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February 21, 2006

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MAFSI Reports Record Growth In 4Q; Forecasts Strong 2006
NRA Performance Index Rises, But Capital Expenditures Dip
Blue Chip 2006 GDP Forecast Slips
Gas Prices, Rising Interest Rates, Have Consumers A Bit Jittery

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NYC Expands Online Inspection Ratings
SoCal Gas Announces 2006 Rebates
Frederick, Md., Health Dept. Now Okays Restaurant Building Permits
Flagstaff Gets Jump On State Junk Food Ban
Maine's EU-Style Electronics Recycling Bill Takes Effect

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In This Section:
Tampa Ops Get 'F' For Funky In Science Project
Firehouse Subs Runs Fire Drill For New Unit Openings
Industry Gorilla Plans To Open A Unit Per Pound In 2006
Keith W. Carpenter, Wood Stone, Passes

This issue's Economic ReportSponsor: FER's Customer Choice Dealer Awards Regulatory ReportSponsor: Atlas Metal Industries Inc.

Industry Report Hotelex Shanghai, April 4-7, 2006

Tampa Ops Get 'F' For Funky In Science Project
Keep it clean. You never know when your next customer might be an amateur health inspector.

A middle school student in Tampa, Fla., who's now receiving national mass-media coverage, won top prize at her school's science fair for a project that measured whether there were more bacteria in ice or toilet water at area fast food restaurants. The 12-year-old collected samples in sterile containers of clean toilet water and ice from both self-service dispensers and drive-throughs at five fast food restaurants. The samples were tested at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center at the University of South Florida where she volunteers with a professor.

Ice from self-serve dispensers in four of the five restaurants had higher levels of bacteria than the toilet water did. Three of five drive-through samples also tested higher. Even scarier, ice samples from three of the five restaurants tested positive for E. coli. While most health departments allow 100 units of bacteria per milliliter of water, no amount of fecal coliform is acceptable.


Section sponsored by Hotelex Shanghai, April 4-7, 2006

Firehouse Subs Runs Fire Drill For New Unit Openings
Firehouse Subs, Jacksonville, Fla., plans to step up new unit openings this year. On a recent franchise tour the founders, brothers Robin and Chris Sorensen, said the company will open 100 units this year.

Four units will open by the end of this month in the Orlando area, with 12 scheduled this year. The chain opened 17 in Orlando, Tampa and Lakeland last year. Firehouse expects a lot of growth from new markets in the Midwest and Southwest.

The chain specializes in big sandwiches, including a foot-long sub with a half-pound of meat, and an array of hot sauces, including a signature sauce created by the two former firefighters' father.

Section sponsored by Hotelex Shanghai, April 4-7, 2006

Industry Gorilla Plans To Open A Unit Per Pound In 2006
Announcing quarterly earnings last month, McDonald's Corp. CEO Jim Skinner said the chain plans to spend $1.8 billion opening 800 stores and remodeling others around the world this year. The Oak Brook, Ill.-based company is targeting systemwide sales and revenue growth of 3% to 5% and operating income growth of 6% to 7%, he said.

The chain markedly improved U.S. business last year by focusing on improving same-store sales instead of expansion. Sales grew due to new menu items and extended hours in many locations. Business also rebounded in Europe, particularly in France, Russia and Germany. Total sales for the company last year exceeded $20 billion for the first time.

Section sponsored by Hotelex Shanghai, April 4-7, 2006

Keith W. Carpenter, Wood Stone, Passes
Keith W. Carpenter, 76, passed away Feb. 5 due to heart failure.

A former professional football player with the San Francisco 49ers and the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts and Winnipeg Blue Bombers, he was a 37-year industry veteran who served 14 years at Wood Stone Corp. in Bellingham, Wash. His most recent title was v.p. of sales and marketing.

Prior to his arrival at Wood Stone, his career spanned positions at Foster Refrigeration, Frymaster Corp., Hodges Shelving, Traulsen Refrigeration, Vulcan-Hart Co. and Welbilt Commercial. He also founded two manufacturers rep groups, one in Los Angeles and one in Honolulu.

Keith is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 57 years, Sallye Carpenter; son Keith R. Carpenter and daughter Kimberly Carpenter Forbes. He was preceded in death by his son Kyle Carpenter.

Memorials will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the ABC Recovery Center in Indio, Calif., near Palm Springs, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the University Synagogue in Brentwood, Calif., near Los Angeles.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the ABC Recovery Center,, and/or the Midnight Mission in West Los Angeles,, in Keith W. Carpenter's name.

The family suggests friends might send cards including happy memories of the "Big Guy" to Sallye Carpenter at her new home in Palm Desert. Please mail to:
Atria, Attention Sallye Carpenter, Room 125, 44-300 San Pasqual Ave., Palm Desert, Calif., 92260.

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