Made in Kane: Elgin Sweeper Is World-Renowned, And Now, Easy To Clean

Made in Kane: Elgin Sweeper Is World-Renowned, And Now, Easy To Clean

Elgin sweepers have been cleaning roadways since 1914, and while products have grown and improved, the commitment to quality and performance the company was founded on has not changed.

Clean streets improve water quality, air quality, overall community health and help prevent water pollution.

Elgin founder, John Murphy, recognized the health hazards caused by streets filled with filth and debris, and created the very first street sweeper. The sweepers we produce today aren’t just any sweeper — they are the toughest, and most rugged sweepers on the market.

Last month, Elgin Sweeper Company announced the launch of the RegenXTM regenerative air street sweeper, a sweeper designed with the input of municipalities and contractors including operators, service technicians, fleet managers and public works directors across the United States and Canada.

In designing the new RegenX, Elgin Sweeper formed an innovation team to perform several months of voice-of-the-customer research. They conducted hundreds of interviews and on-the-road ride-alongs with users of both Elgin Sweeper products and competitive sweepers to determine the features and qualities most important to them.

The team then developed a prototype and took the unit out to the market. They continued to collect feedback and make changes. After countless conversations and iterations, along with real-world testing, all the input came together, and they created the RegenX.

This new regenerative air sweeper is built with the quality and proven technology that is the hallmark of Elgin Sweeper vehicles, but is easier to service, simpler to operate and easier to clean than competitive regenerative air products — in fact, the smooth design of its hopper and 50-degree dump angle could make the RegenX the easiest sweeper to clean in the industry.

The RegenX also maximizes operator efficiency without the addition of premium mechanical parts, such as a scissor lift, that increase cost and can reduce capacity. As a result, the RegenX is the only sweeper in the industry to offer the ability to dump into roll-off containers while still boasting an impressive 8yd3 capacity.

“We couldn’t have developed the RegenX without our new innovation process,” said Mike Higgins, Vice President and General Manager of Elgin Sweeper Company. “The time and effort we invested talking with operators and users ensured we built a product that provides the ultimate user experience in regenerative air sweeping.”

The new RegenX was officially introduced in September at the American Public Works Association Exposition, held in Seattle, WA.

For more information, visit the RegenX product page on the Elgin Sweeper website.

About Elgin Sweeper Company

Sold and serviced through a network of more than 100 dealer locations worldwide, Elgin Sweeper products are the sweepers of choice for a variety of general street maintenance, special industrial and airport applications.

With more than 100 years of experience, Elgin Sweeper offers municipalities, contractors and industries the most sweeper options in the country, using the latest sweeping technologies—mechanical, pure vacuum, regenerative air, alternative fuel and waterless dust control.

Elgin Sweeper is a subsidiary of Federal Signal Corporation’s Environmental Solutions Group. For more information, visit

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