Didlake Awarded CIMS-GB Certification

Didlake Awarded CIMS-GB Certification
The Didlake team responsible for the organization’s CIMS certification poses with the certification plaque. From left to right: Mike Payne, Vice President of Contract Operations; Rebecca Crampton, QA Manager; Brandy Emmons-Powell, Director of Quality Development; Jimmy Vickers III, Director of Metro 1 Contract Operations. Team member Joe Cantu was not photographed.

Manassas, VA – Didlake has been awarded CIMS-GB Certification with honors. CIMS is a cleaning industry standard adopted by ISSA—The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association. The certification was presented to Didlake’s Operations Manager Betty Williams at ISSA’s recent conference in Las Vegas.

The Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) certification is a rigorous program that sets a new standard of excellence for building service contractors, specifically in the federal sector. Implementation of the standard’s signature framework, which is built around five universally accepted quality principles, establishes Didlake as a high-performance, customer-focused organization with consistent, quality services. The additional Green Building (GB) designation recognizes Didlake for an optional sixth dimension of CIMS that demonstrates an organization’s capability to assist customers in achieving LEED-EB (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design for Existing Buildings) and Operations & Maintenance (O&M) points while assuring customers that Didlake is prepared to partner with them in the LEED-certification process.

Didlake’s year-long preparations culminated in a three-day assessment by an independent, accredited CIMS-GB assessor of these six areas: quality systems, service delivery, human resources, health, safety, and environmental stewardship, management commitment and green building. Didlake offers thanks to SourceAmerica East Region members, Marshelle Gaspar and Kate Grimes, for their support in helping the organization to achieve its goal. “Their guidance helped us streamline the process from day one,” said Director of Quality Development, Brandy Emmons-Powell.

Didlake’s Vice President of Contract Operations, Mike Payne, had the honor of escorting the assessor to all of Didlake’s sites. He said, “Achieving this certification strategically aligns us with our customers as they seek LEED certification and we build upon our reputation as a leader in green cleaning.”

About Didlake
Didlake, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Manassas, Virginia. It was founded in 1965 to create opportunities for people with disabilities through services that connect them to employment, education and the community. It provides contract business services for commercial and government customers and has won numerous awards for its facilities maintenance; packaging/ assembly; and administrative services. The organization operates throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area, in the Roanoke Valley and in Greater Hampton Roads. It serves more than 1,700 people with disabilities annually. Didlake, Inc. is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia, accredited by CARF and proudly serves the nation through the AbilityOne program. Its partners include the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services, local Community Services Boards and United Way of the National Capital Area. For more information, visit www.didlake.org.