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Elwyn Wins Cleaning Industry Highest Standard Award

Media, Pennsylvania, November 19, 2021 – ( – Elwyn, the internationally recognized nonprofit human services organization, has announced that Elwyn Industries has achieved the ISSA Cleaning Industry Management Standard ( CIMS) and CIMS-Green Building (GB) Certification with honors.

ISSA is the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry. Elwyn Industries has achieved CIMS-Green Building (CIMS-GB) certification with distinction, an additional distinction that supports Elwyn’s commitment to providing environmentally friendly services. Elwyn Industries has undergone a comprehensive assessment by a CIMS-GB accredited assessor to be officially certified as an ISSA CIMS-GB organization with distinction. The rigorous certification process includes examination in six key areas:

Quality systems
Delivery service
Human ressources
Health, safety and environmental management
Management commitment
Green building

“I am proud of our Ability One team, especially Craig Jeffries and Ernie Beck, who championed our initiative to achieve this award,” said Judith McCowan, vice president of non-residential supports and Ability One. “This achievement will allow us to become one of Ability One’s largest child care providers in the country. In addition, CIMS certification validates emergency protocols, confirming the use of environmentally friendly practices, equipping Elwyn Industries to manage COVID-19 challenges and provide quality cleaning and disinfection services every day – ensuring clean, safe and healthy environments for staff and building occupants.

For more information on CIMS and CIMS-GB certifications, visit

Elwyn Industries identifies and facilitates meaningful work for people with disabilities who face significant barriers to accessing employment opportunities, lack of coaching and other special aids. The Services group provides custodial support for over six million square feet of government office and industrial space through the Ability One employment program. The Products Group assembles, packages and distributes thousands of retail products each week for its business partners. For more information, please call 610.485.8860.

Founded in 1852, Elwyn improves the lives of people with developmental and behavioral health challenges. To learn more, please visit