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SCRIA Votes to Merge with ISSA

Northbrook, Ill. — ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, is pleased to announce that members of the Australian-based Specialized Cleaning & Restoration Industry Association (SCRIA) have voted to enter an exciting and mutually beneficial merger with ISSA.

Under the agreement, SCRIA members will retain their SCRIA memberships on a local level while their benefits will expand to include ISSA membership benefits. In addition, SCRIA members will have the resource of a local management office within ISSA’s Oceania division, which is based in Botany, Australia.

ISSA member benefits available to SCRIA members after the merger include enhanced market exposure, networking opportunities, business tools and data, expanded training and education, and industry information.

SCRIA has already commissioned ISSA’s staff to provide administrative support, which began on June 5. Transition of support from the former office to the ISSA Oceania office will take place over the next few weeks.

ISSA Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania Services Director Dianna Steinbach said the partnership with SCRIA is a testament to ISSA’s goal as the industry’s umbrella association. The ISSA-SCRIA merger will include a calendar of events schedule offering regional meetings and increased training workshops throughout the year along with an update of the SCRIA website. “With power in numbers and a professional management staff assisting us with operations, the SCRIA board and its members will be able to achieve so much more,” reiterated Gidon. “This opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time.”

About SCRIA

The Specialized Cleaning & Restoration Industry Association, Inc. (SCRIA, formally NUCCRA) is a registered trade association, representing the carpet, upholstery cleaning, and restoration industries. For more information visit www.scria.org.au.

About ISSA

With more than 7,000 members, including distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, building service contractors, in-house service providers, residential cleaning contractors, and associated service members, ISSA is the leading trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide. The association is headquartered in Northbrook, IL, USA; with regional offices in Botany, Australia; and Shanghai, China. For more information about ISSA, visit www.issa.com.

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