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Wednesday, March 29, 2000


New owner ABM Industries
operates the isles' Ampco
parking business

By Russ Lynch


ABM Industries Inc., a San Francisco-based service company that has a major stake in Hawaii's through its Ampco parking business, has expanded in the islands by acquiring Honolulu-based Allied Maintenance Services Inc., one of the state's largest janitorial, engineering and landscaping companies.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

William Steele, ABM president and CEO, said today that Allied has 380 employees in Hawaii and his company's operations have 250, so the combined total is 630 workers in the islands.

He said ABM, which has been publicly held for 35 years, has annual sales of $1.6 billion and more than 57,000 employees in 39 states, is largely an "invisible" company because it is a service business.

Its parking business in Hawaii includes contracts for Honolulu Airport, some neighbor island airports, the Aloha Tower Marketplace and a number of downtown office buildings.

Allied Maintenance is another behind-the-scenes business, operating on Oahu, the Big Island and Maui and taking care of a number of downtown Honolulu office buildings, hotels on Oahu and the neighbor islands and the Hawaii Convention Center, among others, Steele said.

ABM named Jim Tilley, former owner and president of Allied Maintenance, to a new post as regional vice president in Hawaii of ABM's subsidiary, American Building Maintenance Co.

ABM Industries describes itself as the largest facility services contractor listed on the New York Stock Exchange, providing air conditioning, elevator, engineering, janitorial, lighting, parking and other services to thousands of U.S. businesses. The company entered the Hawaii parking business when it bought a local business, The Parking Place, in 1995.

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