Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

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May 17, 2005

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In This Section:
Enodis, Halton To Build Kitchens Of The Future
Meet The New Sibs: Brass Smith + Kevry
FER Takes Design Award
Strategic Honored By Red Robin
Jarvis Steps Up As New Steritech Prez
CFESA Debuts Interactive CD-ROM

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Enodis, Halton To Build Kitchens Of The Future
Down the road, your kitchens could become a lot more productive, thanks to a new partnership. Enodis and the Halton Group have joined forces to develop what they call High Performance Kitchens, environments that incorporate a holistic approach to kitchen design and operation.

The companies' goal is to create kitchens that provide higher energy efficiency, greater flexibility and optimized labor.

As an example, cooking equipment controls could be linked to the ventilation system. The controls would pass along information on current settings and operating conditions. The ventilation system, in turn, would adjust its operations for maximum kitchen and employee effectiveness.

Enodis and Halton see the development of High Performance Kitchens as a collaborative process that will bring together input from operators, kitchen designers, manufacturers and other resources.

The companies will host a series of idea-generating sessions at the Enodis Technology Center in Tampa, Fla., and at Vent Master in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

Enodis is based in New Port Richey, Fla.; Halton's headquarters are in Scottsville, Ky.


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Meet The New Sibs: Brass Smith + Kevry
Call it "sibling synergy," if you will, now that Brass Smith Inc. has teamed up with Kevry Corp.

Brass Smith, the Denver food shield manufacturer, recently announced the sale of the majority of its assets to Brass Smith LLC, a newly formed sister company of Kevry Corp., Golden, Colo. Kevry specializes in food shields, heated and refrigerated merchandisers and custom serving counters. The sale took effect the week of May 2.

The new company will be known as Brass Smith Inc. and will manufacture ZGuard, ZSpace, Deco-Tech Food Shields, Deco-Tech Refrigerated Air Curtain Merchandisers, table top warmers, heat lamps, and the Euro+Serve modular counter line. Kevry has designated Brass Smith as the exclusive sales and marketing partner for fixed location foodservice products, but will continue to sell mobile vending carts and kiosks through its existing sales team.

Kevry President John Wislawski will step up as the new Brass Smith CEO. Meanwhile, Brass Smith founder Chuck Dewitt will relinquish day-to-day management and serve as consultant to ensure a smooth transition. Dewitt is retiring after more than 25 years as president.

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FER Takes Design Award
We're hearing heraldic trumpets. Foodservice Equipment Reports has been honored with a regional award for publication redesign from the American Society of Business Publication Editors.  

This honor becomes the sixth ASBPE award FER has received in its nine-year history, and the second for design. In the 1997-98 competition, the magazine earned a second place award for Best New Publication Design.  

Art Director Julie Wilhm worked with FER editors to execute the new design, which made its debut in our May 2004 issue.

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Strategic Honored By Red Robin
Strategic Equipment and Supply Corp., a leading provider of foodservice equipment, services and supplies, has been named by Red Robin Gourmet Burgers as its 2004 Kitchen Equipment Consolidator of the Year.

The award recognizes Strategic's high levels of customer service. Last year, Strategic supplied more than 125 Red Robin restaurants in the East and Southwest with new and replacement equipment packages. The award selection is based on performance feedback gathered from the restaurant's construction team.

Dallas-based Strategic offers computer-aided design and layout, custom millwork, fabrication of stainless steel, smallwares replacements, and delivery and installation. The company operates 15 regional locations across the country.

Red Robin, of Greenwood Village, Colo., operates more than 250 restaurants in North America.

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Jarvis Steps Up As New Steritech Prez
Big changes in The Steritech Group head offices. The pest management and food safety auditing firm's CEO and founder John Whitley has announced that he will be stepping down in June. Whitley will remain on the company's board of directors and serve as chairman for the group.

Stepping up as new CEO will be current Food Safety Division Pres. Mark Jarvis, who has worked in the Food Safety and Pest Prevention Divisions during his 12 years with Steritech. 

Jarvis's counterpart, Eric Eicher, president and COO of the Pest Prevention Division, will take Jarvis' spot; and Rich Ennis, current V.P. of operations for the Food Safety Division, will take Eicher's position as president and COO of the Food Safety Division. 

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CFESA Debuts Interactive CD-ROM
Desperately seeking a service agent? Look no further than the new resource created by Commercial Food Equipment Service Association.

The CD-ROM includes the names and online links to about 200 CFESA-certified service companies in North America. It also features a Tech Tips section, featuring basic information you can use to correct simple kitchen equipment problems without making a service call.

For a free copy of the CD, stop by the CFESA Booth, #7633, at the National Restaurant Association Show, held at Chicago's McCormick Place, May 21-24. You can also log on to to view the information after June 1, or call the association at 336/346-4700

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