PALM SPRINGS, Calif. You might say they worked like a well-oiled machine. Recycled oil, that is. Sales people attending Safety-Kleen Corp.'s annual North American Sales Conference last month in Palm Springs, were told to leave their golf clubs and tennis rackets home. Instead, they brought work clothes and formed teams to clean up residential lots and paint 17 homes in an outlying area of the affluent resort community.
F. Henry Habicht, senior vice president of corporate development and environment for Safety-Kleen, called the effort an exercise in team building he hoped would serve as a model for other companies and associations to follow.
``Safety-Kleen makes every effort to be a good neighbor and to bring added value from our presence in every community where we have operations,'' he said. ``Our employees at our recycling and branch facilities work with local environmental and civic groups throughout the year.''
The Elgin, Ill.-based company operates a network of more than 180 sales and service branches in North America in addition to its nine fluid recycling centers and two used-oil re-refineries. It claims to be the world's largest recycler of industrial and automotive waste fluids, reclaiming more than 230 million gallons annually for reuse.