Announcement

Montana Hitch Enters It's Unique Stowaway Hitch in SEMA's New Product Showcase

Montana Hitch has entered the New Product Showcase with three models of a unique stow away hitch. All models folder under the user's vehicle with the simple push of a button and require no tools and no disassembly. Currently there are no other hitches that stow away with this degree of ease, so Montana Hitch anticipates great interest in the product. Current models are available to fit Ford F150 (2009-2014), F250, F350, F450 and F550 (2009-2015)and the newest offering, a model to fit Ford Explorers. Other major makes and models are in the works.

AkzoNobel Announces 2014 FIT Sustainability Award Honorees

AkzoNobel Automotive & Aerospace Coatings Americas (A&AC) announced today that three North American companies have been selected as winners of the fifth annual FIT Sustainability Award, an industry recognition program honoring businesses and organizations that are actively engaged in practices that advance the concepts of sustainability.

The winners include:

• Economical Insurance ¬– Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
• GMG Envirosafe – Chicago, Illinois
• Selecta Auto Body – San Francisco, California

MB Quart to offer Audio Accessories for Select Polaris Off-Road Vehicles

Minneapolis, MN – MB Quart, a high-end audio brand of Maxxsonics USA today announced a new agreement with Polaris® Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), the leading manufacturer of off-road vehicles to offer new audio accessories for select Polaris off-road vehicles.

MB Quart has been designing technologically advanced audio products for use in home, mobile and marine for more than 50 years. The entry into the Powersports market is a natural progression for the company. Audio accessories such as a jointly-developed wireless, waterproof Bluetooth audio system will be available at nationwide Polaris dealerships for select vehicles starting this September.

“Polaris off-road vehicles are exciting, leading-edge, lifestyle vehicles,” said Alden Stiefel, President and CEO of Maxxsonics. “MB Quart has designs to bring incredible music power into this lifestyle.”

Centric Parts Opens Chassis Center of Excellence in Michigan

Industry, Calif. (October 30, 2014) – Centric Parts, North America’s leading manufacturer and supplier of aftermarket brake, clutch and chassis components, has today announced the opening of the Chassis Center of Excellence at the company’s newest 16,000 square foot facility in Madison Heights, Michigan. The Center will allow Centric to consolidate and expand its chassis research and development programs under one roof, combining Centric personnel with the experienced team of chassis specialists and engineers from its Qualis Automotive division.

The new Center of Excellence will house an extensive reference library of OE and competitive chassis components, and will allow in-house testing of chassis parts by the expanded engineering team. This will further enhance Centric’s ability to be first to market with new part numbers and will allow the company to research, develop and test possible product improvements much more rapidly in-house.

HIFONICS IS EXPANDING THE “ELITE” PROGRAM WITH NEW PRODUCT & PROGRAMS FOR 2015

Hifonics will be showing new 2015 product at SEMA 2014, booth #61030 in Las Vegas that will cater to the specialty retailer by expanding Non-Internet products from the successful “Elite Program”

• Expansion of Hifonics Elite Program
• Grow Specialty Retail Channel
• Non-Internet Product

Lake Zurich, IL- Hifonics announces the continued expansion of the “Hifonics Elite” program. This program is designed to enhance Hifonics’ presence in the specialty retail “brick and mortar” arena by offering non-internet product.

EasyPay Finance Launches No Fee Merchant Financing - Exclusive Promotions to SEMA Attendees

For immediate release

October 29, 2014

EasyPay Finance Launches No Fee Merchant Financing
Exclusive Promotions to SEMA Attendees

EasyPay Finance, the leader in second look retail financing solutions, is proud to announce the addition of a new No Merchant Fee option to its customer financing program. Merchants can now provide their customers a financing solution that is a true no cost program to the merchant.

“We are in constant communication with our merchant partners,” stated Jeff Miller, vice president of EasyPay Finance, “and they have expressed their desire for a consumer finance program that will accomplish the dual goal of helping them increase revenues while reducing their bottom line expenses. EasyPay has met this challenge with the introduction of our No Merchant Fee option which is unmatched in the industry. Now merchants can offer financing to their customers with good credit to no credit, complete the sale and pay no fees.”

Quiet Ride Solutions Receives Ford Licensing

Quiet Ride Solutions, of Stockton, California, is pleased to announce that Ford Motor Company has licensed the company’s two premier product lines—the Firewall Insulators and AcoustiShield Thermal Acoustic Insulation kits. Quiet Ride makes products for most every Ford Motor Company car and truck manufactured from 1928 to present.
Company President Timothy Cox said Quiet Ride Solutions’ Firewall Insulator and AcoustiShield Thermal Acoustic Insulation products have been licensed by Ford for vehicle specific applications. The Quiet Ride manufactures year, make and model specific products for every Ford vehicle, dating back to the Model A, as well as classic early Ford cars and trucks of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, and many newer Ford vehicles.

Biocide Systems is Revving its Motor for SEMA

Los Angeles, CA - Biocide Systems will be exhibiting their groundbreaking Chlorine Dioxide odor eliminating products at the SEMA show, one of the largest and most influential Automotive Shows in the world, the first week of November. The SEMA show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world and it draws over one hundred fifty thousand attendees that have the opportunity to be involved in seminars, demonstrations and networking events. Biocide Systems, as the leading developer of non-toxic eco-friendly ClO2 odor eliminators, is excited to be actively involved in the conference.

AkzoNobel Sustainability Leadership Sympsosium again slated for SEMA..... Industry leaders endorse dialog

The fourth annual Sustainability Leadership Symposium will once again be part of SEMA’s 2014 Education offering on Monday, November 3rd, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center in rooms N231 and N233.

This is the second year that the symposium will be hosted at SEMA. The cross industry dialog is open to all show attendees interested in learning about the opportunities this subject holds for the industry as well as methods for advancing this global initiative within the North American collision repair industry.

To underscore the importance of Sustainability and the need for both collaboration and cross industry support several noted businesses, publications, and associations across the U.S. and Canada, have lent their endorsement to say that they too, share a vision for advancing sustainable business practices in all sectors of the industry.

The growing list of 2014 symposium endorsers include:

• Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF)

Motorglyphics Selected by Ford’s #MustangUnites to Fabricate Global Branding in Fine Steel Artwork

In conjunction with the global introduction of 2015 Mustang automobiles to Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America markets, Motorglyphics, a Ford licensee, has been selected to re-created on color-infused steel wall art images used in the #MustangUnites international introduction program.
The Motorglyphics wall artwork captures the essence of the #MustangUnites program by rendering in artistic quality, vivid colors and “strength-in-steel” the branding for Ford’s global campaign. This high quality steel artwork, made in the USA, depicts portions of images of each of the national flags of countries to which Mustangs will be exported in 2015. The #MustangUnites image portrayed by Motorglyphics was originally created for Ford in a partnership with renowned Pop Artist Burton Morris.

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