Parts Town Doubles Down on Distribution Centers

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Parts Town—a distributor of OEM foodservice equipment parts, residential appliance parts, HVAC parts, consumer electronic parts and more—sees big things ahead. Late next year, the company expects to open a 420,000-square-foot distribution center in Glendale, Ariz. It will be the second distribution center for Parts Town, whose flagship center is in Addison, Ill. As is… read more

NAKS acquires Stainless Specialties

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North American Kitchen Solutions—a manufacturer of ventilation systems and custom-fabricated workspaces—has announced its acquisition of the custom stainless fabricator Stainless Specialties Inc. Founded in 1993, SSI produces NSF-listed stainless countertops, tabletops, worktables, sinks, and other work surfaces for restaurants and foodservice facilities. The addition of SSI expands NAKS’ operating footprint to include three production facilities…. read more

Leveraging Visual Tools for Enhanced Employee Engagement and Safety

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– by Ainsley Lawrence – Ainsley Lawrence is a freelance writer with an interest in the way business, technology, and education intersect with the personal. She loves traveling to beautiful places and is frequently lost in a good book.     Keeping a safe workplace is more than just a legal requirement. It’s also a… read more

Neal Asbury Elected Chairman of the Board International Housewares Association

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ROSEMONT, ILL. (Sept. 14, 2023)—William C. McHenry, president and CEO of Widgeteer, Inc., has been elected to the board of directors of the International Housewares Association (IHA), the full-service trade association for the housewares industry. His three-year term begins Oct. 1, 2023 and ends Sept. 30, 2026. Also elected were new board officers: ➢ Chairman… read more

South Korean Robotics Company Takes Root in North America

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Aniai, a robotics company operating in the commercial kitchen space, has established a North American headquarters in New York City. The South Korean company also hired Eric Hansen to serve as its director of sales. Hansen’s background includes working with such restaurant industry-related tech companies as Groupon and Uber Eats. Aniai’s flagship product Alpha Grill… read more

Todd Griffith Joins RPI Industries As Sales VP

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Most recently with Marra Forni, Griffith brings more than 30 years of experience to the role. Medford, N.J.-based RPI Industries has appointed Todd Griffith as its vice president of sales. Griffith has a robust background in commercial culinary operations, specifically in healthcare, contract and corporate dining. “What sets him apart is his background in every… read more

Atosa Announces Appointment of Chief Revenue Officer and More!

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Foodservice equipment manufacturer Atosa USA will have several leadership changes kick in Jan. 1, 2024. The newly announced appointments are as follows: Jennifer Ward (pictured above) will take a new role as chief revenue officer. Ward, who has been with the manufacturer since 2018, currently serves as Atosa’s VP of sales. In her new position,… read more

Alto-Shaam expands its Facilities

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Alto-Shaam held a groundbreaking ceremony to kick-start the expansion of its U.S. headquarters and manufacturing facility. The manufacturer will add a state-of-the-art Innovation Center to its global headquarters and manufacturing facility. The 100,000-square-foot facility will include an R&D lab, alongside engineering, product management, shipping, and finished goods spaces. The center will connect to the existing… read more

Qu POS System lands investment

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Qu, a cloud-based POS system for limited-service restaurants, has landed an investment from Enlightened Hospitality Investments (EHI), the fund run by Union Square Hospitality Group founder and Chairman Danny Meyer. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. It’s the 22nd investment for EHI, which focuses on restaurants and restaurant tech suppliers. Qu offers what it… read more

Food Health and Safety Compliance is not as Vigilant in a Post-Pandemic World

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Hazel Analytics data unveiled at the 2023 Food Safety Symposium reveals that handwashing and temperature control are areas in need of improvement. During the peak years of COVID-19, hygiene was king, and everyone—from restaurant workers to people bringing in packages from outside—was meticulously washing their hands for 30 seconds many times a day. But pandemic… read more