|Posted by Anne Siren on March 29, 2013 at 3:10 PM|
By Phyllis J. Neuberger
Richard N. DeMaio, president and owner of his maintenance supply company, says he’s been working the East Coast for 24 years.
He knows his customers’ needs well. “Because I have local warehouses up and down the coast, I can offer many financial advantages to large consumers of janitorial supplies,” he explains. “Right now in Pompano Beach and the tri-county area, I sell large quantities of supplies to housing authorities, schools, sewer plants, public works and more. Working with volume from locations near my customers gives me an edge over competition. I can deliver large quantities quickly to accommodate my clients, and I can keep prices very competitive because of the volume of business I do.”
Both his grandfather and his father were in the plumbing and supply business, so DeMaio was raised around the business and as in all families, he helped out from childhood and became familiar with the supply side of the business.
He says, “When I graduated from college, I went to work for a company, but soon decided I wanted to be my own boss. I took the risk, and it has worked out well, partly because I began a business selling products I understood.”
He expanded his business from the north east into the Tri-counties of southern Florida and Pompano Beach in 2005, and spends most of his time here. “I want to be available in-person to my newer accounts to build relationships with them,” he says. “My long time accounts in the northeast do not require in-person contact. I handle much of that business on the phone.”
Most of his clients buy large quantities of product in five-gallon pails, 30 or 55 gallon drums because it is both efficient and cost effective. His biggest sellers are compactor room odor kill, hospital quality floor finish, floor finish remover/stripper, vehicle hand or pressure wash, all purpose degreaser and sewer drain maintainer.
Asked if the products have changed over the years, he says, “ Oh yes. They are all less harsh and many are certified green which make us all pleased to see that our available products are geared to protecting the environment.”
He gives a few impressive examples. “Our paper products, including the boxes they come in are all recyclable. Our 55-gallon drums are made from recycled plastic and they are reusable. Floor pads, used to shine floors, are made from recycled soda bottles. “
Although his home base is in Long Branch, New Jersey, DeMaio can be reached locally for information and quotes. Call 954-946-2927.
Clients give him four stars
Dennis Reddick, Irvington Housing Authority, Irvington, NJ says, “I wish every vendor was like Rich DiMaio. No matter when a snowstorm hits, he’s there with my supplies. I’ve been dealing with him for 10 years and I’m thoroughly pleased.”
Jimmy Falco, director of facilities Keansburg Public Works/Boro Hall, Keansburg, NJ,says, “I’ve been dealing with DiMaio for three years and he knows how to run a company. When the hurricane hit, he was right there for us with everything we needed to clean up. He advises us on what to use for every problem and delivers it on the weekend if your need is immediate.”
Joe Murry, Port-A-John Co. in the Tri-State area calls DiMaio “a stand-up guy” who delivers better than on time. We’ve worked with him for 10 years and he cares about this customers, has great follow through and he’s quick to deliver what you need when you need it.”