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Kleen-Tech wins $5.2 million airport cleaning contract

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By David Heitz / NewsBreak Denver

(Denver, Colo.) The Denver City Council approved a $5.2 million contract Tuesday for cleaning services at Denver International Airport.

The two-year contract went to Kleen-Tech Services, LLC. The city requested proposals through a competitive bid process. There are options to extend the contract by a year for two years.

The company will clean city-owned buildings at the airport. Those buildings include the ground transportation holding lot building, satellite badging office, Worldport DEN Offices, Transportation Safety Agency/Denver Police Department dog kennel building, DEN carpenter shop, south data center, airside employee parking buildings, maintenance center, south campus trailers, operations trailers, electrical shop trailer, and the Commercial Driver's License (CDL) training trailer.

Employees of the previous cleaning service and failed bidders can apply for jobs with Kleen-Tech. The crew will include 11 full-time custodians, two supervisors and a project manager. Pay starts at $15.98 or $16.33 per hour, depending on experience.

This cleaning crew is not part of the janitors union at DIA that went on strike last year. More than 300 custodians walked out in November. Those janitors cleaned the terminal.

Women, minorities represented

Kleen-Tech agreed to contract 30 percent of the work with a Minority or Women-owned Business Enterprise, also known as MWBE. The company chose Clearly Clean Janitorial Services LLC as its partner. The company will substitute for Kleen-Tech when needed.

Kleen-Tech plans to develop a mentoring program with Clearly Clean. "Kleen-Tech has experience developing MWBE subcontractors and supporting them in achieving the highest level of success," according to a staff report provided to the council.

Kleen-Tech uses an around-the-clock "mission control" customer service hub in Denver. According to the staff report, the company is always ready to resolve staffing issues, emergencies, and more.

In other airport business Tuesday, the City Council approved contracts with a yogurt business to run three locations in the airport. The airport will receive at least $1.2 million, $1.4 million and $583,000 annually from the three leases. The contract with Mission Yogurt spans 10 years.

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