Snap-on Business Solutions Opens New Technology Center

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Marks Grand Opening of State-of-the-Art Green Facility

Location: 
Richfield, Ohio
Date: 
Friday, November 13, 2009
Snap-on Business Solutions (SBS), a division of Snap-on Incorporated, today announced the opening of its new main office in Richfield, Ohio. The new facility features state-of-the-art green technology, and provides Snap-on the capacity required for continued business and technology growth. Snap-on commemorated the opening of the new facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and other opening events. Presenting the new building to invited guests were Nicholas T. Pinchuk, Chairman and CEO of Snap-on Inc.; Tim Chambers, President of Snap-on Business Solutions; Jerry Baracz, Vice President of Finance, Snap-on Business Solutions; and Chris Burnham, President, Summit County Port Authority. "Snap-on Business Solutions is committed to leading the industry with the most innovative and productive products in the market place," said Tim Chambers. "Beyond supporting our business growth, the new facility reflects a significant commitment to our OEM Business Partners and their dealer networks, our associates, and the community." Key automotive executives from General Motors, Toyota, Ford, Chrysler, and Penske attended the event, along with government dignitaries and local automotive dealers. After the ceremony, in conjunction with the opening events, Nicholas T. Pinchuk hosted an automotive industry roundtable discussion with the automotive executives. "When it comes to repairing vehicles and selling parts, automotive companies don't compete with each other," said Corey Roberts, Vice President of Sales for Snap-on Business Solutions. "Today's roundtable discussion created an opportunity for industry leaders to outline challenges in automotive parts and service. They also shared ideas and best practices for supporting their dealerships and improving their business." A year in the making, the new facility spans 105,000 square feet and is becoming LEED Certified. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, "LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts." The new Snap-on facility incorporates energy-saving lighting and other elements that reduce electrical costs by 20 percent, while modern lavatories will conserve an average of 243,000 gallons of water per year. Snap-on's new state-of-the-art facility will enhance the company's capabilities and service levels for Internet application hosting. While offering increased capacity to their customers, the data center has also reduced its electrical consumption by more than 40 percent. "The new data center parallels our philosophy of rapid continuous improvement by increasing productivity and reducing costs through technological innovation." said Jerry Baracz.

About Snap-on Business Solutions

Snap-on Business Solutions (SBS), based in Richfield, Ohio, is a part of Snap-on Incorporated’s Repair Systems & Information Group. SBS is focused on serving vehicle and equipment manufacturers and their dealership networks. SBS information solutions, diagnostic systems, and essential tools and equipment programs help customers grow parts sales, reduce structural costs, improve customer experiences, and sell more vehicles and equipment.

About Snap-on

Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA) is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks. Products and services include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions for vehicle dealerships and repair centers, as well as customers in industry, government, agriculture, aviation and natural resources. Products and services are sold through the company’s franchisee, company-direct, distributor and Internet channels. Founded in 1920, Snap-on is a $2.6 billion, S&P 500 company headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin. For additional information on Snap-on, visit www.snapon.com.