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HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire receives Boy Scouts award

HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire receives Boy Scouts award
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6.0L Vortec Engines Now for Sale in V8 Chevy Inventory at Used Motor Retailer website


Charlottesville, VA (PRWEB) May 28, 2015

Large block motors are one specialty of the General Motors company for use in the trucks, vans and SUVs now produced in the United States. The Preowned Engines company is now bulking up its V8 inventory by adding 6.0L Vortec engines as part of its for sale inventory that is now offered to buyers at http://preownedengines.com/6-0-vortec-engine-for-sale.

By including the SFI enabled Vortec blocks into the company inventory, the POE company is expected to reach owners of Silverado, Yukon or Suburban vehicles who need to locate a replacement motor block. While more than one RPO code is used to identify the 6.0-liter editions, what can now be purchased on the web is the 322 to 360 horsepower editions.

“The L96 is one of the blocks that is now available to purchase through our 8-cylinder inventory being supplied this year,” said a Preowned Engines company sales specialist.

Changes at the GM company over the past several years have affected the way that some suppliers acquire surplus inventory. Because the Vortec block has been replaced with the EcoTec3, there can be shortages in some areas of the United States when consumers or mechanics try to find the 6.0L or 5.3L blocks.

“We have earned a strong customer base by acquiring only the motor blocks that are in demand, and not by adding builds that are outdated in the auto industry,” the specialist included.

Questions that are not answered for consumers when using the Preowned Engines company website can now be directed to the customer service department at 1-866-320-1065. A trained team is now answering all daily calls for support or information requests.

About PreownedEngines.com

The PreownedEngines.com company is a national supplier of vehicle motors that are in used condition and sold directly to consumers. The company routes shipments through local distributors for faster deliveries. The PreownedEngines.com company receives thousands of visitors monthly to its web inventory portal seeking pricing and warranty data for its inventory.







Ontario Professional Engineers Awards Honour 2015 Recipients



The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Ontario Professional Engineers Awards (OPEA). The awards will be presented at the annual OPEA Gala, the provinces most prestigious and anticipated engineering event, on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at the International Centre in Toronto.

Since 1947, the OPEAs have recognized professional engineers in Ontario who have made outstanding contributions to their profession and community. This annual gala brings industry innovators, business leaders and policy makers together to celebrate and be inspired by engineering excellence and achievement.

In addition to Engineering Medals, the Citizenship Award and the Professional Engineers Gold Medal, this year, a new honour was added to the awards program. The Ontario Professional Engineers Award for Engineering Project or Achievement will pay tribute to an endeavour that has made a significant, positive impact on society, industry, and/or engineering, and that was conceived, designed and executed with significant input by Ontario engineers.

The 2015 winners are:

Professional Engineers Gold Medal

Cristina Amon, ScD, P.Eng.

Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, University of Toronto

Engineering Medals

Engineering Excellence Category

Brian Isherwood, P.Eng.

Founder, Isherwood Geostructural Engineers

Sushanta Kumar Mitra, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering, York University

Jeanette Southwood, M.A.Sc., P.Eng.

Principal, Urban Development & Infrastructure, Golder Associates Ltd.

Management Category

Michael Butt, P.Eng.

Chairman and CEO, Buttcon Limited

Research and Development Category

Andrew Daugulis, MESc., Ph.D., P.Eng.

Research Chair, Biomedical and Cell Culture Engineering, Queens University

Mohamed El Naggar, M.E.Sc., Ph.D, P.Eng.

Associate Dean & Research Director, Geotechnical Research Centre, Western University

Young Engineer Award

Seth Dworkin, M.Sc., M.Phil, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Associate Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Ryerson University

Professional Engineers Citizenship Award

William Goodings, P.Eng.

Retired

Claire Kennedy, P.Eng., LL.B.

Partner, Bennett Jones LLP

Award for Engineering Project or Achievement

Hands Free Mooring Seaway

Benoit Nolet, P.Eng.

Manager, Corporate Operations The St. Lawrence Market Seaway Management Corporation

About the 2015 OPEA Gala Engineering and Climate Change

Engineers understand climate change and its impact on infrastructure, soil and energy conservation. As a result, they play a key role in ensuring that sound policies are employed in the stewardship of Ontarios land, air and water. Engineers are also vital to the design and implementation of leading technologies to combat climate change. The keynote speaker for the 2015 OPEA Gala will be the Honourable Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Government of Ontario.

About OSPE

The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) is the voice of the engineering profession in Ontario. OSPE elevates the profile of the profession by advocating with governments, offering valued member services and providing opportunities for ongoing learning, networking and community building. Follow our work on behalf of Ontarios engineers at blog.ospe.on.ca.

About PEO

Through the Professional Engineers Act, PEO governs over 83,000 licence and certificate holders and regulates professional engineering in Ontario to serve and protect the public. Professional engineering safeguards life, health, property, economic interests, the public welfare and the environment. Professional engineers can be identified by the P.Eng. after their names.

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Contact

For event inquires, please contact:

Ruth Gorriz, CMP

Events Specialist, OSPE

rgorriz(at)ospe(dot)on(dot)ca (416) 223-9961 ext. 232

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Jamie Gerson, P.Eng.

Corporate Sales, OSPE

jgerson(at)ospe(dot)on(dot)ca (416) 223-9961 ext. 234







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Dad Approved Father’s Day Specials at BCS Tires and Lifts


College Station, TX (PRWEB) June 18, 2015

Fathers Day is right around the corner, and BCS Tires and Lifts in College Station, TX is extending special offers to commemorate fathers everywhere. From June 15 to June 28, customers are encouraged to call the shop or check the website regularly, as the special offers will change on a rolling basis from day to day. Specials might include tires, oil changes, leveling or lift kits, accessories and more call to find out.

Fathers Day also coincides with the birth of BCS Tires and Lifts owner Amir Hiranis first son Arkyn. While youre at it, be sure to congratulate Mr. Hirani on the newest addition to his household.

Since its founding in 2012, BCS Tires and Lifts has become a popular shop for customers in College Station and Houston, TX who are in the market for lift kits, grill guards, headlights, tool boxes, bumpers and more. BCS Tires and Lifts carries aftermarket parts from BDS Suspension, Rough Country and others, as well as tires from premium brands like BF Goodrich, Toyo, Nitto, Goodyear, Michelin, Yokohama and many more. With ASE certified technicians and competitive prices, its not a surprise that BCS Tires and Lifts has made big inroads into the truck customization market in College Station and Houston, TX.

Visit BCS Tires and Lifts at http://bcstirepros.com/ for all services and product information, scheduling and contact information in College Station, TX and Houston, TX.

TCS, a subsidiary of ARI. TCS develops and supports an innovative suite of point-of-sale and business management software, eCommerce websites, digital marketing services and data-as-a-service products designed exclusively for dealers, wholesalers, retreaders and manufacturers within the automotive repair, tire and wheel verticals. TCS is the industrys only end-to-end technology provider, and their platform outperforms the competition with seamless integration and superior functionality. For more than 20 years, TCS has provided customers with the best support in the industry, giving them tools to build stronger, more loyal customers and ultimately an excellent ROI.







The Six Most Profitable Marketing Activities Every Business Must Do In June 2015


Seattle, WA (PRWEB) May 25, 2015

A. J. Maccini, Marketing Consultant and CEO of Apple Marketing Inc. reveals which six marketing activities should produce the best return on investment in June 2015. These six strategies have been tested and proven across hundreds of Apple Marketing Inc. client accounts representing nearly every industry.

First, the company Brand – A company’s marketing and brand must be in sync and effectively position the company. A company can be the best at what it does but its marketing materials (web, print, brochures, letterhead, email signature lines, etc) may not be giving off that impression.

Secondly, is the company website’s ad copy leading visitors by the nose to buy, call or subscribe? Or, is the company website letting visitors walk away instead of capturing them? Does the company website have a clear call to action? Does the website have a mechanism to capture visitor email addresses and automatically append these emails to a sequential autoresponder email marketing program? Many businesses make the key mistake of having a static website that doesn’t engage visitors and, literally, tell them what them to do (click, call, fill out a lead form, buy, etc.). For example, the Marketing Consultant website, http://www.applemarketinginc.com, clearly tells visitors to sign up for a free marketing assessment. The ad copy on this website is directive and has a strong mechanism to convert site visitors into leads.

Thirdly, Web-Email Marketing – Is the company website capturing visitors and then sending out sequential auto-responder emails to stay in front of them? (8th marketing message is usually the charm). A company’s customers may not buy on the first website visit, nor the third or fifth. Studies indicate it takes an average of eight contacts from a business to convert a lead into a paying customer. Businesses must use a sequential email autoresponder platform to pre-write months, or even a year’s worth, of emails that are timed to go out every couple of days. It’s a lot of work up front, but the email marketing program can be placed on autopilot after the email ad copies are written and the system is set up. Businesses should set up email campaigns in June 2015 and watch sales soar.

Fourthly, businesses must use Pay Per Click (ppc) marketing to drive qualified website traffic and to generate leads. The majority of visitors to a company website will come from Google, Yahoo and Bing. Companies must run paid search campaigns, period. Paid search can give businesses crazy amounts of targeted traffic for exactly the product or services they sell–if they are tight with their campaigns and run niche ad groups. Focused, long-tail keywords that are industry-specific will cause the highest possible click-through rates and, in turn, conversion rates. A small daily budget of just $ 100-200 a day can provide a large amount of traffic and, in turn, qualified leads. Setting up, testing and tweaking a paid search ad campaign takes work up front, but once the system is refined, it can put it on autopilot.

Fifth – Businesses should focus on Social Media Marketing. Specifically, businesses should run paid advertising on Facebook, LinkedIn and Youtube, while posting free ads on Craigslist. One Apple Marketing Inc. client makes $ 1,500/day in sales with only $ 47 ad spend on Facebook Paid Posts. Another client generates 15,000 leads per month just from posting on Craigslist.

Last but not least – companies should invest in their website’s Search Engine Optimization by building backlinks to their websites. This will cause higher placement on search engine results and, once a website gets higher rankings, it’ll stay there virtually forever. Search Engine Optimization takes work up front but pays tremendous dividends. Companies should build quality backlinks to their websites by creating Facebook Business Pages, branded Youtube Channels, business profiles on Linked-In, Twitter, Yelp, Google Business, Yahoo Local, YellowPages, SuperPages, Angie’s List, DexKnows, BBB, MerchantCircle, and, if you’re a restaurant–Urbanspoon and OpenTable. Search Engine Optimization is a lot of work upfront but, when done correctly, will generate quality leads for years to come.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A.J. Maccini is a 25-year veteran marketing consultant and CEO of Apple Marketing Inc., which helps businesses with both online and offline marketing. Apple Marketing provides full-service online and offline marketing help for businesses, serving as a Marketing Virtual Assistant for an affordable monthly retainer.







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Adam Equipment Offers New Density Kits for Nimbus Balances



The density kit consists of a glass beaker, a suspended weighing cradle to replace the standard pan, independent support for the beaker of fluid, thermometer with clip for suspension in the fluid and


Adam Equipment, global manufacturer of scales and balances, is now offering two newly redesigned density kits to fit their full line of Nimbus analytical and precision balances. Most scientists know that accurately determining the density of a substance is a critical part of the research process. Adam Equipments density kit is a valuable tool to help laboratory workers assess the density of their materials. Several new density kits for the new Nimbus range are now available.

Traditionally, density determination has required measuring the sample material: figuring out the volume, weighing the sample, dividing the volume by the mass, and finally coming up with the density. The process is not only complicated and tedious; it can be inaccurate.

Testing of both solids and liquids is possible using the density kit. That means that even samples with densities greater or less than that of water can be determined. The balance software will calculate density using water, ethanol or paraffin as selectable references. The software also allows the user to enter the density of any reference liquid directly.

The density kit is installed on the floor of the balances enclosed weighing chamber. The kits beaker holds the reference liquid and may be reused to test as many samples as needed. The user simply selects the density application from the built-in menu options. If a reference liquid is used other than what is already programmed into the balance, the user can enter the density for that reference liquid. Prompts from the balance guide users through the process: weigh the sample in air using the sample cup on top of the stand, then in the reference liquid using the sample cup suspended on the wire. The balance includes software that calculates the density automatically.

The new density kits for Adam Equipments Nimbus analytical or precision balances consist of a glass beaker, a suspended weighing cradle to replace the standard pan, independent support for the beaker of fluid, thermometer with clip for suspension in the fluid, and glass sinker of known volume for determination of fluid density.

Nimbus balances offer readabilities from 0.1mg to 0.1g and feature a compact footprint and easy operation. The Nimbus handles capacities from 80g to 22kg.

With fewer parts than a traditional force motor balance, the weighing sensor on the balance provides highly efficient mechanics plus improved electronic processing power, leading to consistent and reliable performance. A base formed from a single piece of extruded aluminum offers stability and highly repeatable results. Solid metal construction throughout provides the durability to withstand chemicals and rigorous daily use. USB and RS-232 interfaces facilitate data transfer from the Nimbus to printers or computers. This allows foolproof data recording and traceability, letting the operator focus on data analysis.

With numerous weighing units including a customisable unit, these balances capably handle parts counting, percentage weighing, density measurement for liquids or solids, and dynamic/animal weighing.

Learn more about Nimbus balances: http://bit.ly/1x3fohQ.

About Adam Equipment

For more than 40 years, Adam Equipment has designed and manufactured precision balances and scales for professionals worldwide in the laboratory, medical, education, industrial, food, animal/veterinary and jewellery markets. Adam is committed to offering an extensive selection of weighing equipment with best-in-class value. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, the company has strategically established offices in the United States, South Africa, Australia and China to provide product support and speedy delivery to distributors. For more information about the company and its products, go to http://www.adamequipment.com.







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Hail Restore Extends Complementary Loaner Car to Moore, Oklahoma


Oklahoma City, OK (PRWEB) May 21, 2015

Hail Restore, an authority in hail repair and dentless removal has recently announced their plans to help Moore, Oklahoma residents by offering free loaner car assistance.

Hail Restore has been in business since 2007 and with all the severe storms that have passed through this region lately, it seems to be a very timely move for the Oklahoma City based company.

We have seen a lot of serious storms come through lately and were trying to come up with every idea we can to help people around the OKC metro and that includes Moore. One idea we came up with was free loaner car assistance for eligible insurance claims, explains Hail Restore owner James McElhany.

The idea was created to help customers who have difficulty finding a ride to or from work (or whatever one’s lifestyle involves) while their car is in the shop.

Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for people to get their vehicles fixed and back on the road and we think this will help, says James. We are currently also offering $ 500 in deductible assistance. What this means is that if your vehicle insurance deductible is $ 500 and we restore your car from hail damage, then you will have zero out of pocket expense. Our customers love this.

Hail Restore has an A-Rating with the better business bureau and is going above and beyond to extend their reach across the metro. Only time will tell how the market responds to what seems to be, a timely market move.

Learn more about hail restore at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1R2D88Cm5e0

About Hail Restore:

Hail Restore is a locally owned and operated Smart Repair Center in Oklahoma City, OK. With an A-Rating by the Better Business Bureau, Hail Restore specializes in auto hail damage repair and paintless dent removal. To learn more visit: http://www.hail-restore.com







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Autosoft, Inc. Certifies Champion Protection for Integration with FLEX DMS

West Middlesex, PA (PRWEB) May 18, 2015

Autosoft, Inc., a leading national dealer management systems (DMS) provider, announced that Champion Protection has completed the FLEX Connect certification process and has released certified integration with Autosofts FLEX DMS as part of Autosofts FLEX Connect program. Champion Protections service contract follow-up program creates additional opportunities for dealerships to sell their service contracts to customers who left the dealership without purchasing a plan.

Champion provides its dealer-partners with a suite of outsourced marketing solutions, including email marketing and phone sales. Its unique, no fixed-cost model virtually eliminates risk for dealers. Champion Protections fees are earned on a commission basis for each contract sold. There are no initial or ongoing fixed costs.

Unlike other F&I marketers, Champion Protection can sell a dealerships existing service contract policies on behalf of the dealer. As a certified FLEX DMS partner, Champion Protection has seamless technology integration with dealerships DMS systems. Using data from the DMS, Champion can create targeted marketing campaigns to dealership customers on behalf of the dealer.

Matt Nerlinger, Co-CEO of Champion Protection, said, We are excited to partner with Autosoft, which provides a robust technology integration for our service contract follow-up program. Together, we can offer a differentiated service to enhance F&I profitability in a truly novel way.

Champion Protection offers dealers an innovative way to sell more service contracts to more customers without adding staff, said Christopher Morris, Senior Vice President of Business Development for Autosoft. Dealers can easily increase service contract penetration, which drives more repair work back to the dealer. Were delighted to have Champion in our FLEX Connect program.

About Autosoft

Autosoft develops and supports integrated software solutions that simplify business operations to produce better business results for automotive retailers across the U.S. Complete dealership management system (DMS) capabilities with affordable month-to-month support fees are designed to improve dealership processes and profitability, and reduce operating costs. Learning is quick and easy with intuitive applications that result in greater system utilization. FLEX DMS is built on an open-system platform, giving dealers the most flexible and secure choices for managing and sharing data with OEMs and third parties. Managed hosting services offer convenience and mobility, providing secure and reliable access from any chosen device. Autosoft is the preferred solution of more than 30,000 users in 2,000 car dealerships and consistently receives the highest customer satisfaction and most-likely-to-recommend ratings. http://www.autosoftdms.com.

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Champion Protection is a leading provider of service contract marketing to partners nationally. Champions mission is to help its partners sell vehicle service contracts. They work with dealerships to expand their service contract marketing abilities outside of the dealership. The company has offices in both New York City and San Francisco. For partnership opportunities email: contact(at)championprotection(dot)com.







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