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NEW MEMBER Q&A: BIZERBA 
Bizerba touts robust outlook for serving foodservice equipment industry.

CLARK ASSOCIATES ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGES FOR 2020 
Owner Fred Clark stepping into chairman role as next generation moves up.

MEMBER Q&A: CONTINENTAL REFRIGERATOR 
Continental President Brian Kelly sees digital controls and wireless technology as the future of foodservice equipment.

AVANTI HIRES INDUSTRY VETERAN GARY COBURN AS COO 
Coburn to manage in-house design studio and other operations.

STUDENTS VISIT WELBILT FACILITIES FOR MANUFACTURING DAY 2019 
Global equipment maker participates in national initiative to encourage the next generation of manufacturers.

DDI SYSTEM RELEASES UPDATED VERSION OF INFORM ERP SOFTWARE
New features include a modern user interface, dashboard tiles, and proposal doc creator.

INDUSTRY GROUP WORKING ON GUIDELINES TO EASE CHANNEL FRICTION 
FEDA Vice Chairman Michael Keck says there must be better communication between distributors and service agencies.

MEMBER Q&A: HATCO 
Hatco’s Mark Pumphret believes younger generations will force industry to think outside the box.

ALTO-SHAAM ADDS NEW NATIONAL ACCOUNTS AND CUSTOMER SERVICE SPECIALIST 
Dan Emanuelson takes over the role after seven years with manufacturer.

MAFSI BAROMETER RECORDS 42ND STRAIGHT MONTH OF GROWTH 
Equipment sales up 2.9 percent compared to Q2/2018.

KATOM SECURES $12.6 MILLION IN FEDERAL LOANS FOR EXPANSION 
Tennessee distributor planning 40,000-square-foot addition and addition of 100 new employees.

MEMBER Q&AL JACKSON WWS 
Jackson anticipates increased demand for warewashing systems as labor becomes scarcer.

ALTO-SHAAM REVEALS NEWEST MULTI-COOK OVEN 
New Vector H series features user-friendly improvements and advanced control.

MEMBER Q&A: EQUPIEX 
President Gary Licht encourages FE&S industry to lead and innovate.

CFESA CONFERENCE STRESSES NEED FOR TRAINING AND COMMUNICATION 
Service reps share experiences and discuss collaboration with channel partners.

HOSHIZKI EMPLOYEE GROUP PROMOTES ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP 
Green Team helps to clean up Georgia lake and make changes aimed at reducing company’s environmental impact.

ICE-O-MATIC ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES 
Move intended to help three team members gain industry experience and develop their careers.

HENNY-PENNY CHAIRMAN TO RETIRE 
Steve Cobb oversaw manufacturer’s transition to ESOP company.

MEMBER Q&A: DUKE MANUFACTURING 
St. Louis manufacturer discusses using technology to benefit customers and internal operations.

FEDA EXTENDS PROFIT SURVEY DEADLINE
Surveys for confidential report now due Sept. 27.




HOST MILANO PREPARED FOR MASSIVE INTERNATIONAL SHOWING
Partnerships with trade associations has resulted in extensive representation of hosted buyers.

STANDEX RSG NAMES NEW VP OF FINANCE 
John Richardson will work with leadership team to implement operational improvements and automation.

FIRE CONSUMES STANDEX RSG FACILTY 
Manufacturer aims to return to full production one day after blaze.

STRENGTHENING THE DEALER/SERVICE AGENCY RELATIONSHIP
Peer exchange moderators share the most important lessons from their FEDA Annual Conference sessions.
 
EDWARD DON ACQUIRES LAS VEGAS KITCHEN DESIGNER
Shervan Colonel Equipment will retain its leadership and operate as a division of Edward Don.
 
NAW REPORTS STRONG GROWTH FOR WHOLESALE-DISTRIBUTION IN 2018
Despite positive year, association’s annual report finds three factors driving economic slowdown.
 
NRA INTRODUCES CAREER-DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
NRA’s ServSuccess features online education, training, certification and assessments.
 
DIGITAL DISTRIBUTOR SUMMIT BEGINS JUNE 18
MDM event to tackle common issues companies face as they build an e-commerce and digital strategy.
 
ON THE MOVE
Electro Freeze, a division of H.C. Duke & Son, hires Greg Stak as VP of sales to handle customer service, marketing and sales.

PENNY KLINGLER NAMED PRESIDENT OF CARPIGIANI NORTH AMERICA
Klingler brings extensive commercial foodservice equipment experience to new role.

CURTIS RESTAURANT SUPPLY HOLDING EQUIPMENT SHOW
Sept. 17 event to feature live demos, factory reps, and barbecue.

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 2019 YIL RETREATS
Vollrath and Heritage Parts to host leadership development opportunities.

ALI GROUP ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGES FOR NORTH AMERICAN COMPANIES
ACP President Tim Garbett to retire at the end of the year.

CHEF'S TOYS OPENS NEW CALIFORNIA STORE
Location in San Marcos will serve North San Diego County and surrounding areas.

DDI SYSTEMS's ECOMMERCE TECHNOLOGY NAMED ISSA INNOVATION AWARD FINALIST
Solution recognized for seamlessly connecting storefronts with product catalogs and operational data.

FEDA ADVOCACY COUNCIL HEADING TO U.S. CAPITOL
Members to learn about priority legislation from U.S. Chamber and meet with elected officials. 

CFESA ANNUAL CONFERENCE SET FOR SEPTEMBER
Three-day event includes a panel presentation featuring channel partners followed by a roundtable discussion. 

UPCOMING FEDA AND INDUSTRY MEETINGS AND EVENTS 
Key dates to keep in mind.

KATOM, PARTS TOWN CELEBRATE 11 YEARS ON THE INC. 5000 LIST 
Companies recognized as among the fastest growing businesses in America for more than a decade. 

FEDA SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR 2020 ANNUAL CONFERENCE 
Volunteering provides an opportunity to network and meet new people in the E&S industry. 

FEDA MEMBER BREVILLE ADDS PRODUCTS TO AUTOQUOTES CATALOG 
Kitchen appliance maker believes move will make support documents and pricing more accessible to distributors and customers.

HOSHIZAKI ADDS TWO DUAL TEMPERATURE REFRIGERATOR FREEZERS TO STEELHEART LINE 
Kitchen appliance maker believes move will make support documents and pricing more accessible to distributors and customers.

PARTS TOWN BEGINS OFFERING REPLACEMENT HVAC PARTS 
Partnership with YORK enables foodservice parts distributor to expand into new industry.

ROBERT NERBONNE JOINS MIDDLEBY BOARD OF DIRECTORS 
Former Ali Group CEO brings acquisition strategy experience to manufacturer’s leadership.

FEDA LAUNCHES PROFIT SURVEY
Association thanks members for participating in benchmarking project.