The memberships of ISSA and the Association of Residential Cleaning Services International (ARCSI) voted to approve the resolution to merge, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

As approved by the memberships, ARCSI will be officially known as “ARCSI, A Division of ISSA.”

“We couldn’t be more excited about this merger and the benefits, resources and power it will bring to our membership,” said Ernie Hartong, CEO of ARCSI. “Drawing on ISSA’s resources, we will be able to grow our membership and provide wider options for education programming. We are also poised to drive the message to consumers of the benefits of using a professional residential cleaning company and with the support of ISSA, we can bring that to fruition.”

Under terms of the agreement, ARCSI members will retain their ARCSI memberships, but those memberships will expand to include global ISSA membership and benefits. Now finalized, ARCSI members will have access to ISSA member benefits, including expanded educational opportunities, market exposure, networking opportunities, business tools and data and other industry information.

 “ISSA's mission is to change the way the world views cleaning in all sectors of the industry," said John Barrett, ISSA's executive director. “The line between commercial and residential cleaning has grown closer in recent years and the merger of ISSA and ARCSI is yet another move toward creating one strong, unified, industry.”

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