Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

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May 31, 2005

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In This Section:
McDonald's Wins Award For Fighting Global Warming
San Jamar, VHA Win NSF Food Safety Leadership Awards
Selim Bassoul Named Finalist for American Business Awards
Spata Steps Up As A&E Director At WD Partners
Follett Opens New Facility in Poland
'Road To Anaheim' Plans Accelerate

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Industry Report

McDonald's Wins Award For Fighting Global Warming
McDonald's Corp., along with Coca-Cola Co. and Unilever, was recently recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its leadership in fighting global warming. The companies, which collectively operate some 12 million coolers and freezers, shared the award for their joint efforts in developing environmentally friendly commercial refrigeration technology.

Oak Brook, Ill.-based McDonald's opened its first HFC-free restaurant in Denmark in 2003. After more than a year of monitoring by the Danish Technical Institute, the results show that the restaurant averages 12% less energy usage, and 27% lower "total environmental warming impact." Over the next 15 years, this single restaurant will prevent some 377 tons of CO2-equivalent emissions from entering the atmosphere, or about 25 tons per year.

The three companies' efforts also have been applauded by Greenpeace Int'l. and the United Nations Environment Programme.


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San Jamar, VHA Win NSF Food Safety Leadership Awards
Smallwares manufacturer San Jamar and the Veterans Health Administration were among the five winners named in the second annual Food Safety Leadership Awards. NSF Int'l., Ann Arbor, Mich., created the awards to recognize outstanding accomplishments in the field of food safety.

San Jamar, of Elkhorn, Wis., won the Equipment Design/Product Develoment award for its many food safety-oriented products. Recent offerings include the Saf-T-Scoop ice scoop; Cut-N-Carry cutting boards; and The Dome Garnish Center.

The VHA Food Safety Subcommittee was honored with a Systems Improvement award for making sure that all 163 Veterans Administration Medical Centers have the tools and information required to provide the safest food possible.

Two individuals received Lifetime Achievement Awards. Jim Mann, founder of The Handwashing Leadership Forum and creator of Handwashing For Life, was recognized for his lifetime commitment to hand hygiene and foodborne illness prevention. And Frank Bryan, who has logged 30 years in training and foodborne disease epidemiology and control activities with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Food Safety Education.

Finally, Land O'Frost, a manufacturer of lunchmeat products and meat ingredients, won a Systems Improvement award for the development of the company's listeria-fighting "Seek & Destroy" program.

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Selim Bassoul Named Finalist for American Business Awards
Selim Bassoul, president and CEO of The Middleby Corp., has been selected as a finalist in the Best Turnaround Executive category in the third annual American Business Awards.

In 2004, Bassoul was a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He also has received numerous awards for business excellence and corporate philanthropy throughout his career.

The Middleby Corp., based in Elgin, Ill., manufactures a broad range of commercial cooking equipment. The company's brands include Blodgett, Blodgett Combi, Blodgett Range, CTX, MagiKitch'n, Middleby Marshall, Nu-Vu, Pitco Frialator, Southbend and Toastmaster.

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Spata Steps Up As A&E Director At WD Partners
Tony Spata has been named director of the Architecture and Engineering client service unit for WD Partners, the Columbus, Ohio-based design and development firm specializing in multiunit operations.

In his new position, Spata will work to increase internal operational efficiencies; assist individual A&E associates' career growth; and coordinate with each office to maintain existing resources that provide mentoring for accreditation and licensing requirements for architects and MEP engineers.

Spata's background includes a 23-year career at McDonald' s Corp., where he started as a project engineer for the corporate construction department and eventually became corporate engineer and director of partner brand development. During that time, he served as the engineer of record for more than 500 projects per year.

Spata joined WD Partners in September 2003 as Director of Energy Management Services, and has led WD Partners' efforts in assisting clients with their prototypical designs, operations and energy efficiency.

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Follett Opens New Facility in Poland
Follett Corp., the Easton, Pa., maker of ice storage, transport and dispensing equipment, has broadened its reach in Europe and beyond with the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Gdansk, Poland.

The 20,000-sq.-ft. facility in May began producing ice storage bins and related foodservice equipment for the European, Middle Eastern and African markets.

Follett also recently added 10,000 sq. ft. to its Forks, Pa., plant.

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'Road To Anaheim' Plans Accelerate
With just four months to go until show time, plans for the industry's fundraising motorcycle ride to The NAFEM Show to benefit America's Second Harvest are shifting into higher gear.

Coordinator Alexa Kinney tells us that about half the riders expected to participate have already registered. This month the group will begin to rough out routes from their starting points to the show, this year held in Anaheim, Calif.

"We'll have riders coming all the way from the Northeast, and some of our most enthusiastic riders so far are in New York," Kinney said.

Once again the event will take motorcyclists across the United States to their destination, The NAFEM Show, to raise money for Second Harvest, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief network. Riders will set off the week of Sept. 12, meet in local regions, and converge along the way toward Anaheim. The fundraising target of "The Road To Anaheim" is $100,000.

For information on riding or donating, see or call Kinney at 480/229-0081.

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