Street sweeping is listed by the Environmental Protection Agency as a “Best Management Practice” in meeting Phase 2 stormwater regulations.

It’s about more than just keeping streets looking clean – an entire infrastructure is built around keeping those drains clear.

We help eliminate the safety hazards of dangerous debris and pooling water, keep contaminants out of the water supply and ensure compliance with local, state and federal regulations.

Tom Rice

Tom Rice, President

A native of Fayetteville, Tenn., Tom Rice has been working to preserve our natural environment ever since he was a college student, more than 35 years ago. Tom earned a bachelor’s degree in science from Middle Tennessee State University in 1974, and had been building garbage dumpsters for McClain Industries for two years by the time he graduated. He was a leading equipment salesman for McClain for more than a decade when he co-founded Awasco, Inc. in Nashville in 1986.

He sold the company in 1990, focusing his efforts on building Sweeping Corporation of America (SCA), a contract street-sweeping company he launched in 1988 with one truck and a few small contracts. Today, SCA is the Southeast’s largest contract sweeping company, working with customers in eight states to remove debris and capture environmental contaminants before they end up in storm drains or groundwater.

Tom has been a sportsman all his life, and an active donor and supporter of numerous conservation organizations. He is a legacy sponsor of Ducks Unlimited, a conservation banker for stream and wetlands mitigation, and a multi-term Board member and past Chair of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation. Through the TWF and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Tom and his son, Hunter, host the annual Davis P. Rice Memorial Waterfowl and Dove hunts. Tom’s son, Davis, was killed in a car accident coming home from college in 2007, and the hunts were established to honor Davis’s legacy by sharing a love of the outdoors with hundreds of Tennessee kids.

Tom has personally funded numerous lifetime hunting and fishing licenses for participants, and the Davis P. Rice Scholarship Fund has provided $20,000 in college scholarships. In 2012, nearly 250 kids took part in the hunts – many of them hunting for the first time – and families made life-long memories in the process.

He and his wife of 36 years, Debbie, live in Nashville.


Hunter Rice, Vice President

Born and raised in Nashville, Hunter Rice has been around Sweeping Corporation of America his whole life. After graduating high school, he studied business at the University of Mississippi and came home to join his father in business in December of 2003. Hunter serves SCA as Regional Manager over the states of Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and east and west Tennessee.

As Regional Manager, he is the daily point of contact for the operations managers at SCA locations in each state, and he now serves as the company’s Vice President. Hunter is the company’s Director of Safety, and is certified by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration and its Employee Safety and Health Program.

He is an avid waterfowler and conservationist, having long been involved as a volunteer with organizations including Ducks Unlimited, where he currently chairs the Nashville Chapter.


Jeff Treat, Regional Manager

A native of Lafayette, La., Jeff Treat spent 15 years in the tire business before joining Sweeping Corporation of America in February of 1998 as Regional Manager over the states of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and middle Tennessee.

In addition to the oversight of operations, safety and sales within the respective states, Jeff serves as SCA’s Compliance Officer, ensuring that the company meets or exceeds all USDOT, OSHA and state regulations. He focuses on customer satisfaction and promoting a positive company atmosphere that helps SCA recruit and retain the highest quality employees.

When he has free time, Jeff loves to work in his garden, and he’s been very active over the years with his church. He and his wife of 18 years, Lisa, have three sons and four grandchildren. The Treats live in Clarksville, Tenn.