H2O™ technology offers eco-friendly advantages, lower costs, ease of use, worker safety.

Hill & Markes today announced the availability of Tennant's ec-H2O, a breakthrough cleaning technology that electrically activates plain tap water, making it behave like a powerful detergent without any added chemicals. ec-H2O offers significant customer advantages including lower costs, ease of use and improved operator safety plus an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional cleaning methods. ec-H2O's cleaning effectiveness is proven to be the same or better than general purpose cleaners, without the negative environmental impact and health issues associated with producing, packaging, transporting, using and disposing of traditional cleaning chemicals. ec-H2O begins as water and ends as water.

"Tennant's new ec-H2O technology is a category-changing advancement for the cleaning industry, and delivers a cleaning solution that reduces the cost-of-use, improves health and safety and is
more environmentally friendly." said Andrea Packer, Hill & Markes Vice President of Marketing.

Hill & Markes Inc., is please to have been able to partner with Price Chopper and the Golub Corporation in providing the ec-H2O technology to their stores. It will provide the proper cleaning for the new Sustainable store on Central Avenue, Albany as well as in other stores. Hill & Markes has worked hand in hand to train staff personnel on the proper way to use the machine. Eliminating the many risks associated with improper use of chemicals by utilizing the ec-H2o machine is a major step forward for a healthier environment for employees and customers.

Hill & Markes strives to bring the newest in technology and products to customers. Training end users is a major component for this service oriented company. Servicing the state of New York and Vermont, the janitorial division is headed up by Charlie Janowicz who has extensive experience in the cleaning sector. The company has been sited for being an outstanding distributor for the Tennant Co. providing not only training but also equipment maintenance.

As a family owned business, established in 1906, change and innovation are paramount while providing excellent customer service. Current family members are Neal Packer COO, Andrea Packer, VP of Marketing, and Jeffrey Finkle, President. Check out the company web site at http://www.hillandmarkes.com.

How ec-H2O Works
The ec-H2O technology has multiple patents pending. The system works by unlocking the vast
amounts of energy stored in the water molecule H2O. This is accomplished through a special ec-H2O unit that is installed in a Tennant Company floor-cleaning machine.
Inside the unit, two primary steps transform normal tap water into a powerful cleaning solution. In
the first step, water passes through electrified screens in the oxygenation chamber, creating highly
oxygenated micro-bubbles. In the second step, the oxygenated water is sent through a water cell where an electric current is applied. Flowing out of the water cell is highly charged, acidic and alkaline water with all the attributes of a powerful cleaner. In this activated state, ec-H2O is an effective cleaning agent that poses no harm to the surfaces or finishes it cleans, or to people using the technology. The electrically charged water attacks the dirt, breaks it into smaller particles and suspends it off the floor's surface--enabling the scrubber's pads or brushes to easily remove the soil. Approximately 45 seconds after it was created, the cleaning solution returns to plain H2O. What is left in the recovery tank is just plain water and dirt. In this process, 100 percent of the water used reverts to neutral tap water and can be handled and disposed of safely.
"Our tests found that Tennant Company's new ec-H2O cleaning solution performs as well as other
general purpose cleaners," said Mark Citsay, of Aspen Research, St. Paul, Minn., a research laboratory that tested and verified the effectiveness of cleaning with ec-H2O.
Among ec-H2O's additional benefits, it uses 70 percent less water than traditional cleaning
methods. Since no detergents are added to the ec-H2O system, ec-H2O does not leave slippery detergent residue on the floor, nor does it release used detergent discharge into water systems. Further, eliminating the need for chemical additives enhances worker safety and reduces costs for purchasing and disposal of chemicals.

Tennant Company
Minneapolis-based Tennant Company (NYSE: TNC) is a world leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing solutions that help create a cleaner, safer world. Marketed under the Tennant and Nobles brands, Tennant Company products include equipment for maintaining surfaces in industrial, commercial and outdoor environments; and coatings for protecting, repairing and upgrading concrete floors. Tennant's global field service network is the most extensive in the industry. Tennant has manufacturing operations in Minneapolis, Minn., Holland, Mich., Uden, The Netherlands, and Northampton, United Kingdom and sells products directly in 15 countries and through distributors in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit http://www.tennantco.com .

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