Investor Contact

Fay West SVP and CFO 763-540-1600

Press Release Details

Orbio® os3 On-Site Generation (OSG) System named a Top 10 Product of 2014 by American School & University Magazine

Jan. 15, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 15, 2015—Tennant Company (NYSE: TNC), a world leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing solutions that help create a cleaner, safer, healthier world, announced that the Orbio os3 system—developed and marketed through its Orbio Technologies Group—was named one of the Top 10 Products of 2014 by American School & University Magazine.

This award joins other honors recently given to the os3 system, including the 2014 ISSA Innovation Award in the Dispensers category and Honorable Mention for an Innovation Award by the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE).

The Orbio os3 system replaces conventional, multi-colored and fragranced daily-use chemicals. Through the process of water electrolysis— which combines water, electricity and a small amount of salt—the os3 system creates an on-site and on-demand effective cleaning solution and a disinfecting/sanitizing solution that meets U.S. EPA regulatory guidelines for disinfection and sanitization. Designed to fit in most janitorial closets, the os3 is compact, affordable and simple. The system makes cleaning processes more efficient, streamlines training, and helps improve health and safety. It also decreases the environmental footprint associated with conventional packaged chemicals by reducing packaging and transportation.

“Orbio Technologies is proud to have our os3 system named among the Top 10 Products of 2014 by American School & University Magazine,” said Karla Leis, Vice President and General Manager of Orbio Technologies Group. “The readers of American School & University cast their vote for the game-changing innovation of the os3 system. It is especially gratifying to be recognized by the top facilities decision makers in the education industry.”

Leis added, “The education market is increasingly adopting the Orbio os3 OSG system because of the benefits it provides schools and universities. For instance, the cleaning solution from the os3 does not contain VOCs that can irritate students with asthma. In addition, the compact size of the machine makes it easy to implement and the system can be easily and cost-effectively expanded throughout a facility with the unique os3 satellite system.”

The Top 10 Products of 2014 are featured in the December 2014 issue of American School and University and were selected by the readers of ASU magazine, the nation's K-12 and higher-education administrators responsible for the planning, design, construction, retrofit, operations, maintenance and management of education facilities.

About Tennant Company

Minneapolis-based Tennant Company (TNC) is a world leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing solutions that help create a cleaner, safer, healthier world. Its products include equipment for maintaining surfaces in industrial, commercial and outdoor environments; chemical-free and other sustainable cleaning technologies; and coatings for protecting, repairing and upgrading surfaces. Tennant's global field service network is the most extensive in the industry. Tennant has manufacturing operations in Minneapolis, Minn.; Holland, Mich.; Louisville, Ky.; Uden, The Netherlands; the United Kingdom; São Paulo, Brazil; and Shanghai, China; and sells products directly in 15 countries and through distributors in more than 80 countries. For more information, visit

About Orbio Technologies Group

Orbio Technologies Group is the sustainable cleaning technology arm of Tennant Company. Established in 2009 to execute Tennant Company’s vision of becoming a global leader in chemical-free and other sustainable cleaning technologies, Orbio Technologies Group is dedicated to developing and marketing environmentally friendly technologies under the brand name of Orbio® that will set the standard for sustainable cleaning around the world. Orbio Technologies Group will continue to create and deliver sustainable cleaning solutions to Tennant’s existing markets and new markets. For more information, visit


Please note that you are now entering a website directly or indirectly maintained by a third party (the "External Site") and that you do so at your own risk.

Neither Tennant nor its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers, directors or agents (collectively, “Tennant” or the “Company”) have any control over (a) the External Site or any linked websites accessible through any External Site, or (b) any data or other content contained, or accessible, therein or in or through any such linked websites. The link to the External Site is provided for convenience purposes only. The information and other content on the External Site is not meant to modify, qualify, supplement or amend information disclosed by or on behalf of the Company under corporate, securities or other legislation in any jurisdiction, and should not be used to make investment decisions involving the Company’s securities.

By clicking “Accept” below you acknowledge and agree that is not responsible for, nor does it accepts or assumes any responsibility or liability whatsoever for, the content, the data contained in or accessible on or through, or the technical operation of the External Site. Further, by entering the External Site, you also acknowledge and agree that you completely and irrevocably forever waive, and release Tennant from, any and all rights and claims against Tennant arising out of or related to this disclaimer or the External Site or any linked websites.

The waiver and release specifically includes, without limitation, any and all rights and claims pertaining to the processing of personal data, including but not limited to any rights under any applicable data protection statute(s).

If in any jurisdiction, any part of this disclaimer is determined to be unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, such part of this disclaimer shall be restricted or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary to comply with such determination and the remaining disclaimer shall otherwise remain in full force and effect.