SCRIA Votes in Favour of Merger with ISSA

The Australian-based Specialised Cleaning & Restoration Industry Association (SCRIA) has announced that its members have voted to enter an exciting and mutually beneficial merger with ISSA, the leading trade association for the global cleaning industry.

Under the agreement terms, SCRIA members will retain their SCRIA memberships on a local level, but the benefits will expand to include ISSA membership benefits and the resource of a local management office within ISSA’s Oceania division, based in Sydney, Australia. ISSA member benefits available to SCRIA members after the merger include market exposure, networking opportunities, business tools and data, expanded training, and industry information.

“Following an emergency general meeting on 1 June 2017, SCRIA is proud to announce this merger and become a division of ISSA,” said SCRIA president Gidon Kabaker. “This is the step forward that SCRIA and its members needed. The carpet care and restoration industry is going through a very challenging time now and we need to band together to bring about change towards a self-regulated industry,” he added. “I believe that our merger with ISSA will help us achieve that. SCRIA board members are committed to working closely with Kim Taranto, Manager of ISSA Oceania, and see this as a fantastic opportunity to contribute positively to the value our members receive and to the carpet and restoration industry.” SCRIA has already commissioned ISSA’s staff to provide administrative support, which started June 5. Transition of support from the former office to the ISSA Oceania office will take place over the next few weeks.

ISSA Executive Director John Barrett is equally excited about the partnership. “The merger with SCRIA represents an exciting step toward fulfilling ISSA’s mission to change the way the world views cleaning—particularly in our recently established Oceania region,” commented Barrett. “We are delighted and proud to partner with Gidon and SCRIA members to help them achieve their bigger-picture goals to bring about progress within their industry.”

ISSA’s Director of Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania Services, Dianna Steinbach, said the partnership with SCRIA is a testament to ISSA’s goal as the industry’s umbrella association. “The value that the carpet and restoration sectors bring to this industry is unmistakable. We are proud to help make a difference for companies that have put in the effort to align themselves with a professional body, drive increase in industry standards and professionalism, and be a part of something bigger,” she stated.

The ISSA-SCRIA merger will see a calendar of events scheduled, which includes regional meetings and increased training workshops throughout the year, along with an update for the SCRIA website. “With power in numbers and a professional management staff assisting us with operations, the SCRIA board and its members will be able to achieve so much more,” reiterated Gidon. “This opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time.”

For more information about the merger, contact Kim Taranto, ISSA Oceania manager, at [email protected] or +61 410 300 177, or Gidon Kabaker, SCRIA president, at [email protected]  or +61 424 169 313

The Specialised Cleaning & Restoration Industry Association Inc (SCRIA Inc) is a registered Trade Association, representing the carpet, upholstery cleaning, and restoration industries (formally NUCCRA). The association’s aim is to continually improve the level of professionalism, training, education, and ongoing technical development of the industry, while providing consumers with the sound knowledge that employing the services of a SCRIA member represents quality and professionalism. For more information visit

About ISSA
With more than 7,000 members, including distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, building service contractors, in-house service providers, and associated service members, ISSA is the leading trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide. The association is committed to helping its members change the way the world views cleaning by providing the business tools needed to promote cleaning as an investment in human health, the environment, and an improved bottom line. For more information on ISSA and its EMEA region benefits, visit or email [email protected] .

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