|Traded as||NYSE: ABM|
|Headquarters||Fred F. French Building,
New York, NY, U.S.
|United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Central America, North Africa, Middle East, Europe|
|Monica C. Herringer (Chairman)
Henrik C. Slipsager (CEO, President, & Director)
|Products||Integrated facility services|
Landscape and Grounds
Parking and Transportation
Security Personnel and Consulting
|Revenue||US$ 5.032 billion (2013)|
|US$ 128.6 million (2013)|
|US$ 75.6 million (2012)|
|Total assets||US$ 2.192 billion (2013)|
|Total equity||US$ 968.8 million (2013)|
Number of employees
|Subsidiaries||ABM Building & Energy Solutions
ABM Janitorial Services
ABM Electrical Power Solutions
ABM Facility Services
ABM Franchising Group
ABM Parking Services
ABM Security Services
Linc Government Services
OneSource Landscape & Golf
ABM Industries Incorporated is a facility management provider in the United States. ABM was founded in 1909 by Morris Rosenberg in San Francisco, CA as a single-person window washing business. Over 100 years later, the company is one of the largest facility management providers with 118,000 employees, over 300 offices, and 20 international locations. The company performs facility solutions services, building maintenance services, and facilitates the outsourcing of services for companies. ABM Industries Incorporated primarily provides its services for commercial, industrial, government and retail clients across the United States and international locations.
Main services provided
ABM provides a variety of facility management services in areas such as electrical and lighting, energy, facility engineering, HVAC and mechanical, janitorial services, landscape and grounds, parking and transportation, and security personnel.
ABM is a company that has a diverse range of services, many of which revolve around energy efficiency and sustainability such as building improvements, electric vehicle charging stations, and renewable energy solutions. Green solutions designed to help building owners attain LEED and Energy Star certifications are also services that ABM focuses on to assist in lowering energy usage and reducing carbon emissions.
Two of the most utilized services ABM offers are janitorial and parking services. The janitorial services include commercial cleaning from surface and floors to biomedical waste and computer/server room cleaning. ABM works with airports, universities and schools, health facilities, retail and shopping centers, stadiums, industrial buildings, offices and other types of facilities. The services provided by ABM are applicable to a wide variety of facilities and largely include integrated facility management, maintenance, engineering, repair and security.
In 1909, Morris Rosenberg, the company's founder, began cleaning shopkeepers' windows in San Francisco, CA. The company took the name American Building Maintenance in 1913 and acquired Easterday Janitorial Supply Company in 1927.
In the 1920s and 1930s, ABM grew its business on the West Coast by offering annual cleaning contracts to businesses. In 1921, ABM became the first janitorial contractor in America to clean a major college campus after contracting to clean Stanford University.
When Morris Rosenberg died in 1935, his oldest son Theodore "Ted" Rosenberg became president and his younger son Sydney joined the company in 1937. Ted purchased an electrical company in 1937 and ABM cleaned Navy ships and installed wiring on Water Buffalo amphibious vehicles during World War II. By the end of the war, ABM had grown to 17 offices in the U.S. and Canada.
ABM’s growth continued throughout the post-war years and the company went public in 1962 in the over-the-counter market with Ted serving as Chairman and Sydney as CEO. Ted remained involved with ABM until his death in 2010 serving on the Board of Directors and the late Sydney Rosenberg retired as a director in December 1997.
In 1965, ABM went from the over-the-counter stock market to being listed on the American Stock Exchange, now known as NYSE Amex Equities. In the late 1960s, ABM acquired the companies later known as Ampco System Parking, CommAir Mechanical, Amtech Elevator Services and Amtech Lighting Services. In 1971, ABM made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ABM. ABM Engineering was established in the early 1990s and received ISO 9002 certification in 1999. By the end of 1999, ABM employed over 55,000 people and reported annual sales revenue over $1.6 billion.
Henrik Slipsager became the president and Chief Executive Officer of ABM Industries in November 2000. Divestitures were made including selling Amtech Elevator in 2003 and CommAir Mechanical in 2005. ABM acquired Lakeside Building Maintenance in 2002; Security Services of America in 2004; and four janitorial companies—Colin Service Systems in the Northeast; Initial Cleaning Services' janitorial operations in Maryland; HGO in Philadelphia; and Brandywine Building Services in the Delaware, southeast Pennsylvania and south New Jersey area.
17 ABM employees were killed at the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks. The company also lost its largest corporate account, which accounted for annual revenues of $65 million. A window washer that was working for ABM managed to use his squeegee to open an elevator door saving many people
In 2007, ABM acquired the assets of HealthCare Parking Systems of America, Inc. (HPSA), a provider of healthcare-related parking services based in Tampa, Florida with annual revenues of approximately of $26 million.
Also in 2007, ABM completed the acquisition of OneSource Services Inc. (London AIM: OSS) for $365 million in cash. OneSource is a provider of outsourced facility services, including janitorial, landscaping, general repair and maintenance, and other specialized services for more than 10,000 commercial, industrial, institutional and retail accounts in the U.S.
In 2010, ABM Industries and its CEO, Henrik Slipsager, were featured during the second season of the CBS reality show Undercover Boss. Later that year, ABM acquired The Linc Group, LLC, also known as TLG, for $300 million. Also in 2010, ABM acquired select parking assets from the L&R Group of Companies and also all of the assets of three parking companies: Five Star Parking, Network Parking Company Ltd., and System Parking, Inc. In November 2012, ABM acquired HHA Services, a food and facility service provider to hospitals, healthcare systems, long-term care facilities and retirement communities. ABM completed the acquisition of Diversco, Inc. by July 2010, expanding the company's janitorial security services across the country.
ABM became the official cleaning services company of the Los Angeles Convention Center in December 2013. The company also services AEG-affiliated venues such as the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Sprint Center in Kansas City, the O2 Arena in London, and others.
On December 20, 2004, the company restated results for the four fiscal years through October 2003 to correct an error in the way it accounted for insurance reserves.
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