Parts Town Named Finalist for Illinois Technology Association CityLIGHTS Award

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12th Annual CityLIGHTS Awards honor companies and individuals whose innovation and success drive growth in Illinois

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Part of our mission is to create positive change in our industry through technology and innovation and being selected validates our progress

Parts Town LLC has been selected as a finalist for a 2011 Illinois Technology Association (ITA) CityLIGHTS award, in the Best Strategic Use of Technology category. Parts Town has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in driving innovation and developing customer facing technology in the Restaurant Equipment Parts industry. This includes unique supply chain solutions to support both customers and manufacturers. Parts Town’s web-site, has been recognized as the industry’s leading Electronic Commerce tool for research and purchasing.

Winners will be announced at the CityLIGHTS Awards Gala Thursday, May 12, 2011, in the Great Hall at Union Station in Chicago. The gala attracts more than 700 people from 400 organizations including business owners, investors, legislators and policymakers.

A panel of more than 40 judges representing the Who’s Who in Illinois technology reviewed nominations and selected the finalists. Judges hail from major organizations including Microsoft, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, New World Ventures, and World Business Chicago, and newer entities including Technori,, Marchie Enterprises, Inc., SmartSignal and midVentures. The list of past winners includes companies like The Point (now known as Groupon),, NAVTEQ, Model Metrics, Smart Signal, Mayor Richard M. Daley, and Jack Noonan.

“Parts Town is excited and honored that the judges of the 12th annual ITA CityLIGHTS Awards have recognized our innovation and achievements. We are proud to be among the finalists for such a unique and prestigious award. Part of our mission is to create positive change in our industry through technology and innovation and being selected validates our progress,” states Emanuela Franzone, Director of Marketing & Electronic Commerce.

“There is a growing energy and momentum in the Illinois technology industry, and this is reflected in the record number, more than 200, and the quality of the CityLIGHTS Awards nominations this year,” said ITA CEO Fred Hoch. “Nominees range from start-up companies to industry leaders, and we are extremely excited to see the organizations and individuals that rise to the top in 2011.”

Public voting runs from April 18–29, 2011. Winners will be determined by composite score (50 percent judges; 50 percent community voting) in all categories except the CityLIGHTS Award, which is determined solely by the ITA Board of Directors. Votes can be submitted through end of day on April 29, 2011.

About Parts Town
Parts Town is a leading distributor of genuine OEM foodservice parts. Focused on delivering a unique customer service experience and website (, Parts Town customizes solutions for both chain restaurants and food equipment service companies. Parts Town partners closely with the leading manufacturers of commercial cooking, refrigeration, ice, and beverage equipment to improve their parts supply chain, delight their customers, and grow genuine OEM parts sales.

About the ITA
The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) is a driving force behind the growth of Illinois' vibrant technology industry. We are relentless in championing the development and application of technology, from start-up companies to industry leaders, leveraging the transformative nature of technology to revolutionize industries. ITA uniquely capitalizes peer-to-peer collaboration, networking, and access to experts across the breadth of business to cultivate the Illinois technology industry. The unique and powerful integration of these valuable and experienced resources differentiates the ITA as a source of accelerated growth for the technology industry of Illinois. For more information about ITA, please visit


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