Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

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September 11, 2007

Economic Report:
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Manitowoc Foodservice Group
NRA's Performance Index Falls But Stays Positive
No, the Operator Sky Is Not Falling
Still Time To Register For IFMA's Forecast & Outlook Seminars
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New York Extends Energy-Efficiency Incentives
Homeland Security Offers Guidance On Illegals
N.J. Town To Use Restaurant Grease As Biofuel
Marin County Clears Up The FOG

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In This Section:
Ventilation Company Accurex Debuts
Disasters Happen; How Do You Prepare?
Green Building Expo Scheduled For Chicago
ASHRAE Says Winter Meeting Plans Hot Enough For A/C

This issue's Economic ReportSponsor: Manitowoc Foodservice Group
Regulatory ReportSponsor: Enodis

Industry Report The NAFEM Show 2007

Ventilation Company Accurex Debuts
Recognizing the specialized nature of foodservice ventilation, and experienced in it, broad-based ventilation giant Greenheck has just created a new foodservice-focused division called Accurex.

The new division now offers a complete line of energy-efficient ventilation products that are all tailored to foodservice—from design to installation, start-up and testing.

"By providing all ventilation components and related products from a single source, we believe we can help our customers install a ventilation system that delivers a positive building that breathes and functions the way it's expected to," said Accurex Pres. Brian Ranney.

Accurex products and systems include exhaust hoods, exhaust fans and ventilators, packaged rooftop units, dedicated make-up air units, fire suppression systems, utility distribution systems and configurable control panels.

Accuex is headquartered in Schofield, Wis.


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Disasters Happen; How Do You Prepare?
With Hurricane Dean marking the start of another season of potentially deadly storms, a lot of businesses are remembering the tragedies left in Katrina's wake two years ago.

Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group in New Orleans used to have a two-page disaster-preparedness plan. Now, after Katrina, the company's plan runs 68 pages and encompasses everything from how to run down inventory in advance of an approaching storm to giving at least 10 senior managers cell phones with Idaho area codes in case local telecommunications systems get overloaded.

But disasters of all types can strike anywhere. Are you prepared for a windstorm, ice storm, power outage, fire or some other tragedy?

Several resources are available now to help businesses prepare their own emergency plans. A federal government Web site, Ready Business, has planning information at

Small businesses or individual store owners or managers can get help at the U.S. Small Business Administration by going to and clicking on "Disaster Preparedness."

Another resource, the Institute for Business & Home Safety, has a variety of tools to help you plan for potential disasters. You can find it at

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Green Building Expo Scheduled For Chicago
Considering green building design? Or maybe we should ask whether you know anyone who isn't?

No matter. Either way, you really want to consider attending the 2007 Green Building International Conference and Expo in Chicago, Nov. 7-9, at the McCormick Place West building.

This year's conference, "Accelerating Green Communities: Awareness to Action," promises an array of keynote speakers, educational sessions, green building workshops, tours of Chicago's green buildings, exhibits of green building materials and supplies, and even post-conference seminars.

Educational sessions will cover an array of topics, including green planning, design, construction, operations and industry trends. Separate conference tracks will address technical solutions, processes and strategies, reseach and education, case sudies, community and regional approaches, and global sustainability.

A variety of green building workshops on how to make remodels and new construction meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, LEED, certification will be offered both on Tues., Nov. 6, before the conference, and Fri., Nov. 9.

For more information on the conference, go to

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ASHRAE Says Winter Meeting Plans Hot Enough For A/C
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers will hold its winter meeting in New York City on Jan. 19-23. ASHRAE's program includes four days of technical sessions, technical tours of New York architecture and buildings that serve as examples of sustainable design, and social and sightseeing opportunities like nowhere else in the world, the group says.

The technical program, themed "Reaching New Heights in Net-Zero Energy Design," will feature programs organized into four tracks: LEED/Sustainability, Commissioning, Dehumidifying, and Controls.

Along with the technical program, ASHRAE will sponsor the AHR Expo, the world's largest HVAC and refrigeration show, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York, Jan. 22-24.

For more information on show registration and hotels, go to

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