Distributor Focus: Datek, Inc.

Buckeye’s maintenance programs emphasize the proper procedures and training needed to keep your facility looking its best. Each of Buckeye’s distributors provides reliable representatives who provide the training your staff needs for their routine, interim, and restorative maintenance needs. Buckeye’s international network of distributors has enabled Buckeye programs to reach schools, hospitals, grocery stores, and other facilities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Datek, Inc. is one of Buckeye’s many distributors. Jan and Dave Allmendinger started Datek, Inc. in October 1976. Located in North Little Rock, Arkansas, Datek, Inc. has 7 representatives that cover the state of Arkansas. Datek began as a family-owned business, and continues to operate in that fashion today.

Over 30 years ago, Dave Allmendinger was introduced to Buckeye at an ISSA convention. Several months later Buckeye called and visited Datek, beginning a partnership with years of success and growth selling the Buckeye product line. When asked about Buckeye, Allmendinger says, “Buckeye has always been true to their commitment to us. That, alone, has meant more to us than anything.”

Buckeye has helped Datek grow significantly in floor care with the Hard Floor Care Program. With Action Pacs®, they became one of the first distributors to provide dispensing systems. Datek has grown with Buckeye, embracing the Smart System® and, now, the Eco® Proportioning Program. They have added on each of Buckeye’s programs as they became available including the Eco Proportioning Program, Symmetry® Hand Hygiene Program, and Reflections® Wood Floor Program, as well as Gateway Liners.

Buckeye has allowed Datek, Inc. to continue to grow consistently and provide quality products and programs to facilities across the state of Arkansas. They have grown their business and look to continue a lasting partnership with Buckeye.

Why Buckeye’s Sales Management Program is Right for You

“Fourteen years ago, I started out as a Field Sales Representative. I worked my way through the 3 steps of the Sales Management Program and then through various management positions. 90% of people in management positions at Buckeye started out as Field Sales Reps.” –Sean Martin, Recruiting Manager at Buckeye International

For undergraduates looking to start and grow a professional career, Buckeye’s Sales Management Program offers a smooth transition. Whether you studied business or science, a career in sales may be the perfect fit. Buckeye is a nationally branded manufacturer and distributor specializing in hard floor care, gym floor care, hand hygiene, and cleaning products. Through our B2B Sales Management Program, individuals have the opportunity to face new challenges and grow within our expanding company.

Growth Opportunities

Buckeye’s Sales Management Program prioritizes your growth. Entering our program, you may have little to no sales experience. Buckeye offers training opportunities during every step of your career. With Buckeye you’ll receive product training, sales training, and hands-on selling experience that gives you the ability to confidently represent Buckeye products and programs to existing and future customers. Daily learning opportunities are coupled with specialized training experience like our Cleaning Center Sales Training (CCST), Sales Education and Advanced Leadership training (SEAL), and Account Executive Training (AE).

As you gain experience and receive training, your role with Buckeye expands. Individuals begin their career as Field Sales Representatives and graduate to Account Executives. As an Account Executive, you cultivate a leadership role, supporting Field Sales Representatives with training and mentorship. After demonstrating initiative as an Account Executive, representatives can become Manufacturing Sales Representatives. As a Manufacturing Sales Representative, you are responsible for selling, motivating, training, and challenging our independent distributor sales force.

For Buckeye, growth does not stop there. If you are eager to learn and succeed, opportunity to take on a managerial role with one of our many brands is abundant.

New Challenges

Reps can watch their personal skillsets grow as they become more business-minded and step out of their comfort zones. Making calls and setting appointments become opportunities to build relationships with people. As you build on your skills and continue to grow with Buckeye, you will face new challenges and opportunities.

Flexibility and Freedom

In sales, no 2 days are the same. With Buckeye, every day is an opportunity to meet with and interact with new people. Sales positions give you the autonomy to set your own schedule and do not leave you stuck behind a desk from 8 to 5. This flexibility makes you the manager of your own success.

“My favorite part of my job is the freedom. I get to work with different people and every day is different.” – Lawrence Lee, Manufacturing Representative at Buckeye International

If you’re interested in a sales career with Buckeye or would like to apply, contact us or access our online application here.

Sustainability at Buckeye

For Buckeye, sustainability means helping to create a safer environment with our products and programs, whether that be for students attending school, maintenance staff working with our products, patients, nurses, and doctors in healthcare settings, or, on a larger scale, the world as a whole. Buckeye products are manufactured, packaged, and labeled with human and environmental safety in mind.

Buckeye’s Sustainability Commitment: To provide the most innovative, high performance and cost effective products, packaging, and programs that promote human health and safety.

Attention to human health and environmental safety begins with manufacturing. We engineer our own floor finish polymers, Renaissance Performance Polymers. This gives us full control over the quality of our floor finishes and the impact they have on the environment. In our state-of-the-art polymer production facility all efforts are in place to protect our employees and reduce our environmental footprint. In fact, in regulatory air testing, governmental agencies have rated our VOC emissions as “de minimis” (too small or insignificant to be considered).

In developing our chemistries, we proactively eliminated hard surface cleaners that contained potentially hazardous ingredients including butyl, solvents, and alcohol bases. We also developed Liquescent® technology, which enabled us to manufacture high performance products while adhering to our principle of human health safety.

Each Buckeye product is housed in recyclable containers with biodegradable outer cartons. 1.25 L bags are manufactured with 83% less plastic than rigid containers, meaning less waste ends up in landfills. Eco 1.25 L bags are also hermetically sealed, eliminating direct contact with product and ensuring our concentrated products are being used according to manufacturer specifications. Our products, packaging, and dilution control systems are also color and number coded to make them easier and safer to use.

Buckeye’s Hard Floor Care Program, Symmetry® Hand Hygiene Program, and Eco Proportioning Program also offer Green Seal certified products. Green Seal “…promotes the manufacture, purchase, and use of environmentally responsible products and services.” Buckeye has provided Green Seal certified products since 2004, giving our customers products that are safer for the worker and environment without compromising their performance.

Often, facilities will have trouble finding green cleaning products that work. Buckeye Green Seal certified products not only outperform other green products, they also outperform conventional chemistries. After replacing their green cleaning products with Buckeye Green Seal certified products, a Seattle school district Maintenance Director said, “We are confident that we are using products that are effective in their applications and safer for all end users and those exposed to the chemicals.”

Each of Buckeye’s programs comes with the proper training to effectively and safely use our products. Buckeye is committed to enhancing product performance and safety through specialized training programs and education. Our training programs focus on worker and environmental safety, and our standardized procedures reduce your product usage, labor, and overall costs. Most importantly, our thorough training programs ensure the job is done properly, resulting in cleaner and safer facilities. For schools, proper attention to cleaning procedures can result in a reduction of absenteeism. For hospitals, it can mean a reduction of HAIs. For all facilities, it means a safer, healthier space for members of the public.

To find out more about how Buckeye’s commitment to sustainability can impact your facility contact your local Buckeye representative.

Buckeye and Choice Partners Purchasing Cooperative

For schools and government entities, the legal procurement process for vendor contracts can be difficult and time consuming. Choice Partners understands the challenges surrounding the legal procurement needs and government purchasing requirements. They offer procurement and contract solutions to meet strict government purchasing requirements. Choice Partners’ staff complete the procurement process to make contracts readily available to schools and other government entities. This saves the purchaser from drafting, publishing, reviewing, and awarding their own bid.

Through a competitive, legal evaluation process, Choice Partners has awarded Buckeye International a contract for custodial and janitorial equipment supplies. This contract covers all Buckeye programs and products, and means that Buckeye products are legally approved and offered at the best value. Purchasers have immediate access to the exact items tested and approved in their school district or government facility as well as a trained, local distributor to support their staff.

Buckeye’s maintenance programs include the Symmetry® Hand Hygiene Program, Buckeye Hard Floor Care Program, Reflections® Wood Floor Program, and Eco® Proportioning Program. Because Buckeye products and programs are approved by Choice Partners, you can be sure you are purchasing safer products that make a positive impact on teachers, students, and the environment. Buckeye also has several Green Seal certified products to further your facility’s green initiatives. Whatever your maintenance requirements, Buckeye offers a full line of maintenance products and supporting staff to address your needs and concerns.

Contact your local Buckeye representative to learn more about specific Buckeye programs and products.