The Dwyer Group, based in Waco, Texas, a holding company of six franchise businesses, has established ProTradeNet LLC, a new buying group that will include an e-commerce portal to place and track orders with national vendors that work with its franchisor subsidiaries.

Mike Owens has been named president of ProTradeNet and director of vendor programs at The Dwyer Group. The company is working to consolidate and maximize the growing number of national vendor relationships that its franchisor subsidiaries have built in the last 24 years. Previously, Owens was vice president of operations for Mr. Appliance.

The Dwyer Group's franchisor subsidiaries include Aire Serv® Heating and Air Conditioning, Glass Doctor®, Mr. Appliance®, Mr. Electric®, Mr. Rooter® (Drain Doctor® in the UK), and Rainbow International® Restoration and Cleaning. The company also provides services to an associate company, DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen by Worldwide®, a national remodeling franchise. For more information, visit