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Action Services Group accredited and approved for PICS Consortium

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Aston, Pa. — Action Services Group, a national lighting, sign and electrical maintenance and service company, said that it has been officially authorized as a member of the PICS Consortium.

With PICS authorization to membership, Action Services Group’s lighting, sign and electrical services are now accessible to users through the PICS on-line web technology. PICS is a global contractor management consortium whose prequalification and auditing services have become the standard in a number of industries, including: Oil & Gas, Food & Beverage, Energy, and Manufacturing.

“The convenience store market is an important market for us and with seven of the top ten convenience store companies owned by oil companies, we will now be an added resource in PIMS for convenience stores to contact when choosing a national lighting, sign or electrical maintenance and service company,” said Ted Stouch, president of Action Services Group.

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Loblaw to test natural foods store concept

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Canadian grocery giant Loblaw Cos. will test a new retail concept called Nutshell Live Life Well, a freestanding brand targeted to health-conscious shoppers, the Financial Post reported. The move comes as Whole Foods Market eyes greater expansion in Canada.

The first Nutshell will open this fall in downtown Toronto. It will feature a broad assortment of prepared, fresh and packaged foods, a prescription pharmacy, natural health and beauty products, vitamins and supplements.

“This is different than anything offered in a Loblaws’ affiliated store, corporate or franchise models,” said spokesperson Julija Hunter in an emailed statement to the Post. “It will have a community-based and interactive orientation, more broadly focused on health and wellness, with an emphasis of natural value and health.”

In May, Whole Foods Market said it saw the potential for 40 or more stores in Canada, what it currently operates only nine locations.

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DORMA acquires Door Controls

BY Staff Writer

Reamstown, Pa. — DORMA USA Inc. has significantly expanded its U.S. presence by acquiring Door Controls, one of the largest independent automatic door distributors in the nation.

The acquisition enables DORMA to provide its customers with enhanced products solutions and services in the Midwest, and reinforces DORMA’s current strong installation and service presence in the Eastern region of the country.

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