TruGreen Announces Pilot Program to Test microGreen Oil Filter

One of the nation's largest commercial fleet operations aims to reduce oil use by 70 percent

Oct 28, 2009, 10:21 ET from TruGreen

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- TruGreen, the nation's largest lawn care services provider, today announced that it has been using a microGreen(TM) Extended Performance Oil Filter on vehicles in Florida. The company is in the beginning stages of a pilot program that is expected to continue to through March 2010 and is seeing promising preliminary results. The project is expected to reduce maintenance costs while reducing the company's impact on the environment.

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As part of the pilot, TruGreen is participating in a microGreen Fleet Adoption Program sponsored by SOMS Technologies LLC, a provider of engine oil filtration products. SOMS's program allows eligible fleets to use the microGreen filter on all of their vehicles and receive free oil analysis to monitor the performance of the filter. The microGreen oil filter utilizes an advanced, patented technology that enables vehicles to operate up to 30,000 miles without an oil change. The microGreen oil filter has two filters in one standard spin-on canister, which ensures that the oil stays cleaner far longer. The microGreen technology saves fleets 65% on their maintenance costs while reducing the use of oil by 70% and oil filters by 50%. This saves money while significantly decreasing the potential for improper disposal of these hazardous wastes and helps protect the environment.

"Testing and implementing technologies that can help us reduce our impact on the environment is very important to us. If those technologies also provide an economic benefit to our company, everyone wins," said Michael St. Clair, vice president of fleet operations for ServiceMaster.

With over 15,000 vehicles, ServiceMaster, TruGreen's parent company, operates the tenth largest commercial fleet in the U.S. ServiceMaster currently serves residential and commercial customers through a network of more than 5,500 company-owned locations and franchised licenses. The company's brands include TruGreen, TruGreen LandCare, Terminix, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic, and AmeriSpec. The core services of the company include lawn care and landscape maintenance, termite and pest control, home warranties, cleaning and disaster restoration, house cleaning, furniture repair and home inspection.

"We are extremely pleased to be able to work with ServiceMaster to help them achieve their maintenance costs and environmental objectives," said Steven Kirchner, COO of SOMS Technologies. "Our Fleet Adoption Program allows fleets to experience the benefits of the microGreen filter and ensure the performance of the filter with independent oil analysis. We are excited to provide an innovative solution which offers tremendous cost savings, while making a significantly positive impact on our environment."

"The SOMS pilot program is part of our commitment to developing responsible lawn care practices," said Steve Donly, president of TruGreen. "The significant reduction in oil use is just one example of our passionate pursuit of sustainable business practices."

Another TruGreen initiative aimed at helping the company to reach its environmental sustainability goals is the company's development of lighter-weight, more fuel-efficient route trucks that use electric-powered pumping systems designed to reduce fuel consumption.

About TruGreen

TruGreen is the nation's largest lawn and landscape company, serving more than 2.5 million residential and commercial customers across the United States with lawn care, tree and shrub care, and landscaping services. As the current industry leader, TruGreen continues to pioneer the development of new technology for lawn care, and devotes substantial resources to evaluate new products and equipment continually. TruGreen is part of the ServiceMaster family of brands, one of the world's largest and most versatile service networks. The company's brands include TruGreen, TruGreen LandCare, Terminix, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic, and AmeriSpec.

About SOMS Technologies LLC

SOMS (Spin-On Microfilter System(TM)) Technologies has pioneered the most significant breakthrough in engine oil filtration technology since the early 1970s. Developed by SOMS, the microGreen(TM) Extended Performance Oil Filter significantly reduces maintenance costs for both individual vehicles and fleets, and protects our environment by eliminating hazardous waste and decreasing dependence on natural resources. The microGreen oil filter combines two filters in one, providing a clean technology that dramatically improves filtration efficiency, allowing vehicles to operate up to 8 times the standard change interval without changing the engine oil. The microGreen oil filter has recently been introduced to the market and has been overwhelmingly accepted by leading national and local fleets. The microGreen filter is protected by two U.S. patents and has additional U.S. and international patents pending. The company is headquartered in Valhalla, New York. For more information, please visit