JoAnne C. Kennedy: Jul. 1942 – Jan. 2024

JoAnne C. Kennedy: July 1942 - January 2024

With great sadness, we share the passing of Joanne Kennedy, Chief Executive Officer and President Of the John W. Kennedy Company.

Joanne Loved the John W. Kennedy Company, the customers and the industries we have served for nearly a century. Among her many achievements, she guided the through three decades of growth, expanding from a ingle distribution headquarters in East Providence, Rhode Island to five locations, including Maine, Vermont, New Jersey and Florida.

Joanne gave us a strong business foundation; her leadership and vision will be missed. The current leadership team of John Conaty, Acting President and Chief Financial Officer, John Nolan, Vice President and William Stringfellow , Company Secretary and Sales Manager will continue to lead the business. Board members Kim and Kristen Kennedy will continue their roles and take on expanded responsibilities.

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to working with our valued partners in the future.


John Conaty, Acting President and Chief Financial Officer

John Nolan, Vice President

William Stringfellow, Company Secretary and Sales Manager

Veeder-Root TSN: Technical Support Hours of Operation

Veeder-Root Technical Support Hours Of Operation


Please be advised that the Veeder-Root Technical Support team, located in Simsbury, CT, will be changing their hours of operation temporarily from Monday through Friday,

8am – 7pm ET to 8am – 6pm ET. This change is effective January 30, 2023.

Veeder-Root is committed to providing the very best Technical Support and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will notify you again once we resume our normal hours.

Click here to learn more about Veeder-Root Technical Support

Be sure to check out the Veeder-Root booth at our upcoming 2023 Petroleum Equipment Trade Show!!
2023 JWK Trade Show


Wednesday, March 29th: 9AM – 4:30PM
Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres 4:00PM – 7:30PM (Open Bar)

Thursday, March 30th: 9:00AM – 12:00PM


Crowne Plaza Warwick
801 Greenwich Avenue
Warwick, RI 02886
Click here for directions.

Training & Certification Seminar Schedule
Wednesday March 29th
FFS APT 8:00 – 9:00am APT Piping Re-Certification
9:15 – 10:15am OPW Underground Piping Re-Certification
Containment Solutions 10:30 – 11:30am CSI UST Installation Re-Certification
11:45am – 12:45pm Emco Wheaton EVR Re-Certification
1:00 – 2:30pm Icon Sump & Fitting Repair Certification

We are back once again with the most anticipated petroleum equipment trade show with dozens of vendors featuring their latest and greatest product offerings along with training and re-certification seminars. We end the first day with a cocktail hour featuring an open bar, great Hors-d’oeuvres and live entertainment! So don’t miss out!



Click on the Veeder-Root logo below to visit our web store, where we have hundreds of the most popular Veeder-Root items ready to buy online and if you can’t find what you are looking for, please contact us!
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If you have any questions about Veeder-Root system and/or parts , please feel free to contact us at 1-800-451-4021 or Email Us !!

The John W. Kennedy Company appreciates your business and continued support!


JWK SBI – Shop By Image Feature

THEY Say A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words…
JWK SBI - Shop By Image

…But we at the John W. Kennedy Company decided to expand on Henrik Ibsen’s 1913 roughly coined phrase by making a picture more than just a picture worth a thousand words.  We decided to make them a shopping tool and informational resource with simple mouse clicks on one image.

May not sound like anything different you’ve seen until you’ve seen JWK’s SBI – Shop By Image feature!

The John W. Kennedy Company has been using image mapping to organize information and build quotes off of since the early 2000s for a few of our larger customers. So it was only natural when we launched our online store in 2016 to use them directly to shop from as well, allowing site visitors to add equipment and parts directly to their shopping carts from an image! We have simply kept this feature on the down-low, mentioning them here and there to get a feel as to whether they would be used and how often.

In late 2018, working with our eCommerce provider, we customized our site to integrate image mapping directly into our eCommerce solution to allow us to map images in-house and drop them on our site to create a powerful tool that is becoming more and more popular. There is no middle people involved; just us, an image and our site! From concept to reality in less time than it can take to get a quote most days.

JWK SBI Blue Hill Express

Blue Hill Express, Canton, MA 2009 image map

Blue Hill Express, Canton MA Encore dispenser image mapped from 2009

Blue Hill Express, Canton MA Encore dispenser image mapped from 2009

We have mapped out everything from exploded view parts breakdowns to an entire gas station. Some of those early image maps are still being used many years later.  One set of complex maps compared the customer’s current spec to their proposed upgrade and the associated costs. Unfortunately, we can not disclose them due to their proprietary nature and agreements made with the customers but the impact they made was powerful.

  In the case of new products, it allows us to hit the ground running by building the new products with a high degree of consistency and accuracy with all pertinent resources in tow such as product images, literature and videos . Kennedy warehouse staff even use them to identify components they are unfamiliar with in various systems like pipeworks.

Fairfield SCM-5DS Image Map

Fairfield SCM-5DS simple image map of exploded view

The early image maps (like the ones above and to the left of Blue Hill Express) were much more involved and required several expensive software apps to create over the span of a few days that didn’t look nearly as sharp or cool as what we can do now.

By the time we made our jump to eCommerce in 2016, we were able to create them with one piece of open source software that provided a much cleaner look to the finished map with even more functionality. With all the information at our fingertips and all products in our system, simple image maps can be created in less than an hour like the Fairfield Industries SCM-5DS you see pictured to the right, while more complex ones may take a half day or more. 

No “hover” effects for non-mouse driven devices

This is really a bit of a downer we hope to figure a way around moving forward but not holding our breath at a quick and easy solution.  While you can still use the image maps on tablets and smartphones, they don’t provide the same impact, functionality, nor are the images as big as they are on a desktop or laptop but again, they still work and can be used on such devices. And depending on the browser being used on tablets and smartphones, some will open with just a touch while others require you to touch and hold to open a new tab.  Yeah, I agree, the inconsistency in web browsers from device to device and IO to IO is pretty bad as well.  We are all still learning this new digital world, even those building it.  This is why you will not find a direct link to any image maps on the mobile version of our site as we do not drive customers away by frustrating them with a feature that does not work the same on every device.

At this time, the most popular image maps are the Franklin Fueling FE Petro submersible pump exploded views.

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These very popular maps are used multiple times a day to find parts and provide much needed information in a format not found anywhere else and that’s where the John W. Kennedy Company excels over all others; provide much need information in a timely manner.  We know who’s looking, who’s buying and when.  We know vendors and our competition use our site for information from not just our analytics but from the horse’s mouth. What does it say about the competition when they use our site over their own or the vendors to get information from?

Pretty telling to say the least!

That tells us what we’ve known for nearly a century, information is still king! And that’s the best way we know how to win a customer’s loyalty; it’s not just about price but the support network and the timeliness of that support. This can also be seen with our trade shows we’ve hosted since the 90s and our daily efforts since 1930.  And now, we are just trying to carry that effort forward to the digital world wide web.

So by all means, please click on the image below to explore our Shop By Image page that features mapped images from Fairfield Industries, Franklin Fueling Systems’ brands (Corrosion Control, Cable Tight, EBW, EVO, FE Petro and UPP), Morrison Brothers, NUPI, Omntec and OPW with more to follow!JWK SBI - Shop By ImageIf you have any suggestions for image maps you would like to see, please feel free to email
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and if the resources are available, we will do our best to make it happen!

Can’t find what you are looking for on our site or have questions? Feel free to call us at 1.800.451.4021 or

The John W. Kennedy Company appreciates your business and continued support!


ATTENTION!! – JWK Orlando, FL Branch MOVING To A New Location on March 11, 2019!

New JWK FL Branch Location: 501 Persimmon Ave, Sanford FL 32771

New JWK Florida branch location at 501 Persimmon Ave, Sanford FL 32771

We are moving from our current location of 3320 Vineland Road, Suite C, ORLANDO, FL to a new location at 501 Persimmon Ave, Sanford FL.

UPDATE 3/6/2019 –  Operations at 3320 Vineland Road, Orlando, FL will be severely limited on Friday, 3/8/2019.  Please make arrangements with our Florida location ASAP at 1.877.835.8885 if you need anything over the next week as both locations will be in a state of flux for a bit.

Our last day of operation at 3320 Vineland Road, Orlando, FL will be on Friday, March 8, 2019 and we will re-open on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 501 Persimmon Ave,  Sanford FL 32771.

During the move, phone calls will be rerouted to our main office in East Providence, RI.  Phone and Internet services are expected to be operational by the end of business on Monday, March 11, 2019.  If you have any questions about picking up orders and equipment during the move, please contact our Florida branch at 1.877.835.8885 or call us in Rhode Island at 1.800.451.4021.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

The John W. Kennedy Company appreciates your business and continued support!
JWK Florida Branch

UPDATE: 2019 John W. Kennedy Company “Forging Relationships” Trade Show Registrations Now Open!!

Crowne Plaza Warwick RI

Once again, it is time for the John W. Kennedy Company’s biennial trade show at the:2015 JWK Trade Show 85 Years

JWK Basic Training Trade Show

Crowne Plaza Hotel Warwick
801 Greenwich Ave
Warwick, RI  02886






As always, the show features dozens and dozens of vendors showing their latest and greatest products, services, installation and maintenance tips.

The first day is chock full of training and certification seminars, followed by an open bar, cocktail and hors d’oevres reception at 4PM with the gypsy-jazz stylings of the Bianco Martinis.




Trade Show Training & Certification Seminar Schedule

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Seminars fill quickly – CLICK HERE REGISTER NOW to guarantee your spot!

Seminar Description Time
OPW Flexworks
Underground Piping Re-certification

8 – 9AM
Underground Piping Re-certification

9:15 – 10:15AM
Icon Containment
Repair Boot Installation Certification

10:30 – 11:30AM
Containment Solutions
UST Installation Certification

11:45AM – 1:30PM
Gilbarco Veeder-Root
EMV Timeline & Deadlines – what you need to do!

2 – 3PM

As always, this is a FREE event – watch our website and blog for upcoming show registration announcements!


The John W. Kennedy Company appreciates your business and continued support!

Cumberland Farms Kicks Off Best Practices Seminar Series Featuring Bravo Systems

CF Bravo Best Practices Collage

On November 8, 2017, the John W. Kennedy Company in conjunction with East Coast Associates hosted the first Cumberland Farms Best Practices certification seminar at the John W. Kennedy Company’s Mark A. Ring Memorial Training Facility  in East Providence, RI featuring a presentation from S. Bravo Systems.

In an ongoing effort to enforce the integrity of their spec and consistency of equipment installation standards for all their refueling construction projects,  Jim Scholes, Senior Construction Project Manager of Cumberland Farms worked with Tom Correa, National Account Manager of the John W. Kennedy Company to create the Cumberland Farms Best Practices Seminar Series.

These seminars invite contractors doing work on Cumberland Farms projects to learn, review and discuss how the spec equipment Cumberland Farms uses from various manufacturers should be installed in accordance to manufacturers’ recommended installation procedures that adhere to the expectations of Cumberland Farms to provide a consistent outcome from contractor to contractor and location to location.

Micah Nelson, Bravo National Sales Manager was the seminar presenter, accompanied by Bravo Regional Sales Managers, Bob Hyatt and Trent Caster.  Also on hand were Mark Sisco and Jim Holland of East Coast Associates who are the Bravo representatives on the U.S. East Coast.

Best Practices BravoAnd while the contractors learn first hand from the manufacturer how the product should look when it shows up on site and how best to go about installations, they also share their trials and tribulations of the realities on the job site. As Micah Nelson spoke to a packed house, reviewing Bravo off-the-shelf products and those assemblies they build specifically for Cumberland Farms during the half day event, the exchange between presenter and attendees brought to light details and issues new to both sides.  There were also discussions about the direction the future holds.   This is exactly what drove the concept for the Best Practices seminar series.

As Micah summed up the event, “It’s amazingly helpful to us as a manufacturer when we can have an open forum with our distribution partner, the end user, and the installing contractor all in the same room. It’s great events like this that help us make our products better.”

In support of Micah’s sentiments, Jim Holland added, “We (S. Bravo & ECA) were grateful to be a part of the first Cumberland Farms Best Practices seminar hosted by the John W. Kennedy Co. It’s humbling to gather with companies both large and small to reach a common goal.  To pull in a manufacturer, distributor and competing construction house’s to exchange ideas and develop a road map to support the end customer’s best interest, is both advantageous and inspiring.”


While this was the first event in the series, the next is already being planned.  The goal is for everyone to walk away with the feeling that such events are a worthwhile investment of their time.

Jim Scholes stated, “Thanks to Kennedy Co. , Bravo , East Coast Associates and the many companies that attended.  The presentation was great , the room was energized and the overall sense of partnership was palpable.  One of Cumberland Farms main company values is succeeding together and this event certainly practiced that.  Looking forward to the next Cumberland Farms Best Practices workshop.”

Opening the lines of communication to avoid issues is the first step to yield positive results.  Best Practices becomes part of the solution to achieve greater success for all involved by doing just that!

The John W. Kennedy Company appreciates your business and continued support!


JWK Orlando, FL Will Be Closed October 7 Due To Hurricane Matthew

At this time, our Orlando, FL branch will be closed October 7 due to the approaching Hurricane Matthew.  The situation is being monitored, and due to the severity of the situation, the branch may be closing early in the afternoon on October 6.

If you need immediate assistance while the branch is closed, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-451-4021.

The John W. Kennedy Company appreciates your business and continued support!

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