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October 2020 Newsletter

Note from the President

Dear Friends, 

You may remember at the beginning of this year (what a time we’ve had since then, right?!), we announced that we were working with Aileron, a not-for-profit dedicated to helping small businesses chart strategy and success. Aileron has been crucial in helping us grow our business wisely, and we’re excited to announce we’re sponsoring a scholarship for one of our clients to attend a course with Aileron. The courses offered at Aileron offer an opportunity to learn about professional management, coaching with an Aileron Business Advisor to help uncover your desired outcomes, a plan to get there, and resources to help you along the way.

Here’s how you can apply:
  • Applicants must be a current Solid Blend client, and can apply for one of three Aileron courses:
  1. Course for Presidents (applicant must be President, COO or CEO of the company)
  2. Activating Professional Management
  3. Understanding Professional Management
  •  Submit a brief application to explaining why attending one of these courses would make you a more effective leader, or how you hope it will help your business.
  • Include contact information such as your name, phone number, title, and company so that we can reach out to you with details on how and when to redeem your scholarship.
  • Applications must be submitted by November 7, 2020.

Our own time with Aileron helped us hone our vision, purpose, mission, strategy, and values. We also worked through a new business structure, performance management, and leadership skills workshops. In addition to serving as Solid Blend’s president, I’m also a facilitator and leadership coach at Aileron, and can speak firsthand to the strides I’ve seen business leaders make after taking a course with them. We’re excited to gift one of our clients with the opportunity to truly learn how to implement professional management into your business.
Lois Elrich, President
Solid Blend Technologies 
Legionella is on the Rise in the Midst of the Pandemic
Local schools are taking action against a different lethal bacteria as COVID restrictions are ending. When buildings sat empty for months, it presented the perfect conditions for waterborne pathogens, like Legionella bacteria to grow in the stagnant water. When the Legionella bacteria is inhaled, it causes Legionnaires’ Disease. Once contracted, Legionnaires' has a mortality rate of up to 25%. We’ve worked with several of the school districts in this Dayton Daily News story to test water systems for the bacteria, including flushing or disinfecting their water lines when the bacteria is present. If you think your building water may be contaminated, or you’d like to do proactive testing against this preventable disease, give us a call at 866-264-8453.

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The Community Impact of our Pro Bono Work in Dayton
We’re passionate about water safety. Our donated services in Dayton help raise community awareness of commercial building water stagnation due to low or no water use during the COVID pandemic. In exchange for our services, Milton Union participated in interviews with local news stations and allowed state and local regulators to attend the testing and cleaning process. Through this partnership we were also able to further strengthen our working relationship with OEPA and ODH and other local and state organizations. Learn more about the water safety measures we put in place by watching this video.

News & Events
Our Expertise on Display During Dayton IFMA Panel
Recently, our very own Steve Elrich sat on a Dayton IFMA VIRTUAL Panel discussion on Healthy Buildings, to discuss proper water management solutions.

If you don't have 45 minutes to spare, skip to 2:52 to see Steve's segment on water safety and management.
Changes in Legislation: Expect it to Come to Ohio, too

Pennsylvania and New Jersey are considering new legislation to address water safety. Each bill would require the owners and operators of certain buildings to take action to prevent and control the Legionella bacteria. Each state could also require these facilities to implement and document a water safety management plan and outline how outbreaks and infections of Legionnaires’ disease will be publicized. Being members of the Ohio Department of Health’s Legionella Advisory Group allows us to keep a close eye on the possibility of legislation being put forth here in Ohio. 
The Alliance to Prevent Legionnaires’ Disease: Start Here for Useful Information

The Alliance to Prevent Legionnaires’ Disease provides resources for protecting water quality and public health and strategies for addressing the root causes of Legionnaires’. The alliance is a non-profit coalition of health advocates, health providers, building engineers, scientists, water treatment experts, and manufacturers pulling expertise from various industries to provide educational resources and strategic guidance. Check it out.

Legionella Water Safety and Management Certification

Two of our case managers are now certified as Legionella Water Safety and Management Specialists by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) after completing a three-day ASSE 12080 training program.

Doug Dolder and Chris Miller, case managers at Solid Blend, completed the three-day training with IAPMO and passed the certification test. The course included training on risk assessment analysis and developing water management and sampling plans to protect against Legionella and other waterborne pathogens.

As our president, Lois Elrich, said in our press release, "This certification not only adds to the expertise of our team, but gives our clients an extra layer of confidence in knowing that we will develop water management plans that protect their facility's water, and the people who use it. We're proud of Doug Dolder and Chris Miller, and the professionalism and knowledge they bring to our team."