New logo, branding revealed by El Pollo Loco

El Pollo Loco has refreshed its branding for the second time in a year, revealing a new yellow logo, revamped packaging and a fresh tagline, “Feed the Flame.” Read the Nation’s Restaurant News story here

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Accor drops “Hotels” from name, revamps loyalty program

Accor says hotels are still central to Accor, despite recently dropping “Hotels” from the company name. The new Accor Live Limitless loyalty program is “a fully integrated global platform integrating rewards, services and experiences across our entire ecosystem to bring value [to] everyday life whether you work, live or play.” Read the Hotel News Now story here

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Sephora to grow by 35 US stores this year

Sephora will open 35 new stores across the U.S. in 2019, with the first set to open at Hudson Yards in New York City. Employees in the new stores, who are called beauty advisors, will wear new uniforms created by fashion designer Nellie Partow. Read the Drug Store News story here

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Jose Andres to take on NYC with Mercado Little Spain

Jose Andres is entering New York City with a bang by opening several new eateries all at once. Mercado Little Spain at Hudson Yards will include a market selling canned Spanish seafood and dry goods, kiosks for churros and patatas bravas, a restaurant centered around open fire cooking and a cocktail bar. Read the Grub Street story here

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Chaney Enterprises Promotes Long to HR Director

Chaney Enterprises, a ready-mix concrete, aggregates, custom blends, and related construction supplies provider, today announced the promotion of Amie Long to human resources director.

In her new role, Long will manage all functions of the human resources department including safety, benefits, training, recruiting, staffing, and wellness. She will also oversee and lead all human resources personnel to ensure they align with the organization’s strategic direction and culture. Long joined Chaney in 2015 as a director of learning and development, brought on to spearhead the integration of a new learning management system into Chaney’s training curriculum.

“With exemplary leadership skills, Amie has constantly gone above and beyond in challenging herself to create and implement new ideas, proving her tremendous value to the team,” said Francis “Hall” Chaney, III, president of Chaney Enterprises. “With robust skills in employee development and training along with a strong character and dedication to the culture here, we are confident she will excel in her new position.”

A resident of Cape St. Clair, Long earned a bachelor’s degree in family studies from the University of Maryland College Park, and a master’s in social work from the University of Maryland in Baltimore.

About Chaney Enterprises
Founded in 1962 by Eugene “Babe” Chaney and built on a foundation of integrity, every member of the Chaney Enterprises team pours their heart and soul into every job. We are passionate about providing ready-mix concrete, sand, gravel, stone, blended soils, and related construction supplies to our customers throughout Maryland, Northern Virginia and the Delmarva Peninsula. The entrepreneurial spirit and hard work ethic started by Babe Chaney continues to this day. From our headquarters in Gambrills, Md., the company operates 18 ready-mixed concrete plants, nine sand and gravel facilities and BuilderUp, a professional building supply operation with locations in Waldorf and Owings, Md. For more information visit

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IndusParquet Reintroduces Brazilian Pecan Wood Flooring

IndusParquet®, leading Brazilian producer of exotic hardwood flooring for the world marketplace, has re-introduced one of the most beautiful and high-performance species of exotic wood flooring to North America.

According to Dan Gold, IndusParquet’s Director of Architectural Sales, “Brazilian Pecan is the ultimate product for end-users who love the beauty of natural hardwood. The mineral streaks and randomness of the grain is a perfect combination of bold and unique. One of the hardest, high-performance and easy-to-maintain exotic hardwood species, Brazilian Pecan is an ideal selection for commercial applications such as hospitality, retail and multi-unit high-rise construction.”

Brazilian Pecan is inventoried throughout America and is easily obtained via IndusParquet’s national distribution network.

Why IndusParquet®?
Ethics, Sustainability and Technology. These are the three bedrock foundations that IndusParquet® has built its business from…. for Day One. The world’s finest architectural and design firms trust IndusParquet® with their most important projects, because they know that just because we’re 100 years old, that doesn’t mean we don’t have the latest technology. Our manufacturing is as beautiful as our wood. For more information, click on: Or, contact Terri Sparks:

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New Office Uses Affordable Material from Móz

At the center of the design is an eye-catching metal structure fabricated from lightweight aluminum sheets made by Oakland-based metal experts, Móz Designs.

The design team knew from day one that they wanted to create “big monumental moments” throughout the Newmark Knight Frank downtown office, and the idea to build a large-scale, attention-grabbing metal box in the reception area was born. Originally, the design team planned to use blackened steel for the box, however the material’s weight and cost was a major issue.

That’s where Móz came in. Móz aluminum metal sheets in Classic Ebony with a Fog Polycoat Matte finish proved to be the perfect solution for the project. Lightweight and easy to work with, Móz metal sheets can be specified with a large variety of grains and colors to fit any application or aesthetic.

You can find more details on the project in this Press Kit.

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Brinno Takes Your Jobsite Monitoring to Next Level     

Brinno’s New Time Lapse Construction “Trio Bundle Pack” Brings Jobsite Video Monitoring to the Next Level

Brinno packages its Signature Series Time Lapse Cam with a new extended Power Housing and the flexible Clamp Mount Kit, creating bundles that greatly strengthen the long lasting outdoor photographing functionality, and make jobsite progress documentation simpler, easier and hassle-free.

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but pictures can also be worth thousands of dollars when used for documenting progress on a jobsite. While still photos taken once a week show a snapshot of the project, dynamic time lapse videos reveal workers’ professional disciplines and work quality. This is why more and more project managers are opting for time lapse photography for workflow monitoring and record keeping. The footage assures that the projects advance according to plan and that the quality of work is up to the required standards at all times.

To echo the need, Brinno has announced the newest addition to its construction line, the “Trio Bundle Pack” – BCC2000, which includes the EMPOWER time lapse cam, the weatherproof & extended battery housing, and the flexible adjustable clamp mount kit in one bundle pack; making months of outdoor project monitoring and archiving hassle-free.

I hope you will consider featuring or reviewing Brinno’s new BCC2000 for your readers. Please let me know if I can provide any hi-res images, additional information or even a sample to review. Below is some additional information about the Brinno BCC2000 Bundle.

Optimized for high performance and easy time lapse filming, the new EMPOWER TLC2000 delivers much clearer and sharper images than its previous TLC200Pro by improving the Dynamic Range (HDR) and 1080P Full High Definition (FHD) in any light. In addition, the new flexible schedule setup function makes the jobsite progress documentation a simple and effortless experience, allowing construction workers to focus on the things that matter most to them.

Moreover, the “Trio Bundle Pack” includes the ATH2000 Power Housing which is designed to provide protection against dust and weather elements, as well as accommodates up to 16-AA batteries for extended recording periods, making it ideal for months or even a yearlong outdoor care-free video recording.

Also included in the pack is the versatile Clamp Mount Kit. The mount kit is built to be STRONG, DURABLE and FLEXIBLE, capable of adjusting to grasp and hold tightly and steadily on to posts, parapets or any available object at construction sites.
The “Trio Bundle Pack” sets up easily and without tools to quickly ensure successful documentation of construction projects, work site security, home improvement projects, or large event set-up including concerts and sporting events.

The BCC2000 is available for purchase through Amazon and other retailers nationwide for $549.00. For more information please visit

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nora Rubber Flooring Products Now Carbon Neutral

Global commercial flooring company and leader in sustainability, Interface (NASDAQ: TILE), announces that nora® rubber flooring is now included in its Carbon Neutral Floors™ program. As a result, Interface’s entire product portfolio – carpet tile, luxury vinyl tile (LVT), and now nora rubber flooring – is carbon neutral across its product lifecycle as of Jan. 1, 2019.

“Quickly after the acquisition, we committed ourselves to better understand nora’s rubber flooring manufacturing process and supply chain as part of our carbon neutral floors offering,” said Erin Meezan, chief sustainability officer, Interface. “While we have work to do to reduce the carbon footprint in rubber flooring manufacturing, we are beginning to apply our 25 years of experience reducing Interface’s carbon emissions to accelerate our progress on nora products. To reach carbon neutrality, we calculate the remaining greenhouse gas emissions for the entire lifecycle of our products and invest in verified emission reduction projects located all over the world to offset these emissions.”

In June 2018, Interface became the first global flooring manufacturer to declare that all of its products – including carpet tile and LVT – are carbon neutral across the entire product lifecycle. Offered as standard to every customer, at no extra cost, the program helps them meet their own sustainability goals while also allowing them to reduce the emissions impact of their projects or spaces. Interface has taken a holistic approach to carbon neutrality, looking beyond carbon emissions from manufacturing to considering and calculating emissions across the entire product lifecycle.

About Interface
Interface Inc. is a world-leading modular flooring company with a fully integrated collection of carpet tiles and resilient flooring. Our modular system helps customers create interior spaces while positively impacting the people who use them and our planet.

Our mission, Climate Take Back™, invites industry to join us as we commit to running our business in a way that is restorative to the planet and creates a climate fit for life. For additional information: and Follow Interface on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Vimeo.

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Nightmares for Contractors & How to Prevent Them

Even the best laid plans go awry but in construction, roadblocks and delays can mean profit loss.

Here are some roadblocks that often create project delays and how to approach them:

1. Mother nature is not on your side: Poor weather in heavy rainfall months can leave you way behind schedule. High winds can also be an issue when working on a high rise or roofing job.

Solution: Build some time allowances for natural disasters and make sure to build budget allowances in your contracts for project damage due to extreme weather.

2. Subcontractors with too many coffee breaks: Subcontractors can be valuable for manpower when you need more crew members than you currently have on staff but sometimes the expectations of your firm get lost in translation.

Solution: Invest in more full-time employees when you can to train and communication expectations of the business and maximize efficiency.

3. Changing project needs: sometimes a requirement for a project arises that is unexpected and outside of the original building plan. Whether it be a need from the client or a nuance specific project that comes on unexpectedly it can lead to project delays.

Solution: You need to manage expectations. If it is a client request or an unexpected building need, immediate communication and transparency is to your advantage. Explain any delay it will cause and let them know a reasonable extension time frame for the project.

About Leon Williams Contractors
An experienced commercial design-build firm, Leon Williams Contractors simplifies the building process by effectively managing costs, adhering to deadlines and reducing complications to provide a seamless building experience. As a value-engineering expert, Leon Williams Contractors offers a complete range of services including pre-construction consultation, site assessment, design-build expertise and construction management in the greater Knoxville, Tenn. area.

For more information, visit or call 865-982-1734.

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