Orlando, FL — The ISN 2008 Tool Dealer Expo was held in Orlando, FL, June 27 and 28 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. The event attracted 190 suppliers, and nearly 700 tool and equipment distributors. Guests spent the two days visiting with manufacturers, learning about the latest and greatest new products to hit the market, and taking advantage of special pricing and offers from ISN.
One of the busiest and most exciting stops on the show floor was the Ingersoll Rand booth, which featured the entire offering of pneumatic and cordless tools by the manufacturer. In addition, there was an interactive video game area, a chance to meet NASCAR phenom Boris Said, and a gorgeous crystal red 2008 Chevrolet Corvette, which was given away to a lucky show attendee.
Customers had opportunities to take advantage of numerous incentives such as instant cash rebates and tool giveaways and prize giveaways. Makita USA gave away four mini-fridges tricked out with #4 Ricky Carmichael designs as well as a 46” flat screen TV. There were several large prizes including a 1972 Chevrolet Corvette valued at $40,000; a 2008 Suzuki Motorcycle and a 2008 Yamaha Watercraft and trailer — all sponsored by ISN.
ISN’s team of 120 customer service and sales team members were on hand to help distributors with their needs. A real-time order processing system provided distributor customers with a way to keep track of their spending at the show. This allowed them to make smart buying decisions and take advantage of the many special discounts and incentives.
ISN presented awards to vendors for outstanding performance. Winners are listed below:
Most Orders in Highest Sales Volume: Ingersoll Rand
Most Orders Written: GearWrench-Danaher Tool Company
Best Product Demo: Gaither Tools
Spirit Award: Makita Tools
Most Improved Vendor Award: EZ Red Best in Show: Chicago Pneumatic
The event offered technical training, seminars, one-on-one interactions with suppliers, social networking opportunities, and fun events for children and family members as well. There was a complimentary spa for spouses, guests and visitors, and a children’s area complete with arcade games, and several meals were provided throughout the event.
To learn more about the show or see what you missed if you were not able to attend, watch this short video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dz3IoEJudO8.
German-Engineered Rodcraft Pneumatic Tool Brand Comes to U.S. through ToolTopia.com
Shreveport, LA — Following more than 30 years as one of the leading brands of vehicle service tools and workshop equipment in Europe, the Rodcraft brand is making its U.S. debut. The German-engineered pneumatic tools are now available in the U.S. exclusively through industry-leading online automotive tool and equipment retailer ToolTopia.com.
Touting a 30-year legacy of power, reliability and endurance, Rodcraft pneumatic tools are backed by a one-year warranty, and ToolTopia.com is offering a 60-day, “No Questions Asked,” money-back guarantee. “We’re excited about offering exclusive U.S. access to one of Europe’s top-selling pneumatic brands,” said Troy Stubblefield, president of ToolTopia.com. “We’re certain our customers will appreciate the German-engineering — long recognized as a world-wide leader.”
Tooltopia.com currently stocks 20 Rodcraft pneumatic tools, including impact wrenches, ratchets, hammers, saws, grinders and sanders. Visit www.tooltopia.com to see the full list of Rodcraft products available in the United States.
Since its acquisition by Atlas Copco in March 2007, Rodcraft has been integrated into the Chicago Pneumatic Vehicle Service division within Atlas Copco’s Industrial Technique business area, while continuing to operate under the Rodcraft brand.
JDI Announces Major Warehouse Expansion
Barberton, OH — Joe Dease, president of JohnDow Industries, announced the company’s most recently completed warehouse expansion project at its Barberton, OH, headquarters.
A 68,000-sq.-ft. warehouse addition was completed at a cost of $1.5 million in late March 2008. This expansion grows the JDI warehouse capabilities to a total of 121,000 sq. ft. of space.
“Double-digit sales increases during the last few years created a need to expand our capabilities to better serve our customers and allow for future growth,” Dease said, explaining that much of the recent sales growth occurred in the Fuel Chief and EuroVent lines.
“Required expansion like this is fairly unusual in our industry given the current tough environment,” said Mark Pfleeger, vice president of sales. “Most companies are experiencing a reduction or leveling off of sales…at JDI, we are growing, excited and very optimistic about our future.”
In 2008, JDI instituted an aggressive “Brands To Build On” marketing campaign to educate the industry concerning its product offerings and how all five of its newly defined product lines complement each other.
For more information on JohnDow Industries and its five brands — Fuel Chief, Crew Chief, JohnDow, Eurovent and Shop Saver — visit www.johndow.com.
OTC Gives Away Harley-Davidson in ‘Cash, Scan & Ride’ Contest
Owatonna, MN — OTC, an SPX brand, wants you to imagine yourself on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. In the company’s new “Cash, Scan, Ride” customer contest, one lucky winner will get a chance to take home a brand new 2008 Harley-Davidson Street Bob. Qualifying customers in the United States and Canada will receive a $100 cash card rebate from SPX and a chance to win the motorcycle, which will be awarded in January 2009. Customers who purchase one qualifying product from any participating reseller during the promotion period will receive a rebate coupon to fill out and mail to SPX while supplies last. Qualifying products include, but are not limited to OTC Genisys Deluxe or Master Kit (P/N 3618, 3620, 3696, 3699, 3860, 3860HD) purchases. In order to receive entry into the Harley giveaway, customers must also complete the entire contest submission process.
From now to Dec. 31, 2008, visit www.cashscanandridecontest.com and click on the “USA” link. Then select “Register to Win.”
Permatex Expands Website to Provide Techs New Resources
Hartford, CT — Permatex, Inc. has launched a newly updated version of its website, www.permatex.com. Among the new features are individual “how-to” videos for Permatex Windshield Repair Kit, Rear View Mirror Adhesive Kit and Headlight Lens Restoration Kit. These step-by-step videos provide instructions and tips that are of value to both seasoned pros and first-time DIYers, alike.
Another new feature of the updated site is a ZIP-code based “where to buy” page that lets customers find their nearest Permatex retailers. The search function includes more than 20,000 retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada.
In addition to the product-specific “how-to” videos, Permatex has also updated and posted its Professional Training Series videos. These videos, which are produced in both English and Spanish, cover Permatex’s two core product lines, form-in-place gasketing and chemical threadlockers.
New Lift Standard Addresses Training, Maintenance and Inspection
Cortland, NY — The Automotive Lift Institute recently announced the revision of ANSI/ALI ALOIM-2000 to ANSI/ALI ALOIM:2008, which was recently approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). This new standard, which is now available through ALI, becomes effective on Sept. 24, 2008. The current standard (ANSI/ALI ALOIM-2000) remains effective and will continue to be available until this date. Visit the ALI Store at www.autolift.org for information on how to purchase this and other ANSI-approved standards as well several other safety materials offered in support of ALI’s mission of promoting the safe design, construction, installation and use of automotive lift products. Quincy Compressor Acquires Air Perfection
Bay Minette, AL — Quincy Compressor Inc. has acquired Air Perfection, a privately held company. Air Perfection distributes the full-line of Quincy Compressor products and is located in Dixon, CA. Air Perfection is the first Quincy Compressor company store. It will continue to operate under its own name and provide compressed air sales and service to its present customer base.
With more than 40 employees, Air Perfection provides customers with an integrated product line and services, including initial consultation, product selection, sales, installation and maintenance.
“The full support of Quincy’s manufacturing facilities and sales teams positions Air Perfection to grow its business,” said John Thompson, Quincy Compressor president. “At the same time, Quincy Compressor can better meet the needs of the growing compressed air industry by offering its premium product line and supporting it through expert sales and service partners like Air Perfection.”
MotorVac Launches The Exchanger
Santa Ana, CA — In a continuing effort to improve communications, MotorVac has launched a bi-monthly newsletter called The Exchanger. It is distributed via e-mail and can also be accessed from the company’s website at www.motorvac.com.
Each issue will provide valuable information about MotorVac products and services including technical updates, service procedures, customer testimonials, industry awards and news articles. MotorVac also wants to hear from you and will include various testimonials and features from distributors, shops and consumers that are submitted for publication. Please direct all communication regarding The Exchanger to [email protected].
Clean Burn Named ENERGY STAR Partner
Leola, PA — Clean Burn, manufacturers of energy systems that transform used motor oil into free heat, has become an ENERGY STAR partner. During testing, the company’s CB-200-CTB (coil tube boiler), met ENERGY STAR guidelines for boilers and has now earned the ENERGY STAR designation.
“Everything we do at Clean Burn is focused on energy,” according to Michael Shirk, president and CEO. “Qualifying for the ENERGY STAR designation is another visual sign that Clean Burn products are ideally suited for use in safely and efficiently disposing of used motor oil.
“The CB-200-CTB boiler has a 200,000 BTU input per hour. This unit is an economical workhorse. It can recycle 1.4 gallons of used motor oil per hour and provides a free fuel source to generate hot water. That water can be used in a wide variety of applications, such as ice melt, heating of baseboards, in-floor and shop space, or in car wash facilities.”
“Our products are already backed by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and meet all Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements for used-oil recycling,” says Shirk. “We’re proud to now add the ENERGY STAR designation to our CB-200-CTB. With our ENERGY STAR qualified coil tube boiler, businesses can turn used motor oil into a newfound energy source.”