Our History

Proudly celebrating 100 years of Trade Press heritage.


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

Harry Apple - Trade Press Publishing Company


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.

Sanitary Maintenance Magazine


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.

Building Operating Management


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.


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.

Bob Wisniewski


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

Facility Maintenance Decisions, formerly Facility Maintenance Solutions


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

Progressive Railroading Magazine


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

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

Contracting Profits


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


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).

Housekeeping Solutions magazine is created for in-house cleaning managers in institutional buildings. The publication's name is changed to Facility Cleaning Decisions in 2013.

National Facilities Management and Technology (NFMT)

Facility Cleaning Decisions, formerly Houskeeping Solutions


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

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

RailTrends Conference


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

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.


After 25 years in its current location at 2100 W. Florist Ave. in Milwaukee, the company's corporate headquarters undergoes a major renovation.


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.

Trade Press Media Group, formerly Trade Press Publishing Corp.


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 Companies to Work for in 2009" by Publishing Executive magazine.

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


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.

NFMT Mexico


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

2010 and 2011 Milwaukee Journal Sentinal Top 100 Workplaces in Southeast Wisconsin - Trade Press Media Group


The Critical Facilities Summit & Exposition made its debut at the Charlotte, North Carolina Convention Center in October. The event, which addressed the information needs of those responsible for the design, construction and on-going operation of mission critical facilities, drew nearly 600 paid attendees. Decision-makers from leading co-location data centers, telecommunication firms, financial institutions, hospitals, research laboratories and e-commerce retailers were in attendance.

Critical Facilities Summit


The Secure Rail Conference is announced. The event produced under the Progressive Railroading magazine brand will focus on protecting and managing the security of rail technologies, assets and workers. The first Secure Rail Conference was held Feb. 3-4, 2015 at the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort in Orlando, FL.

The NFMT High-Performance Buildings Conference & Expo is announced. Scheduled for June 2-3, 2015 in Fort Worth, TX., this 2 day conference and product expo will be dedicated to advancing the awareness and understanding of energy and resource efficient, intelligent, people-friendly facilities. Key decision-makers will come together to learn how to create and operate highly-automated facilities that reduce energy consumption by applying data and smart analytics to achieve peak performance in both new and existing buildings.

Secure Rail Conference

National Facilities Management and Technology (NFMT) High Performance Buildings Conference


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Trade Press is purchased by Forum Media Group.

Forum Media Group (FMG) is an international media company headquartered in Germany with leading professional publishing houses worldwide.

Forum Media Group


Critical Facilities Connect is launched.

Critical Facilities Connect is a subscription-based membership program for facilities professionals responsible for the operations of all critical infrastructures including enterprise and co-lo data centers. Members enjoy year-round education, training, content and community that insures they are managing their critical infrastructures efficiently, effectively and profitably.

Critical Facilities Connect


fnPrime is launched.

fnPrime is a new online membership program created as an all-in-one resource to help facilities professionals keep current and advance their career. It provides the support and resources they need on a daily basis. Members have unlimited access to Educational videos, webcasts, session handouts, VIP treatment at live events, ebooks & more.