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Hughes Environmental Expands Offering with Dry Ice Cleaning Services

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

LOUISVILLE, KY (May 15, 2013) – Hughes Environmental, a regional leader in commercial duct cleaning and rafter and ceiling cleaning, announced that it will now provide dry ice cleaning services to its customers with Cold Jet® dry ice cleaning systems.

Hughes Environmental tackles a multitude of cleaning applications. The time efficiency and cleaning effectiveness of dry ice cleaning will enable them to offer new solutions to their customers. The Cold Jet systems not only save on cleaning time, but will also allow Hughes Environmental to save money as they use less ice and air than any other dry ice cleaning system on the market.

Dry ice cleaning provides a quick, safe, non-toxic and economical cleaning solution.  With dry ice cleaning, you can clean in-place, without disassembly or cool down.  It is non-abrasive, non-conductive, non-corrosive and does not introduce water.  Dry ice cleaning solutions have no secondary waste, increase efficiency and improve part quality.

“Our contract cleaning customers find success with their Cold Jet system in the printing, utility, plastics and general manufacturing industries as well as in historical restoration and disaster (smoke, fire, water) remediation,” said Darren George, Director of Business Development for Contractors.  “We are excited to have Hughes Environmental as part of our team.  They will be able to take on more projects and increase profits because of the reliability and speed that dry ice cleaning systems provide.”

“Cold Jet dry ice cleaning systems will be another great tool for us to use,” said Chuck Cooper, Director of Business Development with Hughes Environmental.  “Dry ice cleaning will be a great fit for many of our current customers, and help us to expand our line of services to even more facilities.”


About Hughes Environmental

In early 2005, Gail Walkiewicz and Craig Rutledge started Hughes Environmental, Inc. to service the commercial duct cleaning and combustible dust remediation needs of clients in the eastern half of the United States.  Hughes Environmental has seen strong growth since its inception as a result of superior customer service and a staff comprised of multiple NADCA Certified “Air System Cleaning Specialist”, American Council for Accredited Certification “Certified Mold Remediators”, and “Certified Indoor Environmentalist”. For more information visit:

About Cold Jet

Cold Jet® is the world leader in developing innovative, environmentally responsible cleaning solutions that help companies reduce maintenance costs, enhance product quality, prolong equipment life, and improve productivity and worker safety. Cold Jet’s extensive line of dry ice cleaning systems are used in a variety of industries, making productive use of recycled carbon dioxide while eliminating the need for chemicals and water in the cleaning process. In addition to its dry ice-based cleaning systems, the company’s dry ice production equipment is used by every major gas company worldwide to produce the highest density dry ice available. Cold Jet is a private company with global headquarters in Loveland, Ohio and international operations in Europe, Asia, Canada and Mexico. For more information, visit or call 1-800-337-9423 or +1 513-831-3211 (International).



Is Duct Cleaning Required for LEED Certification?

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

After Office Depot discovered its facilities in North America were responsible for significant carbon emissions and a solid waste footprint, they decided to implement a strategy to increasingly buy green, be green, and sell green. One of the ways they decided to do this was through green and sustainable facilities. According to a case study by the U.S. Green Building Council, Office Depot’s prototype project saw a 37% energy cost savings, 40% reduced water use, and 80% of construction waste diverted from the landfill. This was a huge step that helped the company go from “Taking Care of Business” to its new mission: Taking Care of the Planet.

One of the Prerequisites for LEED® certification, EQ1, includes compliance with ASHRAE 62.1-2004. This standard applies to newly installed air-handling systems, and in section 7.2.4 Ventilation Systems Start-Up, the standard says that “Ventilation air distribution systems shall be clean of dirt and debris.”

Most commercial projects are too large for spot cooling, so the HVAC system is used during the building phase. Unless the contractor can completely seal the system, it’s going to get dirty. Most commercial ductwork arrives with protective oil on the surface to prevent rusting, which causes construction dust to stick.

Unless the contractor takes steps to ensure the HVAC system stays clean, the system will need to be cleaned post-project to ensure that it meets the EQ1 requirement for Ventilation Systems Start-Up and minimum IAQ performance.

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Hughes Environmental Sponsors Louisville Golf Classic

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (August 16, 2011) – Hughes Environmental, a commercial duct cleaning company based in Louisville, Kentucky, will co-sponsor this year’s St. Anthony’s Outreach for Children’s “West End Golf Classic”.

This annual outing will benefit St. Anthony’s Community Outreach Center for Children, a Louisville-based charity that offers assistance and guidance to at-risk children. The Center provides academic enrichment opportunities, creative outlets, mentorship programs and meals for neighborhood youth, as well as special activities, like a recent field trip to the Louisville Zoo. “The West End Classic is a good opportunity to spend some time with our clients outside the office doing something we enjoy,” said Chuck Cooper, Business Development Manager for Hughes Environmental. “It’s great to support such a good cause and help make a positive impact on the community at the same time,” said Cooper.

The Friday, September 9th golf outing will take place at Shawnee Golf Course and offers many sponsorship opportunities for local businesses who would like to support St. Anthony’s Outreach. “Hughes Environmental began sponsoring this event in 2009 as a way to get more involved in helping our community. There are a lot of organizations in our area that are struggling in this economy, and they need support,” said Cooper. “We will also be participating in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light the Night Walk this October. We work and live in this great community, and it’s important that we do what we can to help it grow. That’s why we’re happy to help support LLS and the St. Anthony’s Outreach for Children Program.”

In early 2005 Gail Walkiewicz and Craig Rutledge started Hughes Environmental, Inc. to service the commercial duct cleaning and rafter and ceiling cleaning needs of clients in the eastern half of the United States. Hughes Environmental has seen strong growth since its inception as a result of superior customer service and a staff comprised of multiple NADCA Certified “Air System Cleaning Specialist”, American Indoor Air Quality “Certified Mold Remediators”, and “Certified Indoor Environmentalist”. For more information visit:


Employee Confessions: Why Workers Don’t Report Combustible Dust Safety Issues

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Safety is job #1. Safety is everyone’s job. Safety, safety, safety. If you’ve got posters in your workplace with one of these slogans, you’re not alone. So if those sayings really ring true, why aren’t employees reporting combustible dust incidents at the workplace?

Small fires or mini-explosions aren’t reported many times for the same reason as other safety issues. No one got hurt, it didn’t seem like a big deal, or it doesn’t seem like the issue was important enough to take the time to do paperwork. But usually, these incidents are a precursor to something larger, and can serve as a warning sign to a potentially dangerous situation. That’s why it’s important to create a culture where employees feel comfortable reporting incidents, and where they understand the importance of reporting safety issues—even if it seems insignificant.

I recently spoke with Harry, one of the boilermakers at a large railroad in Chattanooga, Tennessee, regarding some of the reasons he thinks that some employees don’t report safety issues. He says that there are many reasons, but he highlighted a few specific things that tend to keep employees quiet.

They don’t want to seem like a tattle-tale, or seem to be griping (especially if they’re trying to move up the corporate ladder). Telling the boss that something isn’t safe may make an employee feel like they’re complaining, when really, it’s just a way to keep themselves and others out of harm’s way. It’s important to make sure your team knows the difference, and that they know their OSHA Safety Rights

Sometimes they aren’t aware or educated. This, Harry points out, is the company’s fault. He says that an employer telling the worker that there is an MSDS isn’t enough, when most times they don’t give the worker time to read it and understand it. Make sure your workers have the time and resources to understand any safety information associated with their jobs, including the MSDS.

Good old fashioned peer pressure: They don’t want to admit to being afraid of something in front of peers. Sure, there are egos at stake, but the consequence is too great to not report safety issues. One way companies can handle this is with regular Toolbox Talks, where everyone is encouraged to share safety stories and issues, so no one is singled out.

Sometimes there has already been an accident but those involved can’t pass a drug test and don’t want to lose their jobs. It’s a shocking reality, but a reality nonetheless. If no one is around, there might be no way to know when these accidents occur. Be on the lookout for unreported damage to equipment, and be sure to investigate any findings.

If the company has a history of not listening or responding, the employees think reporting is useless. When your workers take the time to report an issue, it’s for the safety of themselves, the building, and everyone in it. It’s critical to acknowledge this—and act. If they’ve tried to fix a safety problem in the past with no response from decision makers, it’s unlikely they’ll continue to speak up in the future.

Harry is lucky that his company culture is one that looks at safety as a priority, not just a buzzword. “One of the safety slogans at the railroad—and there are stickers of this everywhere, and on every locomotive, is ‘there is no job so important, or service so urgent, that we cannot take the time to do it safely’.” At Hughes Environmental, we feel the same way. (We’ve even won the NADCA Outstanding Achievement Safety Award every year we’ve been in business.)

Training is an important part of worker safety, and so is proper equipment. Giving employees the resources they need to stay safe with combustible dust is the difference between a safe job and a potential catastrophe. Proper clothing, grounded equipment, including hoses and lifts, and intrinsically safe vacuums are some of the tools our technicians use to do combustible dust remediation safely.

Please make sure your employees are reporting combustible dust fires, explosions and hazards, or any other safety issues in your facility. Even if they’re small, they could be significant.

For more information on combustible dust safety, visit

HVAC Restoration After Flooding

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

The rain in the Midwest continues, and many homes and businesses are experiencing damage caused by flooding from the heavy rainfall. Once the restoration process begins, it’s important to remember where hidden mold can be found after a flood:  In the HVAC system.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, even if the HVAC system isn’t submerged, moisture can collect on components of the system such as air supply ducts, which can promote the growth of microorganisms. The CDC recommends that all components of the HVAC system that were contaminated with flood water or moisture should be thoroughly inspected, cleaned of dirt and debris, and disinfected by a qualified professional.

If you know or suspect that there is mold in your building’s HVAC system, turn it off to avoid spreading mold further through your building, and have the system cleaned as soon as possible. Mold can be found in condensate pans, air handlers, blowers, plenums and other components, so be sure to have these cleaned along with the ductwork where mold is found.

For the complete Recommendations for the Cleaning and Remediation of Flood-Contaminated HVAC Systems: A Guide for Building Owners and Managers click here.

If you have questions about HVAC restoration, or would like a HVAC inspection for your facility, contact Hughes Environmental at 1-888-845-3952 or

Don't try this at home.

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

As we approach seasonal shut down time for many industrial plants and facilities, we’ve been getting more calls for combustible dust cleaning estimates. It’s great that companies are becoming more aware of this growing hazard, and moving forward with creating safer working environments for their employees. For some companies, especially smaller ones, it may seem like a good idea to go ahead and clean it themselves. If they can spare a worker and a shop vac for a day, it’s cheaper, and that should get it done, right?

Wrong. Dead wrong.

OSHA’s Safety and Health Information Bulletin called Combustible Dust in Industry:  Preventing and Mitigating the Effects of Fire and Explosions says to clean dust residues at regular intervals, use cleaning methods that do not generate dust clouds if ignition sources are present, and only use vacuum cleaners approved for dust collection. When I hear companies say they’re going to “just blow it down ourselves,” it makes my heart jump. It’s dangerous at best, and can create a dust cloud that’s susceptible to ignition. One small spark is all it takes to create a catastrophe.

Sometimes we hear of companies that decide just to vacuum up combustible dust accumulation. They’ve got a shop vac, and they can do it in-house. Is the person doing the vacuuming wearing flame resistant clothing? Checking for no exposed steel on their shoes? Is that shop vac suitable for NEC 500 Class II hazardous atmospheres? Do they meet the NFPA 70 requirements for grounding/bonding? Is it intrinsically safe? Didn’t think so. Regular vacuums are a risk for sparking hazards, and sometimes create combustible dust clouds themselves. (Not to mention that they’re not that great at picking up the fine dust and heavier materials.)

Please don’t try to clean combustible dust accumulation hazards with compressed air or traditional vacuuming or sweeping. Enlist the help of a professional who has experience in combustible dust remediation. Chances of creating an even bigger risk of explosion during the cleaning process is too great without the right equipment and methods. This will help you avoid fines and help keep your employees safe.


Hughes Environmental Appoints Service Manager

Monday, January 10th, 2011

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (Jan. 10, 2011) – Hughes Environmental, a commercial duct cleaning and combustible dust remediation company based in Louisville, Kentucky, is pleased to announce a new member of their management team, Mr. Lee Ehlers.  Lee will join the company’s operation department as the Service Manager and aide in the continued growth of the business.

              “Lee’s management and operations experience will enable Hughes Environmental to have a more productive, efficient team”, said Chuck Cooper, Director of Business Development.  “He brings over 20 years of management experience to Hughes’ and we expect him to further strengthen our operations department. His hire is just another example of our commitment to be the best in the business. We are very pleased to have him.”

In the new Service Manager position, Lee will be responsible for overseeing the technicians that perform commercial duct cleaning, HVAC Systems Cleaning and Combustible Dust Remediation services to commercial facilities throughout the Midwest and South East Region of the United States. “I am enjoying the entrepreneurial atmosphere and the new opportunities that Hughes Environmental has been able to offer me so far.  Hughes’ is a customer-oriented company that has a passion for providing the best service in the industry. I’m very proud to be a part of that”, said Ehlers.

About Hughes Environmental

In early 2005 Gail Walkiewicz and Craig Rutledge started Hughes Environmental, Inc. to service the commercial duct cleaning and combustible dust remediation needs of clients in the eastern half of the United States.  Hughes Environmental has seen strong growth since its inception as a result of superior customer service and a staff comprised of multiple NADCA Certified “Air System Cleaning Specialist”, American Indoor Air Quality “Certified Mold Remediators”, and “Certified Indoor Environmentalist”. For more information visit:

Commercial Duct Cleaning and Combustible Dust Remediation Company Announces New Employee

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Commercial Duct Cleaning and Combustible Dust Remediation

                           Company Announces New Employee                              

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (December 20, 2010) – Hughes Environmental is pleased to announce that Wes Tanner has recently joined the company as an Account Executive. Wes will be developing and managing new business relationships in correlation with Hughes Environmental’s sales opportunities across the Midwest. 

          “We are very pleased to have Wes become part of the Hughes Environmental team. He brings with him significant account management experience and the ability to build great partnerships with our clients,” said Chuck Cooper, Director of Business Development.  “Hughes is focused on moving forward and further building our brand as the regional leader in Commercial Duct Cleaning and Combustible Dust Remediation Services.  Wes is going to help us get there.”

            Mr. Tanner has over twenty years of experience in Account Management in Commercial Markets such as Healthcare. “I’m excited about joining the team at Hughes “said Wes.  “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to utilize my experience in sales, account management and project implementation. I see my new role as an opportunity to make a positive contribution to a company that is experiencing substantial growth and the opportunity to work closely with the best people in the industry,””

          Hughes Environmental is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky and is a regional leader in Commercial Duct Cleaning, Combustible Dust Remediation, Rafter and Ceiling Cleaning, and a provider of Industrial Cleaning services to commercial clients throughout the Eastern United States.

About Hughes Environmental


In early 2005 Gail Walkiewicz and Craig Rutledge started Hughes Environmental, Inc. to service the commercial duct cleaning and combustible dust remediation needs of clients in the eastern half of the United States.  Hughes Environmental has seen strong growth since its inception as a result of superior customer service and a staff comprised of multiple NADCA Certified “Air System Cleaning Specialist”, American Indoor Air Quality “Certified Mold Remediators”, and “Certified Indoor Environmentalist”. For more information visit:



Hughes Environmental Receives 2009 Best of Cincinnati Award

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

WASHINGTON D.C., June 8, 2009 — Hughes Environmental, a Commercial Duct Cleaning company that services the Midwest and South Eastern United States,  has been selected for the 2009 Best of Cincinnati Award in the Air Duct Cleaning category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2009 USCA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)

U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a Washington D.C. based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association

U.S. Commerce Association