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Posted By Heather Webb, RFMA, Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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May 13, 2014





Discuss Signs & Lighting this Friday!
Take time to benchmark with your peers and vendor partners. May's Peer to Partner Best Practices call will be on Sign & Lighting. You must be a RFMA member to participate and you must register online to participate in the call.

When: Friday, May 16, from 1-2 p.m. CDT
Topic: Signs & Lighting

Questions? Contact Jeff Dover at Click here to register now!

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Only 19 days left… Want to win an iPad mini?
Member-Get-A-Member is back and you are our best resource to help us connect with prospective members by referring your industry peers to RFMA. Refer a new restaurant member to RFMA and be entered in a drawing to win an iPad mini.

How do I make sure I get credit for referring a member to RFMA?
Make sure the new member enters your name in the "Referred By" field in their new member application.

Our first drawing will be June 1!

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Do you know about grease, hot water systems, pest control, sewer/septic?
Facilitator's August/September focus is on janitorial and plumbing topics, and we are currently looking for editorial not only for this issue, but also for the whole year. Click here for more details about submitting an article, deadlines for submitting editorial and the focus and topics for each issue of Facilitator.

Save the date! The October/November issue of Facilitator will feature our annual Buyer's Guide. If you are interested in advertising in this issue please contact Kristie Thymes at

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Facilitator: Seeing through the FOG
Susan Daywitt
Most of us are familiar with the negative impact fats, oils and grease — FOG — can have on wastewater collection and treatment systems. Although some businesses use a safety-compliant program, they are not properly disposing of FOG.

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Odor remediation: A breath of fresh air
Facility Management Journal
Facility managers today are required to focus on many things that contribute to the bottom line. This includes not only reducing facility costs, but also improving the image of the facilities they manage. Enter any building and you will immediately experience auditory, visual and olfactory sensations. While most buildings are now tobacco free, there is a plethora of other opportunities for malodorous issues to arise, including smells from food courts, stale air, sewage or even exhaust or gasoline odors from attached parking garages. Odor remediation technology allows occupants to breathe easily.

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The HVAC factor: Keeping cool, safely
Today's Facility Manager
It may seem like a lot of hot air, but incorporating air movement into a facility provides numerous benefits that can easily be overlooked. The Center for the Built Environment at the University of California, Berkeley, has found temperature and air quality to affect productivity directly.

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Water Heat = Scale

If you have water that is being heated for cooking or beverages then you have scale forming in that equipment. Scale negatively impacts taste of foods and beverages in addition to the maintenance nightmare caused in equipment.

Want a solution that saves money? Contact Mavea.


More kiosks, fewer cashiers a winning strategy for Panera?
Bloomberg Businessweek
As airports and convenience stores slowly train consumers to check in, or out, on their own, Panera's rolling out a new store design where customers order on their phones or at kiosks. Rather than customers stand around and wait for their order in front of the counter, a server brings their order to them, sans gratuity.

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The 10 commandments of employee onboarding
Mel Kleiman
It's important for businesses remain focused, dedicated and committed to hiring the best and giving them an outstanding onboarding process that builds lasting relationships. If you follow these commandments, your organization will become just that — the best.

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New energy efficiency standards will lead to big savings
NRDC Switchboard
The Department of Energy has now issued the final efficiency standards for walk-in coolers and freezers and electric motors. President Barack Obama touted the new standards from a Wal-Mart store in California Friday.

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Improved energy standards for refrigeration
Could your old refrigerators and freezers be a source of energy waste? Because perishable products must be kept cold constantly, commercial refrigeration equipment runs on a continuous basis. This leaves FMs with few choices to improve the performance of their existing units.

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Wherever you are...We can be!
When your business has multiple locations, coordinating all of them is a massive job. You need one source to get everything functioning as a unified whole and to keep it that way. Source One is that one source.

Endura XL lasso's RFMA Attendees!

The new Endura XL models received a great response at RFMA 2014. If you didn’t get a chance to see Endura XL, take a moment to visit & see why your business needs this upcoming addition.


Pruning landscaping costs
Restaurant Business Online
The laws of real estate and curb appeal tell us that given the choice of two different exteriors, one with a gray expanse of concrete outside and the other decorated with lush greenery and blooming flowers, people will be drawn to the more welcoming view. The same follows for consumers looking for a place to dine.

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How to have a clean office and save money by using eco-friendly products
Property managers and business owners want their buildings to have clean floors, streak-free windows and sanitized restroom fixtures. At the same time, property managers want to protect the earth from harmful chemicals that damage the air, water and soil. Fortunately, most cleaning companies are now offering environmentally friendly options.

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Nationwide Pavement Maintenance

We provide pavement construction and maintenance at more than 4,000 locations throughout the U.S. & Puerto Rico. From paving the parking lot at a distribution center to correcting drainage and sewer lines at a retail locations; with KAI, you always get what’s best for your project and your budget.






How facility managers can use social media
Today's tip is about how facility managers can use Facebook and other social media, like Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, to connect with younger employees and occupants.

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6 tips on choosing an HVAC contractor
Just because HVAC contractors are popular doesn't mean they are the right fit for your facility. Follow these six easy steps to choose a reliable HVAC contractor that fits your needs.

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Have your roofs got you covered?
Jeannea Jones
Given the long, harsh winter much of the nation endured, it is time to inspect and protect roofs from further damage while repairing what the elements chipped away over the winter.

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With Burger King set to sell burgers for breakfast, who rules fast food?
The Wall Street Journal
By adding burgers to its breakfast menu at 5,000 locations, Burger King takes yet another swing against rival and leader in the fast food industry McDonald's.

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Creating a global dining kingdom
China Daily USA
There is Philip Chiang and P.F. Chang's. The former helped start the latter, which has become one of the biggest Chinese restaurant chains in the world.

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Commercial refrigeration market to top $10.7 billion by 2018
PRWeb via Consumer Electronics Net
U.S. demand for commercial refrigeration equipment is expected to increase 3 percent per year through 2018, to reach $10.7 billion. Environmental mandates are a key driver of that growth, according to an RnR Market Research report.

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What's the best way to prepare buildings for Internet of things?
Greentech Media
Echelon recently released findings from an online survey showing that a majority of planners intend to integrate lighting, HVAC and security systems into a common platform. This was hardly a surprising finding. Nor was the statement that almost half of building automation projects today involve legacy systems running multiple protocols from different vendors.

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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.



Getting back on energy budget after a rough winter (Building Operating Management)
Services and maintenance: Energy improvement plans (Today's Facility Manager)
Facilitator: Don't chase your pavements (Mike Condon)

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