KONE Acquires Maine Elevator Specialists Inc.

Windham, Me. — KONE, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, has acquired the service and repair business of Maine Elevator Specialists Inc. in Windham, Me., including its operations throughout the greater Portland metropolitan area.

SMS Assist Opens Second Office

Chicago — SMS Assist, one of Chicago’s fastest-growing technology companies, has opened a second area office in suburban Naperville, Ill. The expansion will allow SMS Assist, based in downtown Chicago, to accelerate investments in its industry-leading workforce and business solutions, which bring efficiency to multisite property management.

Pizza Inn Adds Thrive Point-of-Sale System to Operations

Dallas — Pizza Inn has chosen Thrive for its first company-approved POS system. Thrive is a state-of-the-art system that has the capability to handle the complexity and numerous business models that exist in the Pizza Inn brand, including buffet, carryout, delivery, online ordering, drive-thru and catering, as well as being adaptable to handle Delivery-Carry Out, Express and PIE concepts.

Duro-Last Names Multiple Leadership Promotions

Saginaw, Mich. — Duro-Last®, Inc. has promoted multiple employees throughout its leadership team. Mike Tracey now serves as vice president of operations; Thomas Jenkins is now the vice president of manufacturing; and Mitch Gilbert has accepted the position of director of continuous improvement.

JOANN Stores Implements ShopperTrak Analytics from Tyco Retail Solutions

Neuhausen, Switzerland — JOANN Stores, LLC, a leading fabric and craft retailer, will be rolling out Tyco Retail Solutions’ ShopperTrak in-store traffic analytics solution to provide insights for the company's 870 stores. An industry leader for 75 years, JOANN recently set a precedent for the future of crafting with a completely reimagined store experience focused on new features and services based on the latest crafting trends. The ShopperTrak solution supports JOANN's customer-first focus, as it will better identify traffic patterns to ensure the right number of team members are available at the right times to offer service and sales in each store.

Waste Pro USA Elects New President

Longwood, Fla. — Sean Jennings has been elected president of Waste Pro USA by the company's board of directors. Waste Pro is the third largest privately owned waste company in the United States. Sean Jennings is the son of Waste Pro’s founder, CEO and chairman, John Jennings.

Egan Sign Hires 3 New Team Members

Wyomissing, Pa. — Egan Sign, a recognized leader in national sign management and corporate rebranding, has made three new hires. Vi Phan has joined the organization as graphic designer, and Ginger Houck and Alex Beilhart have been hired as project coordinators.

Creativity Underfoot

Custom-made concrete is leading Linron Commercial Flooring into the future, while signature service keeps the company connected to its roots.

Rose Paving Launches New Office in Phoenix

Phoenix — Rose Paving, LLC, North America’s largest parking lot management service provider, has launched a new office in Phoenix, marking its eighth office in the U.S. and Canada. With local knowledge and national reach, this acquisition will continue to expand Rose Paving’s North American footprint and recognition as the most trusted name in commercial paving.

A. O. Smith Names Executive Chairman & President/CEO

Milwaukee — According to A. O. Smith Corporation’s board of directors, Ajita G. Rajendra will transition from chairman and chief executive officer to executive chairman of the corporation, effective September 1, 2018 — at which time, Kevin J. Wheeler will assume the role of president and chief executive officer.

TCI Expands Footprint in OEM Industrial Coatings Marketplace

Americus, Ga. — TCI, a leading manufacturer of thermoset powder coatings and a subsidiary of RPM International Inc., has marked its 30th anniversary by strengthening its ability to offer customized support to customers across a broad range of industries through targeted investments. The company is evolving from its historical focus on product delivery and service to concentrate on innovative coatings solutions and superior performance.

National Roofing Partners Hires Vice President

Coppell, Texas — National Roofing Partners (NRP), the leading network of commercial roofing contractors in North America, has hired Tony Rader as vice president. Rader will be directing a new NRP team focused on telecommunications rooftop services that will be serviced by the tier-one network of the NRP roofing contractor network.

Red Lobster and DoorDash Expand Partnership Across North America

Orlando, Fla. — Red Lobster®, the world's largest seafood restaurant company, has expanded its partnership with last-mile logistics platform DoorDash to make delivery more accessible. Together with DoorDash, delivery will be available from more than 300 Red Lobster locations across the U.S. and Canada by mid-July.

SMS Assist Hires New Chief Marketing Officer

Chicago — SMS Assist has hired Jodi Navta as its new chief marketing officer. She will be responsible for leading SMS Assist’s marketing and communications efforts in support of the company’s rapid growth. Most recently, Navta was global chief marketing officer of Coyote Logistics, a Chicago-based third-party logistics service provider that grew its annual revenue during her tenure from approximately $300 million to over $2 billion.

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