Leadership Workshop to kick off SPECS 2012
New York City — A special Leadership Workshop on negotiating techniques will kick off Chain Store Age’s 48th annual SPECS (store planning, equipment, construction and facilities seminars) Conference. The industry’s leading retail store development event, SPECS will be held March 4 – 7, 2012, at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Fla.
Designed to help attendees improve their negotiating skills, the Leadership Workshop will be held on Sunday, March, 4, and attendance is limited. For more information on SPECS, and to register for the event and leadership workshop, click here.
Ikea completes solar installation at Cincinnati-area store
West Chester, Ohio — Ikea said Tuesday that it has officially plugged-in the solar energy system installed at its Cincinnati-area store in West Chester, Ohio.
The 128,000-sq.-ft. PV array consists of a 1,026-kW system, built with 4,186 panels. Ikea West Chester’s program will produce approximately 1,334,300 kWh of clean electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing 1,014 tons of carbon dioxide, eliminating the emissions of 180 cars or powering 115 homes yearly.
Ikea owns and operates each of its solar PV energy systems atop its buildings – as opposed to a solar lease or power purchase agreement – and the West Chester installation represents the 14th completed solar energy project for Ikea in the United States, with 23 more locations underway, making the eventual U.S. solar presence of Ikea nearly 85% and a total generation of 30.8 MW.
For the development, design and installation of the West Chester store’s customized solar power system, Ikea contracted with REC Solar.
The 344,000-sq.-ft. West Chester Ikea store opened in March 2008.
Tennant adds additional strategic accounts manager
Minneapolis — Due to continued growth in the retail market, Tennant Co. announced it has added an additional strategic accounts manager. Brian Clifton has been hired to work closely with key retailers to design and implement floor care programs that add value to their organizations.
“Brian’s energy, passion for the business and his exceptional account management skills will be an asset to his customer base and Tennant. “We’re very excited to welcome Brian to the Tennant team and look forward to another great year,” said Russ VanderZwaag, director of retail accounts.
Tennant Co. is the recognized leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing solutions that help create cleaner, safer, and healthier Stores and Distribution Centers. Tennant products are marketed under the Tennant, Nobles, Green Machines, and Orbio brands.