April 30, 2013
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SSC Takes Over WTAMU Grounds, Custodial Services, Building Maintenance June 1
CANYON, Texas—Beginning June 1, SSC Service Solutions, a subsidiary of Compass Group North America, will take over operations of the grounds, custodial services and building maintenance at West Texas A&M University. The Texas A&M University System is using the company at all system campuses and expects to see a combined estimated $92.3 million in cost savings over a 12-year term.
The privatization of services at WTAMU will affect approximately 125 employees involved in the care and upkeep of University grounds and maintenance. As new SSC employees, they will receive a five percent salary increase as well as a benefit package similar to the one provided by WTAMU.
“These employees have been and are an integral part of the University,” Gary Barnes, vice president for business and finance said. “As such, we will extend to them the same employee perks they have enjoyed in the past such as access to sporting events and fine arts performances.”
Barnes said SSC has worked hard to make the benefit packages similar to what employees at WTAMU receive. The company does not have a mandatory retirement plan like WTAMU has in Teacher Retirement System of Texas or a match for retirement savings, but the five percent raise in salary is designed to make up that difference for the employees, with the option to invest their salary increase in the SSC retirement program.
“WTAMU looks forward to a long and productive relationship with SSC,” Dr. J. Pat O’Brien, University president, said. “Whatever savings to WTAMU derived from this relationship will be utilized to enhance the academic experience of our students.”
June 1 is the day operations will change over to SSC with a 120 day transition period to finalize details of the contract.
SSC Service Solutions is a premium provider of cleaning and facilities services in both K-12 schools and higher education institutions. With more than 40 years of industry experience and highly trained skilled professionals, SSC specializes in custodial and campus services, plant operations and maintenance and grounds management. SSC became a member of Compass Group North America in 2010 and earned CIMS distinction with honors from the ISSA, a worldwide cleaning organization.