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EV Connect, Flash and Qmerit Partner to Set New Standard for Reservable Parking, Charging Experience

April 16, 2024

 

 

 

EV Connect, Flash and Qmerit Partner to Set New Standard for Reservable Parking, Charging Experience

EV Connect, Flash, and Qmerit’s alliance will help bridge gap in charging infrastructure with a seamless, reliable and predictable driver experience

 

 

AUSTIN, TX & EL SEGUNDO, CA, April 16, 2024 – EV ConnectFlash, and Qmerit—pioneers in the electric vehicle (EV) charging, parking technology, and EV implementation and maintenance fields, respectively—today announced a partnership that will accelerate the expansion of EV charging solutions by uniting an integrated charging management platform by EV Connect, the scale of Flash’s North American digital infrastructure, and the installation, integration, and maintenance services offered by Qmerit. The companies are combining these services to provide a seamless, reservable parking and charging experience for drivers while simplifying management for asset owners and operators. In doing so, the partners address the issues of management, reliability, discoverability, and usability that have slowed the nation’s transition to EVs.

Each partner will contribute their specialized technology and services: Flash’s innovative cloud-based parking technology ecosystem with over 10,000 parking assets and digital demand network exceeding 100 million drivers via native partner integrations; EV Connect’s leading software platform and services for electric vehicle charging networks; and Qmerit’s leading expertise in electrification infrastructure, installation and maintenance services.

EV drivers using Flash’s network through one of its many native integrations will now be able to access chargers on the EV Connect network and vice versa. This allows users to predictably and reliably find, reserve, access, and pay for charging when they park, all via a single platform and a single payment. The integration will likewise tie together the various aspects of parking- and charging management by giving asset owners and operators one hassle-free platform supported by Qmerit’s installation and service options.

The Problem: a Charging Crisis

The rapid and accelerating adoption of EVs in the United States—EV sales in 2023 were up more than 50% from the previous year—presents a significant problem: the expansion of the nationwide EV charging network must outpace demand or become a limiting factor for electrification as a whole. Much of the focus on closing this gap is concerned with public, government-funded charging infrastructure, which must exceed a forecasted 1.2 million chargers by 2030 in order to support demand, per the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The same report calls for 28 million private chargers, including the commercial sector, which must evidently bear the vast majority of the EV charging burden. To reach those goals, the existing charger network will have to increase twenty-fold.

“The transition to EV in this decade requires all-hands-on-deck, especially as the next generation of EV adopters make the switch, and we can’t rely on public charging infrastructure alone,” said Dan Sharplin, CEO at Flash. “Facilities with private parking, from retail and hospitality to events and community venues, are a key part of the solution, and must be prepared to meet EV driver expectations.”

The EV charging crisis can be attributed to a wide range of causes, not the least of which are a lack in quality and ease-of-use. The inconvenience of finding an accessible parking spot with a well-functioning charger deters consumers, making them less likely to value or use the installed base of private-sector chargers. This, in turn, has discouraged investment by commercial operators who may be reluctant to take on the management and maintenance of a charging system.

The Solution: Streamlined Parking, Charging, and Maintenance Experience

Making the EV experience more convenient, accessible, predictable, and reliable will minimize the friction experienced by drivers and encourage the adoption of EV charging systems on commercial properties—a clear necessity for overcoming the charging crisis at large. The partnership between EV Connect, Flash, and Qmerit is designed to serve as an important part of that solution, while enhancing the return on investment for the commercial sector.

“Our state-of-the-art EV charging technology is a key component to driving this partnership forward, representing a significant leap with unmatched reliability, performance and uptime through our Network Operations Center and round-the-clock customer support,” said Daniel Bryant, VP of Customer Operations for EV Connect.

Beyond the task of connecting the driver with accessible parking-and-charging stations, fulfilled by Flash, high-quality, well-managed, and thoroughly-maintained equipment is essential for growing the charging network. EV Connect will help ensure station reliability and access with comprehensive management and customer service, while Qmerit will provide private operators with the installation and maintenance support they need.

“We’re excited to bring our top-tier implementation and maintenance services to this partnership, laying the foundation for a robust and efficient charging network. With a 26% increase in publicly available EV chargers and a 59% surge in EV sales in the first three quarters of 2023, as reported by J.D. Power, our partnership aims to expand reservable infrastructure, catering to the rising demand for combined parking and charging solutions,” said Tracy Price, founder and CEO of Qmerit.

What Comes Next?

Over the next 12 months, a series of new agreements with major operators in the hospitality, events, and mixed-use sectors will be announced, together with details about where and when the unified system of parking and charging will be made available to the public. As a result, it is expected that thousands of new ports will be installed this year.

 

About EV Connect:

EV Connect is on a mission to build a better planet by enabling electricity as a transportation fuel. Through its innovative and open charging platform, EV Connect simplifies the set-up, management, and optimization of charging stations with premium customer service, from installation to driver support. EV Connect guides companies of all sizes in managing charger networks and delivers a seamless EV charging experience that empowers drivers. Established in 2010, EV Connect is a subsidiary of Schneider Electric that serves customers across North America, Europe, and Australia including GM, Avista Utilities, Marriott, Hilton, New York Power Authority, Dominos, Skycharger, and Evie Networks. For more information, please visit www.evconnect.com and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Flash:

Flash is a pioneering technology company bringing seamless parking and EV charging experiences to drivers through a first-of-its-kind digital ecosystem. Flash’s platform connects reservable parking and charging in the apps drivers use every day with garage, surface lot, event, and valet parking locations — connected and controlled via a cloud-based operating system with unrivaled intelligence. Customer-obsessed brands partner with Flash to deliver digital, easy-to-use, reliable, and increasingly frictionless experiences to drivers eager to pay for a solution that eliminates wasted time, excess emissions, and stress. The solution has arrived. Visit www.flashparking.com to learn more.

 

About Qmerit:

Qmerit is North America’s leading provider of implementation solutions for EV charging and other energy transition technologies, simplifying electrification adoption for residential and business markets. Qmerit’s value-driven services are delivered through a network of company-owned contractors, independent Certified Solutions Partners, and Certified Installers skilled in system implementation and integration. Qmerit partners with top automakers from the U.S., Europe and Asia. It boasts high customer experience (NPS) scores well above the industry average. Qmerit has just issued a white paper, Electrification2030, that examines issues pivotal to broad EV adoption and greater home and building electrification by 2030. For more information, visit https://qmerit.com/, and connect on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram.

 

Ocra Announces Oversubscribed $3.5M Fundraise Led By Parker Technology & MCR Hotels

April 15, 2024

 

 

 

Ocra Announces Oversubscribed $3.5M Fundraise Led By Parker Technology & MCR Hotels

Today Ocra announces its successful raise of $3.5 million in strategic capital in an oversubscribed round led by Parker Technology, a leading technology-led services company in the parking industry, and MCR Hotels, the third largest hotel owner-operator in the United States.

Other strategic partners contributing to the round include Callahan Family Office, HB Companies, Helene Ventures, Long Run Capital, Sunstone Management, and more.

Originally targeted at $3 million, this oversubscribed round reflects a strong vote of confidence in the company’s vision, team, and technology.

It represents alignment from strategic investors on the team’s mission to build the API layer that connects siloed technologies to the outcomes of centralized operations and substantial revenue growth for parking operators and parking asset owners across all sectors of the industry.

“Every dollar of capital we raise is in the spirit of staying vendor-neutral and supports our vision of being the API layer of this industry,” says Ethan Glass, CEO & Co-Founder of Ocra. “This round creates alignment between our company and other industry leaders, as every investor adds tremendous value beyond the capital.”

This infusion of capital plays a crucial role in driving innovation across product lines and enriching Ocra’s centralized demand channel management platform with new features and integrations.

It also allows the company to double down on its core competencies of demand channel expertise and data-driven revenue optimization for parking assets as offered through its managed services model: Ocra CoPilot.

Additionally, this round supports the continued recruitment of top talent for Engineering, Operations, and Revenue who elevate Ocra’s service level and produce even stronger revenue outcomes for its partners.

To learn more, contact the Ocra Team at info@getocra.com.

Press Contact:

Sarah Becherer
VP Marketing

sarah@getocra.com

617-869-3817

Park N Fly Discount Launches: Save Up to 70% on Airport Parking

April 15, 2024

Park N Fly Discount Launches: Save Up to 70% on Airport Parking

 

 

 

Park N Fly Discount finds cheap airport parking (US & Canada). Save up to 70% & get $7 off with launch coupon!

 

 

NEW YORK, NY, US, April 15, 2024  — Park N Fly Discount Makes Long-Term Airport Parking Affordable

Park N Fly Discount, a brand new website dedicated to finding travelers the best deals on long-term parking, announces its official launch today.

Park N Fly Discount offers a user-friendly platform to compare parking options near major US and Canadian airports and cruise ports. Travelers can easily search for their desired location and parking dates to find a variety of secure and convenient parking options at a fraction of the cost of on-site airport parking.

“We understand the frustration of expensive airport parking fees,” says Val/CEO, founder of Park N Fly Discount. “Our mission is to simplify the parking booking process and help travelers save money with incredible deals on long-term parking.”

Save Up to 70% with Park N Fly Discount

Park N Fly Discount boasts significant savings compared to on-site airport parking rates. Travelers can expect to save up to 70% by booking their parking through the Park N Fly Discount website.

Exclusive $7 Coupon Code for All Locations

To celebrate their launch, Park N Fly Discount is offering a special $7 coupon code applicable to all parking locations listed on their website. Simply enter the code at checkout to redeem your savings.

About Park N Fly Discount

Park N Fly Discount is a leading online resource for travelers seeking affordable long-term parking options near major US and Canadian airports and cruise ports. The company offers a user-friendly platform to compare rates, amenities, and book parking with ease. Park N Fly Discount is committed to providing travelers with the best possible parking experience at the most competitive prices.

Park N Fly Discount
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PARKING MANAGEMENT COMPANY ACQUIRES BIRD DOG PARKING

April 11, 2024

PARKING MANAGEMENT COMPANY ACQUIRES BIRD DOG PARKING

National parking services provider will service 33 new locations across the Southeast

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  – Parking Management Company (PMC), a national parking services provider, has acquired Chattanooga-based Bird Dog Parking. PMC, a leader in hospitality and commercial parking management and tech-based parking solutions, will incorporate Bird Dog’s 33 locations in Tennessee, Alabama and Missouri into their national portfolio.

“With their dedication to exceptional service and elevating the parker experience, Bird Dog was a clear culture fit for PMC. We are excited to expand our commercial technology and valet services to new audiences across the Southeast and to welcome Brook’s and the Bird Dog team’s parking and hospitality expertise to the PMC family,” said PMC chief investment officer Tim Bewley.

Bird Dog Parking is co-owned by Mitch Patel and Brook Weresuk. Patel, founder and CEO of Vision Hospitality Group, will continue his dynamic leadership of the hotel ownership and management group. PMC will serve as a preferred parking provider for Vision Hospitality Group, which currently oversees over 40 hotels throughout the country, with 15 more under construction. Weresuk will provide his industry insight as an official member of the PMC team.

The newly acquired accounts will be supported by PMC’s suite of proprietary technology solutions, including PMC Pay for commercial locations and PMC Valet for hotel partners. Launched earlier this year, PMC Valet enables both guests and the valet attendant to manage the entire valet process, from the front drive to exit, in one secure and convenient system.

“Our PMC Valet technology has revolutionized the valet experience and ensures the most efficient, hospitable experience for the guest,” said PMC chief technology officer Troy Crabtree. “PMC Valet is not only an experience built by valet parkers for valet parkers, but one built by operators for operators – and we’re excited to expand this experience to these new locations and across the country.”

About Parking Management Company

Parking Management Company (PMC) is a hyper-growth, employee-owned hospitality parking services provider and commercial parking management company. PMC provides an unparalleled level of service for hotels, commercial lots and garages, hospitals, casinos, and event venues. The company currently employs more than 7,000 associates nationwide and serves clients in 170 cities and 43 states. PMC’s associates Relentlessly serve hundreds of clients from coast to coast.

Genetec announces availability of Security Center SaaS

April 10, 2024

 

 

Genetec announces availability of Security Center SaaS

 

Enterprise-grade SaaS solution gives organizations the freedom to choose the door controllers, cameras, and devices that work best for their business.

 

 

MONTRÉAL, April 10, 2024Genetec Inc. (“Genetec”), a leading technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions, today announced the availability of Security Center SaaS from its global network of certified partners. A massively scalable, open, and unified software as a service (SaaS) solution, the new offering will combine access control, video management, forensic search, intrusion monitoring, automation, and many other advanced security capabilities.

“The physical security industry has been eagerly anticipating an enterprise-grade offering that can be implemented in the cloud or in a hybrid deployment based on customers’ needs and requirements. Security Center SaaS not only fills this important gap in the market, but it redefines the possibilities for cloud-based physical security,” said Michel Chalouhi, Vice President of Global Sales at Genetec Inc.

Because of its open architecture, Security Center SaaS gives organizations the freedom to choose the door controllers, cameras, and devices that work best for their business. It also features powerful forensic search tools designed to simplify and speed up investigations. These tools extract crucial information from the rich metadata collected by the system’s connected edge devices. The information is presented in a single, intuitive user interface, facilitating faster and more informed decision-making processes.

Security Center SaaS features powerful and comprehensive systems management tools, making it easier and faster for channel partners to configure, provision, and deploy complex, multi-site enterprise systems at scale. From quote to delivery, Security Center SaaS helps partners to efficiently manage and oversee all their Security Center SaaS installations, no matter the size of the project.

Direct to cloud connection with Axis Cloud Connect (ACC) and Axis Powered by Genetec

In addition to an open portfolio of cameras by a range of manufacturers, Security Center SaaS takes full advantage of the newly announced Axis Cloud Connect solution, and the existing Axis Powered by Genetec network door controller. Building on years of close collaboration with Axis, Security Center SaaS enables customers to securely connect, enroll, and manage Axis devices in a diversity of deployment options, including direct device-to-cloud streaming of video, metadata, and access control data.

Together, both ACC and Axis Powered by Genetec offer users a complete enterprise-grade deployment of both network access control and video technologies designed to work seamlessly across hybrid and cloud environments, as well as in fully on-premises deployments. Easily installed and maintained, these Axis devices enable Security Center SaaS customers to deploy a unified cloud-ready installation quickly and reliably.

Pricing and availability

Security Center SaaS is offered in two subscription plans starting at $149 US MSRP per year per device connection (these can be door controllers, cameras, intercoms, intrusion panels, or other device connections).

The new offering is also available in competitively priced video bundles, including software and camera connections, starting at $2,700 US MSRP*. These include the option of either 8 or 20 camera connections (with 8 and 20 TB of storage, respectively), the Security Center SaaS software, and the Genetec Cloudlink™ 310 appliance that allows any non-cloud-ready camera to be easily connected to Security Center SaaS.

Security Center SaaS is available to be quoted and ordered immediately in all regions and will begin shipping as of May 30th, 2024.

Security Center SaaS will be showcased for the first time at ISC West at booth #13062. For more information, please visit: https://www.genetec.com/products/unified-security/security-center-saas.

*First-year cost includes appliance, software, and device connection. Afterwards, customers just pay a yearly software subscription per connected device.

About Genetec

Genetec Inc. is a global technology company that has been transforming the physical security industry for over 25 years. The company’s portfolio of solutions enables enterprises, governments, and communities around the world to secure people and assets while respecting individual privacy and the demand for operational efficiency.

Based on an open architecture, and built with cybersecurity at their core, Genetec solutions can be implemented on-premises, in the cloud, or in hybrid deployments. The company’s flagship products, Genetec Security Center and Genetec Security Center SaaS, unify core physical security functions, such as access control, video surveillance, automatic license plate recognition (ALPR), intrusion detection, communications, and analytics.

Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Genetec serves its customers via an extensive network of certified channel partners and consultants in over 159 countries. For more information about Genetec, visit: www.genetec.com 

For more information about Genetec, visit: https://www.genetec.com

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Véronique Froment

HighRez

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Quercus Technologies celebrates its 25th anniversary

April 10, 2024

 

Quercus Technologies celebrates its 25th anniversary

 

 

A quarter-century bringing innovation to parking technology

 

 

 

Quercus Technologies, world leader in technological solutions for monitoring and management of parking facilities, is proud toannounce its 25th anniversary. Throughout its history, Quercus has worked at the forefront of innovation in the parking industry, providing smart, efficient solutions that have transformed the entire parking experience.

Since its establishment in 1999, Quercus has been dedicated to developing state-of-the-art technology to meet a vast range of management challenges in parking facilities around the world. With a unique combination of precision engineering, advanced software and an in-depth understanding of customer needs, Quercus has set the standards for excellence in the parking businesssector.

The celebration of Quercus Technologies’ anniversary is a major landmark that stands for the company’s commitment to excellence, innovation and customer service. It is worth noting that our equipment has been working for some time with artificial intelligence developed in-house. This integration has enabled us to offer even more sophisticated and adaptive solutions, designed to increaseefficiency, security and convenience for millions of drivers and facility operators.

We’re also taking this opportunity to announce that throughout 2024, we will be holding several events in collaboration with our staff to mark the company’s 25 years. These celebrations will consist of diverse activities, all designed as opportunities to reflect on ourfuture goals, and strengthen our bonds as a team.

On another note, we would never miss the opportunity to celebrate this special landmark with our customers and partners at theIntertraffic Amsterdam trade fair. It will be a perfect occasion to express our appreciation for their constant support and trust overthe years.

Last, we want to show our sincere gratitude to all of those who have made our achievements possible. Their dedication andcommitment have been fundamental to our success. Their support has helped us to constantly improve and evolve, putting us on apath we hope to follow for many years to come.

Contact: marketing@quercus-technologies.com

Hayden AI Launches Double Parking Enforcement Solution for Road Safety and Public Transit

April 10, 2024

 

Hayden AI Launches Double Parking Enforcement Solution for Road Safety and Public Transit

 

Bus-mounted technology improves road safety and public transit performance by changing driver behavior to stop roadway hazards caused by double parking

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO, April 10, 2024—-Hayden AI, a global leader in vision AI and spatial analytics, today announced a new product for its vision AI platform: automated double parking enforcement. Utilizing the same hardware and AI technology as the company’s automated bus lane, bus stop, and bike lane enforcement platform, this new application of the technology is designed to improve road safety and public transit performance by reducing instances of illegal double parking through highly accurate and scalable enforcement.

Double parking creates major issues for road safety and public transit. When drivers illegally block a travel lane parallel to legally parked vehicles, they force buses, other vehicles, and cyclists to maneuver around the stopped vehicle, increasing the likelihood of crashes and causing significant travel delays. Moreover, double parking also creates challenges for legally parked vehicles that cannot leave when needed.

Automated double parking enforcement gives transit and other agencies an additional tool to improve bus performance and road safety for everyone. By utilizing the Hayden AI technology already installed on buses for automated bus lane, bus stop, and bike lane enforcement, agencies can seamlessly and automatically detect and enforce illegal double parking violations at scale.

“All it takes is one double parked vehicle to create a traffic hazard and delay multiple buses — and the people relying on those buses to reach their jobs and appointments on time,” said Chris Carson, founder and CEO of Hayden AI. “Our vision AI platform is designed to improve transit performance and road safety, and reducing double parking is a huge part of that. I’m thrilled that we are adding automated double parking enforcement to our vision AI platform.”

About Hayden AI: At Hayden AI, we’re pioneering real world problem solving powered by AI and machine learning. From bus lane and bus stop enforcement to digital twin modeling and more, our clients use our mobile perception system to speed up transit, make streets safer, and create a more sustainable future. Learn more at www.hayden.ai

 

Contacts

Jenna Fortunati
jenna.fortunati@hayden.ai

Revolutionizing Parking Operations: Millennium Parking Systems Introduces Cutting-Edge Parking Solutions

April 09, 2024

 

Revolutionizing Parking Operations: Millennium Parking Systems Introduces Cutting-Edge Parking Solutions

 

 

 

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO, UNITED STATES, April 9, 2024  — Millennium Parking Systems, a leading provider of innovative parking management solutions, is proud to announce the launch of its state-of-the-art parking operation services tailored specifically for companies seeking efficient and seamless parking management solutions.

In today’s fast-paced world, finding convenient and stress-free parking solutions is a top priority for both drivers and parking operators. Recognizing this need, Millennium Parking Systems has developed a comprehensive suite of machinery and technology solutions designed to optimize parking operations and enhance customer experience.

“Our goal at Millennium Parking Systems is to revolutionize the parking industry through innovation and excellence,” said Raul Betancourt, CEO at Millennium Parking Systems. “With our cutting-edge solutions, parking operator companies can streamline their operations, increase profitability, and deliver an unparalleled experience to their customers.”

Key Features and Advantages:

Enhanced Customer Experience: Our solutions ensure that travelers can park comfortably and efficiently, leading to increased traffic flow and improved vehicle rotation within parking facilities.

Integrated E-commerce Options: With features such as the EQP APP and seat reservation system, companies can seamlessly integrate e-commerce functionalities into their parking operations, boosting productivity and profitability.

Guaranteed Return on Investment: Millennium Parking Systems offers durable and reliable equipment with a long service life, ensuring a solid return on investment for parking operator companies.

Reliable Equipment: Our solutions are built with reliability and efficiency in mind, minimizing downtime and maximizing performance.

Effective Marketing Insights: Gain valuable insights into customer behavior and preferences through detailed reports and statistics, enabling data-driven decision-making and targeted marketing strategies.

Integration Flexibility: Our systems can be easily integrated with existing ERP systems, reservation platforms, valet parking services, and license plate registration systems, providing a seamless and streamlined operation.

About Millennium Parking Systems:

Millennium Parking Systems is a leading provider of parking management solutions, dedicated to revolutionizing the parking industry through innovation and excellence. With a focus on customer satisfaction and technological advancement, Millennium Parking Systems delivers cutting-edge solutions that optimize parking operations and enhance the overall parking experience.

Raul Betancourt
Millennium Parking Systems
+1 787-688-0426

CENTRAL STATES BUILDING WORKS NAMES AHMED ABDELAAL VICE PRESIDENT OF ENGINEERING AND OPERATIONS 

April 09, 2024

 

 

CENTRAL STATES BUILDING WORKS NAMES AHMED ABDELAAL VICE PRESIDENT OF ENGINEERING AND OPERATIONS 

 

 

TONTITOWN, AR – April 9, 2024Central States, a leader in metal building components, roofing, and building packages, has named Ahmed Abdelaal to the new role of Vice President of Engineering and Operations for the Central States Building Works division.  Ahmed will lead the group’s technical services including engineering, drafting, and detailing and will bring his know-how in automation, software, operations, and manufacturing to the business as preparations are made for the company’s new frame plant, planned to open in Springdale, Arkansas in the Spring of 2025. 

“I’ve always believed in the power of innovation to create solutions, to overcome roadblocks, and work collaboratively,” Abdelaal said.  “Central States has a great reputation for metal building components and packages and is expanding upon this foundation to add new offerings, manufacturing capability, and know-how to serve our customers well.  I look forward to playing a role in this evolution of Central States Building Works.” 

Ahmed brings almost three decades of industry experience working for some of the largest Pre-Engineered Metal Building (PEMB) companies in the United States and internationally.  He comes to Central States after spending the initial 11 years of his career at American Buildings Company (now Nucor) and Butler Manufacturing Company (now BlueScope Steel), where he held leadership positions in engineering and project management.  For the last 12 years, Ahmed has served global companies by building out factories and technical capabilities in executive operations roles. He has worked with large, multi-national commercial customers in retail, auto shops, warehouses & logistics facilities, car showrooms, sports arenas, entertainment facilities, aircraft hangars and manufacturing, leading commercial general contractors, and public entities, including the US military. 

“We are excited to welcome Ahmed to the team. He has an outstanding track record driving technical excellence, assembling high-performing teams, and leading growth in the metal buildings industry,” said Jennifer Davis, President of Central States Building Works. “His expertise will be invaluable to our employee-owners and customers as we continue expanding our solutions and capabilities to meet the needs of our customers today and into the future.” 

Central States Building Works designs and delivers material-only building packages across the United States for commercial, storage, agricultural, industrial, and other applications. The business unit was established in 2003 as Central Storage Works and was rebranded earlier this year in recognition of its expansion to additional building types and capabilities. Starting with an idea and a location, the business provides a full portfolio of services from initial estimating to drafting, and working through final contracting and engineering stamps, delivering all that is required to erect the building directly to the job site.  These custom kits include metal bolt-up buildings, rigid frame metal building systems, carports and garages, self-storage, and more. When combined with private label manufacturing capabilities, Building Works enables customers to grow their portfolio of offerings.  All Central States Building Works packages include metal building components, which are 100% recyclable and designed with sustainability in mind. 

On November 15, 2023, Central States broke ground on a new 105,000-square-foot plant to support the fast-growing pre-engineered metal frame business. The factory, which will open in 2025, expects to grow to 140 employee-owners over the first few years of operation. 

Central States, Inc. (www.centralstatesco.com) is 100% employee-owned and was founded in 1988. With over 1,400 employee-owners and 11 manufacturing facilities, the company serves over 6,000 commercial, architectural, post frame, and residential contractors and customers across the United States across three business operating units. Central States Manufacturing is a leading manufacturer of metal building components with 14 metal roofing and wall panel profiles, along with a full line of trim, accessories, and structural purlin. Two new factories are under construction, including a frame plant for pre-engineered metal buildings. Central States Building Works provides material-only building packages for self-storage and metal building systems. In 2022, Central States acquired Elevate Structures (formerly Storage Structures, Inc.), a leader in self-storage offering the patent-pending Alpha Framing System. 

Annette Clayton Joins Flash Board of Directors

April 05, 2024

 

 

 

Annette Clayton Joins Flash Board of Directors

 

 

Austin, Texas, April 4, 2024 – Flash, the leading digital ecosystem provider connecting drivers to parking and EV charging experiences, today announced Annette Clayton, chairwoman and former CEO of Schneider Electric, has joined the company’s board of directors. Ms. Clayton has decades of automotive, technology, and energy industry experience and brings an extensive track record guiding corporate strategy and operations for growth companies and pioneering startups.

 

“We are incredibly fortunate to welcome Annette to our board of directors,” said Dan Sharplin, Flash’s CEO and Chairman. “She is an accomplished leader who has dedicated her career to companies that are transforming their respective industries, and her talents and expertise will be invaluable to our next chapter of growth, particularly when it comes to meeting the needs of modern drivers through the next wave of EV adoption.”

 

Ms. Clayton joins Flash’s board of directors after recently concluding her tenure as CEO of Schneider Electric North America. During that time, Ms. Clayton led business strategy for the region, representing 30,000 employees and sales of more than $11 billion in fiscal year 2022.

 

“Working with innovators like Flash that reimagine an industry is the work I love,” said Ms. Clayton regarding her appointment. “I have followed Flash’s evolution from its startup days and think the current moment is among its most exciting – Flash has done the heavy lifting and is poised to bring all the players together to set the new standard for a first-of-its-kind digital ecosystem.”

 

Ms. Clayton currently serves on the public boards of Duke Energy, NXP Semiconductors, Oshkosh Corporation, and Nordson Corporation. Ms. Clayton’s prior board service includes National Electrical Manufacturers Association, National Association of Manufacturers, and many of Schneider Electric’s Energy-as-a-Service joint ventures. She was also a member of Rewiring America’s CEO’s for Electrification coalition for business leaders.

 

Prior to Schneider Electric, she served in senior management roles for Dell, where she led the transformation of its global supply chain and fulfillment model, and General Motors Corporation, including president of Saturn Corporation, where she oversaw strategic direction, financial accountability, and profitability. Ms. Clayton holds a bachelor’s degree in general engineering from Wright State University, a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Dayton, and has completed the London Business School executive development program.

 

About Flash:

Flash is a pioneering technology company bringing seamless parking and EV charging experiences to drivers through a first-of-its-kind digital ecosystem. Flash’s platform connects reservable parking and charging in the apps drivers use every day with garage, surface lot, event, and valet parking locations — connected and controlled via a cloud-based operating system with unrivaled intelligence. Customer-obsessed brands partner with Flash to deliver digital, easy-to-use, reliable, and increasingly frictionless experiences to drivers eager to pay for a solution that eliminates wasted time, excess emissions, and stress from driving. The solution has arrived. Visit www.flashparking.com to learn more.

 

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