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Allied Buying Corp.'s recent spring conference in Washington, D.C. included a number of recognitions of member/dealers and suppliers. Supplier Awards were presented for outstanding sales achievement in volume growth to Carlisle Foodservice Products/Dinex Int'l., John Boos & Co., and Nor-Lake. Supplier Awards of Merit for sales effort were given to Continental Refrigerator, Grosfillex and Libbey Cos.

Nine dealer/members received awards. Outstanding Supplier Support honors went to Atlanta Fixtures & Sales, Hockenbergs, Penn Fixture & Supply, and Singer Equipment. Singer also received an award for Volume Growth, as did Louis Wohl & Sons and Smith Housewares & Restaurant Supply.

Three members received Volume Growth Awards of Merit: Bresco/Birmingham Restaurant Supply, Golden Light Equipment Co., and R.W. Smith & Co. Two new members were welcomed to ABC: Paramount Restaurant Supply and Strategic Equipment & Supply. Also new is ABC's incoming president, Dan M. Blaylock of Adams-Burch. He takes over from Jerry Hyman of TriMark USA, who has retired from the board.


Supply & Equipment Foodservice Alliance held its 24th annual partnership conference in Carlsbad, Calif., in late April. The group's top honors went to Restaurant Depot/Jetro Cash 'N Carry, as Member of the Year, and Cambro Mfg., as Supplier of the Year. Other honored dealer members were Instawares (President's Award); and Reinhart Foodservice, Breckenridge Kitchen Equipment and Design, H. Weiss, Thompson & Little, and Penn Jersey Paper Co.

Anchorage Restaurant Supply, Culinary Depot, Acme Paper & Supply, Associated Food Equipment & Supplies and CWD Distributing were also honored. Trainer of the Year honors went to Jim Betz of Hamilton Beach. Don Sours, True Food Service, was recognized as SEFA's Trail Boss.

Six manufacturers received awards as outstanding suppliers. They were: American Metalcraft (supplies); Champion Industries (heavy equipment); Cooper-Atkins (specialty products); Hollowick (tabletop); John Boos Co. (fabrication); and Waring Products (light equipment). Focus Foodservice received the Market Leader for Dealer Support award, and San Jamar/BVT-Chef Revival was honored as Market Leader for Innovation. The Partners in Success award went to Victory Refrigeration.

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As graduation ceremonies are celebrated nationwide, The Wasserstrom Co. is marking another year of underwriting scholarships. The Columbus, Ohio, company has partnered with the Culinary Institute of America since 2001, granting scholarships to 15 aspiring foodservice professionals over the years, including two students in 2010. A second fund was established in 2007 at Columbus State Community College. The Wasserstrom Family Scholarship contributes to a student in the school's hospitality management program.

The outreach to the city it was founded in 108 years ago included participation last month with Rebuilding Together Central Ohio. Three dozen employees from Wasserstrom and its sister companies joined more than 67,000 volunteers nationwide on the last Saturday in April for National Rebuild Day to renovate 3,500 homes across the country.

Wasserstrom employees spent a drizzly day renovating a house in serious disrepair; the work included replacing a rotting carport ceiling, installing handrails, re-glazing windows and painting front steps.

Jay Blitstein has joined TriMark Economy Restaurant Fixtures as director of sales. He is based in the company's San Francisco offices, overseeing all contract and retail sales. Blitstein owned Performance Reps of Northern California for 23 years. He sold the company in 2004 and worked as a regional sales rep until this past February. South Attleboro, Mass.-based TriMark has 12 operating divisions across the country.

Chicago Metallic Bakeware has appointed Mike Macdonald national sales manager. Macdonald, with more than 17 years experience in foodservice sales and management, will oversee the Lake Zurich, Ill., company's sales reps and provide-baking pan solutions to customers. He most recently worked as a representative for Midwest Venture Partners and Top O' The Table.

We thank you for reading the inaugural issue of our new e-newsletter for dealers. We've created this new product to serve the broad foodservice equipment and supplies dealer and distributor community. Our magazine, Foodservice Equipment Reports, has always been sent to dealers, as many of you know. And many of you also receive FER Fortnightly, our three-section e-newsletter covering regulatory, economic and industry news for the E&S industry.

But we think this new newsletter, with news and information about dealers, exclusively for dealers (and their suppliers), will allow us to better serve all of you. We can report things, such as buying group activities, which we don't like to put in front of our multiunit operator readers. We can do broader coverage of FEDA programs and activities, list NAFEM CFSP training and exam sessions, AutoQuotes training, manufacturer dealer-school and training programs, and the like. We'd also like to report dealer news no one else covers, like who won that bid for a new sports stadium or casino project. And we also want to report on your dealership, including shows, new personnel, expansions, charity and community activities.

So please send your news to Brian and Jan at and And please keep reading FER Dealer Report.

Robin Ashton

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