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Happy Labor Day Weekend 2020

Here’s how Labor Day Weekend 2020 came to be:

Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United States celebrated on the first Monday in September to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States.[1][2][3] It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend.

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty states in the United States officially celebrated Labor Day.[4]

Canada’s Labour Day is also celebrated on the first Monday of September.

Labor Day info from Wikipedia

Happy Labor Day Weekend 2020
First United States Labor Day Parade, September 5, 1882 in New York City.jpg

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Happy Labor Day Weekend 2020

This holiday is especially significant this year as we thank and salute essential workers.  We thank the first-responders, the store clerks, the deliver drivers, health care workers, teachers and more who do everything they can, everyday, to make all our lives just a little bit better.

We thank our employees, our suppliers, our customers – the countless numbers who make all of our labors worthwhile.  We wish all of you, and your families, friends and associates the finest Labor Day Weekend 2020!  May this day in 2021 be brighter.


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Thanks for our friend and vendor Keith Klein of OnYourMark, LLC for sharing this post with us, so we could share it with you.

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1776 – A Revolutionary Year, A Good Book

Image of 1776 book cover, courtesy of Amazon

Thanks to many in 1776, Happy Independence Day!

We wouldn’t be in a position to extend “Happy Independence Day” wishes without the revolutionary efforts of many in 1776.  It was a revolutionary year, and it is a good book.

cover illustration of 1776 by David McCullough
Pulitzer Prize Winner David McCullough penned another novel-like history, 1776.

Written by David McCullough, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the book reads like a novel.  We can all recite a few sentences, maybe a few paragraphs, about the year, and about the main character, the first among equals, George Washington.  Reading this book immerses you in the times, the circumstances; the long odds and the weight of the outcomes.


The following taken from the Audible page where the audio-book version of 1776 is offered.   The cover image is from the Amazon page where the book is offered.

Publisher’s Summary

In this stirring audiobook, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success, without which all hope for independence would have been dashed and the noble ideals of the Declaration would have amounted to little more than words on paper.

Based on extensive research in both American and British archives, 1776 is the story of Americans in the ranks, men of every shape, size, and color, farmers, schoolteachers, shoemakers, no-accounts, and mere boys turned soldiers. And it is the story of the British commander, William Howe, and his highly disciplined redcoats, who looked on their rebel foes with contempt and fought with a valor too little known. But it is the American commander-in-chief who stands foremost: Washington, who had never before led an army in battle.

The darkest hours of that tumultuous year were as dark as any Americans have known. Especially in our own tumultuous time, 1776 is powerful testimony to how much is owed to a rare few in that brave founding epoch, and what a miracle it was that things turned out as they did.

Written as a companion work to his celebrated biography of John Adams, David McCullough’s 1776 is another landmark in the literature of American history.

©2005 David McCullough (P)2005 Simon and Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon and Schuster Audio Division, Simon and Schuster Inc.

1776 Critic Reviews

  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Narration by the Author
  • 2005 Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award, Nonfiction

“A first-rate historical account.” (Booklist)

“A narrative tour de force, exhibiting all the hallmarks the author is known for: fascinating subject matter, expert research, and detailed, graceful prose…. Simply put, this is history writing at its best from one of its top practitioners.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A stirring and timely work, reminding us that it’s soldiers rather than ‘tavern patriots and windy politicians’ who have always paid the price of American idealism and determined its successes. (The New York Times)

Happy Independence Day!

We wish all our clients, customers, associates, vendors, neighbors, friends and family a happy, healthy, safe Independence Day weekend.  We encourage gratitude for the sacrifices of many, and hope for the future of all.


Thanks to our friend and vendor, Keith Klein of OnYourMark, LLC, for drafting this post and sharing it with us, so we could share it with you.


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Memorial Day 2020

Memorial Day 2020 picture of the stature of liberty with US flag waving in the background

This Memorial Day 2020 weekend, the traditional kickoff to summer, will be different than we’re used to.

Memorial Day 2020 picture of tombstone with orchids and US flag

Whatever your tradition is, it’s likely impacted somehow by the COVID19 crisis.

This, from

U.S. government buildings, military posts and embassies will fly the flag at half-staff through Memorial Day weekend in memory of the nearly 100,000 people who have died of COVID-19, President Trump announced Thursday night. The decision comes after Democratic leaders in Congress sent a letter to the president requesting the gesture.

“I will be lowering the flags on all Federal Buildings and National Monuments to half-staff over the next three days in memory of the Americans we have lost to the CoronaVirus,” Trump said via Twitter.

Flags will be lowered from Friday through Sunday’s sunset. Trump added that flags will again be flown at half-staff on Monday to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

The national flag is dropped to half its normal height at times when the nation is in mourning or after a national tragedy. The U.S. is currently in the throes of a pandemic that has killed about 95,000 people in the country and derailed normal life for millions of people.

Wherever you find yourself on Monday, Memorial Day 2020, please take a moment to remember and honor those who died while serving our country.

Be safe, and be healthy.



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American Society of Cytopathology group meet in Chicago

American Society of Cytopathology group meet in Chicago

It was a great President’s Reception at the 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society of Cytopathology Conference here in Chicago. I’ve exhibited at this event 7 or 8 times since 2001 and it’s always a great way to renew friendships with old customers and of course to meet with new ones. The Vyleater is already installed at over 40 labs to shred and drain ThinPrep and Surepath vials. These same labs are great places to operate the SlydEater to destroy their archived microscope slides. The weather’s been great in Chicago – even if it is November and the Giordano’s deep dish was just an extra bonus.

S&G Enterprises, Inc. exhibits at American Society of Cytopathology Meeting
S&G Enterprises, Inc. exhibits at American Society of Cytopathology Meeting
Giordano's Deep Dish - stuffed spinach.
Giordano’s Deep Dish – stuffed spinach.
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Madeline Griffith of S & G Enterprises Earns Healthcare Scholarship

Madeline Griffith of S & G Enterprises Earns Healthcare Scholarship

As the second generation principal of this business – and a proud father – it gives me great pleasure to recognize a third generation associate – and my daughter – Madeline Griffith. Maddie helps in the office with whatever needs doing – but I always knew she was destined for big things.

Photo of Madeline Griffith and Two Physicians from Children's Hospital
Madeline Griffith was honored by Dr. Michael Gutzeit, Chief Medical Officer, and Dr. Thomas Robey, Medical Staff President of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Congratulations to 18-year-old Madeline Griffith, the first recipient of the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Medical Staff Scholarship! This scholarship is available to Milwaukee Public Schools seniors interested in pursuing a college degree toward a career in healthcare.

Yesterday, Madeline was honored by Dr. Michael Gutzeit, Chief Medical Officer, and Dr. Thomas Robey, Medical Staff President.  Madeline Griffith is a recent graduate of Rufus King International School, and is attending UW-Madison this Fall.

You make us proud every day!


Mark Griffith
S&G Enterprises, Inc.

And Proud Parent

Photo and news release courtesy of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

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Ram Flat

Hazardous Waste Compaction

RAM FLAT® Compactors allow their users to significantly reduce their costs to dispose of hazardous and radioactive waste. This is done by reducing the volume of the waste by compacting the material right into the drum.

Only interested in crushing empty drums? No problem.

Some of the RAM FLAT Compactor models are designed specifically to crush empty drums into metal pancakes.

But the real bonus is the ability to configure one RAM FLAT Compactor to both crush empties and to compact waste into drums.

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Are you looking for a forklift attachment, a handtruck or another device that will allow you lift, rotate or otherwise manipulate the drum?

S&G Enterprises, Inc. is a factory-authorized distributor of Morse Manufacturing Company – makers of innovative drum handling products since 1923.   Morse carries a complete line of drum handling equipment.

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Having problems getting rid of spent aerosol cans?   Did you know that even if you think the can is empty, it is still considered hazardous waste?

For safe and quick disposal of aerosol cans, the Aerosolv is the only solution.   The Aerosolv punctures the aerosol can and evacuates the contents into a 55-gallon drum.   The liquid is collected in the drum ready for disposal, while a two-step filter that includes an activated charcoal stage for VOC’s adsorbs the propellants.

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Destroy small vials by crushing and separating the liquid contents reducing the overall cost of product disposal.

Separate the liquid automatically as the Vyleater sends plastic or glass vial fragments to one destination while what used to be inside…  goes to another.

Content recovery is now practical when thousands of vials per day are in need of disposal.   The ability to easily collect liquid for sewer disposal or in bulk containers means reduced disposal costs.

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SlydEater Pleated Filter S39520

An all-in-one solution to eliminate the cost and hassle of microscope slide disposal!

The SlydEater is the first machine to exclusively pulverize glass slides and obliterate any identification affixed to those slides. The unrecognizable mound of glass dust can be tossed into regular trash, not in medical or red bag waste or expensive sharps containers.