Specialised Cleaning & Restoration Industry Association (SCRIA) has merged with worldwide cleaning association, ISSA – marking ISSA’s first major acquisition in the Oceania market.
Under the agreement, SCRIA members will retain their SCRIA memberships on a local level while they will also receive ISSA membership benefits.
ISSA executive director John Barrett, said: “The merger with SCRIA represents an exciting step toward fulfilling ISSA’s mission to change the way the world views cleaning—particularly in our recently established Oceania region.”
“We are delighted and proud to partner with SCRIA members to help them achieve their bigger-picture goals to bring about progress within their industry.”
SCRIA president Gidon Kabaker said SCRIA is proud to announce the merger, following an emergency general meeting on 1 June when members voted in favour of the deal.
“This is the step forward that SCRIA and its members needed. The carpet care and restoration industry is going through a very challenging time now, and we need to band together to bring about change toward a self-regulated industry. I believe our merger with ISSA will help us achieve that. SCRIA board members are committed to working closely with ISSA Oceania Manager Kim Taranto and see this as a fantastic opportunity to contribute positively to the value our members receive and to the carpet and restoration industry overall.”
SCRIA has already commissioned ISSA’s staff to provide administrative support, which began on 5 June. Transition of support from the former office to the ISSA Oceania office will take place over the next few weeks.
The ISSA-SCRIA merger will include a calendar of events schedule offering regional meetings and increased training workshops throughout the year along with an update of the SCRIA website