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Home Depot exec joins SMS Assist as COO

BY Staff Writer

CHICAGO SMS Assist announced that Matthew Pitts has been named COO of the technology- driven facilities maintenance company.

Pitts previously served as VP of building services for The Home Depot. During his two decade career at the home improvement chain, Pitts created retailer’s highly regarded in-house facilities management organization, overseeing more than 2,000 stores and more than $1 billion in annual facilities maintenance spend.

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TJ Hale purchases A.J. Pietsch

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Menomonee Falls, Wis. –Retail interior environments manufacturer TJ Hale has purchased Milwaukee-based millwork manufacturer A.J. Pietsch.

A.J. Pietsch manufacturing will move to Menomonee Falls, and the two companies will leverage their state-of-the-art systems, CNC equipment and facilities.

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Subway opens 400 new locations in August/September, expands green offerings

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Milford, Conn. — Subway said Monday that it opened more than 400 sandwich shops during August and September in 44 countries, 36 U.S. states and seven Canadian provinces.

The new restaurants account for more than 480,000 sq. ft. of retail space and bring the total number of Subways to just over 35,300 locations in 98 countries.

During the two-month period, the chain also announced the opening of five new “Green” Subway Eco-Restaurants, making 14 in all. Each is designed with environmentally friendly elements to reduce energy, water, and waste consumption in cost-effective ways.

“All of these new eco-restaurants reflect the brand’s commitment to social responsibility and sustainability,” said Elizabeth Stewart, who heads the chain’s corporate social responsibility efforts.

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