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History

1915 - 1970's       1980s - 1990s     2000s

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1915:   Harry Apple establishes Trade Press Publishing Company in Milwaukee with his first magazine, Ford Owner.

1943:   Sanitary Maintenance, a magazine for the burgeoning janitorial supply industry debuts as a bimonthly publication. As the industry grows, so does its frequency of publication and influence.

1954:   Shortly after World War II, Harry's son Robert H. Apple joins the company as its Business Manager. In 1954, the new Apple in charge launches Building Maintenance & Modernization magazine. It later is renamed Building Operating Management.

1988:   After guiding the company for more than three decades, Robert H. Apple sells the family business to two Trade Press Publishing executives and an equity investor.

1990s:   Under the leadership of Bob Wisniewski, President/CEO and Bob Arens, Executive Vice President/CFO, the company rapidly grows through a combination of new product development and acquisition.

1993:   Maintenance Solutions magazine is launched to satisfy the information needs of 35,000 directors of maintenance and engineering responsible for commercial and institutional buildings.

1994:   Progressive Railroading magazine is acquired from Murphy-Richter Publishing Company in Chicago.

1995:   Contracting Profits magazine is launched to provide high quality business information to over 30,000 owners/managers of building service contracting firms.

1995:   The first of three major industry Web portals is developed and go live: FacilitiesNet.com (1995), CleanLink.com (1997) and ProgressiveRailroading.com (2000).

1996: Wisniewski and Arens purchase the majority ownership interest of their investor partner.

2001:   After the turn of the century, the company expands into conferences and expositions: National Facilities Management & Technology (NFMT) Conference (2001), Facilities Midwest (2006) and Facility Decisions (2008). By 2008, NFMT is composed of four co-located shows: National Facilities Management & Technology Conference & Expo, Maintenance Solutions Expo, GreenTech Expo and Safe Buildings Expo. NFMT is now the number one facilities management industry trade show and conference in the United States. 2001: Housekeeping Solutions magazine is created for in-house cleaning managers in institutional buildings.

2005:   RailTrends, a two-day executive conference for rail industry analysts and top executives, is launched in New York City.

2005:   Bob Wisniewski, CEO and his wife Rebecca acquire all company ownership stock from business partner Bob Arens upon his retirement from the firm.

2006:   Two industry search engines, FacililtyZone.com and CleanHound.com, are created for the facilities management and commercial cleaning industry.

2006:   The firm moves into the field of e-learning by creating a partnership with the Building Owners and Managers Institute (BOMI) to create and market the Master Facilities Executive Certificate seminar series.

2007:   After twenty-five years in its current location at 2100 W. Florist Ave. in Milwaukee, the company's corporate headquarters undergoes the first phase of a major renovation and remodeling initiative.

2008:      Facility Decisions Expo, a two-day free educational conference and tradeshow for western United States, is held in the fall in Las Vegas. Trade Press Publishing Corp. officially changes its name to Trade Press Media Group, reflecting its diverse family of offerings.

2009:   HSRupdate.com, a paid content Web site covering high-speed rail projects, is launched in September.

Trade Press Media Group is selected as one of the "Best Magazine Publishing to Work for in 2009" by Publishing Executive magazine.

2010:   Facilities Mexico Conference & Expo is created for the Mexican facilities management industry. The event, which is co-located with the largest security event in Mexico, is held in mid-April.

The Creative Services Print and E-Media Teams of Trade Press are recognized ten times in the 2010 American Inhouse Design Awards competition. The competition is the premier showcase for outstanding work by inhouse designers.

The CleaningGreen Virtual Conference & Expo is the company's first foray into this new medium. The event, which professionals attend from the convenience of their offices, attracts almost 1,000 visitors.

Trade Press Media Group is judged one of the Top 100 Workplaces in Southeast Wisconsin by the Milwaukee JournalSentinel. Bob Wisniewski, the company's President & CEO is named "most trusted leader" for firms with fewer than 150 employees.

2011:  Trade Press Media Group is once again judged one of the Top 100 Workplaces in Southeast Wisconsin by the Milwaukee JournalSentinel.

2012:  The debut of Critical Facilities Summit & Exposition is announced and set for October 20 - 22, 2013 in Charlotte, NC. The event is designed to address the information needs of those responsible for the design, construction and on-going operation of mission critical facilities including: co-location data centers, telecommunication firms, financial institutions, hospitals, research laboratories and e-commerce retailers.

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