Jay Patel, Managing Partner of the Staybridge Suites Hotel and the Best Western Plus Hotel, both in San Antonio, Texas, has just been selected the winner of the U.S. Products “Friendship Has Its Benefits” Facebook contest, which began May 1 and ended July 31.

Patel will win a brand-new PEX200 portable hot-water carpet extractor from U.S. Products, a leading manufacturer of portable hot-water carpet extractors.

The PEX200 retails for about $3,400.  With an upright design for easy transport and one person operation along with instant 212 degrees (F) heat, it is one of the company’s most popular and best selling machines.

“We allow pets in our hotels so we have to clean the carpets all the time,” says Patel. “We really need this extractor. I really like U.S. Products equipment [and] I'm so happy that we won.”

According to Doyle Bloss, marketing manager for US Products, visitors could enter the contest either at the US Products Web site or Facebook page.  A series of banner ads promoted the contest along with an advertisement in a mailer that reached more than 67,000 companies in the industry. 

“Altogether, there were over 500 entries in the contest,” says Bloss. “It’s kind of amazing. It just took off, and overall we are happy with the results…and that we found a good home for one of our machines.”