Nilfisk/Cyclone Press Release

PLYMOUTH, MN, July 14, 2010 – Nilfisk, a leading manufacturer of professional floor cleaning equipment, has acquired all the assets of Cyclone Surface Cleaning. Based in Tempe, Arizona, Cyclone Surface Cleaning provides sustainable contract cleaning services for airport runway rubber and paint line removal as well as gate area and parking structure surface cleaning. Using equipment that features Nilfisk patented Cyclone cleaning technology, Cyclone Surface Cleaning offers customers proprietary high-pressure and ultra-high pressure cleaning services that have minimal environmental impact.

“Cyclone Surface Cleaning is an excellent company that provides the most effective and sustainable outdoor cleaning solutions available today. As municipalities wrestle with tightening budgets, Cyclone Surface Cleaning is an affordable option that provides effective and environmentally responsible cleaning for airport runways and gate areas,” said Christian Cornelius-Knudsen, CEO of Nilfisk-Advance Americas. “This acquisition compliments Nilfisk’s 2008 acquisition of Cyclone Environmental Technologies, a leader in sustainable outdoor cleaning manufacturing and technologies as well as Nilfisk’s extensive portfolio of environmentally-friendly products.”

The patented Cyclone cleaning technology offers customers the highest levels of sustainable outdoor surface cleaning available in the marketplace today. Cyclone Surface Cleaning’s team of highly-trained and experienced operators use this equipment to provide unmatched airport runway and gate area maintenance. Compared to other runway cleaning methods that use harmful chemicals or machines that can damage the runway surface, Cyclone machines use only high pressure water and high velocity air movement to safely and effectively clean the surface. In addition, the unique Cyclone head provides instant recovery of waste and water with no runoff or discharge to the environment. The surface is left clean and virtually dry—ready to use within minutes.

Recovered waste is pumped to an on-board tank that separates the solids from the liquids for easy and environmentally responsible disposal. While other service machines are left with slurry that is dumped down the drain, Cyclone machines contain the non-hazardous, crumb-like rubber debris, which can be safely disposed or recycled.

Following the acquisition, Cyclone Surface Cleaning will continue to operate at its Tempe, Arizona facility.Cyclone Surface Cleaning founder Richard Rohrbacher and President Ellen Rohrbacher will continue to be involved in the company.

About Advance
Advance is a brand of Nilfisk, Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality commercial and industrial floor and surface maintenance equipment. For more information on the new Advance CY200 and TR5500 with Cyclone surface-cleaning technology, call 866-429-8175 or visit

Cyclone Technology LLC

1845 W 1st Street, Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone. 800-335-9695
Phone. 480-345-7733

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Cyclone Products

Low Pressure Series

CY 5000 & CY 5500

Ultra High Pressure Series

CY 4006 AC

TR 5000 & TR 5500

CY 4006 HT

CY 210

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