Parts Town Nominated for ITA CityLIGHTS Awards

KeyLimeTie is thrilled to announce that client Parts Town has been named a finalist for the Best Strategic Use of Technology category of the Illinois Technology Association CityLIGHTS Award!

Voting is now open, so please visit the CityLIGHTS awards voting survey and cast your vote for Parts Town within the "Best Strategic Use of Technology" category before voting ends on April 29, 2011. Winners will be determined based on a composite score of judges' rankings and community voting and will be announced at the ITA CityLIGHTS Awards Gala May 12. We hope to see you there!

Why Parts Town?

In 2010, Parts Town was recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as the 9th fastest growing company in the Chicago area.  Over the past five yeras, Parts Town has boasted a 953% growth rate, placing them near the top of the prestigious Crain’s Fast 50 list.  The company was also named to the Inc. 5000 list for the second year in a row, and were the #1 ranked restaurant parts distributor on the list and the 28th fastest growing Food and Beverage industry contender overall.

Ahead of the Pack with Mobile App

As the number one OEM restaurant equipment parts distributor, Parts Town is constantly looking ahead to find new ways to differentiate.  In 2010, they launched the industry's first ever mobile application, "Mobile Equipment Manuals" available for iPhone and Android (read the press release). The Mobile Equipment Manuals app allows restaurant technicians with iPhones and Android phones to find and download the manual associated with any one of thousands of equipment models while in the field.  This saves valuable time for the technician and the restaurant, helping them diagnose problems, identify parts, order replacements and make repairs more quickly.

PartsTown iPhone App

Parts Town's website also features a robust e-commerce site that provides users with easy access to restaurant equipment parts, offering same-day shipping on all orders placed before 8PM EST. They're truly committed to the success of their restaurant and repair technician customers, and seek to continuously innovate through use of technology.  This allows Parts Town to stand head-and-shoulders above competitors in an industry not known for being cutting edge.

KeyLimeTie believes Parts Town should be nominated for the Best Strategic Use of Technology award because they use technology to put their customers' needs first.  They are proactive and stay out in front of their industry, this in turn allows them to provide superior service while fueling their growth.

About the CityLIGHTS Awards

A panel of more than 40 judges representing the Who’s Who in Illinois technology reviewed nominations and selected the finalists for the Illinois Technology Association CityLIGHTS awards. 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.