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Blog: Only YOU Can Prevent Sick Building Syndrome!

  Have you ever walked in a building or sat in an office and couldn’t breathe? The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) states that if 20% of the work force (in an office) has symptoms, ranging from shortness of breath to miscarriage, indicating that […]

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PROTEK Sponsors Team LORI for the National Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day® Walk

RANDOLPH, MA – PROTEK, a veteran owned Duct Cleaning & Furniture Refurbishment Company based on the South Shore, is proud to be the Official Sponsor for Team Lori at the National Parkinson’s Foundation annual Moving Day® Walk on October 15 at DCR Artesani Park in Boston.   […]

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#NEBFM16 Recap

#NEBFM16 was an exceptionally successful event for PROTEK. Even the Owner of the company that ran the event said that he was very impressed, adding that in over 26 years, he’d never seen a company do some of the creative things we did. And his assistant suggested […]

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Blog #9: Is Your Building “Sick”?

In early 2015, PROTEK proudly announced that our own David Ableman wrote an article entitled “Sick Building Syndrome Costs Millions”, which was picked up and used as the cover story for the Facility Manager’s Journal (FMJ)*. The leading resource for industry professionals seeking to improve the productivity […]

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Blog #8: Refurbish vs. Replace: Conclusion

In the current climate of tight budgets and determining how to do more with less, Facility Management teams are finding new ways to do things that increasingly add value to their organizations while keeping costs down. Numerous studies prove that productivity can be improved and absenteeism reduced […]

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Blog #7: Considerations for Outsourcing Arrangements

Considerations for Outsourcing Arrangements Refurbishing services should invariably be performed by specialists, whether or not FM is outsourced. One of the top three reasons that organizations choose to outsource FM services is to benefit from the expertise provided by specialist suppliers. However, even outsourcers find it necessary […]

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Blog #6: Decreasing Distractions Increasing Productivity & Bottom Line

Studies have proven how appearances and “Dressing for Success” impact productivity. Similarly, “scientific research has firmly established that the office environment can influence people’s health, well-being, and productivity,” with studies showing that keeping an office looking good increases employee productivity. The National Institute of Building Sciences recommends […]

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Blog #5: Comparative Options & The Long Term Affect

As mentioned in our last blog, Repair vs. Replace, when considering alternatives, review the graph below to see a high-level comparison of the Costs vs. Time-to-Complete for each option. Costs shown are relative to the replacement cost. The project timeline reflects the number of days a facility […]

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Blog #4: Refurbish vs. Replace

Last Blog, we explored key definitions. This week we are going to elaborate on exactly what Refurbishing means, helping you understand why this alternative should be considered more often. Why is refurbishing unappreciated? Because it is not well understood! When people hear the word “refurbish,” most naturally […]

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Blog #3: Definitions

DEFINITIONS   There are a number of misconceptions when it comes to defining preventive maintenance services. Many companies will claim to take your furnishings to their work shop to “fix them up”, but how long will that take? When will your furnishings be returned? Or better yet, […]

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